Can You Name the '80s Band That Made These Number One Hits?


By: John Miller

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About This Quiz

"Say Say Say" there, "Relax" for a minute or two and get "Into the Groove" with our '80s music quiz. Put on those old Walkman headphones, don your ancient sweatband and neon leotards and see if you can match these songs to the artists who recorded them!

"9 to 5"

Dolly Parton sang "9 to 5" for the movie of the same name, in which the singer made her film debut. The song hit number one in February 1981.


"Jessie's Girl"

With "Jessie's Girl," Rick Springfield rocketed into heartthrob status. He had several other big hits, but none reached number one like this memorable tune.


"Eye of the Tiger"

Survivor is one of the biggest one-hit wonders of the '80s. "Eye of the Tiger" went number one in the summer of 1984 and got even bigger when it was used as the theme song for "Rocky III."


"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"

In 1975, Alan Merrill of the Arrows wrote "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." Little did he know that in 1982, Joan Jett would cover the song and leverage it into a hit that made her entire career.


"Billie Jean"

In 1983, the King of Pop released "Billie Jean," a little ditty that turned "Thriller" into the best-selling album in the history of humankind. Jackson later said that he knew the song would be a huge hit when he recorded it.


"Like a Virgin"

In 1984, Madonna released "Like a Virgin," the title of which was in stark contrast to her sexually-liberated persona. The end result was a song that helped rocket the singer into everlasting fame.


"Mony Mony"

In 1981, Billy Idol's career zoomed into the stratosphere thanks to "Mony, Mony," a cover of a song made by Tommy James and the Shondells in 1968. It was only number one for a week ... but it seemed way, way longer than that.



Do you like wedding reception music? Well then, do we have a song for you -- when Kenny Loggins' "Footloose" blares from the DJ's speakers, flail around on the floor and all of the drunken guests will point at you and scream for more. You'll probably never know that they're mocking you.


"Another One Bites the Dust"

A scorned lover picks up a gun and goes on a rampage. Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" is an angry anthem that topped the Billboard chart for three weeks in 1980.


"You Give Love a Bad Name"

Serving up epic choruses with regularity, Bon Jovi's amazing run all began with "You Give Love a Bad Name," the group's first top hit. It hit the number one spot in 1986.


"Jack and Diane"

John Mellencamp used to go by the campy name "John Cougar" until he realized how ridiculous it sounded. But the silly moniker didn't stop him from releasing an iconic American pop song called "Jack and Diane" in 1982.



"Celebrate good times, come on!" It's the Kool & the Gang song that hit number one in February 1981. Since then it's become a staple of wedding receptions and cheesy dance parties everywhere.



Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" featured an incredible music video that won award after award at the MTV Music Video Awards. It was number one in July 1986.


"One More Night"

In 1985, Phil Collins' album "No Jacket Required" scored hit after hit around the world. "One More Night" is a bittersweet love ballad that remained in the top spot for two weeks.



Rod Stewart passed on "Physical," which then wound up in the lap of Olivia Newton-John, who donned sweatbands and worked herself into a lather for the music video. It was number one for 10 full weeks.


"True Colors"

Cyndi Lauper was the gaudy-haired pioneer of the '80s who made a number of big hits. "True Colors" was the last of her tunes to go all the way to number one.


"These Dreams"

In the '70s, Heart created sprawling songs with Zeppelin-like structure. In the mid-'80s, they went into full pop mode, as reflected in "These Dreams," which in 1986 became the group's first number one hit.


"Rock On"

Michael Damian might have the manufactured career of a (real) soap opera star, but for a week in 1989, he was the king of the pop world. He covered "Rock On" (originally released in 1973) and rode it all the way to the top of the charts.


"Call Me"

Blondie had an incredible run of success in the '80s, jumpstarted by "Call Me" in 1980. It was the biggest hit of the year. Fun fact: the album version of the song is more than 8 minutes long, while the radio edit is just 3 and a half minutes.


"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"

Few groups did power ballads like Starship. In 1987, the group released "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," which hit number one and was also featured in the romantic comedy "Mannequin."


"With or Without You"

U2's 1987 album "The Joshua Tree" instantly became one of the group's iconic albums, in large part due to songs like "With or Without You," a mournful, epic l ballad if we've ever heard one.


"Bette Davis Eyes"

In 1981, Kim Carnes used her husky voice to make a huge hit with "Bette Davis Eyes." It was number one for nine weeks and wound up as the biggest single of the entire calendar year.


"Straight Up"

Remember when Paula Abdul was a singer instead of celebrity? "Straight Up" showcased her vocal range, and the video flaunted her dancing ability.


"That's What Friends Are For"

"That's What Friends Are For" was the biggest single of 1986, and it was a cover song by Dionne Warwick, along with Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Gladys Knight. It raised more than $30 million for AIDS research.


"My Prerogative"

Bobby Brown ditched the pop group New Edition and then recorded "My Prereogative" as a parting shot. The song was number one in 1989.


"La Bamba"

Richie Valens made "La Bamba" (a Mexican folk song) famous in the late '50s. And in 1987, the tune was used as the title track of a dramatic movie of the same name. Its success made Los Lobos virtually a household name.


"Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car"

In 1988, Billy Ocean made waves with "Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car," which was number one for two weeks. The accompanying video was an innovative blend of live action and animation that had never really been accomplished before.


"If You Don't Know Me by Now"

In 1989, a British group called Simply Red covered "If You Don't Know Me by Now," a song that originally became a hit in the early '70s. It turned into their biggest and best-known song and has since become a staple for other adult contemporary singers, too.


"Sweet Child o' Mine"

In the late '80s, a scourge of hair bands ruled the airways until a bedraggled gang of scrawny white guys calling themselves Guns 'N Roses came along and swept all of it away in a rampage of tattoos and crashing guitars. "Sweet Child o' Mine" ushered in a new age of pop music and set the stage for the grunge revolution.


"Like a Prayer"

If Madonna ever recorded an "important" song, "Like a Prayer" is it. The song and the boundary-pushing music video caused epic conservative backlash and made people rethink the power of pop videos.


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