Match the Hit '80s Song Lyric with the Artist

By: Stella Alexander
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Match the Hit '80s Song Lyric with the Artist
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About This Quiz

"Take on me, take me on!" Those words come courtesy of this quiz and one of the biggest bands of the 1980s. A decade filled with the King of Pop, rock bands and breakthrough females, the decade had some of the biggest hits to ever come through the music industry. With artists like Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper and groups like Journey and Guns N' Roses, can you match the hit '80s song lyrics with the artist?

The 1980s were an iconic time in pop culture. At home, people might've been watching popular sitcoms like Cheers or Three's Company. Fashionistas were bouncing around from fashion week to fashion week discovering new trends like leg warmers, Members Only jackets and parachute pants. When it came to music lovers, they were following their favorite artists as they performed their biggest hits around the country. The decade saw singer Michael Jackson release the best-selling album of all time, Thriller (1982). Bon Jovi had their fans "Livin' On a Prayer" while Cyndi Lauper knew that "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." The 1980s saw the emergence of bubblegum pop with tracks like "Physical" while lovebirds everywhere were crooning to romantic tracks like "Endless Love" or "Every Breath You Take." With countless classic hits to choose from, can you remember the lyrics that everyone was singing in the '80s? Enough to match it to the artist? There's only one way to find out! Pick up your imaginary mic and let's see if you'll get an encore with this quiz!

"People always told me be careful of what you do / And don't go around breaking young girls' hearts."
Bon Jovi
Prince
Michael Jackson
"Billie Jean" is a song that Michael Jackson released on his iconic 1982 album "Thriller." The song is Michael Jackson's best-selling single of all time.
Duran Duran

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"And I need you now tonight / And I need you more than ever / And if you only hold me tight / We'll be holding on forever."
Def Leppard
Hall & Oates
Guns N' Roses
Bonnie Tyler
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" is the hit song performed by Bonnie Tyler. The song appeared on her fifth album "Faster Than the Speed of Night" which was released in 1983.

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"Sometimes I feel I've got to / Run away I've got to / Get away from the pain that you drive into the heart of me."
Soft Cell
The song "Tainted Love" was originally written and recorded in the 1960s. The duo, Soft Cell, would record it in 1981 and the song would gain its fame from then on.
Madonna
Run DMC
AC/DC

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"She says, we've got to hold on to what we've got / It doesn't make a difference if we make it or not."
Journey
Bon Jovi
"Livin' on a Prayer" is the hit song by the rock group, Bon Jovi. The song was released on their 1986 album "Slippery When Wet."
Whitney Houston
U2

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"She's got eyes of the bluest skies / As if they thought of rain / I hate to look into those eyes / And see an ounce of pain."
The Bangles
Van Halen
INXS
Guns N' Roses
"Sweet Child o' Mine" is the hit '80s song from rock band Guns N' Roses. The song first appeared on their 1988 album "Appetite for Destruction" and would become the bands only #1 single.

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"Some boys take a beautiful girl / And hide her away from the rest of the world / I want to be the one to walk in the sun."
Cyndi Lauper
"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" is the biggest hit from Cyndi Lauper. Although previously recorded by another artist in the late '70s, Lauper recorded her version for her 1983 album "She's So Unusual."
Whitenskae
Dexys Midnight Runners
Rick Springfield

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"Every single day / Every word you say / Every game you play / Every night you stay / I'll be watching you."
The Cure
The Police
"Every Breath You Take" is the hit '80s single from the English band, The Police. The song was released on their 1983 album "Synchronicity."
A-Ha
The Go-Go's

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"We're talking away / I don't know what / I'm to say I'll say it anyway / Today's another day to find you."
Kajagoogoo
Wham!
A-ha
"Take On Me" is the '80s hit from the Norwegian group A-ha. The song appears on the 1985 album "Hunting High and Low" and is the group's most-known song to date.
Talking Heads

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"How can you just leave me standing / Alone in a world that's so cold / Maybe I'm just too demanding / Maybe I'm just like my father, too bold."
Pat Benatr
Queen
Night Ranger
Prince
One of the great power ballads of the 80s, "When Doves Cry" was recorded in 1984 for Prince's album "Purple Rain." It would become the best-selling single of that year.

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"Cover me with kisses, baby / Cover me with love / Roll me in designer sheets / I'll never get enough."
Soft Cell
Blondie
"Call Me" is the 1980 song by Blondie. It appeared on the soundtrack for the film "American Gigolo" and spent 6 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts.
Poison
Phil Collins

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"Welcome to your life / There's no turning back / Even while we sleep / We will find you acting on your best behavior."
Tommy Tutone
Tears for Fears
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" is the 1985 song by Tears for Fears. The song appears on their album "Songs from the Big Chair."
Aerosmith
Modern English

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"Who am I to disagree / I travel the world / And the seven seas / Everybody's looking for something."
B-52's
Motley Crue
The Clash
Eurythmics
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" is the popular hit song by the English group Eurythmics. The song was released in 1983 from the album of the same name.

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"I've been in love and lost my senses / Spinning through the town / Sooner or later, the fever ends / And I wind up feeling down."
ABC
Bananarama
Whitney Houston
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" is the popular '80s hit from Whitney Houston. Released in 1986, the song appears on her second album "Whitney."
Janet Jackson

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"Through the storm we reach the shore / You give it all but I want more / And I'm waiting for you."
U2
"With or Without You" is the 1987 single from the Irish rock band U2. The song was released on their album "The Joshua Tree."
The Police
Twister Sister
Bruce Springsteen

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"Steve walks warily down the street / With the brim pulled way down low / Ain't no sound but the sound of his feet / Machine guns ready to go."
Beastie Boys
Queen
"Another One Bites the Dust" is the popular 1980s song from the rock band Queen. The song appears on their album "The Game."
Eurythmics
Ratt

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"In touch with the ground / I'm on the hunt down, I'm after you / Smell like I sound, I'm lost in a crowd."
Dead or Alive
Billy Idol
Duran Duran
"Hungry Like the Wolf" is the popular '80s song from English band, Duran Duran. The song is featured on their second album "Rio," which was released in 1982.
A Flock of Seagulls

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"Parti, karamu, fiesta, forever / Come on and sing along."
Bonnie Tyler
Toni Basil
Culture Club
Lionel Richie
"All Night Long (All Night)" is the popular single from Lionel Richie. The song was released in 1983 on his album "Can't Slow Down."

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"You put the boom boom into my heart / You send my soul sky high when your lovin' starts / Jitterbug into my brain / Goes bang bang bang till my feet do the same."
John Mellencamp
Wham!
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" is the popular '80s single from the English duo, Wham! The song is featured on their 1984 album "Make It Big."
Young M.C.
Styx

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"How does it feel to treat me like you do / When you've laid your hand upon me and told me who you are."
Berlin
Devo
Paula Abdul
New Order
"Blue Monday" is the popular single from English rock band New Order. The song appears on their 1982 album "Power, Corruption, & Lies."

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"Just a city boy / Born and raised in South Detroit / He took the midnight train going anywhere."
Foreigner
Depeche Mode
Journey
Probably one of the most popular songs of the decade and of all time, Journey released the single "Don't Stop Believin'" in 1981 on their album "Escape."
REO Speedwagon

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"Poor old Johnny Ray / Sounded sad upon the radio / But he moved a million hearts in mono / Our mothers cried, sang along, who'd blame them."
Public Enemy
Dexy's Midnight Runners
"Come On Eileen" is the popular 1980s single from Dexys Midnight Runners. The song appears on their 1982 album "Too-Rye-Ay."
R.E.M.
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

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"Well, I hear the music / Close my eyes, feel the rhythm / Wrap around / Take a hold of my heart."
Rick James
The Fixx
Irene Cara
"Flashdance... What a Feeling" is the popular '80s song performed by Irene Cara. The song was written for the 1983 film "Flashdance." The song appears on the soundtrack for the film as well as Cara's 1983 album "What a Feelin'."
Nena

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"It's the terror of knowing / What the world is about / Watching some good friends / Screaming 'let me out'."
George Michael
Prince
Thomas Dolby
David Bowie
"Under Pressure" is the 1981 song recorded and released by David Bowie and Queen.

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"Too many shadows whispering voices / Faces on posters too many choices / If when why what how much have you got / Have you got it do you get it?"
New Edition
Pet Shop Boys
"West End Girls" is the 1980s song by Pet Shop Boys. It was released as a single in 1984.
Blondie
Human League

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"Love is like a bomb, baby, c'mon get it on / Livin' like a lover with a radar phone / Lookin' like a tramp, like a video vamp / Demolition woman, can I be your man?"
Cameo
Squeeze
Lionel Richie
Def Leppard
"Pour Some Sugar on Me" is the popular '80s song by English rock band, Def Leppard. The song was released in 1988 on the album "Hysteria."

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"Risin' up, back on the street / Did my time, took my chances / Went the distance, now I'm back on my feet / Just a man and his will to survive."
Robert Palmer
Falco
Survivor
"Eye of the Tiger" is the popular 1980s song by Survivor. While the song was released on Survivor's 1982 album, it is well known as part of the "Rocky III" soundtrack.
Chaka Khan

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"And she's watching him with those eyes / And she's loving him with that body, I just know it / Yeah n' he's holding her in his arms late, late at night."
The Pretenders
Tone-Loc
Katrina and the Waves
Rick Springfield
"Jessie's Girl" is the popular 1981 song by Rick Springfield which was released on his album "Working Class Dog."

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"Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon."
Culture Club
"Karma Chameleon" is the popular 1983 single by English group, Culture Club. The song was released on their album "Colour by Numbers."
New Kids on teh Block
Gary Numan
the Rolling Stones

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"Want you to push it, babe / Coolin' by day then at night working up a sweat / C'mon girls, let's go show the guys that we know / How to become number one in the hot party show."
Debbie Gibson
Salt-N-Pepa
"Push It" is the popular 1986 single by Salt-N-Pepa. The song appeared on their album "Hot, Cool, & Vicious."
Men at Work
The Romantics

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"So slide over here / And give me a moment / Your moves are so raw / I've got to let you know / I've got to let you know / You're one of my kind."
Bobby Brown
Wang Chung
Loverboy
INXS
"Need You Tonight" is the 1987 song recorded by the rock band INXS. It was released on their album "Kick."

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"I get up, and nothin' gets me down / You got it tough, I've seen the toughest around / And I know, baby, just how you feel / You got to roll with the punches and get to what's real."
Duran Duran
Guns N' Roses
Van Halen
"Jump" is the popular 1983 Van Halen song that appears on their album "1984."
AC/DC

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"All I know is that to me / You look like you're lots of fun / Open up your lovin' arms / I want some, want some."
Dead Or Alive
"You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" is the 1985 Dead or Alive song that appears on their album "Youthquake."
U2
INXS
Cyndi Lauper

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"Put your hand in a party wave / Pass around / Make a shroud pulling combs through a backwash frame."
Rick Springfield
Human League
"Don't You Want Me" is the popular 1981 song by The Human League. The song was released on their album "Dare."
The Cure
the Go-Go's

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"I don't know where I'm goin' / But I sure know where I've been / Hanging on the promises in songs of yesterday."
Talking Heads
Night Ranger
Whitesnake
"Here I Go Again" is a popular '80s power ballad from the group Whitesnake. The song appears on the 1982 album "Saints & Sinners."
Poison

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"Life is a mystery / everyone must stand alone / I hear you call my name / And it feels like home."
The Clash
Pat Benetar
Madonna
Closing out the decade, Madonna released "Like a Prayer" in 1989 on the same titled album.
Queen

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