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  • 1. 

    Ray of Light was the title track of what singer's 1998 CD, her first studio album in four years?

    • A.

      Annie Lennox

    • B.

      Cher

    • C.

      Madonna

    • D.

      Aretha Franklin

    Correct Answer
    C. Madonna
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Madonna. The question asks for the title track of a singer's 1998 CD, which was her first studio album in four years. Among the given options, Madonna is the only singer who fits this description. Therefore, the correct answer is Madonna.

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  • 2. 

    Jay-Z's 1998 hit "Hard Knock Life" took its title from a song from which Broadway musical?

    • A.

      Annie Get Your Gun

    • B.

      The Music Man

    • C.

      Rent

    • D.

      Annie

    Correct Answer
    D. Annie
    Explanation
    Jay-Z's 1998 hit "Hard Knock Life" took its title from the Broadway musical "Annie."

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  • 3. 

    What was the name of the Nirvana song Weird Al Yankovic parodied with "Smells Like Nirvana"?

    • A.

      Smells Like Teen Spirit

    • B.

      Who's Got Teen Spirit?

    • C.

      I Love Teen Spirit

    • D.

      Smells Like A Secret

    Correct Answer
    A. Smells Like Teen Spirit
    Explanation
    "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is the correct answer for the question. This is because "Smells Like Nirvana" is a parody song by Weird Al Yankovic that parodies the original song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by the band Nirvana. Weird Al Yankovic is known for creating parody songs, and "Smells Like Nirvana" is one of his popular parodies.

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  • 4. 

    Former Menudo star Ricky Martin released what chart-topping English-language hit in 1999?

    • A.

      Livin' La Vida Loca

    • B.

      I Need To Know

    • C.

      Shake Your Bon-Bon

    • D.

      Everybody

    Correct Answer
    A. Livin' La Vida Loca
    Explanation
    In 1999, former Menudo star Ricky Martin released the chart-topping English-language hit "Livin' La Vida Loca." This song became a massive success and catapulted Martin into international stardom. Its catchy melody, energetic rhythm, and catchy lyrics made it a favorite among listeners, and it remains one of Martin's most iconic songs to date.

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  • 5. 

    Arrested Development's debut 1992 single shared its name with what Southern state?

    • A.

      Alabama

    • B.

      Tennessee

    • C.

      Kentucky

    • D.

      Georgia

    Correct Answer
    B. Tennessee
    Explanation
    Arrested Development's debut 1992 single shared its name with the Southern state of Tennessee.

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  • 6. 

    Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" was also known as the theme from what 1997 film?

    • A.

      Shakespeare In Love

    • B.

      Titanic

    • C.

      The Bodyguard

    • D.

      You've Got Mail

    Correct Answer
    B. Titanic
    Explanation
    Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" is known as the theme from the 1997 film Titanic. The song was featured prominently in the film and became a huge hit, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The film itself, directed by James Cameron, also became a massive success and is one of the highest-grossing films of all time.

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  • 7. 

    Boyz II Men sang the praises of what city, their hometown, in their debut 1991 single?

    • A.

      Philadelphia

    • B.

      Omaha

    • C.

      Atlanta

    • D.

      Boston

    Correct Answer
    A. Philadelphia
    Explanation
    Boyz II Men, a popular R&B group, released their debut single in 1991 which praised their hometown. Philadelphia is known as the city of brotherly love and has a rich history in music, making it a fitting subject for the group's first song. The correct answer is Philadelphia.

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  • 8. 

    What 1990 M.C. Hammer hit featured a sample from Rick James' "Super Freak"?

    • A.

      2 Legit 2 Quit

    • B.

      Dancing Machine

    • C.

      They Put Me In The Mix

    • D.

      U Can't Touch This

    Correct Answer
    D. U Can't Touch This
    Explanation
    "U Can't Touch This" by M.C. Hammer is the correct answer. The song, released in 1990, prominently features a sample from Rick James' "Super Freak." M.C. Hammer's use of the sample helped popularize the song and contributed to its success.

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  • 9. 

    Which 1990 rap hit featured a sample of "Under Pressure" from Queen and David Bowie?

    • A.

      Play That Funky Music

    • B.

      Cool As Ice

    • C.

      Ice Ice Baby

    • D.

      Fight The Power

    Correct Answer
    C. Ice Ice Baby
    Explanation
    "Ice Ice Baby" is the correct answer to the question. This 1990 rap hit by Vanilla Ice prominently features a sample of the bassline from "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie. The sample is a key element of the song and is instantly recognizable to listeners.

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  • 10. 

    Janet Jackson's "Escapade" was taken from what 1990 concept album?

    • A.

      Control

    • B.

      Rhythm Nation: 1814

    • C.

      The Pleasure Principle

    • D.

      All For You

    Correct Answer
    B. Rhythm Nation: 1814
    Explanation
    "Escapade" is a song by Janet Jackson that was released in 1990. It was taken from her concept album "Rhythm Nation: 1814." This album was a follow-up to her successful album "Control" and continued to explore themes of social issues and personal empowerment. "Rhythm Nation: 1814" was critically acclaimed and commercially successful, producing multiple hit singles including "Escapade."

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  • 11. 

    Which Civil Rights icon sued Outkast over a 1998 single that bore her name?

    • A.

      Fannie Lou Hamer

    • B.

      Myrlie Evers

    • C.

      Rosa Parks

    • D.

      Coretta Scott King

    Correct Answer
    C. Rosa Parks
    Explanation
    Rosa Parks sued Outkast over a 1998 single that bore her name. Rosa Parks was a prominent Civil Rights icon known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Outkast's single, titled "Rosa Parks," was released without Parks' permission, leading her to file a lawsuit against the group. The lawsuit was settled out of court, with Outkast agreeing to change the title of the song and pay a settlement to Parks. This incident highlights the unauthorized use of Parks' name and the legal action she took to protect her rights and legacy.

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  • 12. 

    Ironic was one of five hit singles from which artist's "Jagged Little Pill" album?

    • A.

      Martha Wash

    • B.

      Celine Dion

    • C.

      Alanis Morissette

    • D.

      Mariah Carey

    Correct Answer
    C. Alanis Morissette
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Alanis Morissette. "Jagged Little Pill" was a highly successful album released by Alanis Morissette, and "Ironic" was one of the hit singles from that album.

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  • 13. 

    Which band's debut single, "Hold My Hand", featured backing vocals by David Crosby?

    • A.

      Nickleback

    • B.

      Creed

    • C.

      Hootie & The Blowfish

    • D.

      The Dave Matthews Band

    Correct Answer
    C. Hootie & The Blowfish
    Explanation
    "Hold My Hand" is a debut single by Hootie & The Blowfish that featured backing vocals by David Crosby. This information suggests that Hootie & The Blowfish is the correct answer to the question.

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  • 14. 

    Dr. Dre's "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" featured an appearance by what up-and-coming rapper?

    • A.

      Tupac Shakur

    • B.

      Jay-Z

    • C.

      Nas

    • D.

      Snoop Doggy Dogg

    Correct Answer
    D. Snoop Doggy Dogg
    Explanation
    In Dr. Dre's "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang," an up-and-coming rapper who made an appearance was Snoop Doggy Dogg. Snoop Doggy Dogg's collaboration with Dr. Dre on this track helped to launch his own successful career in the music industry.

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  • 15. 

    Which nine-minute, 1991 Guns N' Roses hit was based on a short story by Del James?

    • A.

      November Rain

    • B.

      Welcome To The Jungle

    • C.

      Sweet Child O' Mine

    • D.

      Patience

    Correct Answer
    A. November Rain
    Explanation
    "November Rain" is the correct answer because it is a nine-minute Guns N' Roses hit from 1991 that was based on a short story by Del James.

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  • 16. 

    What rocker won an Oscar for Best Song from a Motion Picture for 1994's "Streets of Philadelphia"?

    • A.

      Billy Joel

    • B.

      Bruce Springsteen

    • C.

      Elton John

    • D.

      Rick Springfield

    Correct Answer
    B. Bruce Springsteen
    Explanation
    Bruce Springsteen won an Oscar for Best Song from a Motion Picture for 1994's "Streets of Philadelphia." This song was featured in the film "Philadelphia" and was written and performed by Bruce Springsteen. The song's poignant lyrics and Springsteen's emotive delivery resonated with audiences, earning him critical acclaim and the prestigious Oscar award.

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  • 17. 

    The chorus of what 1991 Metallica hit includes the line, "We're off to Never Never Land"?

    • A.

      Nothing Else Matters

    • B.

      Enter Sandman

    • C.

      One

    • D.

      Master Of Puppets

    Correct Answer
    B. Enter Sandman
    Explanation
    "Enter Sandman" is the correct answer because the chorus of this 1991 Metallica hit includes the line, "We're off to Never Never Land." The line refers to the popular fictional location from J.M. Barrie's play "Peter Pan," where Peter and the Lost Boys reside. The song's lyrics and overall theme also align with the dark and mysterious atmosphere associated with Neverland.

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  • 18. 

    The Latin duo Los Del Rio popularized what dance craze with a 1996 Spanish-language hit?

    • A.

      The Achy Breaky

    • B.

      The Macarena

    • C.

      The Cha-Cha Slide

    • D.

      The Chicken Dance

    Correct Answer
    B. The Macarena
    Explanation
    The Latin duo Los Del Rio popularized the dance craze known as "The Macarena" with their 1996 Spanish-language hit. The song became a worldwide phenomenon, with its catchy tune and simple dance moves that captured the attention of people of all ages. The Macarena dance involves a series of arm and hip movements, and it quickly became a staple at parties, weddings, and other social gatherings. Los Del Rio's hit song and the accompanying dance became a cultural phenomenon, and it continues to be recognized and enjoyed by people around the world.

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  • 19. 

    Some Gave All from Billy Ray Cyrus topped the charts for 17 weeks on the success of what single?

    • A.

      Achy Breaky Heart

    • B.

      Boot Scootin' Boogie

    • C.

      Dance With Me

    • D.

      Friends In Low Places

    Correct Answer
    A. Achy Breaky Heart
    Explanation
    "Achy Breaky Heart" was the single that propelled Billy Ray Cyrus' album "Some Gave All" to the top of the charts for 17 weeks. The catchy country-pop song became a massive hit in the early 1990s and helped establish Cyrus as a prominent figure in the music industry. Its infectious melody and memorable lyrics resonated with listeners, leading to its immense success and long reign at the top of the charts.

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  • 20. 

    I Want It That Way was a hit single from what 1999 Backstreet Boys album?

    • A.

      Unbreakable

    • B.

      Millennium

    • C.

      Never Gone

    • D.

      Black & Blue

    Correct Answer
    B. Millennium
    Explanation
    "I Want It That Way" was a hit single from the 1999 Backstreet Boys album "Millennium". This album was highly successful and is considered one of the group's most popular and iconic albums. The song itself became a global sensation and is often recognized as one of the Backstreet Boys' signature songs.

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  • 21. 

    Elton John released his "Candle In The Wind 1997" as a tribute to whom?

    • A.

      Freddie Mercury

    • B.

      Marlene Dietrich

    • C.

      Dinah Shore

    • D.

      Princess Diana

    Correct Answer
    D. Princess Diana
    Explanation
    Elton John released his "Candle In The Wind 1997" as a tribute to Princess Diana. The song was originally written in 1973 as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe, but Elton John reworked the lyrics and performed it at Princess Diana's funeral in 1997. The song became a huge hit and became one of the best-selling singles of all time. It was a heartfelt tribute to the beloved Princess Diana and captured the emotions of millions of people mourning her tragic death.

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  • 22. 

    Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker and rapper Q-Tip all appeared on what 1990 Deee-Lite hit?

    • A.

      Tubthumping

    • B.

      Groove Is In The Heart

    • C.

      Gettin' Jiggy Wit It

    • D.

      Interstate Love Song

    Correct Answer
    B. Groove Is In The Heart
    Explanation
    Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker, and rapper Q-Tip all appeared on the 1990 Deee-Lite hit "Groove Is In The Heart."

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  • 23. 

    R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" was featured in what live-action/animated film?

    • A.

      Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    • B.

      Space Jam

    • C.

      Cool World

    • D.

      Waking Life

    Correct Answer
    B. Space Jam
    Explanation
    "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly was featured in the live-action/animated film Space Jam. This film, released in 1996, starred basketball player Michael Jordan and a cast of Looney Tunes characters. The song became a huge hit and was closely associated with the film, as it played during a pivotal scene and was also included on the film's soundtrack.

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  • 24. 

    Puff Daddy's "I'll Be Missing You" features a sample of what 1990's Police hit?

    • A.

      Every Breath You Take

    • B.

      Synchronicity

    • C.

      Don't Stand So Close To Me

    • D.

      King Of Pain

    Correct Answer
    A. Every Breath You Take
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Every Breath You Take." Puff Daddy's "I'll Be Missing You" samples the iconic 1990's Police hit, "Every Breath You Take." The song was released in 1997 as a tribute to the late rapper Notorious B.I.G., and it prominently features the familiar melody and lyrics from "Every Breath You Take." The sample adds a nostalgic and emotional element to the song, making it a memorable hit in its own right.

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  • 25. 

    In VH1's "Songs of the 90's", which song was voted #1?

    • A.

      Oasis' "Wonderwall"

    • B.

      Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

    • C.

      Tupac's "I Ain't Mad At Cha"

    • D.

      Beck's "I'm A Loser"

    Correct Answer
    B. Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
    Explanation
    In VH1's "Songs of the 90's", Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was voted as the #1 song. This song is widely regarded as one of the most iconic and influential songs of the 90s, and it played a significant role in shaping the grunge movement. The catchy guitar riff, raw energy, and rebellious lyrics resonated with a generation and catapulted Nirvana to mainstream success. Its impact on the music industry and popular culture during the 90s makes it a deserving choice for the top spot in VH1's countdown.

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  • 26. 

    What was the first major hit single for Third Eye Blind?

    • A.

      Jumper

    • B.

      Freshmen

    • C.

      Semi-Charmed Life

    • D.

      Parklife

    Correct Answer
    C. Semi-Charmed Life
    Explanation
    "Semi-Charmed Life" was the first major hit single for Third Eye Blind. This song was released in 1997 and became a huge success, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Its catchy melody and upbeat sound made it a popular song among listeners, and it helped to establish Third Eye Blind as a prominent band in the alternative rock genre. The song's lyrics also resonated with audiences, discussing themes of drug addiction and the struggles of everyday life. Overall, "Semi-Charmed Life" played a crucial role in Third Eye Blind's success and remains one of their most well-known songs.

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  • 27. 

    A 1982 duet by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney inspired what singers' "The Boy Is Mine"?

    • A.

      Beyonce And Rhianna

    • B.

      Brandy And Monica

    • C.

      Madonna And Beyonce

    • D.

      Madonna And Cher

    Correct Answer
    B. Brandy And Monica
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Brandy And Monica. The question asks about the singers who were inspired by a 1982 duet by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney. "The Boy Is Mine" is a song by Brandy and Monica, which was released in 1998. Therefore, Brandy and Monica were the singers who were inspired by the duet and created their own hit song.

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  • 28. 

    Ricky Martin claims that his 2000 hit "She Bangs" took its title from what event?

    • A.

      His Wedding

    • B.

      His Birth

    • C.

      His Sister's Birth

    • D.

      The Big Bang

    Correct Answer
    D. The Big Bang
    Explanation
    Ricky Martin claims that his 2000 hit "She Bangs" took its title from The Big Bang. This suggests that the song's title was inspired by the scientific theory of the Big Bang, which is the prevailing explanation for the origin of the universe. It is likely that Ricky Martin used this term metaphorically to convey the explosive and energetic nature of the song, comparing it to the powerful force that created the universe.

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  • 29. 

    Which 1999 TLC "Fan Mail" single won the 2000 Grammy for Best R&B Song?

    • A.

      Let's Do It Again

    • B.

      No Scrubs

    • C.

      Unpretty

    • D.

      Waterfalls

    Correct Answer
    B. No Scrubs
    Explanation
    "No Scrubs" is the correct answer because it was the TLC "Fan Mail" single that won the 2000 Grammy for Best R&B Song. The song, released in 1999, became a huge hit and received critical acclaim for its catchy melody and empowering lyrics. It showcased TLC's signature blend of R&B, hip hop, and pop elements, and its success solidified TLC's status as one of the most influential girl groups of the 90s.

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