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200+ Music Trivia Questions and Answers [2020]

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Trivia Question: What musician was deported from Japan in the 1980’s for possession of marijuana?
Answer: Paul McCartney

Trivia Question: Which famous music group were formerly known as the New Yardbirds?
Answer: Led Zeppelin

Trivia Question: What was Elvis Presley’s first hit in 1956?
Answer: “Heartbreak Hotel”

Trivia Question: Rock band AC/DC actually originate from which country?
Answer: Australia

Trivia Question: Which group holds the distinction of starring in the first music video ever aired on MTV?
Answer: The Buggles

Trivia Question: Who is the lead singer of Pearl Jam?
Answer: Eddie Vedder

Trivia Question: Which singer is a godmother to Elton John’s two sons?
Answer: Lady Gaga

Trivia Question: Brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb formed which pop group in the late 1950’s?
Answer: The Bee Gees

Trivia Question: The Grateful Dead’s highly-devoted fanbase are known as what?
Answer: Deadheads

Trivia Question: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is situated in what US State?
Answer: Ohio

Trivia Question: Where is Kanye West from?
Answer: Chicago, IL

Trivia Question: What is the ending of the Mac Miller lyric, “They gave me the key to the ____”?
Answer: Sky

Trivia Question: What decade is the hit single “Love Shack” by the B-52s from?
Answer: The Eighties

Trivia Question: Who is the lead singer of Smash Mouth?
Answer: Steven Harwell

Trivia Question: Which Pink Floyd album features a prism on the cover?
Answer: Dark Side Of The Moon

Trivia Question: What is Hozier’s real name?
Answer: Andrew Hozier-Byrne

Trivia Question: What band’s original name was Warsaw?
Answer: Joy Division

Trivia Question: What was the title of the autobiography Diana Ross published in 1994?
Answer: Secrets Of A Sparrow

Trivia Question: Who was the female lead singer for the band Berlin?
Answer: Terri Nunn

Trivia Question: What band had a debut album titled “Can’t Buy a Thrill”?
Answer: Steely Dan

Trivia Question: Who raps on Usher’s “Yeah”?
Answer: Ludacris

Trivia Question: What pop singer is known as “The Material Girl”?
Answer: Madonna

Trivia Question: U2’s “Angel of Harlem” was written about what singer?
Answer: Billie Holiday

Trivia Question: What instrument is used by the indigenous people of Australia to accompany ceremonial dancing and singing?
Answer: Didgeridoo

Trivia Question: What movie did Duran Duran get their name from?
Answer: Barbarella

Trivia Question: Which Beatle had dyslexia?
Answer: John Lennon

Trivia Question: Which group recorded the hit single “Karma Chameleon” in 1984?
Answer: Culture Club

Trivia Question: Ace Frehley is a member of which iconic rock band?
Answer: Kiss

Trivia Question: Which pop singer’s real name is Robyn Fenty?
Answer: Rihanna

Trivia Question: Which pop star played 27 different instruments on their debut album “For You”?
Answer: Prince

Trivia Question: The sackbut was an early form of which musical instrument?
Answer: Trombone

Trivia Question: On what date did MTV make its debut?
Answer: August 1, 1981

Trivia Question: Which of these R&B artists did the title track for the movie “Ghostbusters”?
Answer: Ray Parker Jr.

Trivia Question: Who was Andrew Ridgeley’s partner in the group Wham!?
Answer: George Michael

Trivia Question: The Spice Girls released their debut album in 1996. What was the name of the album?
Answer: Spice

Trivia Question: Which American rapper originally went by the name Lesane Parish Crooks?
Answer: Tupac

Trivia Question: Who won top R&B Male Artist at the Billboard Music Awards 2018?
Answer: Bruno Mars

Trivia Question: Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake turned up to the American Music Awards in 2001 wearing outfits made out of what?
Answer: Denim

Trivia Question: What Smashing Pumpkins song was originally done by Fleetwood Mac?
Answer: Landslide

Trivia Question: What pop artist recorded the hit “Tonight, Tonight”?
Answer: Hot Chelle Rae

Trivia Question: What song has the lyric “I need you more tonight, and I need you more than ever”?
Answer: “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”

Trivia Question: Elton John’s 1976 hit “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” was a duet with which vocalist?
Answer: Kiki Dee

Trivia Question: How did Otis Redding die?
Answer: Plane accident

Trivia Question: Taylor Swift was discovered in 2005 when she performed at what Nashville venue?
Answer: The Bluebird Cafe

Trivia Question: Cardi B first rose to fame in 2015 when she appeared on what TV show?
Answer: Love & Hip Hop: New York

Trivia Question: In 1985, Tina Turner won the Grammy for Record of the Year for what song?
Answer: “What’s Love Got To Do With It”

Trivia Question: What does the Italian musical term adagio mean?
Answer: Slow

Trivia Question: What Michael Jackson album achieve five chart-topping singles?
Answer: Bad

Trivia Question: The B-52’s formed in which city?
Answer: Athens, GA

Trivia Question: How many members are there in the band Rascal Flatts?
Answer: 3

Trivia Question: Who was the lead guitarist of Queen?
Answer: Brian Harold May

Trivia Question: In 1998, who won the Album of the Year Grammy for “Time Out Of Mind”?
Answer: Bob Dylan

Trivia Question: Who sang a duet with Ed Sheeran on the song “Perfect”?
Answer: Beyonce

Trivia Question: What male vocalist sings “Drop It Like It’s Hot”?
Answer: Snoop Dogg/Pharell Williams

Trivia Question: What was Kelly Clarkson’s debut song?
Answer: Miss Independent

Trivia Question: Where was Alicia Keys born?
Answer: Manhatten, NY

Trivia Question: Who sang “Express Yourself”?
Answer: N.W.A

Trivia Question: In 1967, what band released the hit song “Ruby Tuesday”?
Answer: The Rolling Stones

Trivia Question: What was Elvis Presley’s middle name?
Answer: Aaron

Trivia Question: What band is Pat Smear in?
Answer: Foo Fighters

Trivia Question: Who released the country song “Most People Are Good”?
Answer: Luke Bryan

Trivia Question: ABBA originated in which country?
Answer: Sweden

Trivia Question: What US festival hosted over 350,000 music fans in 1969?
Answer: Woodstock

Trivia Question: Tamla Records is the former name of what current record label?
Answer: Motown Records

Trivia Question: Ozzy Osbourne was the lead vocalist of which classic heavy metal band?
Answer: Black Sabbath

Trivia Question: In Taylor Swift’s music video “You Need to Calm Down” what are her and Katy Perry dressed as?
Answer: Fries and a burger

Trivia Question: Who released the country album “Rearview Town”?
Answer: Jason Aldean

Trivia Question: What is Fergie’s real name?
Answer: Stacie Ann Ferguson

Trivia Question: Which popular singer is referred to as “the Boss”?
Answer: Bruce Springsteen

Trivia Question: Which band’s debut album was entitled “Appetite for Destruction”?
Answer: Guns N’ Roses

Trivia Question: What musician won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016?
Answer: Bob Dylan

Trivia Question: Which contemporary pop singer has a tattoo of Jesus Christ on one of his calves?
Answer: Justin Bieber

Trivia Question: Lady Gaga derived her stage name from a song performed by which band?
Answer: Queen

Trivia Question: Who sang “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” at Aretha Franklin’s funeral?
Answer: Ariana Grande

Trivia Question: Who recorded the hit single “Meet Virginia” in 2000?
Answer: Train

Trivia Question: What are Amati family known for?
Answer: Their violins

Trivia Question: Which Beatle worked on a James Bond theme song?
Answer: Paul McCartney

Trivia Question: The song “We Are Never Getting Back Together” was allegedly written in reference to which of Taylor Swift’s ex-boyfriends?
Answer: Jake Gyllenhaal

Trivia Question: What is the name of Beyonce’s alter ego?
Answer: Sasha Fierce

Trivia Question: What show fostered young talents like Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera, before they even became the pop stars?
Answer: The Mickey Mouse Club

Trivia Question: What is Pink’s real name?
Answer: Alicia Moore

Trivia Question: What country is Shakira originally from?
Answer: Columbia

Trivia Question: Michael Jackson’s Thriller was produced by which music producer?
Answer: Quincy Jones

Trivia Question: Who sang “Bye Bye Love”?
Answer: The Everly Brothers

Trivia Question: Mike Posner originally wrote his hit single “Cooler Than Me” while studying at what university?
Answer: Duke

Trivia Question: What American rock band was founded as a one-man project in Seattle in 1994?
Answer: The Foo Fighters

Trivia Question: Who released the 2018 album “Graffiti U”?
Answer: Keith Urban

Trivia Question: Who is referred to as the Queen of Pop?
Answer: Madonna

Trivia Question: Who put out the hit single “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” in 1985?
Answer: Sting

Trivia Question: Who is Sheeran’s dance partner in the “Thinking Out Loud” music video?
Answer: Brittany Cherry (from so you think you can dance)

Trivia Question: What decade is the hit single “Love Shack” by the B-52s from?
Answer: Eighties

Trivia Question: Which Elton John song did The Beach Boys record in 1991?
Answer: Crocodile Rock

Trivia Question: What artist released the song “Video Games” in 2012?
Answer: Lana Del Ray

Trivia Question: Charlie Puth sings the song “Marvin Gaye” featuring what other artist?
Answer: Meghan Trainor

Trivia Question: Which lead singer is credited with popularizing stage diving?
Answer: Iggy Pop

Trivia Question: What artist released the song “Good Life”?
Answer: OneRepublic

Trivia Question: Who put out the hit “I Want To Know What Love Is” in 1985?
Answer: Foreigner

Trivia Question: In what country was Alanis Morissette born?
Answer: Canada

Trivia Question: Thomas Dolby released the song “She Blinded Me With…” What is the ending of this song title?
Answer: Science

Trivia Question: Elton John is known for what signature accessory?
Answer: Eyeglasses

Trivia Question: Who recorded the hit single “Car Wash” in 1977?
Answer: Rose Royce

Trivia Question: What pop artist recorded the hit “Jenny From the Block”?
Answer: Jennifer Lopez

Trivia Question: Who performed at the halftime show at Super Bowl L?
Answer: Coldplay

Trivia Question: What band had a hit with the song “Love Somebody”?
Answer: Maroon 5

Trivia Question: According to Billboard, who was the top-selling album artist of the 1970’s ?
Answer: Elton John

Trivia Question: Who was the first country artist to sell over 10 million copies of an album?
Answer: Garth Brooks

Trivia Question: What stringed symphonic instrument has a pedestal and a crown?
Answer: Harp

Trivia Question: What jazz trumpeter was dubbed the “Prince of Darkness”?
Answer: Miles Davis

Trivia Question: What singer changed his name from Frederick Bulsara?
Answer: Freddie Mercury

Trivia Question: What Beatles single lasted longest on the charts, lasting 19 weeks?
Answer: “Hey Jude”

Trivia Question: Whose debut song was “Shake You Down” in the 1980s?
Answer: Gregory Abbott

Trivia Question: Whose career as a solo performer was launched with the song “Careless Whisper”?
Answer: George Michael

Trivia Question: Which member of Def Leppard died in 1991?
Answer: Steve Clark

Trivia Question: What is Barbra Streisand’s middle name?
Answer: Joan

Trivia Question: Who was the original lead singer with The Supremes?
Answer: Diana Ross

Trivia Question: Justin Timberlake started his career as a member of what band?
Answer: *NSYNC

Trivia Question: The music video for “Birthday” features Katy Perry disguised as how many different characters in birthday parties?
Answer: Five

Trivia Question: Vanilla Ice’s 1991 hit “Ice Ice Baby” was used as a sample from which Queen song?
Answer: “Under Pressure”

Trivia Question: Sheryl Crow’s first big break came as a backup singer for which singer?
Answer: Michael Jackson

Trivia Question: Which Wilson Phillips group member had gastric bypass surgery?
Answer: Carnie Wilson

Trivia Question: Which band recorded the 2014 UK Singles chart-topper “She Looks So Perfect”?
Answer: 5 Seconds Of Summer

Trivia Question: Which Member of the Go-Go’s released an album titled Fur with the forgettable single “Rush Hour”?
Answer: Jane Wiedlin

Trivia Question: What group sang “I Know What Boys Like”?
Answer: The Waitresses

Trivia Question: What 80s band covered and reworked the song “Tainted Love”?
Answer: Soft Cell

Trivia Question: The band Vampire Weekend started at what United States University?
Answer: Columbia University

Trivia Question: What was the first album AC/DC released after the death of their lead singer Bon Scott?
Answer: Back in Black

Trivia Question: Blondie had a number one single in 1980, what was the name of that song?
Answer: “Call Me”

Trivia Question: Rick Springfield took what song to number one in the summer of 1981?
Answer: “Jessie’s Girl”

Trivia Question: Which song starts with these lines: “I bet you’re wondering’ how I knew, ‘About your plans to make me blue.”
Answer: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”

Trivia Question: What are the opening lyrics for the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby?”
Answer: The night we met I knew I needed you so

Trivia Question: Which year was the album Elvis is Back! released?
Answer: 1960

Trivia Question: Who wrote “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)” the 1970s hit for Three Dog Night?
Answer: Randy Newman

Trivia Question: Who had the hit “The Loco-Motion” in 1974?
Answer: Grand Funk

Trivia Question: Which Eagles song gave the band their first single hit of the 70’s?
Answer: “Best of My Love”

Trivia Question: Who had the 1974 number one album “Can’t Get Enough”?
Answer: Barry White

Trivia Question: Who had the 1987 UK number one hit “Star Trekkin'”?
Answer: The Firm

Trivia Question: “Kokomo” gave which group a number one hit in 1988?
Answer: The Beach Boys

Trivia Question: Which album gave The Police their first number one hit of the 80’s?
Answer: Synchronicity

Trivia Question: Who spent four weeks at number one on the US singles chart with ‘Magic” in 1980?
Answer: Olivia Newton-John

Trivia Question: Which song gave Tina Turner her first solo number one single?
Answer: “What’s Love Got To Do With It”

Trivia Question: Which female artist released the song “Hero” in 1993?
Answer: Mariah Carey

Trivia Question: Who were the three original members of the Backstreet Boys?
Answer: AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter

Trivia Question: In 1999, who had a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Genie In A Bottle”?
Answer: Christina Aguilera

Trivia Question: Who sang the song”Shoe Box” in 1995?
Answer: Barenaked Ladies

Trivia Question: Who had a hit with “You Can’t Touch This”?
Answer: MC Hammer

Trivia Question: Who sings the song with the lyrics ‘Push me up against the wall, young Kentucky girl in a push-up bra’?
Answer: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Trivia Question: Who is the musical icon that released “In the Blue Light’ in 2018?
Answer: Paul Simon

Trivia Question: Who sang the hit “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” in 1978?
Answer: Rod Stewart

Trivia Question: Which upbeat song featured these lyrics: “All right stop, collaborate and listen”?
Answer: Ice Ice Baby

Trivia Question: What musical group performs on Jimmy Fallon’s talk show?
Answer: The Roots

Trivia Question: Whose first album was titled ‘Wide Open Spaces’?
Answer: The Dixie Chicks

Trivia Question: What was the Backstreet Boys’ first single in 1995?
Answer: “We’ve Got It Goin’ On”

Trivia Question: The Four Seasons hit the charts with “December 1963,” what was the rest of its title?
Answer: “Oh What a Night”

Trivia Question: The 2017 album “DAMN.” was released by which artist?
Answer: Kendrick Lamar

Trivia Question: Who performed “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” at the 2018 CMT Music Awards?
Answer: Luke Bryan

Trivia Question: Who did Whitney Houston marry from 1992-2007?
Answer: Bobby Brown

Trivia Question: “Today is gonna be the day that I’m gonna throw it back to you” is a line from which Oasis song?
Answer: Wonderwall

Trivia Question: What decade is the hit single “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses from?
Answer: Nineties

Trivia Question: Which artist recorded the song “The Remedy?”
Answer: Jason Mraz

Trivia Question: What hit by Nelly Furtado was number one on over 20 different music charts?
Answer: “Say It Right”

Trivia Question: Which band sings the song ‘Barbie Girl’?
Answer: Aqua

Trivia Question: What is Eminem’s album released in 2000 named?
Answer: The Marshall Mathers LP

Trivia Question: Who sings the song “Bills, Bills, Bills”?
Answer: Destiny’s Child

Trivia Question: Who had a hit with the song “The A Team”?
Answer: Ed Sheeran

Trivia Question: Who is the artist for the album Lemonade?
Answer: Beyonce

Trivia Question: The in the song “Take Me To Church,” a lyric in the song says that his lover would “giggle at” where?
Answer: A funeral

Trivia Question: What band has Patrick Stump as lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist?
Answer: Fall Out Boy

Trivia Question: Who was in the song “4 Minutes to Save The World” with Madonna?
Answer: Justin Timberlake and Timbaland

Trivia Question: Who was the lead singer for the Scorpions?
Answer: Klaus Meine

Trivia Question: Who released the 2018 country song “Singles You Up”?
Answer: Jordan Davis

Trivia Question: Room For Squares was a CD released by which artist?
Answer: John Mayer

Trivia Question: Where was the band Genesis founded?
Answer: Surrey

Trivia Question: Who has two hits with “Thousand Miles” and “Ordinary Day”?
Answer: Vanessa Carlton

Trivia Question: What is the first name of the singer with the huge hit “Fallin”?
Answer: Alicia Keys

Trivia Question: Who is the the lead singer of the group Evanescence?
Answer: Amy Lee

Trivia Question: What singer wrote and performed the song “Mean”?
Answer: Taylor Swift

Trivia Question: Who recorded the single “Only U?”
Answer: Ashanti

Trivia Question: What song is the lyric”Well this calls for a toast, so pour the champagne, pour the champagne” this from?
Answer: I Write Sins Not Tragedies

Trivia Question: What instrument does Lizzo play?
Answer: The flute

Trivia Question: Which female singer released “Rolling in the Deep?”
Answer: Adele

Trivia Question: Where was Bruce Springsteen founded?
Answer: New Jersey

Trivia Question: What song by Fergie featured her on a private plane?
Answer: “Glamorous”

Trivia Question: What hit by Rihanna featured a music video where Rihanna dresses up as a French maid?
Answer: “Umbrella”

Trivia Question: What group has hits such as “Arms Wide Open” and “One Last Breath”?
Answer: Creed

Trivia Question: Where are the members of Boyz II Men from?
Answer: Philadelphia, PA

Trivia Question: Who released the country song “All On Me”?
Answer: Devin Dawson

Trivia Question: What group has hits with “Just A Girl” and “Underneath It All”?
Answer: No Doubt

Trivia Question: Which German band had a hit single with “99 Luftballons”?
Answer: Nena

Trivia Question: Which girl group had hits with “Girl Talk” and “Hands Up”?
Answer: TLC

Trivia Question: What instrument does Jamie Foxx play?
Answer: Piano

Trivia Question: What was Salt-n-Pepa’s 1986 debut album named?
Answer: Hot,Cool & Vicious’

Trivia Question: Who sings the song ‘Desert Rose’ together with Sting?
Answer: Cheb Mami

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