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  • 1. 

    What 1950s pop music icon was known for his trademark black eyeglass frames?

    • A.

      Buddy Holly

    • B.

      Ritchie Valens

    • C.

      Johnny Cash

    • D.

      Elvis Presley

    Correct Answer
    A. Buddy Holly
    Explanation
    Buddy Holly was a 1950s pop music icon who was known for his trademark black eyeglass frames. He was a pioneer of rock and roll and had a distinctive style that included his iconic glasses. His influence on the music industry is still felt today, and his tragic death at a young age only added to his legendary status.

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  • 2. 

    What childhood experience do Britney Spears and Christine Aguilera have in common?

    • A.

      Both are only children

    • B.

      They were both Mouseketeers

    • C.

      Both were born in Indiana

    • D.

      Both spoke Spanish at home

    Correct Answer
    B. They were both Mouseketeers
    Explanation
    Both Britney Spears and Christine Aguilera have the childhood experience of being Mouseketeers. This means that both of them were part of the popular children's variety show called "The Mickey Mouse Club" during their early years. Being Mouseketeers allowed them to gain early exposure to the entertainment industry and kick-started their careers in music.

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  • 3. 

    What iconic group of the 60s is said to have changed popular music forever?

    • A.

      Herman's Hermits

    • B.

      The Beatles

    • C.

      The Hollies

    • D.

      Derek And The Dominoes

    Correct Answer
    B. The Beatles
    Explanation
    The Beatles is the correct answer because they are widely recognized as one of the most influential and innovative bands of all time. Their music and cultural impact during the 1960s revolutionized popular music by introducing new sounds, songwriting techniques, and album concepts. Their experimentation with different genres, studio techniques, and lyrical themes set the stage for the development of various subgenres and paved the way for future artists to push boundaries in music. Their influence can still be felt in contemporary music, making them an iconic group that truly changed popular music forever.

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  • 4. 

    Who became a pop music icon with his hit "Can't Touch This"?

    • A.

      MC Hammer

    • B.

      Michael Jackson

    • C.

      Beyonce

    • D.

      Chubby Checker

    Correct Answer
    A. MC Hammer
    Explanation
    MC Hammer became a pop music icon with his hit "Can't Touch This". The song was released in 1990 and became a massive success, reaching the top of the charts and receiving widespread acclaim. MC Hammer's unique style, catchy lyrics, and iconic dance moves made him a cultural phenomenon and solidified his status as a pop music icon.

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  • 5. 

    What pop music icon got her start with "Destiny's Child"?

    • A.

      Carrie Underwood

    • B.

      Diana Ross

    • C.

      Madonna

    • D.

      Beyonce

    Correct Answer
    D. Beyonce
    Explanation
    Beyonce is the correct answer because she indeed got her start with the popular music group "Destiny's Child." She rose to fame as the lead vocalist of the group, which achieved great success in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Beyonce later embarked on a successful solo career and became one of the most influential and iconic figures in pop music.

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  • 6. 

    What is pop icon Madonna's given, legal first name?

    • A.

      MaryDonna

    • B.

      Martha

    • C.

      Madonna

    • D.

      Donna

    Correct Answer
    C. Madonna
    Explanation
    Madonna's given, legal first name is Madonna. This means that Madonna is the name she was given at birth and is legally recognized as her first name.

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  • 7. 

    What pop music icon caught his hair on fire while filming a soft drink commercial in 1984?

    • A.

      Mick Jagger

    • B.

      Gene Simmons

    • C.

      Justin Timberlake

    • D.

      Michael Jackson

    Correct Answer
    D. Michael Jackson
    Explanation
    In 1984, Michael Jackson's hair caught on fire while filming a Pepsi commercial. This incident occurred when a pyrotechnic effect went wrong, causing his hair to ignite. The accident resulted in severe burns on his scalp and led to a long-term addiction to painkillers.

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  • 8. 

    What pop music icon told us in 1984 that "Girls Just Want To Have Fun"?

    • A.

      Madonna

    • B.

      Cyndi Lauper

    • C.

      Britney Spears

    • D.

      Annie Lennox

    Correct Answer
    B. Cyndi Lauper
    Explanation
    In 1984, Cyndi Lauper released the hit song "Girls Just Want To Have Fun," which became an anthem for female empowerment and fun-loving spirit. The lyrics and catchy melody resonated with a wide audience, making it a pop music icon. Madonna, Britney Spears, and Annie Lennox are also famous pop music icons, but they did not release this particular song in 1984. Therefore, the correct answer is Cyndi Lauper.

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  • 9. 

    What pop icon is among the "Single Ladies" no more, now that she is married to rapper JayZ?

    • A.

      Gwen Stefani

    • B.

      Madonna

    • C.

      Beyonce

    • D.

      Christine Aguilera

    Correct Answer
    C. Beyonce
    Explanation
    Beyonce is the correct answer because she is a pop icon who was famously known for her hit song "Single Ladies." She is no longer single as she is now married to rapper JayZ. This information is widely known and documented in the media.

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  • 10. 

    What pop music icon was known for a single glove, white socks, and "The Moonwalk"?

    • A.

      Michael Jackson

    • B.

      Buddy Holly

    • C.

      Justin Timberlake

    • D.

      Roy Orbison

    Correct Answer
    A. Michael Jackson
    Explanation
    Michael Jackson is the correct answer because he was a pop music icon who was known for wearing a single glove, white socks, and popularizing the dance move called "The Moonwalk." His unique fashion choices and iconic dance moves became synonymous with his image and contributed to his status as a pop culture legend.

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  • 11. 

    What pop music icon was briefly married to Sean Penn?

    • A.

      Christine Aguilera

    • B.

      Cheryl Crow

    • C.

      Madonna

    • D.

      Britney Spears

    Correct Answer
    C. Madonna
    Explanation
    Madonna was briefly married to Sean Penn. Madonna is a pop music icon known for her influential career and provocative image. She and Sean Penn got married in 1985 but divorced in 1989. Madonna's marriage to Sean Penn was highly publicized and garnered significant media attention at the time.

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  • 12. 

    Pop music icons Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins were both members of what band?

    • A.

      Journey

    • B.

      Pink Floyd

    • C.

      Genesis

    • D.

      The Police

    Correct Answer
    C. Genesis
    Explanation
    Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins were both members of the band Genesis.

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  • 13. 

    What is pop music icon Sting's real name?

    • A.

      Wesley Stingham

    • B.

      Elwin Stingman

    • C.

      Lesley Snooter

    • D.

      Gordon Sumner

    Correct Answer
    D. Gordon Sumner
    Explanation
    Gordon Sumner is the correct answer because it is Sting's real name. Sting is a pop music icon known for his solo career as well as being the lead vocalist and bassist for the band The Police. He adopted the stage name "Sting" early in his career, but his birth name is Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner.

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  • 14. 

    When did Sting make his first live solo appearance?

    • A.

      1992

    • B.

      1981

    • C.

      1998

    • D.

      1966

    Correct Answer
    B. 1981
    Explanation
    Sting made his first live solo appearance in 1981.

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  • 15. 

    What was the name of pop icon Boy George's band?

    • A.

      Culture Club

    • B.

      Boy George

    • C.

      Boy George Revue

    • D.

      George

    Correct Answer
    A. Culture Club
    Explanation
    Culture Club was the name of pop icon Boy George's band. Boy George is known for his lead vocals in the band, which was formed in the early 1980s. Culture Club gained international success with hits like "Karma Chameleon" and "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me." The band's unique blend of pop, reggae, and soul music, along with Boy George's androgynous image, made them a prominent figure in the music industry during that time.

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  • 16. 

    Justin Timberlake first found fame on what talent show?

    • A.

      So You Think You Can Sing?

    • B.

      Star Search

    • C.

      America's Got Talent

    • D.

      American Idol

    Correct Answer
    B. Star Search
    Explanation
    Justin Timberlake first found fame on the talent show "Star Search."

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  • 17. 

    What pop music icon was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou?

    • A.

      Boy George

    • B.

      Sting

    • C.

      George Harrison

    • D.

      George Michael

    Correct Answer
    D. George Michael
    Explanation
    George Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou. He was a pop music icon known for his soulful voice and hits such as "Careless Whisper" and "Faith." George Michael rose to fame as a member of the duo Wham! before embarking on a successful solo career. He was known for his powerful vocals, catchy melodies, and emotional songwriting. Tragically, George Michael passed away in 2016, but his music continues to be celebrated and loved by fans around the world.

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  • 18. 

    To whom is pop icon David Bowie married?

    • A.

      Kate Moss

    • B.

      Iman

    • C.

      Tyra Banks

    • D.

      Naomi Campbell

    Correct Answer
    B. Iman
    Explanation
    Iman is the correct answer because David Bowie was married to her. Iman is a Somali-American fashion model, actress, and entrepreneur. She and Bowie got married in 1992 and remained together until his death in 2016. Together, they were considered one of the most iconic and influential couples in the entertainment industry.

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  • 19. 

    What iconic band of the 1980s was headed by Colin Hay?

    • A.

      Foreigner

    • B.

      The Cars

    • C.

      Men At Work

    • D.

      Journey

    Correct Answer
    C. Men At Work
    Explanation
    Colin Hay is known for being the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the iconic band Men At Work. Men At Work gained immense popularity in the 1980s with hits like "Down Under" and "Who Can It Be Now?" Their unique blend of rock and reggae influences, along with Hay's distinctive vocals, made them a standout band of the era. Therefore, Men At Work is the correct answer to the question.

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  • 20. 

    What band did pop icon David Byrne leave to launch his solo career?

    • A.

      The Police

    • B.

      Talking Heads

    • C.

      The Who

    • D.

      The Cars

    Correct Answer
    B. Talking Heads
    Explanation
    David Byrne left the band Talking Heads to launch his solo career.

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  • 21. 

    By the end of 2009, how many times had Britney Spears been married and divorced?

    • A.

      2

    • B.

      4

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      1

    Correct Answer
    A. 2
    Explanation
    Britney Spears had been married and divorced twice by the end of 2009.

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  • 22. 

    Before becoming a pop music icon, what did Cheryl Crow do for a living?

    • A.

      Account Executive

    • B.

      Veterinarian Technician

    • C.

      Nurse

    • D.

      Music teacher

    Correct Answer
    D. Music teacher
    Explanation
    Cheryl Crow worked as a music teacher before becoming a pop music icon. This means that she had a career in education, teaching music to students. This background in music education likely helped shape her skills and passion for music, eventually leading her to pursue a career as a successful pop musician.

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