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  • 1. 

    Who wrote Sinead O'Connor's #1 hit "Nothing Compares 2 U"?

    • A.

      Prince

    • B.

      Elvis Costello

    • C.

      Sinead O'Connor

    • D.

      Phil Collins

    Correct Answer
    A. Prince
    Explanation
    Prince wrote Sinead O'Connor's #1 hit "Nothing Compares 2 U".

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  • 2. 

    Which movie featured the lyrics "get caught between the moon and New York City"?

    • A.

      Arthur

    • B.

      Fletch

    • C.

      Kramer Vs. Kramer

    • D.

      Woman In Red

    Correct Answer
    A. Arthur
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Arthur." The lyrics "get caught between the moon and New York City" are from the theme song of the movie Arthur, titled "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)." This song was written for the film and became a hit, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1982.

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  • 3. 

    Who sings the theme song from "An Officer and A Gentleman"?

    • A.

      Kenny Rogers & Kim Carnes

    • B.

      Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

    • C.

      J. Geils Band

    • D.

      Boyz II Men & Mariah Carey

    Correct Answer
    B. Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
    Explanation
    Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes sing the theme song from "An Officer and A Gentleman".

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  • 4. 

    Who wrote the classic Frank Sinatra song "My Way"?

    • A.

      Paul Anka

    • B.

      Johnny Mathis

    • C.

      Johnny Cash

    • D.

      Frank Sinatra

    Correct Answer
    A. Paul Anka
    Explanation
    Paul Anka is the correct answer because he is the credited songwriter for the classic Frank Sinatra song "My Way". Anka wrote the song specifically for Sinatra after being inspired by the French song "Comme d'habitude". Sinatra's recording of "My Way" became one of his signature songs and a timeless classic.

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  • 5. 

    Which of these artists performed with Frank Sinatra on the "Duets" records?

    • A.

      Kenny G

    • B.

      Willie Nelson

    • C.

      Bono

    • D.

      All Of Them

    Correct Answer
    D. All Of Them
    Explanation
    All of the artists listed, Kenny G, Willie Nelson, and Bono, performed with Frank Sinatra on the "Duets" records. This means that each of these artists collaborated with Frank Sinatra on the album, making the answer "All Of Them" correct.

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  • 6. 

    Who painted the cover of Billy Joel's "River of Dreams" album?

    • A.

      Peter Max

    • B.

      Christie Brinkley

    • C.

      Billy Joel

    • D.

      Liberty Devito

    Correct Answer
    B. Christie Brinkley
    Explanation
    Christie Brinkley painted the cover of Billy Joel's "River of Dreams" album. Christie Brinkley is not only a renowned supermodel but also an accomplished artist. She has showcased her artistic talent through various mediums, including painting. Her collaboration with Billy Joel extended beyond their personal relationship, as she contributed her artistic skills to create the cover art for his album. This collaboration between two talented individuals resulted in a visually striking cover that complemented the music within the album.

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  • 7. 

    Who sang the "Ally McBeal" theme song?

    • A.

      Ellen Foley

    • B.

      Rhonda Sheppard

    • C.

      Vonda Sheppard

    • D.

      Melissa Etheridge

    Correct Answer
    C. Vonda Sheppard
    Explanation
    Vonda Sheppard sang the "Ally McBeal" theme song.

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  • 8. 

    Which one of these vocal ensembles has no women as members?

    • A.

      Singers Unlimited

    • B.

      Take 6

    • C.

      New York Voices

    • D.

      Manhattan Transfer

    Correct Answer
    B. Take 6
    Explanation
    Take 6 is the correct answer because it is the only vocal ensemble listed that does not have any women as members. Singers Unlimited, New York Voices, and Manhattan Transfer all have both male and female members in their ensembles.

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  • 9. 

    What band did Ronnie James Dio play in before Rainbow?

    • A.

      Mountain

    • B.

      Spooky Tooth

    • C.

      Elf

    • D.

      Black Sabbath

    Correct Answer
    C. Elf
    Explanation
    Ronnie James Dio played in the band Elf before joining Rainbow. Elf was an American rock band formed in 1967, and Dio served as the lead vocalist. He was a member of Elf from 1972 to 1975, and during this time, the band released three studio albums. Dio's time in Elf was crucial in shaping his career and developing his unique vocal style, which eventually led to his success with Rainbow and later with Black Sabbath.

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  • 10. 

    Who did Barbra Streisand sing with on the mega-hit single, "Tell Him"?

    • A.

      Celine Dion

    • B.

      Aretha Franklin

    • C.

      Belinda Carlisle

    • D.

      Linda Ronstadt

    Correct Answer
    A. Celine Dion
    Explanation
    Barbra Streisand sang with Celine Dion on the mega-hit single, "Tell Him."

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  • 11. 

    In the song "Fast Car" you've got a fast car, but what does Tracy Chapman have?

    • A.

      A One Way Ticket Home

    • B.

      A Plan To Get Us Out Of Here

    • C.

      Head Full Of Dreams

    • D.

      Some Time To Make Up Her Mind

    Correct Answer
    B. A Plan To Get Us Out Of Here
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "A Plan To Get Us Out Of Here." In the song "Fast Car," Tracy Chapman sings about having a fast car, but she also mentions the need for a plan to escape their current situation and improve their lives. This implies that Tracy Chapman has a plan to get both herself and the narrator out of their current circumstances.

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  • 12. 

    What song says "I need you more tonight, and I need you more than ever"?

    • A.

      Tell Me Lies

    • B.

      Promise Of A New Day

    • C.

      I Will Always Love You

    • D.

      Total Eclipse Of The Heart

    Correct Answer
    D. Total Eclipse Of The Heart
    Explanation
    "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is the correct answer because the lyrics of the song include the line "I need you more tonight, and I need you more than ever." This line expresses a deep longing and dependence on someone, emphasizing the intensity of the singer's feelings. The other song options do not contain this specific lyric, making them incorrect choices.

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  • 13. 

    What was the name of the bar in the Rupert Holmes' song "The Pina Colada Song"?

    • A.

      O'Malley's

    • B.

      O'Riley's

    • C.

      O'Leary's

    • D.

      O'Hearn's

    Correct Answer
    A. O'Malley's
    Explanation
    The correct answer is O'Malley's. In Rupert Holmes' song "The Pina Colada Song," the name of the bar mentioned is O'Malley's.

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  • 14. 

    In what country was Alanis Morissette born?

    • A.

      England

    • B.

      USA

    • C.

      Australia

    • D.

      Canada

    Correct Answer
    D. Canada
    Explanation
    Alanis Morissette was born in Canada.

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  • 15. 

    In Simon and Garfunkel's "America", "the man in the gabardine suit" is what?

    • A.

      A Surgeon

    • B.

      A Spy

    • C.

      An American

    • D.

      Superman

    Correct Answer
    B. A Spy
    Explanation
    In Simon and Garfunkel's "America", "the man in the gabardine suit" refers to a spy. This can be inferred from the lyrics of the song, where the man is described as "a spy, he's the CIA". The use of the word "spy" suggests that the man is involved in covert activities, aligning with the theme of the song which explores the disillusionment and search for identity in America during the 1960s.

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  • 16. 

    In Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire", what sport gets mentioned twice?

    • A.

      Basketball

    • B.

      Football

    • C.

      Baseball

    • D.

      Golf

    Correct Answer
    C. Baseball
    Explanation
    In Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start the Fire," the sport that gets mentioned twice is baseball. This can be inferred from the fact that the other options, basketball, football, and golf, are only mentioned once or not mentioned at all in the song.

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  • 17. 

    Which line is not sung in USA For Africa's "We Are the World"?

    • A.

      So Let's Start Giving

    • B.

      There's No Need To Be Afraid

    • C.

      There's A Choice We're Making

    • D.

      It's True We'll Make A Better Day

    Correct Answer
    B. There's No Need To Be Afraid
    Explanation
    The line "There's No Need To Be Afraid" is not sung in USA For Africa's "We Are the World".

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  • 18. 

    What song says "I know nothing stays the same, but if you're willing to play the game"?

    • A.

      Emotion

    • B.

      Where Does My Heart Beat Now

    • C.

      Coming Around Again

    • D.

      What's New

    Correct Answer
    C. Coming Around Again
    Explanation
    "Coming Around Again" is the correct answer because the lyrics of the song include the line "I know nothing stays the same, but if you're willing to play the game." This line suggests that the song is about change and the willingness to embrace it.

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  • 19. 

    Where is Billy Joel's "Mr. Cacciatore's" located?

    • A.

      52nd Street

    • B.

      Sullivan Street

    • C.

      Sunset Boulevard

    • D.

      Manhattan Island

    Correct Answer
    B. Sullivan Street
    Explanation
    Billy Joel's "Mr. Cacciatore's" is located on Sullivan Street.

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  • 20. 

    Which of these was a solo smash hit for Belinda Carlisle of the Go-Go's?

    • A.

      Time After Time

    • B.

      What I Am

    • C.

      My Side Of The Bed

    • D.

      Heaven Is A Place On Earth

    Correct Answer
    D. Heaven Is A Place On Earth
    Explanation
    "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" was a solo smash hit for Belinda Carlisle of the Go-Go's. The song was released in 1987 and became Carlisle's most successful single, reaching the top of the charts in several countries. Its catchy melody, uplifting lyrics, and Carlisle's powerful vocals contributed to its widespread popularity and enduring appeal. The song's success solidified Carlisle's status as a successful solo artist and remains one of her signature songs.

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  • 21. 

    Which band scored a hit with the song "Running with the Devil"?

    • A.

      Marilyn Manson

    • B.

      Oasis

    • C.

      Judas Priest

    • D.

      Van Halen

    Correct Answer
    D. Van Halen
    Explanation
    Van Halen is the correct answer because they are the band that scored a hit with the song "Running with the Devil". Marilyn Manson, Oasis, and Judas Priest are not associated with this particular song.

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  • 22. 

    Which artist had a hit with the song "You Were Meant For Me"?

    • A.

      Madonna

    • B.

      Britney Spears

    • C.

      Jewel

    • D.

      Seal

    Correct Answer
    C. Jewel
    Explanation
    Jewel had a hit with the song "You Were Meant For Me". This song was released in 1995 as the third single from her debut album "Pieces of You". It became one of Jewel's most successful songs, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song's heartfelt lyrics and Jewel's soulful vocals resonated with listeners, contributing to its popularity and success. Madonna, Britney Spears, and Seal are all accomplished artists, but they did not have a hit with this particular song.

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  • 23. 

    "Relax" was the first smash single for which oddly named British group?

    • A.

      The Vibrators

    • B.

      Frankie Goes To Hollywood

    • C.

      Ocean Colour Scene

    • D.

      The Cutting Crew

    Correct Answer
    B. Frankie Goes To Hollywood
    Explanation
    "Relax" was the first smash single for Frankie Goes To Hollywood. The question is asking for the oddly named British group that had this hit song. The other options mentioned (The Vibrators, Ocean Colour Scene, and The Cutting Crew) are not correct as they did not have the same level of success with "Relax" as Frankie Goes To Hollywood did.

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  • 24. 

    Who sang "Morning Train (Nine to Five)", "Sugar Walls" and "For Your Eyes Only"?

    • A.

      Sheena Easton

    • B.

      Juice Newton

    • C.

      Kim Carnes

    • D.

      Carly Simon

    Correct Answer
    A. Sheena Easton
    Explanation
    Sheena Easton is the correct answer because she is the singer who sang the songs "Morning Train (Nine to Five)", "Sugar Walls", and "For Your Eyes Only".

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  • 25. 

    "Caribbean Queen" and "Loverboy" were big 80's hits by which artist?

    • A.

      Steely Dan

    • B.

      Billy Ocean

    • C.

      Lionel Richie

    • D.

      Hall & Oates

    Correct Answer
    B. Billy Ocean
    Explanation
    "Caribbean Queen" and "Loverboy" were popular songs in the 80s, and they were both performed by Billy Ocean. Steely Dan, Lionel Richie, and Hall & Oates were all successful artists in the 80s, but they did not release these particular songs.

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  • 26. 

    What Australian duo released the singles "The One That You Love" and "Lost In Love"?

    • A.

      Air Supply

    • B.

      Toadies

    • C.

      Toad The Wet Sprocket

    • D.

      Crosby And Nash

    Correct Answer
    A. Air Supply
    Explanation
    Air Supply is the correct answer because they are an Australian duo known for releasing the singles "The One That You Love" and "Lost In Love." They gained popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s with their soft rock ballads and harmonies. Air Supply's music has become iconic and they are considered one of the most successful Australian bands of all time.

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  • 27. 

    What decade is the hit single "Calcutta" by Lawrence Welk from?

    • A.

      Eighties

    • B.

      Nineties

    • C.

      Seventies

    • D.

      Sixties

    Correct Answer
    D. Sixties
    Explanation
    The hit single "Calcutta" by Lawrence Welk is from the decade of the Sixties.

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  • 28. 

    What decade is the hit single "Peaceful" by Helen Reddy from?

    • A.

      Seventies

    • B.

      Sixties

    • C.

      Eighties

    • D.

      Nineties

    Correct Answer
    A. Seventies
    Explanation
    The hit single "Peaceful" by Helen Reddy is from the seventies.

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  • 29. 

    What decade is the hit single "Dance With Me" by Orleans from?

    • A.

      Eighties

    • B.

      Nineties

    • C.

      Seventies

    • D.

      Sixties

    Correct Answer
    C. Seventies
    Explanation
    The hit single "Dance With Me" by Orleans is from the seventies.

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  • 30. 

    What decade is the hit single "More Love" by Kim Carnes from?

    • A.

      Eighties

    • B.

      Sixties

    • C.

      Seventies

    • D.

      Nineties

    Correct Answer
    A. Eighties
    Explanation
    The hit single "More Love" by Kim Carnes is from the decade of the Eighties.

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