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A Grand Tour of Music Genres

written by: Gilligan
 
It's time to put your musical knowledge to the test and see how well rounded you really are. We're covering Punk, Bubblegum, Heavy Metal, Reggae, Hip Hop, Disco, Folk, and that's just for starters. You may be an expert in New Wave music of the early 80's, but that's not enough anymore. This time we're covering the whole enchilada from ABBA to ZZ Top!

Question 1:

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Genre: Country
"Family Tradition", "All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight", and "A Country Boy Can Survive" are a few of the hits by this famous country singer.
Merl Haggard
Willie Nelson
Hank Williams, Jr.
Waylon Jennings


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Genre: Indie Rock
This artist broke into the mainstream briefly with his slacker anthem "Loser" (1993). Thought initially to be a one-hit wonder, he has proven the naysayers wrong with a series of successful follow-up albums including "Odelay" and "Sea Change".
Ben Folds
Beck
Matthew Sweet
Moby


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Genre: Old School Rap
This rapper began with the influential group "The Treacherous Three" until venturing on his own and producing hits such as "Wild, Wild West", "I Go To Work" and "How Ya Like Me Now".
Rob Base
Slick Rick
L.L. Cool J
Kool Moe Dee


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Genre: Soft Rock
This artist formed a band called "Wings" in 1971 shortly after the breakup of the Beatles. Notable songs include: "Silly Love Songs", and "Live and Let Die".
Ringo Starr
George Harrison
Paul McCartney
John Lennon


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Genre: Classic Rock
This artist has been in two successful bands: The Eagles and The James Gang. He released the album "The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get" in 1973.
Don Henley
Neil Young
Glenn Frey
Joe Walsh


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Genre: Progressive Rock
Prog rock is all about instrumental explorations, and this group did not disappoint in the 1970's with songs like "Starship Trooper" (song clip). The 1980's found the band recording more radio friendly tunes such as "Leave It" and "Owner of a Lonely Heart".
Asia
Yes
Gentle Giant
King Crimson


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Genre: Ska
This band released the song "House of Fun" which went to number one in the UK in 1982. Other notable songs include: "Our House" and "It Must Be Love".
No Doubt
Madness
The Specials
UB40


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Genre: Gangsta Rap
This rapper began his career in the controversial rap group N.W.A. After going solo he released a number of hits including "It Was a Good Day" and the album "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted". He has since toned it down considerably, starring in the family comedy movie Are We There Yet?
Ice Cube
Snoop Dogg
Eazy-E
Dr. Dre


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Genre:British Rock
This group from Sheffield, England were one of the top selling bands of the 1980's. Notable hits include: "Photograph", "Love Bites" and "Foolin'".
Def Leppard
Scorpions
Golden Earring
Night Ranger


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Genre: Bubblegum Pop
"Sugar, Sugar" was the best selling song of 1969. It was written by Andy Kim ("Rock Me Gently" - 1974) but was released by this manufactured band.
The Banana Splits
The Archies
The Monkees
1910 Fruitgum Company


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Genre: British Invasion
This British rock group introduced no less than three future guitar heroes to the world: Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck. Notable songs include: "For Your Love" and "Heart Full of Soul".
The Spencer Davis Group
The Kinks
The Yardbirds
The Dave Clarke Five


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Genre: Soul
This Philadelphia vocal group produced such hits as "Love Train" and "For the Love of Money" and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
The Miracles
The Isley Brothers
The O'Jays
The Temptations


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Genre: East Coast Rap
This hip-hop artist (Birth name: Christopher George Latore Wallace) was signed to Sean "Puffy" Combs' Bad Boy Records in 1992. Notable songs include: "Mo Money Mo Problems" and "Hypnotize".
Busta Rhymes
50 Cent
Notorious B.I.G.
Heavy D


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Genre: Hard Rock
As a solo artist and a member of the Amboy Dukes and Damn Yankees, this artist from Detroit produced numerous memorable hits including: "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold".
Billy Squire
Ted Nugent
Peter Frampton
Stevie Ray Vaughn


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Genre: Lo-Fi
This group consists of only two members, Jack and Meg. They appeared in an episode of The Simpsons titled "Jazzy and the Pussycats" and have released several successful albums including: De Stijl, Elephant and Get Behind Me Satan.
Toad the Wet Sprocket
Folk Implosion
The White Stripes
Soul Coughing


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Genre: New Wave
This group from Montreal, Quebec released their synthesizer hit "The Safety Dance" in 1982. The video for the song, which aired during the early days of MTV, featured a midget and a Maypole.
Boomtown Rats
Men Without Hats
Modern English
Naked Eyes


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Genre: Hair Metal
This group featured vocalist Brett Michaels, guitarist C.C. DeVille, and drummer Rikky Rockett. Notable songs include: "Nothin' but a Good Time" and "Unskinny Bop".
Cinderella
Warrant
Winger
Poison


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Genre: Disco
Agnetha Fältskog was the youngest member of this band that produced numerous hits including: "Knowing Me Knowing You", "Super Trooper", "Take a Chance on Me" and "Fernando".
Chic
Manhattan Transfer
The Starland Vocal Band
ABBA


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Genre: Singer-Songwriter
This musician had already penned hits for other artists, but in the 1970's he finally received public recognition with hits such as ""Cracklin' Rosie", "Sweet Caroline" and "Song Sung Blue."
James Taylor
Paul Simon
Neil Diamond
Jim Croce


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Genre: Boy Band
This group of teen idols consisted of Jordan Knight and Jonathan Knight, Joe McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood. Notable songs include: "Hangin' Tough" and "Step by Step".
New Kids on the Block
New Edition
*NSYNC
Backstreet Boys


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Genre: Heavy Metal
"Holy Diver", "Last in Line" and "Rainbow in the Dark" were among the successful recordings for this heavy metal band in the 1980's.
Dio
Dokken
Scorpions
Judas Priest


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Genre: Teen Pop
This singer and actress released the song "Candy" from her album So Real in 2000. Despite poor reviews from critics (Entertainment Weekly called it "nauseating"), the album was tremendously successful.
Britney Spears
Mandy Moore
Jessica Simpson
Christina Aguilera


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Genre: Bluegrass
This talented musician is credited with helping to usher in a new interest in bluegrass music in the U.S.. She appeared on the Grammy-winning soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) and has played with the popular bluegrass group Union Station.
Gillian Welch
Béla Fleck
Sarah McLachlan
Alison Krauss


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Genre: Reggae
This artist's nickname is "Junior Gong" which is derived from his famous father's nickname of "Tuff Gong". His album "Welcome to Jamrock" went gold in 2005.
Shaggy
Julian Tosh
Damian Marley
Elroy Cliffs


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Genre: Blues
This musician is considered the "King of the Blues". His trademark guitar is called "Lucille", and he recorded "The Thrill is Gone" in 1969.
John Lee Hooker
B. B. King
Muddy Waters
Etta James


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Genre: Techno
This artist has released several innovative and successful techno hits including "Go!", "Porcelain", and "Southside" with Gwen Stefani.
The Prodigy
Fatboy Slim
Deee-Lite
Moby


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Question 27:

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Genre: Punk
This band from Queens, NY released "Blitzkrieg Bop", "I Wanna Be Sedated", and "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" in the 1970's.
Black Flag
New York Dolls
The Sex Pistols
The Ramones


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Question 28:

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Genre: New Jack Swing
This Philadelphia quartet had several #1 Billboard hits including "End of the Road" and "I'll Make Love to You".
Boyz II Men
Jodeci
Bell Biv DeVoe
Color Me Badd


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Genre: Grunge
This Seattle, Washington band struggled with substance abuse, but still managed to produce big selling albums such as Facelift, Dirt, and Jar of Flies.
Alice in Chains
Pearl Jam
Nirvana
Stone Temple Pilots


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Genre: Gothic Rock
This British group had several successful hits in the UK including "She Sells Sanctuary”, "Rain", and "Revolution", before leaving the goth behind in favor of a more straight-ahead rock approach in the latter part of the 1980's.
Siouxsie & the Banshees
Sisters of Mercy
The Cult
The Mission U.K.


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Genre: Modern R&B
"Crazy in Love", "Baby Boy", "Déjà Vu" and "Beautiful Liar" are among this Texas-born artist's successful singles.
Mary J. Blige
Toni Braxton
Beyoncé Knowles
Mariah Carey


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Genre: Folk
"Carefree Highway" and "Sundown" were big hits for this folk musician and poet in 1974. "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" was a hit for him the following year.
Bob Dylan
Gordon Lightfoot
Donovan
Van Morrison


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Question 33:

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Genre: Glam Rock
In the 1970's he took glam rock to unprecedented levels and recorded hits such as "Suffragette City", "Changes", and "Moonage Daydream".
David Bowie
Mark Bolan
Mott the Hoopie
Elton John


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Genre: Geek Rock
Their video for the song "Buddy Holly" featured the band at "Arnold's Diner" on the TV show "Happy Days". Since then, they've released a number of big hits including "Beverly Hills" and "We Are All on Drugs".
Weezer
They Might Be Giants
N.E.R.D.
Devo


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Genre: Arena Rock
This artist/group's 1976 live album is an icon of the 1970's and contained the classic hits "Baby, I Love Your Way", "Show Me the Way", and "Do You Feel Like We Do".
Boston
Peter Frampton
REO Speedwagon
Jimmy Buffet


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Question 36:

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Genre: Psychedelic
While mainly remembered for their radio friendly hits like "Last Train to Clarkesville", this group recorded some of the most mind-bending psychedelic music of the era including: "Daily Nightly", "The Porpoise Song", and "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone".
The Byrds
The Beatles
The Animals
The Monkees


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Genre: Baroque Pop
This artist's1996 triple platinum album, Tidal, contained an infusion of orchestral arrangements, a characteristic of this genre.
Fiona Apple
P. J. Harvey
Liz Phair
Tori Amos


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Genre: Girl Groups
This group consisted of Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine, and Jane Wiedlin.
The Bangles
The Go-Go's
Bananarama
Exposé


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Question 39:

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Genre: Jangle Rock
Roger McGuinn's signature chiming guitars can be heard on the songs "Eight Miles High" and "Mr. Tambourine Man" by this band.
The Byrds
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
The Replacements
Gin Blossoms


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Genre: Experimental or Avant-Garde Rock
This group included Lou Reed, Nico and John Cale, and had the artist Andy Warhol as its manager.
Amon Düül
Captain Beefheart
The Mothers of Invention
The Velvet Underground


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Genre: Mainstream Pop
This artist is best known for her 1966 signature hit "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'", and sang the theme to a James Bond film.
Lulu
Nancy Sinatra
Shirley Bassey
Dusty Springfield


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Genre: Quiet Storm
This genre takes its name from a 1975 Smokey Robinson album. It's characterized by soulful slow jams that are laid back and intimate. This artist, whose hits include "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" (1974) and "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" (1974), epitomizes the genre.
Isaac Hayes
Barry White
Luther Vandross
Al Green


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Genre: Modern Rock
Three music producers and a vocalist, Shirley Manson, comprise this group which recorded the songs: "Push It", "Stupid Girl" and the theme song to the James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough.
The Breeders
Ladytron
L7
Garbage


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Genre: Mainstream Rap
Members of this hip-hop group include: will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo, and Fergie.
A Tribe Called Quest
The Black Eyed Peas
De La Soul
The Roots


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Genre: Blues Rock
This Texas group may have jettisoned the blues in the 1980's, but in the 70's the blues were in full effect with songs like "Tush", "La Grange" and "Cheap Sunglasses".
Derek and the Dominos
Molly Hatchet
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
ZZ Top


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