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Music by Year, 1970-1989

One question per year about the music industry. Can you answer them all?
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Last updated: December 8, 2019
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1989
This rapper leaves N.W.A..
Ice Cube
1988
This singer encourages people to be happy and not worry.
Bobby McFerrin
1987
This soul singer becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll
Hall of Fame.
Aretha Franklin
1986
This group's "License to Ill" becomes the first hip hop album to reach #1 in the U.S..
Beastie Boys
1985
Weird Al Yankovic parodies this artist with his song "Like a Surgeon".
Madonna
1984
This singer's "Time after Time" reaches #1 on the pop charts.
Cyndi Lauper
1983
This technology is released in the U.S. after having been introduced
in Japan the previous year.
Compact Discs
1982
This album, the best selling of all-time, is released.
Thriller
1981
Video killed the radio star, starting with the debut of this cable station.
MTV
1980
Bon Scott, lead singer for this group, dies of alcohol poisoning.
AC/DC
1979
This incredibly popular Sony product is released.
Walkman
1978
John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd make their first appearance as this duo.
The Blues Brothers
1977
This famous disco movie debuts.
Saturday Night Fever
1976
This band releases their debut single, "Anarchy in the U.K.".
The Sex Pistols
1975
This jazz trumpeter announces his retirement.
Miles Davis
1974
The Ramones perform at this famous New York punk club.
CBGB
1973
"Aloha from Hawaii", by this singer, is the first concert
to be broadcast globally via satellite.
Elvis Presley
1972
This singer makes her movie debut in "Lady Sings the Blues".
Diana Ross
1971
A fire during a Frank Zappa concert inspires this song by Deep Purple.
Smoke on the Water
1970
This band releases its final album, "Let it Be".
The Beatles
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Level 48
Nov 11, 2013
This comment is the first on the page.
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Level 54
Mar 16, 2020
Congratulations.
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Level 70
Dec 14, 2015
Is this the last comment
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Level 67
Feb 18, 2016
no
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Level 78
Jun 9, 2016
Not to be overly nitpicky, but it's "Weird Al" Yankovic, not Yankovich.
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Level ∞
Nov 13, 2019
Not to be overly late in replying, but this is finally fixed.
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Level 72
Jun 9, 2016
I could only think of Studio 54, and I don't even know if that's an actual club or not. But I think Andy Warhol used to hang at a place named that...I don't know.
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Level 81
Mar 16, 2020
Given your name, I'm surprised you don't know Studio 54 was a disco club, not a punk club like CBGB...which, oddly enough, stands for Country, Bluegrass, Blues.
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Level 47
Jun 10, 2016
I thought the fire in SOTW was at Zappa's recording studio
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Level 47
Jun 10, 2016
And isn't "Greatest Hits' by The Eagles the best selling album of all time? I know it's been flip-flopping with Thriller the last few years. Led Zeppelin IV isn't far behind
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Level 48
Nov 4, 2017
Thriller = 47m copies, Eagles 32, but in sales MJ is 66M$ and Eagles are 42M$ and there are several in between.
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Level 63
Mar 16, 2020
"Greatest Hits" isn't a proper album. It's a compilation of songs from different albums.
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Level 59
Jul 14, 2016
I haven't commented at all.
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Level 78
Nov 14, 2019
As most musical quizzes here, it's too American, but not a bad quiz though.
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Level 49
Jan 18, 2020
Every year the comment section is littered with the same comment over and over, "Too American", "There are other countries in the world besides America", "To US centered". There are British bands on the quiz, Australian, questions stemming from Japan, there is also the option of making your own quiz and you can ignore anything American when you make it.
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Level 78
Mar 16, 2020
Hey, I was kind. At least all of these are famous. I don't think that many remember that Weird Al guy in Europe, but it's easy to guess that it's about Madonna. I would have avoided that awful Bobby McFerrin song though... To remain american, I would clearly have chosen the Pixies for 88.
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Level 72
Mar 18, 2020
Tried to make a "Non-US Music by Year" quiz and gave up. 1 for both Japan and the Netherlands (CD), something about ABBA for Sweden, 1 for Germany (99 Luftballons), 2 or 3 for France. Some of them in the same year. Of course one could make the rest about the UK, but that should provoke a "it's too English-language centric" comment.
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Level 74
Nov 14, 2019
There is nothing special about this comment
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Level 66
Mar 16, 2020
I guessed discman but not cd's :/
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Level 71
Mar 16, 2020
It is "LicenseD to Ill," as a minor correction. This really brings into perspective how quickly the music scene moved, going from the breakup of the Beatles to the breakup of NWA in 19 years. 19 years ago from today doesn't feel THAT different...
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Level 46
Mar 16, 2020
I was thinking the same thing. The 2010's, musically, were not that distinguishable from the 2000's. The 2000's were fairly distinguishable from the 1990's. The 1990's were quite different from the 1980's, and the 1980's were night and day different from the 1970's.
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Level 65
Mar 16, 2020
It's debatable wether Let it Be is their final album. You could instead say it's the last one they released.
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Level 64
Mar 16, 2020
The retirement question threw me because my brother worked for him doing sound until he died.
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