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What Do You Know About '80s Music?

Updated on April 30, 2013

'80s Music and the Bands that Made it Great!

I have been a music lover all my life. Most any genre would work for me, at least for a while. Looking back over the past 30 odd years, I have found that my favorite era was the 1980s. I loved the hair bands and the makeup!

I have created a SquidQuiz for those who choose to take it. How much do you really know about '80s metal/pop music?

Test your knowledge, your mettle, your trivia (not trivial) pursuit, your multiple choice skills. See if you cut the mustard, are up to snuff, ace in the hole, all that good stuff. Take my quiz is what I'm saying! (Do you dare?) Good luck, and have fun.

Hair Bands of the '80s

My favorite hair bands were Def Leppard, Poison, Guns-N-Roses, Warrant, Motley Crue, and Cinderella. I loved the look first, then I would find that I enjoyed the music as well. With songs ranging from real rockers and "ticket getters" to power ballads, there was always something new and fun to listen to.

After seeing many of these bands in concert, and sometimes all together in one concert, I found that the excitement actually came from watching them seem to enjoy themselves and have fun on stage.

Through the many lineup changes the music sometimes suffered and the audiences grew smaller. There was always that one band member that caused havoc in the press and behind the scenes.

This photo of Bret Michaels was taken in Atlanta, GA during a Poison, Firehouse and Damn Yankees concert. Yes, we were THAT close!

Do You Take Sugar? - One Lump or Two?

Def Leppard asked the question and so many women wanted to give them a personalized answer!

Joan Jett in the '80s

My favorite rocker of the '80s was Joan Jett. That tiny woman could belt out a tune and make you want to yell right along with her! I Love Rock-n-Roll is the #28 song of all time on the rock charts. Though she had many other hits, this one will always stand out. It was actually a cover of an Arrows song, but Joan made it hers. To me, any other version pales in comparison.

Even now, 30 years later, she is still rocking with her signature Gibson guitar and belting out the tunes! She was a hero to many young women just learning that they were equals.

She lead a whole new generation of women rockers and helped bridge the gap between rock and punk.

Crimson and Clover - Joan Jett Style!

Music from the '80s

Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue

This just goes to show that even the most radical rockers get homesick! I loved a quote I heard sometime ago that "just because they wear lipstick, it doesn't mean they can't kick your ass!"

'80s Music

Did you take the quiz? How did you do? Did you learn something fun? Sure you did.

Who Was Your Favorite '80s Artist or Band? - How did you do on the Quiz?

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      5 years ago

      I could do better. My favorite group is Guns-N-Roses. Very nice lens on a music topic. Thanks for sharing:=)

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      5 years ago

      I took the quiz and got 70%, guess that I should have studied....I see we enjoyed a lot of the same music in the 80's but my favorite band was and is U2..FB loved and G+, for having good taste in music! :)

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      Sherry Venegas 

      6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I was more into the Talking Heads and the Smiths. I only know the Aerosmith answer.

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      Birthday Wishes 

      6 years ago from Here

      8/10 not so bad I guess... Nice lens!

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      6 years ago

      One of my favorites from the 80s is UB-40.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      6 years ago

      I probably should have done better. Nice trip down memory lane!

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      6 years ago

      I was 6/10 and I'm dissapointed...

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      Kara Hara 

      6 years ago


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      6 years ago

      well,I just scraped up a passing mark on the quiz, but it was a lot of fun. My favourite of the '80s has to be Pat Benatar, but it's hard to choose. What a great era for music!

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      6 years ago

      90% Kotzen was my mistake. Grrrr ;)

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      6 years ago

      Squidoo online community is extremely good, I enjoy checking out other individuals lenses plus like to see folks checking mine as well and writing comments on my lenses.

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      noel rocs 

      7 years ago

      Love this lens! LOVE 80s Bands! So many of them cross over into different decades, but I'll say that I love: Aerosmith, Dep Leppard, Guns N Roses, Poison, Scorpions!, Cinderella, Heart... Yeah, I just love it all, pretty much... Ratt, Quiet Riot, Great White... :-) So much to love.

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      7 years ago

      Cool lens, loved the quiz!

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      7 years ago

      I love Home Sweet Home by Motley Crue!

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      7 years ago

      The Cars and Heart are two good bands that had hits in the 80's but had a 70's backgroud already.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Remind me never to take another one of your quizzes! I only solace is that it has been over 20 years :)

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      8 years ago from Australia

      60% - not as good as I would've liked, but it was a great quiz

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      stacy mcdaniel 

      8 years ago

      I only got 3 right. I know a little bit about 80's music. I had to do some sneaking around because my parents wouldn't let me listen to the hair bands.

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      lakern26 lm 

      8 years ago

      Great quiz, Holley! My score was 90%, but only because I consulted the hubby who is much better at this sort of thing; otherwise, I would gotten 20%. (Thank God I read your Joan Jett lens first or it would've been 10%!) I liked so many different bands and music styles back then that it would be hard to choose a favorite, but many of my faves were on your quiz. Thanks for putting this together - I had a lot of fun!

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      8 years ago

      Oh wow, 50% and a couple of those were good guesses! I am afraid I was in a different musical place in the 80's - although I am learning a little more about some of these bands through my son. It is obvious that you have a passion for these bands (or their hair anyways).

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      BW Duerr 

      8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Probably Aerosmith because I was listening to them prior to the 80's... Although I loved all the power ballads. Every single one of them. :D

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      Heather Burns 

      8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      What about Eurythmics? I think they were 80's? I liked them the best. Not really a heavy metal person..(escept for Led Zep)but a great lens.

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      Sara Duggan 

      8 years ago from California

      I am bad, I liked most of the heavy metal bands in the 80's but did lousy on the quiz (3/10) :(

      My fav band was Guns n Roses as I crushed on Axel Rose big time when I was 14/15

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      This was a lot of fun and brought back a lot of great memories. My favorite 80's band was probably Air Supply or the Eagles, but I think the Eagles were late 70's. Awesome Lens!

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      Leanne Chesser 

      8 years ago

      Def Leppard, without question. I love this lens!

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      8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Only 70%, but then again, I'd never heard of some of these bands ;) Most of them passed us by in the UK. But, a great journey back to the Eighties!

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      drifter0658 lm 

      8 years ago

      80%...helluva lot better than I expected ;)

      Damn fine tribute to the music of the 80's. Although the 80's were (and continue to be) known for hair bands, there was a large variety of musical styles popular then. Who could forget DEVO?

      Great lens!


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