Quiz: How Well Do You Know '80s Pop Culture?
How Well Do You Know '80s Pop Culture?
By: John Miller
Image: Universal Pictures

About This Quiz

At the beginning of the 1980s, America was still very much hung over from the weirdness of the ’60s and ‘70s. But by the middle of the ‘80s, this decade was defining itself in new (and sometimes obnoxious) ways. Clothes clashed, hair climbed to previously unscaled heights, and synthesizers of all kinds warped pop music in strange and fascinating ways. Do you think you can be a Master of the Universe in this '80s pop culture quiz?

From Transformers to Rainbow Brite, the ‘80s were a fun time to be a kid. Toy stores were overflowing with fantastically popular items, everything from G.I. Joe to Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, some of which inspired violent frenzy in parents panicking to spoil their already spoiled offspring. What do you recall about the most popular kids’ trends of this decade?

After the glam rock and disco of the ‘70s, music veered sharply toward pure pop in the ‘80s. The Bangles, the Go-Gos, Madonna, and a whole lot of other big bands got their start during this decade. But it wasn’t all superficial fluff or hair band rock. A few Earth-shattering artists saw their careers skyrocket in the '80s. Can you name them?

Forget the politics of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall. What we really want to know is — who did the Super Bowl Shuffle? And which teams dominated the decade, from the NFL to the NBA and Major League Baseball?

Dig out your weirdest neon-colored clothes and dive into this ‘80s quiz now! We’ll see if you’re cut out for “Risky Business” or if you’ll have to “phone home” for help!

1.0 of 30
Which smash-hit TV show of the ‘80s starred a character named "Hawkeye"?
2.0 of 30
Which 1985 blockbuster movie was all about a time machine built into a car?
3.0 of 30
"Norm" was a character in which major TV hit?
4.0 of 30
What renowned Sony product became famous in the ‘80s?
5.0 of 30
In the ‘80s, actress Betty White was a star of which show?
6.0 of 30
Complete this public service announcement: "This is your ___ on drugs."
7.0 of 30
In 1980, which baseball team won the World Series for the first time?
8.0 of 30
What type of bracelets were crazy popular with kids in the ‘80s?
9.0 of 30
In 1984, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray teamed up to fight _____ in one of best movies of the decade.
10.0 of 30
What was special about a toy named "Teddy Ruxpin"?
11.0 of 30
Bo and Luke Duke were the stars of which ‘80s hit TV show?
12.0 of 30
Who directed a 1985 movie called "The Breakfast Club"?
13.0 of 30
Which album did Michael Jackson release in 1982?
14.0 of 30
Joe Montana was the star QB of which great NFL team in the ‘80s?
15.0 of 30
What was special about a 1988 movie called "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
16.0 of 30
From 1985 to 1989, what was the most popular TV show in America?
17.0 of 30
_____ Shortcake was a popular children’s doll in the ‘80s.
18.0 of 30
Who was NBA Rookie of the Year in 1980?
19.0 of 30
Which news TV show was exceedingly popular in the ‘80s?
20.0 of 30
Who was one of the stars of a funny show called "Three’s Company"?
21.0 of 30
Which food product was all the rage, starting in 1986?
22.0 of 30
Who authored the book that was turned into a hit movie called "The Shining"?
23.0 of 30
Which band scored a major hit with a song called "Sweet Child o’ Mine"?
24.0 of 30
In 1984, which pitcher debuted for the New York Mets?
25.0 of 30
Who stars as a cyborg assassin in "The Terminator"?
26.0 of 30
Which artist released a 1989 album called "Like a Prayer"?
27.0 of 30
In 1984, which player was the third overall pick of the NBA draft?
28.0 of 30
My Little ______ was a popular toy line introduced in 1982.
29.0 of 30
”Be kind, rewind" refers to which aspect of ‘80s culture?
30.0 of 30
Which Midwestern team won Super Bowl XX?
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