Pop - Rock Music Trivia and Answers

At TriviaQN we have a sweet spot for music in general. The pop and rock music we have all lived through has expressed the signs o' the times and we have loved it for it. We'll always love it for providing the soundtrack of our day to day. But, in addition to the soundtrack this music has also provided a huge amount of its back stages as trivia for us to marvel and to sometimes be shocked at. We are confident you know all of it. Or at least most of it. Don't you?

Challenge yourself with a Pop - Rock Music Trivia Quiz!

Hard

Which pop music duo held a free concert in New York City's Central Park in 1981 that attracted about half a million fans?

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Answer: Simon & Garfunkel
"The Concert in Central Park", which attracted a whopping half-a-million spectators, featured the short-lived reunion of Simon & Garfunkel after the pair had disbanded approximately a decade earlier.

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Which famous American pop singer was actually born in the State of Hawaii?

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Answer: Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is not a product of North America but was actually born in Honolulu, the capitol of Hawaii, to a Puerto Rican / Jewish father and a Filipino / Spanish mother.

Hard

The Chainsmokers' and Halsey's 2016 track "Closer" was inspired by another song by which 1990's rock band?

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Answer: Blink-182
According to the Chainsmokers', their hit "Closer" with Halsey was inspired by Blink-182's "I Miss You" (2004), with Halsey actually giving a shoutout to Blink-during the lyrics of the song.

Medium

Which of the following artists has been described by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music"?

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Answer: Jimi Hendrix
Although Jimi Hendrix had a relatively-brief musical career before his untimely death at the age of 27, he is widely considered as one of if not the greatest rock guitarists the world has ever seen.

Medium

Kenneth Edmonds is the legal name of which prominent music artist?

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Answer: Babyface
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds decades of putting forth hit music as a singer, songwriter and producer has earned him over 10 Grammy Awards.

Hard

The Redlands drug bust was a famous 1960's incident involving which band?

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Answer: The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones grew in popularity after police raided Keith Richards' mansion in West Wittering, England - known as "Redlands" - and arrested he and Mick Jagger for possession of hash and amphetamines.

Medium

In early 2019, Ariana Grande held the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100. Who is the only other artist(s) to have achieved this feat prior to her?

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Answer: The Beatles
The Beatles actually possessed all top-5 positions on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week dated 4 April 1964.

VeryHard

Which famous music group were formerly known as the New Yardbirds?

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Answer: Led Zeppelin
In 1968 the New Yardbirds changed their name to Led Zeppelin, partially due to a copyright dispute with the Yardbirds former bassist.

Medium

Which rock band made a brief yet memorable appearance in The Simpsons Movie (2007)?

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Answer: Green Day
Green Day performed - and then perished - at the beginning of this animated movie based on the long-running television show by the same name.

Hard

Which pop musician was deported from Japan in the 1980's for possession of marijuana?

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Answer: Paul McCartney
In 1980, Paul McCartney visited Japan for the first time since 1966. What was intended to be an 11-city concert tour instead turned into the singer spending nine days in detention due to arriving in the Land of the Rising Sun with almost a pound of herb.



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