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One-hit Wonders of the '80s Quiz
by Staff
Pull on your slouchy socks and tease your bangs! It’s time to go back to the 1980s, when Mickey was oh-so-fine and a new musical act was soaring into the spotlight each month. Take our quiz to see how much you know about one-hit wonders in the '80s.

What band instructed listeners to "whip it good!" in 1980?

  • Devon
  • Deva
  • Devo

What band sang the 1982 smash "Come On Eileen"?

  • Edison Lighthouse
  • Dexys Midnight Runners
  • Men Without Hats

This song by Frankie Goes to Hollywood sold over a million copies in 1984.

  • "Just Dance"
  • "Cars"
  • "Relax"

Singer Marc Almond was the driving force behind this band, known for the song "Tainted Love."

  • Soft Cell
  • Modern English
  • Quarterflash

This song by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard charts in 1988.

  • "Easy Love"
  • "Two of Us"
  • "It Takes Two"

Who sang the 1984 song "She Blinded Me With Science"?

  • Thomas Dolby
  • Rockwell
  • Matthew Wilder

What was the 1982 song "Electric Avenue" named after?

  • a dance craze
  • a street
  • a band

What band is best known for the song "Our House"?

  • Wild Cherry
  • Madness
  • Mad World

Two Oregon bands called Pilot and Seafood Mama joined forces to form this band, which was known for the song "Harden My Heart."

  • Devo
  • the Buggles
  • Quarterflash

Manager Malcolm McLaren helped get the Sex Pistols together and also helped form this "I Want Candy" band.

  • Weather Girls
  • the Outfield
  • Bow Wow Wow

Before they declared "We're Not Gonna Take It," this band was known as Silver Star.

  • Twisted Sister
  • KISS
  • Kajagoogoo

What was the most famous song to come off the album "Rhythm of Youth" by the band Men Without Hats?

  • "I Ran"
  • "The Safety Dance"
  • "Break My Stride"

What year did A Flock of Seagulls gain fame for the song "I Ran (So Far Away)"?

  • 1980
  • 1981
  • 1982

What were singers Martha Wash and Izora Armstead better known as?

  • Nena
  • Rockwell
  • the Weather Girls

Where did the band A-ha originate?

  • England
  • Norway
  • Canada

What year did Kajagoogoo hit No. 5 on the charts with "Too Shy"?

  • 1980
  • 1983
  • 1986

What Michael Sembello song was featured in the movie "Flashdance"?

  • "Maniac"
  • "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"
  • "Dancing Queen"

What band hit No. 1 of the Billboard singles chart in 1986 with "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"?

  • Rockwell
  • Nena
  • Cutting Crew

What band was the first to have its video shown on MTV?

  • the Buggles
  • the Outfield
  • Modern English

What song was a big hit for British band the Outfield in 1985?

  • "Two of Us"
  • "Your Love"
  • A Little Bit Older"

What Gary Numan album features the song "Cars"?

  • "Pink"
  • "Please Don't Go"
  • "The Pleasure Principle"

What stage name did Motown founder Berry Gordy's son use when he released the song "Somebody's Watching Me"?

  • Rockwell
  • Joe Hill
  • Light

What song made Stacey Q a star in 1986?

  • "Two of Hearts"
  • "I Think We're Alone Now"
  • "Dancing in the Dark"

Who sang the cheerful ditty "Don't Worry, Be Happy"?

  • Jimmy McFerrin
  • Bobby McDonald
  • Bobby McFerrin

What band released the 1983 Top 10 hit "I Melt With You"?

  • Modern English
  • Nena
  • Animotion

What song brought Matthew Wilder into the spotlight in 1983?

  • "Relax"
  • "Break My Stride"
  • "Obsession"

What year did Dead or Alive spin listeners 'round like a record player?

  • 1983
  • 1985
  • 1987

True or false: "99 Luftballons" was a protest song.

  • true
  • false

What band cracked the Top 10 in the U.S. in 1985 with "Obsession"?

  • Animaniacs
  • Animotion
  • Animated

True or false: Toni Basil's "Mickey" was about Monkee Micky Dolenz.

  • true
  • false