Make an '80s Mix Tape and We'll Guess Your First Car!

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Make an '80s Mix Tape and We'll Guess Your First Car!
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About This Quiz

If you're a Millennial and you were lucky enough to have a car when you were young, that car probably had a tape deck. For the Generation Z folks reading this: a tape deck is like a radio that comes with the car only it has a place to put your actual physical music in the form of those retro cassette tape thingies you've seen in movies set before 1995.

Cassettes had a couple of advantages over CDs, and also over the MP3 file. They weren't fragile to quick the same degree as a CD and frankly they had a better variety and quality of sound than MP3 files. However, they were easily destroyed by the players that would munch them up and spit them out. They were also bulky and they had to be rewound in order to listen to them more than once. You needed a special deck to duplicate them. That's why they were displaced by the more easily stored CD, and they both were largely supplanted by the digital world.

However, cassettes had one lovely feature which was that you could make a mixtape for someone. It was a playlist, but it was much more personal, and it was a physical object which you could keep in the car. Hopefully it was the ideal reflection of your tastes, just like your car was - and if that's the case, then tell us about it, and we'll guess the car in which you played it!

How much country music is on your mixtape?
A third of it.
Half of it.
None of it.
A tenth of it.

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Which Madonna song is on there first?
Vogue
Papa Don't Preach
Ray of Light
Like a Prayer

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Which rap number did you include?
Yo Quiero Fumar
I Get Money
X Gon' Give It To Ya
Packet Man

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Where in the lineup is "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"?
A third of the way in.
Near the end.
Second from the top.
Halfway.

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How many times did you include Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'"?
To be honest, it's in there about a half dozen times. I love The Sopranos.
Twice, to bookend the classic rock section.
Not once!
Once is enough.

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Do any of the songs not have synth?
Most of them.
At least 90% doesn't.
It's in them all!
None do.

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How small is the smallest hairdo of the singers you included?
It's full of Flock of Seagulls.
There's both old and new Bon Jovi.
There are a few bald singers, like Right Said Fred.
I don't know anything about what my preferred singers look like.

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How many songs by Queen do you have?
Just a half dozen.
Just the greatest hits.
None.
The full catalog.

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Which Billy Joel song do you have?
Piano Man
You May Be Right
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
We Didn't Start The Fire

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Which song by Blondie do you have?
Sunday Girl
Gravity
Heart of Glass
In the Flesh

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Did you include Dolly Parton's "9 to 5"?
No, it reminds me that I work 8 to late.
Yes, twice.
No, I'm not a fan of Dolly's.
Yes, just once.

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Where in the playlist is "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John?
It's not in there.
At the bottom.
Near the top.
Near the middle.

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Which collaboration did you include?
Ebony and Ivory by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
Up Where We Belong by Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
Private Eyes by Hall & Oates
Do They Know It's Christmas? by Bob Geldof and friends

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How many Michael Jackson songs are on there?
None, being reminded of him makes me sad.
Just Thriller and Bad.
I have a few of his B-sides.
I have that track he did on Eddie Murphy's music album, for irony.

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How about songs by Prince?
Five.
One or two.
I don't have any. I never got into his music.
Purple Rain.

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How many ballads are there?
Quite a few.
Five or six.
None. I don't like ballads.
One.

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Which song by Digital Underground do you have on there?
Packet Man
Doowutchyalike
Freaks of The Industry
Oregano Flow

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Which Tina Turner song is on there?
What's Love Got To Do With It
Simply The Best
River Deep - Mountain High
Private Dancer

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Which Stevie Wonder song did you definitely include?
I Just Called To Say I Love You
Superstition
Isn't She Lovely?
Part-Time Lover

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Which Bond theme song did you include?
Live And Let Die
Diamonds Are Forever
A View To a Kill
You Know My Name

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Which Lionel Richie number did you include?
Three Times A Lady
Penny Lover
All Night Long
Dancing On The Ceiling

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Which generally respected artist could you live without?
Billy Ocean
Simply Red
Genesis
Bon Jovi

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Which song is there for comic relief?
Push It by Salt N Pepa
Fight For Your Right (To Party) by the Beastie Boys
A bunch of random stuff by Weird Al Yankovic
Bust A Move by Young MC

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Which Bob Seger song do you include?
Blue Monday
Tightrope
Boomtown Blues
Little Drummer Boy

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Which kinda ridiculous artist will you avoid?
Eddie Murphy
Milli Vanilli
WHAM
Culture Club

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Which Aretha Franklin song will you include?
You Are My Sunshine
It Hurts Like Hell
Chain of Fools
A Brand New Me

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Which George Michael song will you include?
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
One More Try
I Want Your Sex
Faith

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Which Diana Ross song will you include?
I Will Survive
The Boss
I'm Coming Out
Ain't No Mountain High Enough

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Which Phil Collins song will you include?
Two Hearts
Another Day In Paradise
In The Air Tonight
Ain't Too Proud To Beg

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Which Metallica song is on there last?
Wherever I May Roam
Master of Puppets
Hero Of The Day
Unforgiven III

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