Quiz: Lyrics Quiz: Was It the Beatles or David Bowie?
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Lyrics Quiz: Was It the Beatles or David Bowie?
By: Isadora Teich
Image: Philips (UK), Mercury (US)

About This Quiz

Do you have rock god level knowledge of rock & roll? The Beatles and David Bowie created some of the most influential music in the world. While The Beatles changed popular music forever over the course of what was about a single decade, David Bowie spent the whole second half of the 20th century reinventing himself and his sound again and again. While these are some very different musicians, they both have had a massive influence on a global scale. Both have massive followings and have had a huge influence not only on music but on pop culture as a whole. 

The Beatles was, of course, a band of four men: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. All are rock and roll legends in their own right who made unique and important contributions to the band and continued to make music after The Beatles split up. The Beatles are known for making the idea of a band writing and performing its own music and experimenting artistically mainstream. Before them, singers and bands would perform music, but it was usually old standards or things written by others. David Bowie pushed their legacy even further with intellectual thematic lyrics and boundary-pushing sound and vision. 

If you are a rock fan who knows their stuff, see if you can tell Bowie and Beatles lyrics apart with this HowStuffWorks quiz.  

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"This is Major Tom to Ground Control / I'm stepping through the door / And I'm floating in a most peculiar way / And the stars look very different today"
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"We can be heroes / Just for one day"
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“Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away / Now it looks as though they’re here to stay / Oh, I believe in yesterday”
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"Come out of the garden, baby / You'll catch your death in the fog / Young girl, they call them the Diamond Dogs"
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“Doesn’t have a point of view / Knows not where he’s going to / Isn’t he a bit like you and me?”
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"News guy wept when he told us Earth was really dying / Cried so much that his face was wet / Then I knew he was not lying"
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"Look up here, I’m in heaven / I’ve got scars that can’t be seen / I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen / Everybody knows me now"
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“And when the brokenhearted people / Living in the world agree / There will be an answer, let it be”
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“Words are flowing out / Like endless rain into a paper cup / They slither while they pass / They slip away across the universe”
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“Blackbird singing in the dead of night / Take these broken wings and learn to fly / All your life / You were only waiting for this moment to arise”
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"There's a starman waiting in the sky / He'd like to come and meet us / But he thinks he'd blow our minds"
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“Though I know I'll never lose affection / For people and things that went before / I know I'll often stop and think about them / In my life I love you more”
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“And any time you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrain / Don't carry the world upon your shoulders / For well, you know that it's a fool who plays it cool / By making his world a little colder”
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"You are not a victim / You just scream with boredom / You are not evicting time"
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"Oh don't lean on me man / Cause you can't afford the ticket / I'm back from Suffragette City"
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“There's nothing you can do that can't be done / Nothing you can sing that can't be sung / Nothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the game / It's easy / All you need is love”
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"Time takes a cigarette, puts it in your mouth / You pull on your finger, then another finger, then your cigarette"
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"Let me take you down / 'Cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields / Nothing is real / And nothing to get hung about"
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"A small Jean Genie snuck off to the city / Strung out on lasers and slash-back blazers / Ate all your razors while pulling the waiters"
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“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make”
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"JoJo was a man who thought he was a loner, but he new it wouldn’t last / JoJo left his home in Tucson, Arizona / for some California grass"
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"Take a look at the Lawman / Beating up the wrong guy / Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know / He's in the bestselling show/ Is there life on Mars?”
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"(God and man) no confessions / (God and man) no religion / (God and man) don't believe in modern love"
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"My advice to those who die / declare the pennies on your eyes / cause I’m the taxman."
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"It's been a hard day's night, and I've been working like a dog / It's been a hard day's night, I should be sleeping like a log"
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"He wear no shoeshine / He got toe jam football / He got monkey finger / He shoot Coca-Cola"
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"She took his ring, took his babies / It took him minutes, took her nowhere / Heaven knows, she'd have taken anything, but"
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"Here comes the sun, here comes the sun / And I say it's all right"
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"The return of the Thin White Duke / Throwing darts in lovers' eyes"
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"Now my brother lays upon the rocks / He could be dead, He could be not / He could be you / He's chameleon, comedian, corinthian and caricature"
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"I look at the world and I notice it's turning / While my guitar gently weeps / With every mistake we must surely be learning / Still my guitar gently weeps"
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"We live closer to the earth / Never to the heavens / The stars are never far away / Stars are out tonight"
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"We're Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band / We hope you have enjoyed the show"
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"Baby, I've been breaking glass / In your room again / Listen / Don't look at the carpet/ I drew something awful on it"
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"Something happened on the day he died / Spirit rose a metre then stepped aside / Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried / (I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar)"
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