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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.
Willie Nelson
Hank Williams, Jr.
Waylon Jennings
Merl Haggard


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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".
Moby
Ben Folds
Beck
Matthew Sweet


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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".
Kool Moe Dee
Rob Base
L.L. Cool J
Slick Rick


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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".
John Lennon
Paul McCartney
George Harrison
Ringo Starr


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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.
Neil Young
Glenn Frey
Don Henley
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".
Yes
Asia
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".
The Specials
No Doubt
Madness
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?
Eazy-E
Dr. Dre
Ice Cube
Snoop Dogg


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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
Golden Earring
Night Ranger
Scorpions


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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 Monkees
1910 Fruitgum Company
The Banana Splits
The Archies


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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 Kinks
The Spencer Davis Group
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 Temptations
The O'Jays
The Isley Brothers
The Miracles


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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".
Notorious B.I.G.
50 Cent
Heavy D
Busta Rhymes


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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
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Ted Nugent
Peter Frampton


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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
Soul Coughing
Folk Implosion
The White Stripes


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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.
Modern English
Men Without Hats
Boomtown Rats
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".
Winger
Warrant
Poison
Cinderella


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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".
ABBA
The Starland Vocal Band
Manhattan Transfer
Chic


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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
Jim Croce
Neil Diamond


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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
Backstreet Boys
*NSYNC
New Edition


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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.
Jessica Simpson
Mandy Moore
Christina Aguilera
Britney Spears


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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.
Alison Krauss
Béla Fleck
Gillian Welch
Sarah McLachlan


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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.
Damian Marley
Shaggy
Julian Tosh
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.
Muddy Waters
Etta James
B. B. King
John Lee Hooker


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


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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
The Ramones
The Sex Pistols
New York Dolls


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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".
Color Me Badd
Boyz II Men
Jodeci
Bell Biv DeVoe


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Question 29:

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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.
Nirvana
Pearl Jam
Alice in Chains
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.
The Cult
The Mission U.K.
Sisters of Mercy
Siouxsie & the Banshees


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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.
Beyoncé Knowles
Mary J. Blige
Mariah Carey
Toni Braxton


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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.
Donovan
Gordon Lightfoot
Van Morrison
Bob Dylan


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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
Elton John
Mark Bolan
Mott the Hoopie


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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
N.E.R.D.
Devo
They Might Be Giants


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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".
Jimmy Buffet
Boston
REO Speedwagon
Peter Frampton


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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 Animals
The Monkees
The Beatles


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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.
P. J. Harvey
Fiona Apple
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.
Bananarama
The Bangles
The Go-Go's
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.
Gin Blossoms
The Byrds
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
The Replacements


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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 Velvet Underground
The Mothers of Invention


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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.
Dusty Springfield
Lulu
Shirley Bassey
Nancy Sinatra


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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.
Al Green
Luther Vandross
Isaac Hayes
Barry White


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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.
L7
Garbage
Ladytron
The Breeders


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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
De La Soul
The Roots
The Black Eyed Peas


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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".
ZZ Top
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Molly Hatchet
Derek and the Dominos


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