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From Madonna to Michael Jackson: The '80s Music Videos Quiz
by Staff
Way back in the '80s, things called "music videos" were shown on TV. Some were seriously weird; some were forgettable; and some were classics that we still talk about today. What's your '80s music video IQ? Take this quiz to find out.

What was the first video played on MTV?

  • "Good Times"
  • "Video Killed the Radio Star"
  • "Rapper's Delight"

What was the date the first video played?

  • Aug. 1, 1981
  • Aug. 2, 1982
  • Aug. 3, 1983

Which video got Madonna into hot water with the Catholic church for "blasphemous imagery"?

  • "Material Girl"
  • "Like a Prayer"
  • "Like a Virgin"

According to a 2011 Billboard poll, what was the best video of the '80s?

  • "Thriller"
  • "Take on Me"
  • "Sledgehammer"

Which video won the first MTV Video Music Award (VMA) for best video, in 1984?

  • "Billie Jean"
  • "Burning Down the House"
  • "You Might Think"

What major '80s video featured a technique called rotoscoping?

  • "Take on Me"
  • "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
  • "Road to Nowhere"

Which artist won the Video Vanguard Award and video of the year at the 1987 VMAs?

  • Prince
  • Phil Collins
  • Peter Gabriel

Which Peter Gabriel video won video of the year in 1987?

  • "Sledgehammer"
  • "Big Time"
  • "Digging in the Dirt"

Which Prince video shows him singing in the bathtub?

  • "If I Was Your Girlfriend"
  • "When Doves Cry"
  • "Raspberry Beret"

Which Robert Palmer video does NOT feature a red-lipped, black-clad girl "band"?

  • "Addicted to Love"
  • "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On"
  • "Simply Irresistible"

For this video, the obscure British band Godley & Creme used the same face-morphing technique as Michael Jackson's "Bad."

  • "Cry"
  • "Just Like Me"
  • "Love Takes Two"

INXS won the 1988 video of the year VMA for this Bob Dylan-inspired clip.

  • "Need You Tonight/Mediate"
  • "Never Tear Us Apart"
  • "New Sensation"

Duran Duran traveled to Sri Lanka for this big-budget video.

  • "The Reflex"
  • "Hungry Like the Wolf"
  • "Rio"

Which band's "Land of Confusion" video featured grotesque puppets of Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan?

  • Huey Lewis and the News
  • Def Leppard
  • Genesis

Which unlikely artist beat out Michael Jackson for video of the year in 1989?

  • Tony Bennett
  • Bob Dylan
  • Neil Young

In which of these videos does Chevy Chase NOT appear?

  • "Physical"
  • "Ghostbusters"
  • "You Can Call Me Al"

Which of these videos is NOT in black and white?

  • "With or Without You"
  • "The Boys of Summer"
  • "Every Breath You Take"
  • "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"
  • "Summer of '69"

Which comic actor can be seen singing in the chorus in the "We Are the World" video?

  • Bill Murray
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Eddie Murphy

According to VH1's "Pop-Up Video" show, Madonna has a blink-and-you-miss-it wardrobe malfunction in this video.

  • "La Isla Bonita"
  • "Cherish"
  • "Papa Don't Preach"

Which Wham! video features George Michael dancing around in a "choose life" T-shirt?

  • "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
  • "Careless Whisper"
  • "Everything She Wants"

What's the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers "Alice in Wonderland" video?

  • "Don't Come Around Here No More"
  • "Refugee"
  • "I Won't Back Down"

Who plays the caterpillar in that video?

  • Colin Hay of Men At Work
  • Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits
  • Dave Stewart of Eurythmics

How long is the full-length "Thriller" video?

  • 13 minutes
  • 16 minutes
  • 19 minutes

What's the most-played video ever?

  • "Sledgehammer"
  • "Thriller"
  • "Take on Me"

In which video does Steven Tyler of Aerosmith kick through a wall to meet with another band?

  • "Rag Doll"
  • "Love in an Elevator"
  • "Walk This Way"

Which Madonna video is based on the classic film "Metropolis"?

  • "Express Yourself"
  • "Crazy For You"
  • "Open Your Heart"

This animated video won the video of the year VMA in 1986.

  • "Sussudio"
  • "Time After Time"
  • "Money for Nothing"

How many video of the year VMAs did Michael Jackson win?

  • none
  • three
  • five

Milton Berle appears as a dinner party guest in a video by this hair metal band.

  • Warrant
  • Ratt
  • Skid Row

What was the first rap video that aired on MTV?

  • "Rapper's Delight"
  • "Good Times"
  • "Rapture"