Pub Quiz Questions – Popular music

A handy list of pub quiz questions based around the theme: popular music. Answers are below.


  1. What two words occur most frequently in The Beatles‘ lyrics?
  2. What is Ringo Starr’s real name, and what instrument did he play?
  3. Ringo Starr has sole writing credit for two of The Beatles‘ songs. Which songs are they?
  4. Who are the best-selling girl band of all time, and what was their debut single?
  5. What does MTV stand for, and what was the first music video aired on MTV?
  6. Justin Timberlake first rose to fame as a member of which boy band, and what was their first single?
  7. Name 3 of the original members of The Rolling Stones.
  8. Who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, and with what song?
  9. What do the songs ‘Take My Breath Away’, ‘A Horse With No Name’, ‘A Sunday Smile’ and ‘The Final Countdown’ have conspicuously in common?
  10. Complete the lyric: 
    1. ‘I’m starting with the man in the mirror…
    2. ‘As he came into the window / It was the sound of a crescendo…


  1. ‘You’, ‘I’ – in that order
  2. Richard Starkey; drums
  3. ‘Octopus’s Garden’; ‘Don’t Pass Me By’
  4. Spice Girls; ‘Wannabe’
  5. Music Television; ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’
  6. N-Sync; ‘I Want You Back’
  7. Any 3 of Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ian Stewart, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman
  8. ABBA; ‘Waterloo’
  9. Hits by bands with geographical names (Berlin, America, Beirut, Europe)
  10. Complete the lyric:
    1. ‘I’m asking him to change his ways’
    2. ‘He came into her apartment
      He left bloodstains on the carpet’
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