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.

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

"Faith" was the top song of 1988, all thanks to George Michael's breathy, dramatic delivery. It was a huge solo hit for the singer, who had just left the band Wham!


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

Olivia Newton-John released her 12th — yes, 12th — album and found an amazing hit with "Physical." The song topped the Billboard chart for 10 weeks.


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

Rick Springfield parlayed his pop stardom into a B-movie career. But before all of that, he was famous for "Jessie's Girl."


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

In 1984, Madonna sang "Like a Virgin," which sparked public controversy. She also wore a white wedding dress in the sultry music video.


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

Jon Bon Jovi and crew sang "Livin' on a Prayer," which grabbed the No. 1 spot for four weeks. It was a single from 1986's "Slippery When Wet."


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

In 1987, the No. 1 song of the entire year was "Walk Like an Egyptian," which is by far the best-known hit from the Bangles.


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

Phil Collins sang the very last No. 1 song of the entire decade, the super-depressing song called "Another Day in Paradise."


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

Janet is Michael Jackson's sister and she sang "I Miss You Much," an upbeat, unironic love song that was No. 1 for four weeks in 1989.


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

Has there ever been a voice like the late Robert Palmer's? He sold lust to great effect in "Addicted to Love."


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

"And here I go again on my own, goin' down the only road I've ever known, like a hobo I was born to walk alone." With their crazy hairdos, Whitesnake sort of looked like hobos, too.


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

Bette Midler's rendition of "Wind Beneath My Wings" was made extremely famous thanks in part to the sappy-sad movie "Beaches."


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

A German pop group named Milli Vanilli had a major hit with "Blame It on the Rain." Later, it was discovered that the duo didn't sing any parts of their hit album.


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

"That's What Friends Are For" was actually first recorded by Rod Stewart in 1982. But Dionne Warwick made the song No. 1 in 1986.


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

The Police, led by a guy named Sting, sang "Every Breath You Take," which was nominated for the Grammy for Song of the Year in 1983.


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

It was the Bee Gees who wrote "Islands in the Stream." But it was Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton who made the song inescapable in 1983.


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

The late Prince sang "When Doves Cry," and it was his first No. 1 hit. After he died in 2016, like a freed dove, the song soared back into the top 10.


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

On 1980's "Autoamerican" album, Blondie scored a huge hit with "Rapture." The song was made even more popular by a weird, long-form music video.


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

Not one, but two songs from the film "Footloose" reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, with the tune "Footloose" becoming one of Kenny Loggins' biggest hits.


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

Starship's 1985 album "Knee Deep in the Hoopla" spawned numerous hits, none bigger than "We Built This City," a song that was ostensibly about selling out ... by a band that actually did sell out.


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

In 1987, U2 sang of intense longing in "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." It was the band's second straight No. 1 single, following "With or Without You."


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

Bon Jovi is still cranking out the hits, but in the '80s they were even bigger. "Bad Medicine" was No. 1 for two weeks in 1988.


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

In 1987, Tiffany scored her biggest hit with "I Think We're Alone Now." She later found another huge hit in a cover of the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There."


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

George Harrison, of Beatles fame, got even more famous thanks to his pop hit "Got My Mind Set on You," which repeated the same chorus over and over and over and over again.


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

Roxette has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, in large part thanks to towering hits like "Listen to Your Heart." The band has four U.S. No. 1 hits to its credit.


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

Steve Winwood scored numerous big hits in the '80s, but "Roll With It" was particularly successful, topping the charts for four weeks.


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

"But if you see me walking by, and the tears are in my eyes, look away, baby, look away." Those were the words to Chicago's big hit, "Look Away."


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

Mr. Mister gained '80s icon status with an amazing string of hits. "Broken Wings" topped the charts for two weeks in 1985.


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

On an album titled "Repeat Offender," Richard Marx sang that he'd be "Right Here Waiting." It was a worldwide hit that inspired all sorts of cover versions.


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

In 1986, Boston finally released its ballad "Amanda," a single from a concept album named "Third Stage." The song had been recorded six years earlier but never released.


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

"We'll live forever, knowing together that we did it all for the glory of love." So sang Peter Cetera in "Glory of Love," a major hit for the singer after he left the band Chicago.


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