How much do you know about No. 1 songs of the 1980s?

By: John Miller
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Drum roll, please ... hold it, hold it ... now hit that power chord! It’s time for you to set aside this century and look back to everyone's favorite pop songs. That’s right; it’s your chance to beat our quiz about No. 1 hits of the 1980s.

The '80s were an in-your-face time with in-your-face music, spawning glam rock, glossy pop, and legendary dancefloor tunes of all kinds. Do you remember how many no. 1 hits Michael Jackson generated in this decade? And do you recall how everything rock changed once Guns N’ Roses blazed into the top 10, again and again?

A guy by the name of Bon Jovi was "Livin' on a Prayer,” and shot to the top of the charts, making an entire career based on a breakthrough debut album. The '80s spawned memorable lyrics that resonate even today, with tunes like “When Doves Cry,” “Glory of Love” and “Wind Beneath My Wings” all catching our hearts and making our heavy mascara streak and stain the shoulder pads on our favorite Jazzercize shirts.

Do you remember the guys who had hit after hit — even though they were just lip-syncing the words? And do you know all of the lyrics to the biggest Roxette songs of the decade?

The '80s weren’t just a decade — they generated a major shift in music culture, which almost immediately descended into the madness of grunge during the '90s. Take our No. 1 '80s hits quiz and see how much you really know about these iconic songs.

"When Doves Cry" was the No. 1-selling song of 1984. Which artist created it?

Who sang the No. 1 hit "Rapture," which featured a nifty, newfangled rap section?

Which male-dominated band sang "Every Breath You Take," which was No. 1 for eight weeks?

Tommy and Gina have a passionate love affair in "Livin' on a Prayer," which was performed by ______.

The music video for "Walk Like an Egyptian" showed the members of this band stomping around in a funny dance.

Which teeny-bopper female singer covered Tommy James and the Shondells' "I Think We're Alone Now," and generated a No. 1 song?

Which celebrity singer gained even bigger fame thanks to a pop hit titled "Physical"?

Which decidedly non-virginal singer got even more famous with a song called "Like a Virgin"?

Which '80s legend cut loose with 1984's "Footloose," which was used in the movie of the same name?

In 1988, which singer said that we all gotta have "Faith"?

Which '80s songstress soared along during "Wind Beneath My Wings"?

She was a sister to the biggest hitmaker of the 1980s, and she had a big hit, too, called "I Miss You Much."

Which famously fake group told their fans to "Blame It on the Rain"?

It was just "Another Day in Paradise" for which bald-headed singer in 1989?

The fashion-model-saturated video for "Addicted to Love" became a huge hit on MTV in 1986. Who sang the song?

Which R&B queen sang "That's What Friends Are For," the No. 1 song of 1986?

Unrequited love took new lows in "Jessie's Girl," which was sung in a pitch-perfect manner by which heartthrob?

The blond-haired leader of which band sang the soaring "Listen to Your Heart," a song that is NOT about a cardiac arrest?

The music video for this song featured a half-naked model on a car hood. Which band sang "Here I Go Again"?

Which band sang that "We Built This City" on rock 'n' roll?

Which sexy duo sang the earworm titled "Islands in the Stream"?

Which sort of creepy stalker guy is going to be "Right Here Waiting" for you?

You have to wonder … did they finally find it? Which band sang "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"?

Which big-haired heroes are going to give you some "Bad Medicine"?

Which band wanted you to take your "Broken Wings" and learn to fly again?

When life is too much, which '80s star wanted you to just "Roll With It"?

Which sunglasses-wearing celebrity sang "Got My Mind Set on You"?

Which city-named band sang about a beautiful woman named "Amanda"?

Which '80s icons encouraged their former lovers to "Look Away"?

Which Peter sang the ultra-romantic ballad "Glory of Love"?

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