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Music by Year, 1990-present

Answer these questions about music and musicians. One per year since 1990.
Last updated: December 07, 2018
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Year
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2018
With their song "Mic Drop", BTS becomes the first group from this country
to have a song certified platinum by the RIAA
South Korea
2017
This song, by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, tops the charts in 47 different countries
Despacito
2016
This Broadway musical wins 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical
Hamilton
2015
This singer is ridiculed for his bad dancing in the video "Hotline Bling"
Drake
2014
This country singer releases her first pop album, entitled "1989"
Taylor Swift
2013
This French duo releases their album "Random Access Memories"
Daft Punk
2012
This music video becomes YouTube's most-viewed of all time
Gangnam Style
2011
Maroon 5 says they have "moves like" this famous singer
Mick Jagger
2010
This singer wears a dress made of meat
Lady Gaga
2009
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 dancer
Kevin Federline
2003
This rap duo releases their double album, "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below"
Outkast
2002
This singer wins the first season of "American Idol"
Kelly Clarkson
2001
This "insanely great" mp3 player is released
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 65
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 75
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 45
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 50
Sep 28, 2013
Ironic that in the "miseducated" clue there is an errant apostrophe.
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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 65
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 75
Dec 6, 2017
Please accept "Fiddy"
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level 71
Dec 17, 2018
I just tried it too lol
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level 67
Jan 25, 2019
Funny that you know 50 that well but don't know Outkast.
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level 58
Mar 24, 2018
"All the kids saying '50, you tough.' Nine shots just wasn't enough."
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level 75
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 25
Sep 29, 2014
You should accept kelly clark.
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level 70
Nov 1, 2014
???
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level 66
Dec 31, 2014
Or Joan of Arc.
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level 74
Dec 10, 2018
And Dancin' in the Dark.
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level 73
Nov 2, 2015
Or Tony Stark
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level 82
Nov 4, 2015
Or Linkin Park
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level 65
Feb 29, 2016
rosa parks?
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level 67
Jan 11, 2016
Or Benedict Cumberbatch,
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level ∞
Nov 2, 2017
Benedict Cummerbund would have worked
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level 75
Dec 6, 2017
liar
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level 60
Sep 20, 2016
Lol you guys.
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level 70
Oct 17, 2014
How is the average so high on this? Got 19, which I thought was decent, but only beat or tied 14% of takers.
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level ∞
Oct 18, 2014
Because the quiz was recently updated, but hasn't made it to the front page again. Only quiz junkies find and take these quizzes. Thus the high average.
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level 74
Dec 10, 2018
HEY. Don't talk about us like we're not here.
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level 82
Feb 1, 2019
@redsplat, it took you over 4 years to respond. I think he's got a point :).
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level 52
Dec 29, 2014
Two things: 1. Speakerboxx/The Love Below is NOT Outkast's final album - in 2006, they released Idlewild 2. It's a bit inaccurate to call Princess Diana a 'celebrity'. She was a cultural icon, yes, but firstly and most importantly, she was a member of the UK's Royal Family. Calling her a celebrity implies she was an actress by profession or something.
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level 35
Dec 29, 2014
How was she not a celebrity? The president would also be a celebrity, yet he doesn't act. Celebrity implies fame, not job. Wikipedia: "Celebrity refers to popular fame and public attention in the media, usually applied to a person, or group of people Celebrity status is often associated with wealth (commonly referred to as fame and fortune) and fame can often provide opportunities to make money."
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level 31
Dec 29, 2014
it's disrespectful to refer to a royal as 'celebrity'.
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level 65
Feb 29, 2016
she was definitely a celebrity for most peoples definition of celebrity. if you think it's disrespectful to call someone from the royal family a celebrity, you're being way to sensitive on their behalf. And as far as being on a music quiz, the question is about Elton John rewriting a song for her. If that's not music I don't know what is
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level 74
Dec 10, 2018
It's disrespectful to refer to a royal as better than everyone else.
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level 75
Dec 29, 2014
Taylor Swift is hard to get because who on Earth did not think she was always a pop singer? You Belong With Me was totally pop. That was... what? 2009?
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level 64
Dec 29, 2014
it was released in 2008 and it wasn't an 'album'.
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level 67
Dec 29, 2014
Well... at least Beiber isn't on here.
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level 74
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 48
Dec 30, 2014
TAYLOR SWIFT!!! :D
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level 37
Jan 20, 2015
You should accept Lady Di too!!
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level 76
Jul 20, 2015
this was fun....got 100%
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level 68
Sep 27, 2015
Diana was the best actress the world as seen
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level 65
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 65
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 75
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 57
Dec 27, 2015
Read the top 5 and didn't get one so i stopped.
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level 79
Dec 27, 2015
Perhaps accept Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti for three tenors
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level 65
Feb 29, 2016
if you know all of their names, you should know what they are known as collectively.
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level 71
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 58
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 52
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 74
May 20, 2016
Ohhh it's a *pop" music quiz. Blerg.
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level 60
Sep 20, 2016
A lot of the answers aren't even pop related.
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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 75
Dec 6, 2017
Or an unpopular music by year quiz would be good, too.
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level 74
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 67
Jun 2, 2016
Feel like this should accept K Fed for Britney's ex.
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level 82
Oct 4, 2016
It accepted that for me.
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level 37
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 76
Oct 8, 2016
i love music trivia....got all with 2 minutes remaining
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level 59
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 77
Dec 8, 2016
Maybe a little more leniency on "Gangnam Style". I kept trying "Gangam Style", "Gagnam Style", etc. Didn't know there were 2 N's.
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level 75
Dec 6, 2017
easy for me. Used to spend weekends there if I wasn't in Hongdae, Sinchon, or Itaewon.
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level 45
Jul 22, 2017
Accept Ms. Lauryn Hill for Lauryn Hill please?
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level 72
Nov 8, 2017
LOL
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level 74
Nov 2, 2017
I've never heard of the 2017 clue or answer. I'm quite okay with that.
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level 70
Nov 13, 2017
Oh thank gawd… it's not just me!
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level 82
May 14, 2018
I heard that song for the first time this morning. Still not sure if I like it or not.
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level 67
Dec 6, 2017
A minor thing, but Macarena was really a global phenomenon.
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level 45
Dec 6, 2017
Could not for the life of me spell Gangnam Style
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level 24
Dec 7, 2017
i was born in 2000 and still got 17/28 lol
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level 58
Dec 7, 2017
Got 'em all except Drake. I am not aware of that video. And to all the people whining about what's really "music" and griping that these people aren't musicians...shut up. The quiz doesn't say it's about great music. It's just about music. I don't like most of these acts, but whatever. They're all notable (or were notable in the year they represent in this quiz). The quiz is only asking if you remember them. So what? Go put $10 into your local jukebox and then talk loudly about the bar about how great your taste in music is if you need the validation that badly.
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level 49
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 42
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 67
Dec 7, 2018
How did some song that sounds like every other Spanish pop song become #1 in 47 countries. I could say I'd never heard it until I googled but then again I could say who knows if I have or not and also I've basically heard it a million times.
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level 75
Dec 17, 2018
I had no idea about the bad dancing question so I totally guessed. I was a little disappointed that Left Shark was not the answer.