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The Andrews Sisters are the only all-female band to outsell the Spice Girls. When the Andrews Sisters first hit the radio, who was the president of the United States?

Harry S. Truman

Ulysses S. Grant

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Franklin D. Roosevelt
The Andrews sisters rose to notoriety after their hit song “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön” was broadcast on the radio in 1937.

Which baritone folk singer wrote the secular hymn “Hallelujah,” which has been covered by over 300 artists?

Bob Dylan

Rufus Wainwright

Leonard Cohen

Jeff Buckley

Leonard Cohen
Despite having already had hits with songs like “Chelsea Hotel No. 2,” Cohen’s career was stuck in a rut when he wrote “Hallelujah” in 1984. (on a memorable night spent with Janis Joplin). He wrote the song over the course of five years and over 80 revisions. . . In the 35 years after its release, hundreds of musicians have covered the song, including Jeff Buckley’s famed rendition on 1994’s Grace. Cohen has impacted generations of alternative rock performers with his sharp humor and lyrical lyrics.

One of KISS’ most famous songs is “Rock ‘n Roll All Nite.” On the season finale of American Idol at the Nokia Theater in 2009, with whom did the band play the song?

Daughtry

William Hung

Adam Lambert

Bo Bice

Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert joined KISS on stage for a three-song medley in the series’ eighth season finale, which comprised “Rock ‘n Roll All Nite,” “Beth,” and “Detroit Rock City.”

When creating the Rolling Stones’ studio album “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll” and the song of the same name, what pseudonym did Keith Richards and Mick Jagger use?

The Black Hands

The Nerk Twins

The Glimmer Twins

The Obtainers

The Glimmer Twins
The two members of the Rolling Stones were nicknamed “The Glimmer Twins,”. In 1974, they released their debut single under that moniker, “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll.”

Sonic Youth’s groundbreaking indie-rock band is most known for which of these musical sounds?

Guitar feedback

Vocal harmonies

Orchestral anthems

Beat boxing

Guitar feedback
Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon were the King and Queen of New York’s downtown art-rock scene for a long time, dripping cool from every pore. The band’s pioneering use of dissonance, guitar feedback, and different tunings influenced the emerging alternative and indie rock movements significantly.

David Bowie, shown here (curiously) with Cher, was a master of reinvention. Which of these is one of his numerous alter egos? David Bowie, shown here (curiously) with Cher, was a master of reinvention. Is this one of his numerous alter egos?

The Thin White Duke

Major Tom

Halloween Jack

Aladdin Sane

Which member of the New York Dolls’ famed glam rock band would later reinvent himself as lounge lizard Buster Poindexter?

Sylvain Sylvain

David Johansen

Jerry Nolan

Johnny Thunders

David Johansen
Johansen played Buster Poindexter, a tuxed nightclub vocalist who sang everything from pop standards to humorous fare. Despite being a vast cry from his work with the very important pre-punk Dolls a decade before, Johansen had considerably more financial success as Poindexter.

In 2020, RBG may be the most well-known Supreme, but Diana Ross was in the 1960s. Which of the following songs by the Supremes did not reach number one?

You Can’t Hurry Love

I Hear a Symphony

Nowhere to Run

You Keep My Hangin’ On

Nowhere to Run
The Supremes scored a total of 12 number one singles, the majority of which were penned by Holland–Dozier–Holland, Motown’s legendary production team. Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Diana Ross, and Betty McGlown made comprised the original lineup.

You can fairly claim you’re rock influencers when your biggest song has been covered by the Mamas & the Papas, David Bowie and Mick Jagger, and Van Halen. Name the women who have received this distinction.

Bananarama

The Supremes

Martha and The Vandellas

The Marvelettes

Martha and The Vandellas
Many consider Martha and the Vandellas’ “Dancing on the Street” to be a Motown classic. The Kinks, Tages, Grateful Dead, Carpenters, and Black Oak Arkansas have all covered the song.

In the 1980s, bassist/vocalist Kim Deal co-founded this well-known alternative rock band?

The Jesus and Mary Chain

The Pixies

Siouxsie and the Banshees

The Replacements

The Pixies
Kim Deal helped define laid-back, indie rock cool as the bassist (and occasional vocalist) for the renowned Pixies. Their guitar-driven sound, complete with trademark loud-quiet/start-stop transitions, would become widespread in alternative music, with Smashing Pumpkins, Pavement, and Nirvana following suit (“I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies,” Cobain once acknowledged when asked about making Nevermind).

Beyoncé is a superstar, but she got her start as part of the Destiny’s Child supergroup. Destiny’s Child used to practice in Beyoncé’s home garage and her mother’s hair business before they were famous. What were the locations of these locations?

Houston, Texas

Detroit, Michigan

Stockton, California

Lafayette, Louisiana

Houston, Texas
The girls of Destiny’s Child used to practice in Beyoncé’s mother’s hair shop, Headliners Salon, in Houston, Texas, before they rose to popularity.

In his song “Rock and Roll Girls,” whose band’s former lead vocalist philosophized, “Sometimes I believe life is like a rodeo, the secret is to ride and make it to the bell”?

Cream

The Eagles

Doobie Brothers

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival
John Fogerty wrote and released “Rock and Roll Girls” on his 1985 album “Centerfield.” Of course, Fogerty was the driving force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival for many years.

In the 1990s, Stephen Malkmus led this well-known indie music band?

Pavement

Built to Spill

Yo La Tengo

Belle & Sebastian

Pavement
Pavement was a critical darling of the alternative rock scene from the outset, while only coming close to mainstream success once (with 1994’s “Cut Your Hair”).

What band, known for being streetwise before punk and established by two sets of sisters – the Weisses and the Gansers – was named after a neighborhood eatery in Queens, New York?

The Dixie-Cups

The Nu-Luvs

The Shangri-Las

The Supremes

The Shangri-Las
With classics like “Leader of the Pack,” “Remember (Walking in the Sand),” and “Give Him A Great Big Kiss,” the Shangri-Las have had a significant impact on mainstream culture.

Susanna Hoffs and the Bangles covered Simon & Garfunkel’s “Hazy Shade of Winter” in 1987, 21 years after it was first released. What movie soundtrack was the Bangles’ version recorded for?

Less Than Zero

The Lost Boys

Spaceballs

Dirty Dancing

Less Than Zero
When the band was asked to contribute a song to the Less Than Zero soundtrack, they selected “Hazy Shade of Winter,” which became a larger hit than the original.

The 1982 single “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” by Joan Jett is a true classic. For the cover version, not so much. What early 2000s film features a karaoke bar scene, and who sings the song?

“Saved”/Mandy Moore

“Dogma”/Alanis Morissette

“Crossroads”/Britney Spears

“Glitter”/Mariah Carey

“Crossroads”/Britney Spears
Crossroads remains Britney’s lone major role to this day. She plays Lucy, a girl from a small Georgia town, in the film. Lucy and her pals are on a road trip when their car breaks down. With little money in their pockets, Lucy takes the stage at a karaoke bar and belts out “I Love Rock ‘n Roll,” earning enough money for the girls to restore the car and continue on their journey.

What band wants to “Rock and Roll All Night” because of their makeup and costumes?

Def Leppard

Jethro Tull

The Black Keys

Kiss

Kiss
When you think of Kiss, you probably think of black and white, extravagant makeup and costumes, and tongues. The American rock band created in the 1970s by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley saw music as a kind of performance art.

Girlschool

The Runaways

The Cover Girls

The Bangles

The Runaways
Joan Jett and Lita Ford, two female solo artists, emerged from the Runaways. They were so popular in Japan that Jett once compared performing there to “Beatlemania.”

Which band “Can’t Get No Satisfaction”  and is fronted by Mick Jagger?

The Rolling Stones

The Ramones

The Kinks

Radiohead

The Rolling Stones
The band led by Mick Jagger has become one of the most enduring and powerful forces in rock ‘n roll history, fusing blues with British counterculture.

Salt-n-Pepa

Klymaxx

t.A.T.u

Spice Girls

Salt-n-Pepa
That famous lyric comes from Salt-n-debut Pepa’s single, “Push It,” released in 1988. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award, and VH1 rated it 9th on their list of the 100 greatest hip-hop tunes of all time.

Which heavy metal band, led by Axl Rose, wants to welcome you to the jungle?

Guns N’ Roses

Avenged Sevenfold

Rush

The Byrds

Guns N’ Roses
Guns N’ Roses, helmed by Axl Rose, burst into the heavy metal scene in the late 1980s, leading the pack in screaming and pyrotechnic heavy metal American music.

Who wrote: “[The song] ‘Rock and Roll’ is about me. If I hadn’t heard rock and roll on the radio, I would have had no notion there was life on this planet” in the liner notes of the compilation “Peel Slowly and See”?

Lou Reed

Bruce Springsteen

David Bowie

Justin Bieber

Lou Reed
The Velvet Underground’s song “Rock and Roll” was recorded during the band’s final weeks on the Verve label in 1969, although the well-known version comes on their 1970 album Loaded.

Who is the creator of the genre-bending “Space Oddity”?

Prince

David Bowie

Elton John

Madonna

David Bowie
David Bowie’s blend of shape-shifting, genre-hopping, and art-rock chameleon personification sent him into outer space in the 1970s, making him an interplanetary rock star for the ages.

The Go-were Go’s were well on their way to popularity when the brother of the drummer from what band signed them to his new record company, I.R.S.?

Haircut 100

The Cars

The Rolling Stones

The Police

The Police
The Go-were Go’s were signed to I.R.S. Records by Miles Copeland, brother of The Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Beauty and the Beat, the band’s debut album, topped the US charts for six weeks, spawning four songs, and went double platinum.

The unique outline of frontman Robert Smith will be easily recognized by fans of what band?

The Cure

Depeche Mode

Flock of Seagulls

The Smiths

The Cure
Robert Smith has an unquestionable ability for pounding out memorable riffs and songs, despite his long-standing gothic doom stage appearance, sorrowful vocals, and the band’s post-punk beginnings. The Cure were one of the first bands to cross over and reach chart-topping commercial success in the pre-Nirvana period when the split between mainstream and alternative music was an absolute success.

This rockstar was “All Shook Up,” which might explain his swiveling hips. Who is this “King of Rock ‘n Roll.”?

Michael Jackson

Kanye West

Jon Bon Jovi

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley
Elvis Aaron Presley was a singer and actor from the United States. He is known as the “King of Rock and Roll” and is considered one of the most important cultural symbols of the twentieth century.

What American band welcomes you to the Hotel California?

The Eagles

Genesis

Crosby, Stills, & Nash

My Chemical Romance

The Eagles
With such successes as “Hotel California,” “Seven Bridges Road,” “Witchy Woman,” and “Take It To The Limit,” the 1970s country-rock band slipped into the scene with “Take It Easy,” and before they knew it, they were a rock favorite of traditional Americana.

Which British rock group, fronted by Pete Townsend,  popularized the song: “Won’t Get Fooled Again”?

Dire Straits

The Who

The Cure

The What

The Who
The Who, a British rock band led by Pete Townshend, rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s. The Who, the creators of the rock opera, took a more caustic turn than their Beatles counterparts, releasing counterculture music and lyrics like “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Who Are You,” and “My Generation.”

When these “Fab Four” crossed over from England, they blew up Ed Sullivan Theatre. Name these British rock legends.

The Beach Boys

The Beatles

The Strokes

U2

The Beatles
Beatlemania cemented the Beatles’ place in music history. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, all from Liverpool, blew up the radios in the 1960s and beyond with their iconic rock style and cultural and social influence.

The “Stairway to Heaven” by this British rock band leads to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Linkin Park

The Clash

Led Zeppelin

Pearl Jam

Led Zeppelin
Heavy metal was heavily impacted by Led Zeppelin’s stylistic versatility. Guitar solos, bluesy scales, and exaggerated vocal stylings typified the 1970s British rock band’s bottom-heavy tracks, such as “Stairway to Heaven,” “Dazed and Confused,” and “Whole Lotta Love.”

What alternative band can “Testify” to the political content of their songs?

Radiohead

Imagine Dragons

Rage Against the Machine

The Clash

Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine, an American alternative rock band, rose to prominence in the 1990s because to their commitment to social engagement and politically charged lyrics.

This hard-drinking rocker with a distinctive bluesy voice lived fast and died early. Name the singer of “Piece of My Heart.”

Stevie Nicks

Janis Joplin

Patti Smith

Taylor Swift

Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin’s unusual voice was forceful, raspy, and bluesy enough to catapult her to popularity in the 1960s.

Who is this well-known pop-rock band, led by Stevie Nicks, and responsible for one of the best-selling albums of all time?

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Fleetwood Mac

Iron Maiden

Slipknot

Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac, a British blues-turned-pop-rock band, formed in the 1970s and subsequently released Rumors, one of the best-selling rock albums of all time.

What “Bohemian Rhapsody” band, led by Freddie Mercury, unleashed hit after hit, culminating in one of the greatest rock performances in history at Live Aid?

Queen

Metallica

Aerosmith

Coldplay

Queen
The British rock band made an indelible impression on music history by merging glam rock, heavy metal, and theatrics to become one of the most influential rock bands of the 1970s. Queen paved the way with hits like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions,” and more.

As the frontman of this rock band, Jim Morrison wants you to “Light My Fire.”

Blink-182

The Allman Brothers Band

The Doors

The Yardbirds

The Doors
The Doors, an American band led by Jim Morrison, broke through in the late 1960s. With Morrison as its baritone poet, the band found popularity with songs like “Light My Fire,” “Roadhouse Blues,” and “The End,” which blended musical backgrounds such as blues, jazz, and classical music.

“It’s Still Rock ‘n Roll To Me” by Billy Joel lasted eleven weeks in the Top 10 in 1980. Which of Joel’s albums included the song first?

Glass Houses

The Stranger

River of Dreams

Nylon Curtain

Glass Houses
Billy Joel received a Grammy for his album Glass Houses in 1981. Phil Ramone produced the album, and “It’s Still Rock ‘n Roll To Me” was the third single to be released from it.

Who is this master of the electric guitar, known for his “Purple Haze”?

Bob Marley

Jimi Hendrix

Carlos Santana

ZZ Top

Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix combined musical genres to the point that he completely revolutionized guitar technique. The famous guitarist, recognized for his on-stage personality and vision, blends soul, rock, jazz, and blues.

Who is this folk/rock legend, dubbed the “voice of his generation” by many?

John Legend

Bob Dylan

Johnny Cash

Woody Guthrie

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan, also known as “the voice” and “the Shakespeare of his time,” became a prophetic figure to his followers in the 1960s, whether he meant to or not.

On Season 13 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, a member of which of the following all-female ensembles spoke about her rehabilitation from drug and alcohol addiction.

The Bangles

The Cover Girls

En Vogue

Wilson Phillips

Wilson Phillips
On the show, she disclosed that her bandmates Carnie and Wendy Wilson wrote the massive Wilson Phillips song “Hold On” about her battles with addiction.

You know one of this band’s greatest songs if you’ve ever rocked out to “Sweet Home Alabama.” Which country-rock band is it?

The Police

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Paramore

Talking Heads

Lynyrd Skynyrd
This Southern rock band came to fame in the 1970s because to their triple-guitar menace and country-rock hybrid. “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama” are two of the band’s most popular songs.

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