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1980s Cultural Trivia Questions and Answers

How much can you remember from that golden decade of 1980’s? Well, this post will help to tell exactly the same. Check out cultural trivia questions from 1980’s to know more.

The 1980s are often ridiculed for their bad hair and bad fashion but nevertheless they are iconic and wonderful memories. Some of the greatest music and films were made in the 80s. Most importantly the world was a much simpler place compared to 2020’s.

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1980’s pop culture trivia questions

For modern pop culture trivia questions, check the other post. This post has pop culture trivia from the 80’s era.

1. Which soft, sculpted dolls that were hugely popular in the were originally called 'The Little People'?
Cabbage Patch Kids

2. Who was the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who had the highest passer rating in the NFC five times in the 80s?
Joe Montana

3. Who was shot dead by Mark Chapman on 8 December 1980?
John Lennon

4. The comedian Eddie Murphy joined the cast of which comedy sketch series in 1980?
Saturday Night Live

5. Which actor took over from Roger Moore in the role of James Bond, making his first appearance in 'The Living Daylights' in 1987?
Timothy Dalton

6. Which Nintendo arcade game, first released in 19featured the first appearance of Mario?
Donkey Kong

7. In 19who became the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles?
Mike Tyson

8. Which home computer, first released in 19is the biggest selling single computer model of all time?
The Commodore 64

9. Who was revealed to have shot J.R. Ewing in the TV soap Dallas in 1980?
The Rubik’s Cube

10. The best-selling book of 1was a book explaining how to solve what puzzle?
Kristin Shepard

11. In which city did the 1Summer Olympic Games take place?
Seoul, South Korea

12. Which Austrian bodybuilder became a huge action movie star in the 1980s, his breakthrough film being 'Conan the Barbarian' in 1982?
Arnold Schwarzenegger

13. What was the name of the evil wizard who was He-Man’s nemesis in 'Masters of the Universe'?
Skeletor

14. In the 1980s, the Beastie Boys member Mike D started to wear a large emblem of a car manufacturer on a necklace, leading to a spate of thefts by fans from vehicles around the world. Which car manufacturer?
Volkswagen

15. Which term, derived from the phrase 'young upwardly-mobile professional', was coined in the to describe obnoxiously wealthy young city workers?
Yuppie

16. CD players first came onto the market in 19What does CD stand for?
Compact disc

17. Which country did the underdog U.S. men’s ice hockey team defeat in the 1Winter Olympics in the so-called 'Miracle on Ice'?
The Soviet Union

18. What was the name of the U.S. space shuttle that broke apart during take off on January 1killing all those on board?
Challenger

19. Which Oscar-winning actress launched her first exercise video in 19which went on to become the highest-selling VHS of all time?
Jane Fonda

20. Which wrestling event was first staged at Madison Square Garden on March 1985?
WrestleMania

1980’s TV series trivia questions

1980’s famous TV series such as The Fall Guy, Miami Vice are all iconic shows and people still love to watch them. Check how many of them you get correct here.

1. Which TV series follows the escapades of the former members of a US Army Special Forces unit who are on the run after escaping from prison, after being jailed for a crime they didn’t commit?
The A-Team

2. Magnum, P.I.' was set in which U.S. state?
Hawaii

3. The sitcom 'Frasier' was a spin-off from which 19TV show?
Cheers

4. Which actor starred as James 'Sonny' Crockett in 'Miami Vice'?
Don Johnson

5. Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter played Michael J. Fox’s parents in which sitcom?
Family Ties

6. What was the name of Michael Knight’s car in 'Knight Rider'?
KITT

7. Capt. Francis Xavier 'Frank' Furillo and Joyce Davenport were characters in which American police drama?
Hill Street Blues

8. What was the name of the sheriff in 'The Dukes of Hazzard'?
Sheriff Roscoe P Coltrane

9. Which sitcom followed the lives of two African-American Harlem boys who are taken in by rich New Yorker Phillip Drummond?
Diff’rent Strokes

10. Who played Hollywood stuntman Colt Seavers in 'The Fall Guy'?
Lee Majors

11. Who starred as Maddie Hayes and David Addison in 'Moonlighting'?
Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis

12. Which police drama featured Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly as a pair of New York detectives?
Cagney and Lacey

13. What was the name of the mystery writer and amateur detective played by Angela Lansbury in 'Murder, She Wrote'?
Jessica Fletcher

14. Which critically-acclaimed sitcom, featuring 4 older women friends who shared a home in Miami, first aired on NBC in September 1985?
The Golden Girls

15. What was the name of the spin-off series from 'Dallas' that centered on the lives of occupants of the cul-de-sac Seaview Circle in a fictional suburb of Los Angeles?
Knots Landing

16. Jan-Michael Vincent starred as Stringfellow Hawke in which military action drama show?
Airwolf

17. Which sitcom, starring Staci Keanan, follows the lives of two single men who are awarded joint custody of a year-old girl after her mother dies?
My Two Dads

18. Which puppet TV show about interconnected societies of Muppets, including Doozers and Gorgs, was first broadcast in 1983?
Fraggle Rock

19. Which animated sitcom began as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987?
The Simpsons

20. In which comedy-drama superhero show was the main character’s name changed from Ralph Hinkley to Ralph Hanley for two episodes in 1after U.S. president Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr.?
The Greatest American Hero

1980’s movie trivia questions

Do you remember movies such as The Terminator, Dirty Dancing? They are from this 80s era. Check the 80s movie trivia questions below.

1. In the movie 'St. Elmo’s Fire', which Brat Pack actor plays the part of Kirby 'Kirbo' Keager, a law student and waiter at St. Elmo’s Bar?
Emilio Estevez

2. Which 1comedy-drama, directed by John Hughes, follows a group of high-schoolers from different cliques who spend one Saturday afternoon in detention together?
The Breakfast Club

3. In 'Back to the Future', what type of car does Doc use to build his time machine?
A DeLorean

4. In which 1smash-hit movie, do Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis play a trio of parapsychologists who start a business together?
Ghostbusters

5. Who directed the 1film 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial'?
Steven Spielberg

6. In which 1film does Jack Nicholson play the part of aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance who takes a job as caretaker of the Overlook Hotel?
The Shining

7. Which actor played the role of Indiana Jones in the 1movie 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'?
Harrison Ford

8. In Die Hard, off-duty police officer John Maclane gets trapped in a skyscraper on Christmas Eve in which city?
Los Angeles

9. The 1science fiction classic 'Blade Runner' is loosely based on a novel by which author?
Philip K Dick

10. In 'The Terminator', which actress stars as Sarah Connor?
Linda Hamilton

11. Who starred as Ferris Bueller in John Hughes’ 1teen comedy 'Ferris Bueller’s Day Off'?
Matthew Broderick

12. In 'The Goonies', what was the name of the pirate captain of the ship 'Inferno'?
One-Eyed Willy

13. Who starred as 'Iceman' in the 1movie 'Top Gun'?
Val Kilmer

14. Which 1comedy-horror movie featured strange creatures called mogwai that should never be fed after midnight?
Gremlins

15. Which 'Gremlins' actress also starred as Linda Barrett in the 1movie 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'?
Phoebe Cates

16. Who played dance instructor Johnny Castle in 1987’s 'Dirty Dancing'?
Patrick Swayze

17. Which future 'Criminal Minds' star played the role of Inigo Montoya in 'The Princess Bride'?
Mandy Patinkin

18. In 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit', what was the name of Roger Rabbit’s wife?
Jessica Rabbit

19. Which 1movie starring Corey Haim, Corey Feldman and Keither Sutherland tells the story of two brothers who move to a new town only to discover the area is a haven for vampires?
The Lost Boys

20. Who starred as Andie Walsh in the 1Brat Pack movie 'Pretty in Pink'?
Molly Ringwald

1980’s music trivia questions

You remember Whitney Houston? Or “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” song? They are some of the iconic names and songs in the 80s. Check these music trivia questions from the 1980s.

1. Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder had a U.S. number one hit single in 1with which song?
Ebony and Ivory

2. Against All Odds', 'One More Night', and 'Two Hearts' where all U.S. number one singles in the 19for which singer?
Phil Collins

3. Which Billy Joel song, a U.S. number one in 19listed over headline events between 1and 1989?
We Didn’t Start the Fire

4. Which singer/songwriter proclaimed that they would be 'Right Here Waiting' in 1989?
Richard Marx

5. Gloria Estefan started her career as lead singer of which group?
Miami Sound Machine

6. In 1who told us 'Don’t Worry, Be Happy'?
Bobby McFerrin

7. Tommy used to work on the docks, union’s been on strike, He’s down on his luck, it’s tough, so tough' are the first lines of which 19smash hit song?
Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi

8. Which U.S. musician wrote the song 'Manic Monday', under the pseudonym 'Christoper', which became a smash hit for The Bangles in the 80s?
Prince

9. Which Madonna album because the fist by a female artist to sell over 5 million copies in America?
Like a Virgin

10. With whom did Aretha Franklin duet on the 1U.S. number one single 'I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)'?
George Michael

11. Which Norwegian band urged us to 'Take On Me' in 1985?
A-ha

12. What was Whitney Houston’s first U.S. number one single?
Saving All My Love for You

13. Which rock guitarist provided the guitar solo for Michael Jackson’s 'Beat It' in 1983?
Eddie Van Halen

14. Which Duran Duran song kept Bruce Springsteen’s 'Dancing in the Dark' off the U.S. number one spot in 1984?
The Reflex

15. Which Huey Lewis and the News song does Marty McFly play in the Battle of the Bands audition in the 1movie 'Back to the Future'?
The Power of Love

16. Which American choreographer had a smash hit with 'Mickey' in 1982?
Toni Basil

17. Which band did Lionel Richie leave in 1in order to pursue a solo career?
The Commodores

18. Who asked us to 'Hit Me with Your Best Shot' in 1980?
Pat Benatar

19. Which singer starred opposite Mel Gibson in the 1movie 'Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome', for which she also sang the hit song 'We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)'?
Tina Turner

20. Little Lies', 'Everywhere' and 'Big Love' were all hit singles from which 1Fleetwood Mac album?
Tango in the Night

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