Rate These ’80s Hit Songs and We'll Guess Your Eye Color

By: Ryan Choate
Rate These ’80s Hit Songs and We'll Guess Your Eye Color
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About This Quiz

The music of the '80s has long had a love it or hate it relationship with the masses. Those who lived through it find great nostalgia with a golden era of rock and pop. Others see the cliched hair, drabby neon fashion and synthesized sounds. This was the decade that put music on television and saw the baby boomer teen idols fade away into a genre called "the oldies."

The world was in a transition phase in the '80s that would see the fall of communism and the rise of technology. The music born out of the '80s would be as iconic as the crumbling of the Berlin Wall. A new music genre called rap was emerging and finding a place among country stars, pop icons and a new brand of hard rock complete with long hair and make-up. The decade was peppered with bands from Britain creating a new wave invasion. In the U.S., the music was diverse and bridged a gap between angry punk and flashy disco of the '70s into a melting pot of love songs, hard rock and political anthems.

For those who choose to venture back head first into the decade of music from the '80s, they will be pleasantly surprised by the genuinely good music that was produced. Even if the music is not as good as you remember it, surely a wave of nostalgia will wash over you. So, put on your parachute pants and pick your favorite hits from the '80s and we'll guess your eye color!

The '80s were all about big hair. Which of these hair metal songs is your jam?
Def Leppard, "Photograph"
Quiet Riot, "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)"
Twisted Sister, "We're Not Gonna Take It"
Van Halen, "Jump"

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Some songs tug at your heartstrings. Which '80s song brings a tear to your eye?
U2, "With Or Without You"
Phil Collins, "In The Air Tonight"
The Cure, "Pictures of You"
Wham!, "Careless Whisper"

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Which song gets your adrenaline pumping?
Survivor, "Eye Of The Tiger"
Queen, "Another One Bites The Dust"
Prince, "Let's Go Crazy"
Bon Jovi, "Livin' On A Prayer"

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Rap music grew up in the '80s. What rap song do you like to throw on the turntable?
Public Enemy, "Fight The Power"
Run DMC, "Sucker MC's"
N.W.A, "Straight Outta' Compton"
Beastie Boys, "Shake Your Rump"

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Which of these songs makes your crank up the volume?
Billy Ocean, "Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Car"
The Cars, "Drive"
Prince, "Little Red Corvette"
Sammy Hagar, "I Can't Drive 55"

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We know girls just want to have fun, but which of these Cyndi Lauper songs is your good time?
"Time After Time"
"She Bop"
"True Colors"
"The Goonies 'R' Good Enough"

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Everyone goes through a breakup. What song soothes your broken heart?
Tina Turner, "What's Love Got To Do With It"
Foreigner, "I Wanna Know What Love Is"
The Human League, "Don't You Want Me?"
Pat Benatar, "Love Is A Battlefield"

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MTV ruled the TV airways in the '80s. What song did you like the best for the music video?
Michael Jackson, "Thriller"
a-ha, "Take On Me"
Cyndi Lauper, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
RUN-DMC W/Aerosmith, "Walk This Way"

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You like to rock out every now and then. Which song gets your head banging?
Motley Cue, "Shout At The Devil"
AC/DC, "Highway To Hell"
Metallica, "One"
Slayer, "Angel Of Death"

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Sometimes you like your rock a little softer. Which of these '80s soft rock classics is your favorite?
Bruce Hornsby, "The Way It Is"
Chicago, "You're The Inspiration"
Debbie Gibson, "Lost In Your Eyes"
Mike & The Mechanics, "The Living Years"

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The Brits may have invaded in the '60s but which song from a British artist brings out your inner '80s accent?
Billy Idol, "Flesh For Fantasy"
Joy Division, "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
The Cure, "Love Cats"
Depeche Mode, "Policy Of Truth"

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Bruce Springsteen was a hero of the working class in the '80s. Which anthem from the Boss is your favorite?
"Born In The U.S.A"
"Glory Days"
"I'm On Fire"
"Dancing In The Dark"

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The power ballad was born in the '80s. Which hair band song brings out your sensitive side?
Tesla, "Love Song"
Cinderella, "Don't Know What You Got (Til' It's Gone)"
Poison, "Every Rose Has It's Thorn"
Warrant, "Heaven"

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When you put on your dance shoes, which '80s hit is your favorite?
Billy Ocean, "Caribbean Queen"
Hall & Oates, "Maneater"
Irene Cara, "Flashdance...What A Feeling"
Kenny Loggins, "Footloose"

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The music of the '80s was a soundtrack for teen angst. Which angsty anthem brings back the awkward memories?
Rick Springfield, "Jessie's Girl"
Simple Minds, "Don't You (Forget About Me)"
Cyndi Lauper, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
Twisted Sister, "We're Not Gonna Take It"

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Michael Jackson was one of the biggest stars of the '80s. What song is your favorite from the King of Pop?
"Thriller"
"Billie Jean"
"Smooth Criminal"
"Beat It"

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In the '80s the hair was big, the slang was weird, and the fashion was neon. Which song best represents this decade for you?
Madonna, "Like A Virgin"
Devo, "Whip It"
Michael Jackson, "Beat It"
Guns 'N'Roses, "Sweet Child O' Mine"

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Madonna was a hit-making machine in the '80s. Which Madonna song is your fave '80s tune?
"Into The Groove"
"Papa Don't Preach"
"Holiday"
"Lucky Star"

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Which '80s hit makes you want to bust out your synthesizer?
Dead or Alive, "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)"
Frankie Goes To Hollywood, "Relax"
Pet Shop Boys, "West End Girls"
Eurythmics, "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)"

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Musicians love to write songs about drinking booze. What is your favorite '80s song when you're throwing back a few drinks?
UB40, "Red Red Wine"
Guns 'N' Roses, "Nightrain"
Beastie Boys, "Brass Monkey"
George Thorogood, "I Drink Alone"

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What is your favorite country song from the '80s?
George Strait, "All My Ex's Live In Texas"
Alabama, "Mountain Music"
George Jones, "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton, "Islands In The Stream"

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It only takes one hit to thrust an artist into music infamy. Which is your favorite one-hit wonder song from the '80s?
Toni Basil, "Mickey"
Soft Cell, "Tainted Love"
Tommy Tutone, "867-5309 / Jenny"
Men Without Hats, "The Safety Dance"

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What is your favorite song from Van Halen's classic album, "1984?"
"Hot For Teacher"
"Panama"
"1984"
"Top Jimmy"

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Which '80s song did you put on before a Jazzercise workout?
Pat Benatar, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"
Katrina & The Waves, "Walking On Sunshine"
Van Halen, "Jump"
Wham, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"

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The ladies ruled the 80's. Which song is your favorite from an '80s female singer?
Pat Benatar, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, "I Love Rock & Roll"
Patty Smyth, "The Warrior"
Tina Turner, "Private Dancer"

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Which '80s new wave hit gets your fix?
The Psychedelic Furs, "Pretty In Pink"
A Flock Of Seagulls, "I Ran"
New Order, "Blue Monday"
Violent Femmes, "Blister In The Sun"

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"Appetite For Destruction" was the breakout album for '80s rock gods, Guns 'N' Roses. What is your favorite song from the album?
"Welcome To The Jungle"
"Paradise City"
"Sweet Child O' Mine"
"Mr. Brownstone"

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What is your favorite '80s song that's heavy on the piano?
Journey, "Don't Stop Believing"
Motley Crue, "Home Sweet Home"
Elton John, "I'm Still Standing"
Bonnie Tyler, "Total Eclipse Of The Heart"

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What '80s cover song is your favorite?
UB40, "Red Red Wine"
Bow Wow Wow, "I Want Candy"
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, "I Love Rock And Roll"
Whitney Houston, "I Will Always Love You"

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Which of these songs is on your playlist when you are feeling romantic?
Air Supply, "All Out Of Love"
Berlin, "Take My Breath Away"
Bryan Adams, "Heaven"
Kenny Rogers, "Lady"

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