Do You Know Your '70s Rock Hits From Your '80s Smashes?
By: Isadora Teich
About This Quiz
The 1970s and 1980s are known as golden eras of rock 'n' roll, with many of the biggest groups of all time rocking out with hit after hit. Test if you know your '70s from your '80s classics with this HowStuffWorks quiz!
"Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin was released in the:
"Stairway to Heaven" was released in 1971 on the album known as "Led Zeppelin IV." This ultimate anthem is considered one of the best rock songs of all time.
When was "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" by Creedence Clearwater Revival released?
This song is off of the 1970 album "Pendulum." It charted highly in both the US and Canada.
When was "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi released?
This song was originally a part of Bon Jovi's 1986 album "Slippery When Wet." This was the band's first No. 1 hit and the music video currently has hundreds of millions of views on YouTube.
When was "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses released?
This song was on the 1987 Guns N' Roses album "Appetite For Destruction." This is one of the most popular cover songs and has been done by numerous artists including both Sheryl Crow and the Vitamin String Quartet.
When was "Riders On The Storm" by The Doors released?
"Riders On The Storm" is off of The Doors 1971 album "L.A. Woman." It charted around the world.
When was Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" released?
This famous metal track was released in 1970 on the Black Sabbath album "Paranoid." It nabbed the band a Grammy for Best Metal Performance.
The Who's "Baba O'Riley" was released during the:
This track opened the 1971 album "Who's Next." Originally meant for a rock opera that was never completed, this song became one of The Who's biggest and the most recognizable in rock 'n' roll.
When was David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" released?
"Ziggy Stardust" is a song off of the 1972 glam rock album "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars." This highly regarded song is considered to be one of the most important in rock.
When was "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen released?
"Bohemian Rhapsody" is on the 1975 Queen album "A Night At The Opera." At the time, it was reportedly the most expensive single ever made.
When was "Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin released?
"Black Dog" is off of the 1971 album "Led Zeppelin IV." The title of the song references an old stray dog that wandered around the studio while the band was recording.
When was Queen's "We Will Rock You" released?
"We Will Rock You" was written by Brian May and released on the 1977 Queen album "News of the World." It is one of rock's greatest and most highly regarded anthems.
"Life on Mars" by David Bowie was released during the ________.
This single was released on the 1971 album "Hunky Dory." It is widely considered to be one of Bowie's best songs and one of the best of the decade.
When was "Back in Black" by AC/DC released?
"Back in Black" is a song off of the album of the same name by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It came out in 1980.
"Dream On" by Aerosmith was released during the:
This power ballad was released on Aerosmith's 1973 self-titled debut album. It was written by the band's lead vocalist, Steven Tyler.
When was "Imagine" by John Lennon released?
"Imagine" was released on the 1971 album of the same name. This is the best-selling single of John Lennon's solo career.
"Roxanne" by The Police was released when?
This song is a single from the 1978 Police album "Outlandos d'Amour." It was written by the band's lead singer and bassist Sting.
Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" was released in the:
Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" is on the band's 1975 album "Toys in the Attic." This highly charting song helped the band get its footing in the mainstream in the 1970s.
The song "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd was released during the _______.
"Comfortably Numb" is on Pink Floyd's 1979 album "The Wall." This highly acclaimed song is known especially for its guitar solos.
Van Halen's "Jump" was released during the:
This song was off of Van Halen's 1984 album "1984." It is the band's most successful single of all time.
When was "Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen released?
This song was released on the 1980 Queen album "The Game." The worldwide hit is considered to be Queen's best-selling single.
When was "More Than A Feeling" by Boston released?
"More Than A Feeling" is a song off of Boston's 1976 self-titled debut album. It is a classic rock staple that charted at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac was released in the _________.
"Go Your Own Way" is off of the 1977 Fleetwood Mac album "Rumours." It was recorded during a period of time when the band members were not getting along.
Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" was released when?
"Walk on the Wild Side" is off of Lou Reed's 1972 album "Transformer." This album was produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson.
When was "Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas released?
This song off of Kansas's 1976 album "Leftoverture" peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is the band's most famous single.
"Heroes" by David Bowie was released during which decade?
While "Heroes" was not an initial hit after its release in 1977, it has become known as one of Bowie's best. Bowie's performance of the song at the German Reichstag in West Berlin in 1978 is historically considered to be a catalyst to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
"Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey was released during the ________.
This song is off of the 1981 Journey album "Escape." This song has sold more digital copies than every other song released originally in the 20th century.
"Tom Sawyer" by Rush was released during which decade?
"Tom Sawyer" is off of the 1981 Rush album "Moving Pictures." This popular rock song has been covered by a number of other artists, including Mindless Self Indulgence.
"Born To Run" by Bruce Springsteen was released when?
"Born To Run" is a song off of the 1975 Bruce Springsteen album of the same name. The album helped Springsteen break into the mainstream.
Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" was released when?
"Sweet Home Alabama" was released on the 1974 Lynyrd Skynyrd album "Second Helping.'" This Southern rock song was one of the band's most successful hits.
When was "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult Released?
This song was released on the 1976 Blue Oyster Cult album "Agents of Fortune." This song was the biggest chart success for the band.
When was "Hotel California" by The Eagles released?
"Hotel California" was released on the 1976 Eagles album of the same name. This album took home the Grammy for Record of the Year.
Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me" was released when?
"Pour Some Sugar On Me" is off of the 1987 Def Leppard album "Hysteria." It is widely considered to be one of the biggest songs of the '80s.
When was Survivor's "Eye Of The Tiger" released?
This song was on the 1982 Survivor album of the same name. It was also the theme song for the movie "Rocky III."
When was David Bowie's "China Girl" released?
"China Girl" is one of David Bowie's most famous songs. It is off of his 1983 album "Let's Dance."
"With Or Without You" by U2 was released during the:
"With Or Without You"is off of the 1987 U2 album "The Joshua Tree." It was the band's first No. 1 hit in North America.
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