Quiz: Can You Match These Classic 45s to The Year In Which They Were Released?
Can You Match These Classic 45s to The Year In Which They Were Released?
By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

Before iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and other digital music services, the good old 45 ruled. The 45 record was introduced in 1949 by RCA. It was smaller than a 78 and more durable and had two sides with just two recordings. It quickly became known as a "single" or the 7-inch (based on the size of the record itself). The physical sales of those singles saw them listed weekly on the charts, with the No. 1 single selling the most copies during that week. So artists would not only release an LP (long-playing) record of their latest album, they would also release singles from it, Most LPs would have anywhere from three to five singles released during a period of time. Some were marketed for longer, thanks to their popularity.

Some of the best-selling singles of all time include "Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley and his Comets, "It's Now or Never" by Elvis Presley, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles and "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees. But just how much do you know about classic 45s? Would you be able to identify the year they were released? If you think you can, then let's see how you fare on this quiz. Good luck!


1 of 40
Certainly their biggest hit, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a Queen masterpiece. When was it released?
2 of 40
John Lennon's solo career was filled with a number of brilliant songs, none more so than "Imagine." When was this released as a 45?
3 of 40
Bob Dylan had many hits during the 1960s. "Like a Rolling Stone" was one of them. Can you tell us which year it hit the charts?
4 of 40
They certainly didn't need "Help!" the Beatles, did they? When did the band release that single, though?
5 of 40
The song that introduced The Rolling Stones to the world, "(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction" was released in what year?
6 of 40
"Johnny B. Goode" has one of the greatest rock and roll riffs ever created. When did Chuck Berry release his most famous hit?
7 of 40
In what year did Jimi Hendrix release "All Along The Watchtower"?
8 of 40
Not just a song but a dance as well, "The Twist" was a hit for Chubby Checker in ______?
9 of 40
The Kinks released "Lola" in which year?
10 of 40
A country classic, do you have any idea when Johnny Cash recorded "Ring of Fire"?
11 of 40
"My Girl" gave singing group The Temptations their first No. 1 hit. When was the single released?
12 of 40
Any idea as to when Elvis Presley's "That's All Right" was released?
13 of 40
"Love Me Do" was the first single released by the Beatles. Do you know what year it was?
14 of 40
"What’d I Say" by Ray Charles was first released in what year?
15 of 40
Jazz was at the forefront of popular music at once point. "Take Five" from Dave Brubeck proved to be a massive hit in what year?
16 of 40
Somewhat controversial, when did The Sex Pistols release "God Save the Queen"?
17 of 40
Aretha Franklin released her version of "Respect" in what year?
18 of 40
ABBA dominated the disco era. One of their hits, "Waterloo," was released in _______.
19 of 40
Considered by many to be the fathers of Heavy Metal, Black Sabbath released "Paranoid" in what year?
20 of 40
Do you know in which year the classic soul hit by Otis Redding, "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay," was released?
21 of 40
"Paint it Black" by The Rolling Stones is a favorite of rock lovers around the world. Do you know when it was released?
22 of 40
No doubt, The Beach Boys were one of the most influential artists in the 1960s. Their hit, "Good Vibrations," was released in what year?
23 of 40
Free's "All Right Now" was released in which of the years below?
24 of 40
Michael Jackson and hit singles are a dime-a-dozen. One of his greatest, however, was "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough" which was released in what year?
25 of 40
It was only when Elvis Presley recorded "Suspicious Minds" that it became a hit. What year was that?
26 of 40
People tried to put them down but The Who persisted! Their classic rock track, "My Generation," was released in what year?
27 of 40
Can you tell us in which year The Eagles released "Hotel California"?
28 of 40
"A Whiter Shade of Pale" was the debut single by British band Procol Harum. And what a debut it was. Do you know when it was released?
29 of 40
Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" first hit the charts in what year?
30 of 40
One of the most covered songs in history, do you know in what year the Beatles released "Yesterday"?
31 of 40
Any ideas as to when Marvin Gaye released "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"?
32 of 40
Don McLean drove his Chevy to the levee in "American Pie" in what year?
33 of 40
Pink Floyd's classic single, "Wish You Were Here," was released in what year?
34 of 40
In what year did Van Morrison sing about his "Brown Eyed Girl"?
35 of 40
A true rock and roll classic, when did Bill Haley release "Rock around the Clock"?
36 of 40
In what year did Gerry Rafferty go down "Baker Street"?
37 of 40
"Space Oddity" from David Bowie was released when?
38 of 40
It was their most popular hit. Do you know what year The Animals released "House Of The Rising Sun"?
39 of 40
The biggest hit for the Moody Blues, "Nights In White Satin" remains a classic to this day. Do you know which of these below is the year in which it was released?
40 of 40
In what year did Elvis hang out at "Heartbreak Hotel" after his baby left him?
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