Make an ’80s Playlist and We'll Guess Your Job

EMPLOYMENT

Ian Fortey

5 Min Quiz

If you need to start the day on the right foot, what band is going to be first on the playlist?

Advertisement

Few musicians made an impact like David Bowie. What's his best '80s hit?

Advertisement

If you were hitting up the dance floor, what '80s tune was getting your feet moving?

Advertisement

They didn't call Michael Jackson the "King of Pop" for nothing. What was his best '80s song?

Advertisement

If Michael Jackson was the King of Pop then Madonna was likely the Queen. Pick your favorite Madonna tune.

Advertisement

If you like things with a bit more oomph there's always Guns n Roses. What was their best song?

Advertisement

Prince really made his mark in the '80s. Did you have a favorite Prince track?

Advertisement

They call him "The Boss." What's the best Bruce Springsteen tune?

Advertisement

The '80s didn't start the British Invasion but the Brits still held their own. What was the best British act in the '80s?

Advertisement

Modern hip-hop owes a lot to the bands that took off in the '80s. Who was the best one?

Advertisement

Boy bands may have dominated the '90s and 2000s but there were some solid girl bands in the '80s. Pick your favorite!

Advertisement

It's Bon Jovi time! Pick your favorite track.

Advertisement

If you have to queue up a Def Leppard song, what would it most likely be?

Advertisement

It's hard to deny Lionel Richie's popularity back in the day. Which of his songs is best?

Advertisement

Teen pop stars had a good decade in the '80s, but who was the best of the bunch?

Advertisement

John Hughes directed "The Breakfast Club" and "Sixteen Candles" and a ton of other iconic '80s movies. Which song from his films is your favorite?

Advertisement

Cyndi Lauper kept it fun for that whole decade. Which of her songs is worth another listen?

Advertisement

If you were going to pick a single Elton John song from the '80s to listen to, what would it be?

Advertisement

If you're throwing an '80s party, which of these tracks must be played no matter what?

Advertisement

Some of the best tunes from the '80s were one-hit wonders. Pick your favorite.

Advertisement

If you had to pick but one hair band to be the greatest of all '80s hair bands, who would it be?

Advertisement

Some songs got a little sexy in the '80s. Which one was the steamiest?

Advertisement

Love is a rocky road to travel some days. What '80s tune was the best breakup song?

Advertisement

Annie Lennox and the Eurythmics were pretty awesome. What was your favorite song?

Advertisement

No matter the decade, some bands just won't get the fame they deserve. Which '80s band was super underrated?

Advertisement

You can't have an '80s playlist without The Clash. Pick one of their best!

Advertisement

Madonna stands out as one of the most powerful female voices of the '80s but she was far from alone. What other woman rocked the mic?

Advertisement

Like it or not, New Kids on the Block paved the way for years and years worth of modern boy bands. What was their greatest hit?

Advertisement

What musical genre do you think really made its mark in the '80s?

Advertisement

This has mostly been focused on what you want to hear. What '80s song will never, ever get onto your playlist?

Advertisement

Explore More Quizzes

Image: pidjoe / E+ / Getty Images

About This Quiz

The 1980s may have produced some extremely questionable fashion choices, but if nothing else, it was a decade of some pretty memorable music. Was all of it awesome? Of course not, but what decade produced nothing but great music? There's an incredible mix of loud and crazy metal, peppy, upbeat pop songs, catchy dance hits, soulful R&B and maybe even a few rock anthems that have endured. You can tell it was a decade of memorable music because we're still discussing it decades later. 

These are the songs that defined a generation of people. They shaped thoughts and opinions that provided a soundtrack for major events both on a world scale and a personal one. It's important and influential music. It's so important and so influential that we can probably glean some important details about your life from nothing more than your taste in '80s music. And not just obvious stuff like which member of the Jackson 5 you liked the most. Much more in-depth information like, for instance, what you do for a living in the here and now in this decade. Not sure such a thing is possible? Open up your '80s music heart to us and take the quiz, you'll see what we mean!

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!