Do you love all things pop? Then, it’s time to prove how good your knowledge is with this pop music trivia challenge!
From the iconic dance moves to the outrageous outfits that have been worn over the years, there’s no doubt it is one of the most fun, entertaining, and versatile genres of music around.
Pop stars are legends in their own right, who have inspired generations to get up and dance, sing along, and have even helped heal a few hearts.
In this pop music trivia, we will take a look at some of those legendary musicians who have broken the mold with the music they have created.
You might want to create a new playlist as I can guarantee this trivia will remind you of some forgotten hits you’ll just have to relisten to.
Thinking caps and microphones at the ready.
Let’s get poppin’!
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General Pop Music Trivia Questions
It’s time to get rollin’ on this first section of our pop music trivia.
Pop music kicked off in America during the mid-50s thanks to the ultimate king of rock and roll Elvis Presley.
England quickly followed suit with bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who, propelling this new style of music to the masses.
By the early 80s pop music was everywhere, with new icons finding inspiration from dance music and incorporating it into their sound.
With the arrival of MTV in 1981 there was no stopping the rise of pop.
Are you ready to MMMBop?
1: What is the term pop music short for?
2: Considered to be one of the first pop songs was It’s in His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song) released by Betty Everett in 1964. What year was it later released by Cher?
3: How long is the music video to Michael Jackson's Thriller which first aired in December 1983? The closest answer wins.
4: In what year was the first ever Grammy Awards held?
5: What was the first music video to be released on MTV by a black artist?
6: Who played pop icon Freddie Mercury in the 2018 musical drama Bohemian Rhapsody?
7: Which 2017 pop song introduced reggaeton music to a wider audience?
8: What year did the first ever MTV awards take place?
9: Who was the first person to win American Idol?
10: One of the best pop songs ever released is I Will Always Love You, recorded in 1992 by Whitney Houston. Who wrote and originally recorded the song back in 1974?
11: What was the first James Bond theme to reach number one in the United States?
A View to Kill by Duran Duran.
12: In 1985 the first-ever Live Aid concert was performed simultaneously at two stadiums. One of them was Wembley Stadium in London, England, can you name the other?
John F. Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia, US
13: What was the most streamed song on Spotify in 2022?
As It Was by Harry Styles.
14: At what awards ceremony did Kanye West interrupt Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for Best Female Video?
2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
15: According to Guinness World Records, what is the most covered pop song of all time?
Yesterday by The Beatles.
Female Pop Stars Trivia Questions
As Beyonce once Sang “Who run the world? Girls”!
The number of female pop stars who have broken rules, shattered limits, and inspired millions of little girls all over the world is staggering.
From Connie Francis to Madonna, Britney to Christina, and Taylor to Rhianna, these women have proven time and again that female pop stars are a force to be reckoned with.
Fluffy scrunchies, union jack dresses, and hair brushes at the ready please as we take on this next round.
Here we go!
1: What London town is the best-selling female artist of the 21st century Adele from?
2: At age 21, who was the youngest singer to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
3: According to Guinness World Records, who is the best-selling female artist of all time?
4: Who was the first female to have five consecutive number ones on the Billboard Hot 100 all from the same album?
5: Who was the first female artist to win Album of the Year at The Grammys back in 1962?
6: What is Lady Gaga’s real name?
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.
7: Can you name all four female pop stars that had a huge hit with Lady Marmalade in 2001?
Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil’ Ki, and Mya.
8: How many episodes of How I Met Your Mother did princess of pop Britney Spears appear in?
9: What year did Beyonce kick off her solo career with the massive hit Crazy In Love?
10: What was the name of Pink’s first album, which was released in 2000?
Can’t Take Me Home.
Male Pop Stars Trivia Questions
There’s no doubt that female pop stars are in a league of their own, but the boys are by no means in their shadow!
The rise of pop music was mainly due to the popularity of male stars such as Michael Jackson, George Michael, and who could forget the one and only Sir Elton John!
Many of the melodies and lyrics performed by male pop stars have been influential in the way music has evolved through the decades.
So do you know your Prince from your Sting when it comes down to more than just the music?
Let’s find out.
1: Which male pop star played the role of Jareth the Goblin King in the 1986 fantasy musical Labyrinth?
2: In what year did Harry Styles release his Debut album as a solo artist?
3: What is the name of Justin Bieber's debut single, released in 2009?
4: Where is Elvis Presley Buried?
5: What technology does Ed Sheeran use during his live performances to create his unique sound?
6: What is Elton John’s real name?
Reginald Kenneth Dwight.
7: At just four years old, which megastar was the world's youngest Elvis impersonator?
8: Whose iconic music video starred Courtney Cox as a young fan pulled from the audience?
9: What is the name of the Pharrell Williams clothing range, which was established in 2003?
Billionaire Boys Club.
10: Who plays the character Dave in the 2013 musical comedy-drama Begin Again?
Pop Music Groups Trivia Questions
The evolution of pop groups over the years has been a fascinating thing to witness.
From matching suits in the 60s, wacky styles of the 80s, and reunions of the 00s, there is always something bizarre going on with pop groups to keep us entertained.
Pop bands have done some crazy things over the years but one thing that always allows them to be forgiven is their unforgettable songs, fascinating music videos, and captivating live performances.
1: Who is the biggest-selling pop band of all time?
2: Two members of which British girl group famously kissed King Charles in 1997?
3: Who was the fourth member of Destiny’s Child until 1999?
4: What British entertainment show put One Direction together?
The X Factor.
5: Who is the biggest-selling boy band of all time?
6: With what song did ABBA win the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974?
7: The Beatles were the first pop band to win Album of The Year at the Grammy Awards in 1968. What was the title of the album?
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
8: The first ever music video to be aired on MTV was by The Buggles. What was the name of the song?
Video Killed The Radio Star.
9: What year did Take That reform and release Patience?
10: Can you name all five members of The Jackson Five?
Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Jermaine, and Michael.
What Comes Next Pop Music Trivia Questions
Are you ready to get some absolute tunes seriously stuck in your head?
This round is all about the next line, but don’t stop us from letting you sing to your heart’s content once you get going!
This is a great round to play with family and friends, especially if you have a microphone to hand.
This is a lightly longer round, simply because it’s so fun!
Are you ready to sing?
1: ‘Oh baby baby, how was I supposed to know.’
That something wasn’t right here (Baby One More Time, Britney Spears).
2: ‘Friday night and the lights are low.’
Looking out for a place to go (Dancing Queen, ABBA).
3: ‘Oh, my god, we’re back again.’
Brothers, sisters, everybody sing (Everybody Backstreet's Back, Backstreet Boys).
4: ‘People always told me, be careful what you do.’
Don’t go around breaking young girls' hearts (Billie Jean, Michael Jackson).
5: ‘I wanna hold ‘em like they do in Texas, please.’
Fold 'em, let ‘em hit me, raise it, baby, stay with me (Poker Face, Lady Gaga).
6: ‘Is this the real life?’
Is this just fantasy (Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen).
7: ‘Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy.’
But here’s my number, so call me, maybe (Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen).
8: ‘I thought love was only true in fairy tales.’
Meant for someone else but not for me (I’m a Believer, The Monkees).
9: ‘Clock strikes upon the hour.’
And the sun begins to fade (I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Whitney Houston).
10: ‘Didn’t know how lost I was until I found you.’
I was beat, incomplete (Like a Virgin, Madonna).
11: ‘Buying bread from a man in Brussels.’
He was six-foot-four and full of muscles (Down Under, Men At Work).
12: ‘And we lived, beneath the waves.’
In our yellow submarine (Yellow Submarine, The Beatles).
13: ‘Ok, So you're Brad Pitt.’
That don’t impress me much (That Don’t Impress me much, Shania Twain).
14: ‘I don’t mind spending every day.’
Out on your corner in the pouring rain (She Will be Loved, Maroon 5).
15: ‘Everybody’s doin’ a brand new dance now.’
Come on baby, do the locomotion ( The Loco-motion, Kylie Minogue).
16: ‘When I met you girl my heart went knock knock knock.’
Now them butterflies in my stomach won’t stop stop (One Time, Justin Bieber).
17: ‘A singer in a smoky room.’
A Smell of wine and cheap perfume (Don’t Stop Believing, Journey).
18: ‘I got this feelin’ inside my bones.’
It goes electric, wavy when I turn it on (Can’t Stop the Feeling, Justin Timberlake).
19: ‘The scars of your love remind me of us.’
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all (Rolling in the deep, Adele).
20: ‘I miss the earth so much I miss my wife.’
It's lonely out in space (Rocket Man, Elton John).
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