Classic Rock Trivia

50+ Classic Rock Trivia Questions For Musicians

Whether you’re a musician yourself or simply love listening to the greats, you probably know a lot about the classic rock era. However, there’s probably still more you need to learn. Here is some classic rock trivia for the most massive music fans. It will test your knowledge about classic rock music and classic rock bands. It will let you know, for sure, whether you’re a pro musician or just an amateur!

Fun Classic Rock Trivia Quiz:

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What was the first rock-n-roll song to hit #1 on the charts?

“Rock Around the Clock”.

Which Aerosmith song was nominated for both Best Original Song and Worst Original Song?

“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”.

How many times was Linkin Park rejected by record labels?

44 times.

Which classic rock album is sometimes said to be a soundtrack to The Wizard of Oz?

Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon.

What did Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury attribute his enhanced vocal range to?

His four extra teeth.

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‘We Will Rock You’ is a hit song by the famous band, Queen. What’s the real name of its singer Freddie Mercury?

Farrokh Bulsara.

The Rolling Stones appeared on a TV show while on their very first US Tour. Name the TV show.

The Dean Martin Variety Show.

The Led Zeppelin hit ‘Stairway to Heaven’ was played live for the very first time in which city?


How many studio albums did Nirvana release?

Three albums.

Whose son became the Who’s drummer in 1996?

Ringo Starr’s son Zak Starkey.

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What is the name of the Muppet modeled after Bruce Springsteen?

Bruce Stringbean.

The album ‘On An Island’ was released by which Pink Floyd member?

David Gilmour.

What rock star once broke into Graceland?

Bruce Springsteen.

Who dances with Bruce Springsteen in the music video for “Dancing in the Dark”?

Courteney Cox.

Which androgynous musician is known for his album ‘Purple Rain’?


Tricky Classic Rock Trivia:

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How old was Jim Morrison when he died?


Which hotel chain banned the Who for life?

Holiday Inn.

Who recorded the 1973 album, titled “Tres Hombres”?

ZZ Top.

How many drummers have played for the famous band AC/DC?


Why was Nirvana thrown out of their own record release party for Nevermind?

They started a food fight.

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What was the name of the airplane Buddy Holly last flew in?

American Pie.

Which group had a top ten hit in 1970 with “Lola”?

The Kinks.

Imagine Dragons caught their first big break when the lead singer of which band fell sick?


What band’s lead singer is credited with popularizing stage diving?

Iggy Pop of the Stooges.

Lynyrd Skynyrd had a massive hit with which song that was also the title of a film starring Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, and Patrick Dempsey?

Sweet Home Alabama.

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Which Guns n Roses guitarist performs the guitar solo on ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’?


Which group recorded the song “Pictures of Lily” in 1967?

The Who.

Which Pink Floyd recording became the first rock album to be played in space?

Delicate Sound of Thunder.

What English rock band produced three legendary guitarists: Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton?

The Yardbirds.

On March 31, 1967, during a performance at the London Astoria, Jimi Hendrix ______.

Set his guitar on fire.

Interesting Classic Rock Music Trivia:

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Which American pop-rock band was wildly popular in Japan?

Cheap Trick.

What is the only song Led Zeppelin ever recorded with a guest vocalist?

“The Battle of Evermore”.

Which band got its name by taking the first letter of the names of all the band members?

ABBA: Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

Who once kicked Jimi Hendrix out of his band?

Little Richard.

How many different instruments did Prince play on his debut album?

27 instruments.

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When was the first-ever album of Aerosmith released?


Which goddess inspired the Rolling Stones’ logo?

The Hindu goddess Kali.

Dusty Springfield recommended Led Zeppelin to a Records label. Which label was it?

Atlantic Records.

Who is the only member of ZZ Top who doesn’t have a beard?

The drummer, Frank Beard.

What did MUSE stand for?

Musicians United for Safe Energy.

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Who brought us the song “Live Wire”?

Motley Crue.

Which famous Queen song is notably remembered from the movie “Wayne’s World”?

Bohemian Rhapsody.

Which Beatle crossed Abbey Road barefoot?


Who sang Old Time Rock & Roll?

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.

What band features brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen on guitar and drums, respectively?

Van Halen.

Who wrote the Eric Clapton hit “I Shot The Sheriff”?

Bob Marley.

What famous guitar virtuoso played the guitar solo on the Beatles song While My Guitar Gently Weeps?

Eric Clapton.

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Who sang Midnight Rider?

The Allman Brothers Band.

Who financed Van Halen’s first demo?

Gene Simmons.

How many encores did Elvis Presley usually give?

Elvis never gave an encore at his concerts.

The Doors got their name from a book by which author?

Aldous Huxley’s book The Doors of Perception.

This eclectic guitarist is known for wearing a school boy’s uniform on stage. 

Angus Young.

Which Chuck Berry song was covered by both The Beatles and The Beach Boys? 

Rock And Roll Music.

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