From The Beatles to The Who: The British Invasion Quiz
Looking back, it may seem that bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones have always been around. But they were part of a wave of British music that flooded the U.S. in the 1960s. See how much you know about the British Invasion with our quiz.
British invaders often pointed to individual American rockers as influencers, but there was one huge difference between Brits and Yanks. What was it?
their tastes in food
Brits invaded in bands.
What event is seen as the start of the British Invasion?
The Beatles play "The Ed Sullivan Show."
The instrumental "Stranger on the Shore" reaches No. 1 in the U.S.
The Animals perform on "American Bandstand".
Following in Acker Bilk's footsteps can't have been easy, but this song, which went to No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts in January 1964, marks the start of the real invasion. What was it?
"House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals
"I Want to Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles
"Glad All Over" by The Dave Clark Five
What U.S. tragedy is credited with making the time right for British — and The Beatles', especially — upbeat, catchy songs?
the fire in Apollo 1 that killed three astronauts
the death of Marilyn Monroe
the assassination of John F. Kennedy
Often described as the first folk-rock hit, this song about life gone bad in New Orleans was the first U.S. chart-topper for British pop group The Animals.
"See See Rider"
"House of the Rising Sun"
"A Summer Song"
From 1964 to 1966 this group placed 15 hits in the U.S. Top 40, giving The Beatles a run for their money. Which group is it?
The Dave Clark Five
This group was a bit late to the invasion. Its biggest U.S. hits, "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "I'm a Man," came in late 1966 and 1967. Which band is it?
The Spencer Davis Group
This group invaded in 1964 with the song "Time Is on My Side."
The Rolling Stones
This singer won the 1965 Grammy for best rock 'n' roll recording for "Downtown."
This band, featuring brothers Ray and Dave Davies, had early success with songs including “You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night."
This singer proved that you didn't have to be in a band to hit it big in the U.S. in the '60s with his songs "Sunshine Superman" and "Mellow Yellow."
This band hit the charts at the tail end of the invasion with "I Can See for Miles" in 1967.
While the men formed bands in the '60s, the women rode in as solo artists, including this one whose first hit was "As Tears Go By."
This band was managed by The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein and had three consecutive No. 1 hits in the U.K. in 1963, starting with "How Do You Do It."
Gerry and the Pacemakers
Often, the recordings credited to this band were just lead vocalist Peter Noone and whatever session musicians were available.
This Brit hailed from Wales and topped the U.S. charts with songs including "What's New Pussycat?" and "With These Hands."
This band's biggest U.S. hit, "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress," came in 1972, well after the invasion and long after many of its fellow invaders had fallen by the wayside.
The Beatles' debut album was recorded in one day in 1963 and spawned hits including "Twist and Shout" and "I Saw Her Standing There." What is its name?
"Meet the Beatles"
"Please Please Me"
"With the Beatles"
A much bigger star in the U.K. than in the U.S., she made her mark on this side of the pond with the theme song from the movie "To Sir, With Love." Who is she?
This band with a name that sounds like it came from caveman days had a hit in 1966 with "Wild Thing."
Tarzan and the Apemen
This band took its name from a city in Tennessee, though it hailed from Surrey in England.
The Nashville Teens
the Memphis Mafia
The Knoxville Nine
A lot of literate lyrics came out of the British Invasion, but there was a lot of nonsense too, including the 1964 hit "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" recorded by what band?
Freddie and the Dreamers
In other lyric silliness, the one-hit wonder The Swinging Blue Jeans made the big time with a tune that set hips to swinging as much as their blue jeans did. What was the song?
Called the "best ever pop singer" by Rolling Stone magazine, this British invader hit the charts with "Son of a Preacher Man" and "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me."
At the height of the invasion (1964-65), how many weeks did British acts hold the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100?
This band had three hits in 1965: "For Your Love," "Heart Full of Soul" and "I'm a Man."
The Moody Blues
This duo, with its hits "A World Without Love" and "I Go To Pieces," defied the notion that you had to be in a band to hit it big in the U.S. in the mid-'60s.
Simon and Garfunkel
Peter and Gordon
Chad and Jeremy
This walking-dead band had hits with "She's Not There" and "Tell Her No."
Looking back, this band is mentioned as one of the top three British bands of the '60s — and beyond, but they didn't tour in U.S. or breach the Top 40 until 1967 with "Happy Jack." What band was such a latecomer?
The Rolling Stones
Fill in the blank: As Life magazine put it in 1964, "In  England lost her American colonies. Last week ______ took them back."