The Bands of the 80s Quiz
by Staff
If you — or someone you know — ever had a mullet, then you owe it to yourself to see if you can ace this Bands of the 80s quiz. Even if these bands weren't playing the anthem of your generation, we invite you to play along!

Which '80s band took its name from a British unemployment form?

  • INXS
  • UB40
  • R.E.M.

Which band released the album "Hysteria" in 1987?

  • Van Halen
  • Skid Row
  • Def Leppard

Which solo artist came from the '80s band The Smiths?

  • Robert Smith
  • Morrissey
  • Elvis Costello

The band 10,000 Maniacs released which album in 1987?

  • "In My Tribe"
  • "Blind Man's Zoo"
  • "Our Time in Eden"

The band Duran Duran took its name from a character in a science fiction movie.

  • TRUE

Which '80s superstar was born William Albert Michael Broad?

  • Sting
  • Billy Idol
  • Bono

Which band released the hit song "Private Idaho" on the album "Wild Planet"?

  • The B-52's
  • Echo and the Bunnymen
  • The Talking Heads

Michael Hutchence was the lead singer for which Australian 80s band?

  • Midnight Oil
  • Hoodoo Gurus
  • INXS

Which movie soundtrack featured the song "Hazy Shade of Winter" by The Bangles?

  • "The Lost Boys"
  • "Lethal Weapon"
  • "Less Than Zero"

Which type of car is featured in the music videos from the ZZ Top album "Eliminator"?

  • 1957 Chevy
  • 1933 Ford Coupe
  • 1969 Pontiac GTO

Which '80s band is "Working for the Weekend?"

  • Loverboy
  • Foreigner
  • Toto

Which Violent Femmes song did Wendy's buy the advertising rights to?

  • "Gone Daddy Gone"
  • "Add It Up"
  • "Blister In The Sun"

Which '80s rock band recorded the song "Rock You Like A Hurricane?"

  • Quiet Riot
  • The Scorpions
  • Ratt

The song, "I Melt With You," was recorded by the band Simple Minds.

  • TRUE

Which Food Network star filmed the 1987 R.E.M. music video "The One I Love?"

  • Guy Fieri
  • Alton Brown
  • Bobby Flay

The 1986 college radio hit "Don't Let's Start" was released on the self-titled debut album of which band?

  • They Might Be Giants
  • The Dead Milkmen
  • Bauhaus

What was Metallica's debut album titled?

  • "Master of Puppets"
  • "Ride the Lightning"
  • "Kill 'Em All"

Robert Smith is still the lead singer for which '80s alternative group?

  • The Smiths
  • The Cure
  • The Cult

The song "People Are People" was a breakthrough hit in the U.S. for which British band?

  • Depeche Mode
  • The Human League
  • Big Country

Who was the lead singer of the '80s metal band Motley Crue?

  • Bret Michaels
  • Axl Rose
  • Vince Neil

Which band performed the title song of the 1985 movie "Weird Science?"

  • Oingo Boingo
  • Killing Joke
  • Tears For Fears

Which female trio from the '80s sang the song "Cruel Summer?"

  • The Go-Gos
  • Bananarama
  • The Bangles

Which '80s hair band performed the rock ballad "Every Rose Has Its Thorn?"

  • Warrant
  • Dokken
  • Poison

What year did MTV first go on air?

  • 1980
  • 1981
  • 1982

Which '80s superstar wrote the Bangles hit, "Manic Monday"?

  • Madonna
  • Michael Jackson
  • Prince

Which "Friends" actress appeared in a Bruce Springsteen music video?

  • Courteney Cox
  • Lisa Kudrow
  • Jennifer Aniston

Which '80s rocker played the guitar solo in Michael Jackson's song "Beat It"?

  • Nikki Sixx
  • Sammy Hagar
  • Eddie Van Halen

What was the title of Madonna's 1983 debut album?

  • "Like A Virgin"
  • "Madonna"
  • "Who's That Girl"

What is the title of the Beastie Boy's first full-length album?

  • "Ill Communication"
  • "Paul's Boutique"
  • "Licensed to Ill"

Bono's real name is Paul Hewson.

  • TRUE