80s Trivia Questions And Answers

The 1980s are often ridiculed for their bad hair and bad fashion but they were a great time to be alive. Some of the greatest music and films were made in the 80s and the world was a much simpler place. How much can you remember from that golden decade? Find out know with these 80s trivia questions and answers.


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80s Trivia Quiz

Round 1: 80s Music Trivia

Question 1: Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder had a U.S. number one hit single in 1982 with which song?

Ebony and Ivory.

Question 2: “Against All Odds”, “One More Night”, and “Two Hearts” where all U.S. number one singles in the 1980s for which singer?

Phil Collins.

Question 3: Which Billy Joel song, a U.S. number one in 1989, listed over 100 headline events between 1949 and 1989?

We Didn’t Start the Fire.

Question 4: Which singer/songwriter proclaimed that they would be “Right Here Waiting” in 1989?

Richard Marx.

Question 5: Gloria Estefan started her career as lead singer of which group?

Miami Sound Machine.

Question 6: In 1988 who told us “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”?

Bobby McFerrin.

Question 7: “Tommy used to work on the docks, union’s been on strike, He’s down on his luck, it’s tough, so tough” are the first lines of which 1980s smash hit song?

Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi.

Question 8: Which U.S. musician wrote the song “Manic Monday”, under the pseudonym “Christoper”, which became a smash hit for The Bangles in the 80s?


Question 9: Which Madonna album because the fist by a female artist to sell over 5 million copies in America?

Like a Virgin.

Question 10: With whom did Aretha Franklin duet on the 1987 U.S. number one single “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”?

George Michael.

Question 11: Which Norwegian band urged us to “Take On Me” in 1985?


Question 12: What was Whitney Houston’s first U.S. number one single?

Saving All My Love for You.

Question 13: Which rock guitarist provided the guitar solo for Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” in 1983?

Eddie Van Halen.

Question 14: Which Duran Duran song kept Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” off the U.S. number one spot in 1984?

The Reflex.

Question 15: Which Huey Lewis and the News song does Marty McFly play in the Battle of the Bands audition in the 1985 movie “Back to the Future”?

The Power of Love.

Question 16: Which American choreographer had a smash hit with “Mickey” in 1982?

Toni Basil.

Question 17: Which band did Lionel Richie leave in 1982 in order to pursue a solo career?

The Commodores.

Question 18: Who asked us to “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” in 1980?

Pat Benatar.

Question 19: Which singer starred opposite Mel Gibson in the 1985 movie “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”, for which she also sang the hit song “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)”?

Tina Turner.

Question 20: “Little Lies”, “Everywhere” and “Big Love” were all hit singles from which 1987 Fleetwood Mac album?

Tango in the Night.

Round 2: 80s Movie Trivia

Question 1: In the movie “St. Elmo’s Fire”, which Brat Pack actor plays the part of Kirby “Kirbo” Keager, a law student and waiter at St. Elmo’s Bar?

Emilio Estevez.

Question 2: Which 1985 comedy-drama, directed by John Hughes, follows a group of high-schoolers from different cliques who spend one Saturday afternoon in detention together?

The Breakfast Club.

Question 3: In “Back to the Future”, what type of car does Doc use to build his time machine?

A DeLorean.

Question 4: In which 1984 smash-hit movie, do Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis play a trio of parapsychologists who start a business together?


Question 5: Who directed the 1982 film “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”?

Steven Spielberg.

Question 6: In which 1980 film does Jack Nicholson play the part of aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance who takes a job as caretaker of the Overlook Hotel?

The Shining.

Question 7: Which actor played the role of Indiana Jones in the 1981 movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark”?

Harrison Ford.

Question 8: In Die Hard, off-duty police officer John Maclane gets trapped in a skyscraper on Christmas Eve in which city?

Los Angeles.

Question 9: The 1982 science fiction classic “Blade Runner” is loosely based on a novel by which author?

Philip K. Dick.

Question 10: In “The Terminator”, which actress stars as Sarah Connor?

Linda Hamilton.

Question 11: Who starred as Ferris Bueller in John Hughes’ 1986 teen comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”?

Matthew Broderick.

Question 12: In “The Goonies”, what was the name of the pirate captain of the ship “Inferno”?

One-Eyed Willy.

Question 13: Who starred as “Iceman” in the 1986 movie “Top Gun”

Val Kilmer.

Question 14: Which 1984 comedy-horror movie featured strange creatures called mogwai that should never be fed after midnight?


Question 15: Which “Gremlins” actress also starred as Linda Barrett in the 1982 movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”?

Phoebe Cates.

Question 16: Who played dance instructor Johnny Castle in 1987’s “Dirty Dancing”?

Patrick Swayze.

Question 17: Which “Criminal Minds” star played the role of Inigo Montoya in “The Princess Bride”?

Mandy Patinkin.

Question 18: In “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, what was the name of Roger Rabbit’s wife?

Jessica Rabbit.

Question 19: Which 1987 movie starring Corey Haim, Corey Feldman and Keither Sutherland tells the story of two brothers who move to a new town only to discover the area is a haven for vampires?

The Lost Boys.

Question 20: Who starred as Andie Walsh in the 1986 Brat Pack movie “Pretty in Pink”?

Molly Ringwald.

Round 3: 80s TV Trivia

Question 1: Which 80s TV series follows the escapades of the former members of a US Army Special Forces unit who are on the run after escaping from prison, after being jailed for a crime they didn’t commit?

The A-Team.

Question 2: “Magnum, P.I.” was set in which U.S. state?


Question 3: The sitcom “Frasier” was a spin-off from which 1980s TV show?


Question 4: Which actor starred as James “Sonny” Crockett in “Miami Vice”?

Don Johnson.

Question 5: Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter played Michael J. Fox’s parents in which 80s sitcom?

Family Ties.

Question 6: What was the name of Michael Knight’s car in “Knight Rider”?


Question 7: Capt. Francis Xavier “Frank” Furillo and Joyce Davenport were characters in which American police drama?

Hill Street Blues.

Question 8: What was the name of the sheriff in “The Dukes of Hazzard”?

Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane.

Question 9: Which sitcom followed the lives of two African-American Harlem boys who are taken in by rich New Yorker Phillip Drummond?

Diff’rent Strokes.

Question 10: Who played Hollywood stuntman Colt Seavers in “The Fall Guy”?

Lee Majors.

Question 11: Who starred as Maddie Hayes and David Addison in “Moonlighting”?

Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis.

Question 12: Which police drama featured Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly as a pair of New York detectives?

Cagney and Lacey.

Question 13: What was the name of the mystery writer and amateur detective played by Angela Lansbury in “Murder, She Wrote”?

Jessica Fletcher.

Question 14: Which British actress starred as Alexis Colby in the soap “Dynasty”?

Joan Collins.

Question 15: What was the name of the spin-off series from “Dallas” that centred on the lives of occupants of the cul-de-sac Seaview Circle in a fictional suburb of Los Angeles?

Knots Landing.

Question 16: Jan-Michael Vincent starred as Stringfellow Hawke in which military action drama show?


Question 17: Which sitcom, starring Staci Keanan, follows the lives of two single men who are awarded joint custody of a 12 year-old girl after her mother dies?

My Two Dads.

Question 18: Which puppet TV show about interconnected societies of Muppets, including Doozers and Gorgs, was first broadcast in 1983?

Fraggle Rock.

Question 19: Which animated sitcom began as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987?

The Simpsons.

Question 20: In which comedy-drama superhero show was the main character’s name changed from Ralph Hinkley to Ralph Hanley for two episodes in 1981 after U.S. president Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr.?

The Greatest American Hero.

Round 4: 80s Pop Culture Trivia

Question 1: Which soft, sculpted dolls that were hugely popular in the 80s were originally called “The Little People”?

Cabbage Patch Kids.

Question 2: Who was the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who had the highest passer rating in the NFC five times in the 80s?

Joe Montana.

Question 3: Who was shot dead by Mark Chapman on 8 December 1980?

John Lennon.

Question 4: The comedian Eddie Murphy joined the cast of which comedy sketch series in 1980?

Saturday Night Live.

Question 5: Which actor took over from Roger Moore in the role of James Bond, making his first appearance in “The Living Daylights” in 1987?

Timothy Dalton.

Question 6: Which Nintendo arcade game, first released in 1981, featured the first appearance of Mario?

Donkey Kong.

Question 7: In 1987, who became the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles?

Mike Tyson.

Question 8: Which home computer, first released in 1982, is the biggest selling single computer model of all time?

The Commodore 64.

Question 9: Who was revealed to have shot J.R. Ewing in the TV soap Dallas in 1980?

Kristin Shepard.

Question 10: The best-selling book of 1981 was a book explaining how to solve what puzzle?

The Rubik’s Cube.

Question 11: In which city did the 1988 Summer Olympic Games take place?

Seoul, South Korea.

Question 12: Which Austrian bodybuilder became a huge action movie star in the 1980s, his breakthrough film being “Conan the Barbarian” in 1982?

Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Question 13: What was the name of the evil wizard who was He-Man’s nemesis in “Masters of the Universe”?


Question 14: In the 1980s, the Beastie Boys member Mike D started to wear a large emblem of a car manufacturer on a necklace, leading to a spate of thefts by fans from vehicles around the world. Which car manufacturer?


Question 15: Which term, derived from the phrase “young upwardly-mobile professional”, was coined in the 80s to describe obnoxiously wealthy young city workers?


Question 16: CD players first came onto the market in 1982. What does CD stand for?

Compact disc.

Question 17: Which country did the underdog U.S. men’s ice hockey team defeat in the 1980 Winter Olympics in the so-called “Miracle on Ice”?

The Soviet Union.

Question 18: What was the name of the U.S. space shuttle that broke apart during take off on January 28, 1986 killing all those on board?


Question 19: Which Oscar-winning actress launched her first exercise video in 1982, which went on to become the highest-selling VHS of all time?

Jane Fonda.

Question 20: Which wrestling event was first staged at Madison Square Garden on March 31, 1985?


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