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Music by Year, 1990-2009

One question per year about the music industry. Can you answer them all?
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Last updated: December 23, 2019
First submittedAugust 19, 2013
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2009
In an act of shocking villainy, this rapper interrupts Taylor Swift at the
MTV Video Music Awards.
Kanye West
2008
Jay-Z puts a ring on this single lady.
Beyoncé Knowles
2007
This band releases their album "In Rainbows" as a pay-what-you-want download.
Radiohead
2006
This former boy band member claims that he is "bringing sexy back".
Justin Timberlake
2005
This cartoon band releases their album "Demon Days".
Gorillaz
2004
Britney Spears marries this much-loathed backup dancer.
Kevin Federline
2003
This rap duo releases their double album, "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below".
Outkast
2002
Fergie becomes the fourth member of this American pop group.
The Black Eyed Peas
2001
This mp3 player is released to near-universal acclaim.
iPod
2000
This rapper is shot nine times in Queens, but survives.
50 Cent
1999
This "miseducated" singer wins 5 Grammys.
Lauryn Hill
1998
Geri Halliwell quits this girl group.
The Spice Girls
1997
Elton John adapts his song "Candle in the Wind" to memorialize this celebrity.
Princess Diana
1996
This rapper is shot and killed in Las Vegas.
Tupac Shakur
1995
This dance craze sweeps America.
The Macarena
1994
This grunge icon commits suicide.
Kurt Cobain
1993
This Swedish group releases their album "The Sign".
Ace of Base
1992
This shaved-head singer destroys a picture of the pope on "Saturday Night Live".
Sinead O'Connor
1991
This metal band releases their "Black Album".
Metallica
1990
This trio of male opera singers performs for the first time.
The Three Tenors
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level 34
Sep 27, 2013
Love how i only know 93 from Pitch Perfect
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level 67
Feb 29, 2016
I've never seen that movie. I just clearly remember hearing that song on the radio over and over again
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level 78
Sep 27, 2013
Got everything except Outkast and Radiohead... should have guessed Radiohead. Had no idea about Outkast, didn't even know they were a duo.
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level 66
Dec 31, 2014
Those are the only two I missed as well.
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level 50
Dec 6, 2017
That's too bad, they were great for a period of a few years...Mrs. Jackson, Bombs over Baghdad...Their album prior to the one mentioned (Stankonia) was my favorite...I would recommend checking it out.
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level 55
Apr 22, 2014
I didn't know 50 Cent got shot. I also thought that Pope thing happened way earlier.
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level 67
Feb 29, 2016
you must never have heard any of the man's music. He like to bring up the fact that he got shot at every chance he gets. makes him look like a tough guy I guess :s
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level 78
Dec 6, 2017
Please accept "Fiddy"
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level 70
Dec 17, 2018
I just tried it too lol
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level 69
Jan 25, 2019
Funny that you know 50 that well but don't know Outkast.
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level 62
Mar 24, 2018
"All the kids saying '50, you tough.' Nine shots just wasn't enough."
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level 76
May 17, 2014
"Music" is being used very loosely for this quiz. Celebrity people in the music industry is more like it.
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level 67
Jan 16, 2020
Ugh, there's always one... Public service announcement: The music you like is not the only music in the world.
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level 64
Jan 16, 2020
You misunderstand. They're saying most questions aren't strictly about music (though the quiz description does say it's about the music industry, making all questions valid). There's no mention of music quality. So PSA, learn how to read before coming to erroneous conclusions.
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level 68
Dec 29, 2014
Well... at least Beiber isn't on here.
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level 76
Dec 10, 2018
Yeah, I was shocked. But I guessed Timberlake, Swift and Gaga without looking at the hints and surprise surprise.
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level 81
Jan 16, 2020
Bieber didn't really explode into popularity until Baby came out, which was early 2010.
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level 48
Dec 30, 2014
TAYLOR SWIFT!!! :D
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level 36
Jan 20, 2015
You should accept Lady Di too!!
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level 78
Jul 20, 2015
this was fun....got 100%
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level 70
Sep 27, 2015
Diana was the best actress the world as seen
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level 67
Nov 18, 2015
Until now I thought it was spelled "ace of bass" like "bass guitar" but I looked it up and I was wrong
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level 76
Dec 27, 2015
Is Outkast really rap?
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level 67
Feb 29, 2016
yes, they are just more creative than most rappers when it comes to the music aspect, as opposed to the lyrical aspect. So they have a different sound
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level 78
Dec 6, 2017
yes but Kanye is not. Kanye is just a tool. Can't rap for crap.
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level 61
May 30, 2018
love you kal but bad take.
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level 81
Jan 16, 2020
Say what you will about Kanye but I think he's better than most modern rappers you hear nowadays. Or at least he was when he started out. I don't really know what people think of his music now.
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level 58
Dec 27, 2015
Read the top 5 and didn't get one so i stopped.
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level 65
Sep 29, 2019
That is why i started at the bottom haha, didnt get the top four when i reached them. Up untill 2001 I was doing pretty good (only missed lauren hill, thought of the fugees but moved on, and macarena), but after that it was a bit hit and miss.
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level 77
Jan 16, 2020
I scored one point and was surprised to get that. I'm learning from quizzes like this.
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level 79
Dec 27, 2015
Perhaps accept Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti for three tenors
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level 67
Feb 29, 2016
if you know all of their names, you should know what they are known as collectively.
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level 70
Dec 17, 2018
this
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level 49
Apr 19, 2016
Still, if they want to do it the hard way they should be rewarded.
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level 62
Dec 7, 2017
No, they shouldn't. No one should accept (nor should anyone write) "Lennon, McCartney, Starr, and Harrison" for a question to which the answer is "the Beatles." The group is called the Three Tenors. Maybe for sports questions, instead of putting down team names, Quizmaster should set it up so that we can just type out the name of everyone on the roster?
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level 53
Dec 28, 2015
Needs to be changed - Speakerboxx/The Love Below is NOT Outkast's final album! Also, more subjectively, Princess Diana shouldn't be known as a 'celebrity'. She's a royal first and foremost.
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level 65
Sep 29, 2019
She is a woman first, a brit second and who cares what else she is (not that those matter either, they were just an example). Besides the beatles she was one of the most famous and followed people for a while. If there were facebook fanpages back then she would have one..
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level 76
May 20, 2016
Ohhh it's a *pop" music quiz. Blerg.
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level 63
Sep 20, 2016
A lot of the answers aren't even pop related.
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level 78
Nov 14, 2019
Yeah, like... two?
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level ∞
Nov 2, 2017
Feel free to make classical music by year, 1990-present. Doubt many would find it interesting.
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level 65
Sep 29, 2019
I would !
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level 77
Jan 16, 2020
Classical music from the Classical period would be a good quiz, though. (Around 1730-1830) Most people would recognize at least a few songs from Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, etc.
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level 62
Jan 17, 2020
I actually really like that idea, Ander. I think maybe "by decade" from that period is more feasible, but I will give it a shot.
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level 78
Dec 6, 2017
Or an unpopular music by year quiz would be good, too.
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level ∞
Nov 13, 2019
1999: This band releases its best-selling album "Human Clay".
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level 78
Nov 14, 2019
I know of incredible bands which never had the luck of selling much (namely The Sound, but there are less tragic examples).
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level 76
Dec 10, 2018
Relax everybody. I'm only blerging because my pop music knowledge peters out in the 50s. That blerg is the sound of one brain clapping.
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level ∞
Nov 13, 2019
Check out this non-featured quiz I made for the nonagenarians among you! Music by Year, 1930-1949.
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level 77
Jan 16, 2020
I'm not 90 yet and I only scored 55%, but it was still a fun quiz and I'd like to see it featured.
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level 67
Jun 2, 2016
Feel like this should accept K Fed for Britney's ex.
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level 85
Oct 4, 2016
It accepted that for me.
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level 39
Jun 15, 2016
I cannot believe I didn't get Taylor Swift. I even thought about her and just didn't bother typing it (which I do all the frickin time!)
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level 49
Feb 25, 2018
I got it -- by entering it for the wrong question. Whatever works.
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level 78
Oct 8, 2016
i love music trivia....got all with 2 minutes remaining
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level 63
Oct 30, 2016
"This "miseducated" singer wins 5 Grammy's" Get that apostrophe out of there.
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level ∞
Nov 2, 2017
Okay
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level 63
Nov 20, 2019
Thank you for no longer being miseducated.
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level 45
Jul 22, 2017
Accept Ms. Lauryn Hill for Lauryn Hill please?
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level 75
Nov 8, 2017
LOL
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level 68
Dec 6, 2017
A minor thing, but Macarena was really a global phenomenon.
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level 50
Dec 6, 2017
Could not for the life of me spell Gangnam Style
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level 53
Feb 12, 2018
I'm surprised at how few people got The Three Tenors correct, since this site seems full of pretentious w**kers who are always taking every opportunity they can see (and they do this even when they don't) to bemoan the current generation of pop singers.
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level 62
Jan 17, 2020
That's the irony about people like that though. They think the pop music *they* grew up with is the highest form of art. They bemoan how nothing is as good as the Beatles, as though Mozart et al. didn't exist. Classical musicians must have a hearty laugh when someone exclaims that 20th-century rock music is the "real music."
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level 47
Feb 25, 2018
Diana's title was never "Princess Diana", that was just was the Press and uneducated called her. Her correct title was "Diana, Princess of Wales". The title "Princess Xxxx" is reserved for a Princess of the Blood (i.e. born as one) like Eugenie, Anne and Beatrice.
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level 38
Mar 18, 2018
BEYONCE MY QUEEN
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level 23
Aug 9, 2019
So few guessed Radiohead, I'm surprised, but it's not like 2007 was their heyday or something.
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level 65
Sep 29, 2019
If it gave some of their titles I would have known
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level 78
Nov 14, 2019
The became totally boring when they stopped using guitars, IMO :p.
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level 73
Jan 16, 2020
There are plenty of guitars on In Rainbows.
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level 78
Nov 14, 2019
I don't know what was changed recently, but this one is rather varied (with a bunch of UK questions, and also Sweden, Ireland, Spain and Italy ^^).
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level ∞
Nov 14, 2019
It was originally 1990-present, but that was getting a bit long so I created a new quiz 2010-present.
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level 79
Jan 17, 2020
Music died with Cobain.
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level 78
Jan 23, 2020
That was the month after the release of The Downward Spiral, but still 5 years before The Fragile which is the greatest album ever recorded so I'd have to disagree.