50 music questions and answers for your pub quiz (2024)

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50 music questions and answers for your pub quiz (3)

  • Tim Glanfield

Published: Wednesday, 20 December 2023 at 11:20 am

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If you’re keen to show off your music knowledge, or quiz your friends and family: RadioTimes.com has got you covered.


From lyrical conundrums to band members and crucial years, we’ve compiled a list of tricky trivia questions and answers that you can have at your disposal.

From One Direction and The Beatles to Bob Dylan and Girls Aloud, there’s plenty for you to sink your teeth into.

Alternatively, if you like a particular decade of tunes, maybe try our 2000s music quiz questions, '90s pub quiz questions, '80s music quiz questions, '70s music quiz questions and '60s music quiz questions too.

And once you're done, why not try our TV pub quiz, film pub quiz or sport pub quiz for size? Plus there's many, many more pub quizzes available as part of our bumper general knowledge pub quiz.

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50 music questions and answers for your pub quiz (4)

  1. Who was the first band member to leave One Direction?
  2. Which rock band was founded by Trent Reznor in 1988?
  3. What is the name of the duet recorded by Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow in 2010?
  4. Jimmy, Robert, John and John: can you identify this rock band from the first names of their original line-up?
  5. Who are the three members of the American supergroup Boygenius?
  6. How many members were there in pop group Little Mix before they went on hiatus? (Bonus point for each member you can name).
  7. Which singer-songwriter had studio albums titled Hejira, Ladies of the Canyon and Blue?
  8. Including streaming figures, what was the best-selling UK single of the 2010s?
  9. In what year did Elvis Presley die? (A bonus point for the month.)
  10. In 1975 Bohemian Rhapsody was number one for nine weeks. It was finally knocked off the top slot by a song with a name that appears in the lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody. Name the song and the band that ended Queen’s number one success.
  11. How many UK number ones did The Beatles have in total?
  12. Reginald Kenneth Dwight is better known by what name?
  13. Rihanna hit Umbrella was originally written with which other popstar in mind?
  14. Which band had a huge international hit album in 2002 with the record "A Rush of Blood to the Head"?
  15. Knights in White Satin was a 1967 hit for which band?
  16. Which legendary musician had film roles in The Prestige and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me?
  17. Girls Aloud were formed on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002 – but can you name the boy band that was formed at the same time?
  18. How many members are there in South Korean mega boyband BTS?
  19. Which talent show judge managed Westlife?
  20. Taylor Swift released two studio albums in 2020: one was titled Folklore, but what was the name of the other one?
  21. Roger Taylor is the drummer in which band?
  22. In which year did the Spice Girls release Wannabe?
  23. Which music legend won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016?
  24. Which song begins with the line, "I thought love was only true in fairy tales"?
  25. Which comedy double act scored a huge hit with the England football anthem Three Lions in 1996?
  26. Which Bob Dylan song did Adele include on her first album?
  27. Which single has had the longest uninterrupted run ever on the UK Singles Chart?
  28. Which 80s group, featuring Phil Collins, reunited in 2020?
  29. Over the years, how many Sugababes have there been?
  30. Which acclaimed Scottish band takes their name from a French children's TV programme?
  31. What's the name of the 1957 musical prison drama starring Elvis Presley?
  32. Who became the lead singer of the '90s band Cast, after serving as the bassist for the La's?
  33. Who was the music producer commonly referred to as The Fifth Beatle
  34. In what decade was American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis born?
  35. Which artist headlined Friday night on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival 2019?
  36. Who originally recorded the classic ballad I Will Always Love You in 1973?
  37. Rockstar David Howell Evans is better known by what name?
  38. Complete the first line of the Bill Withers hit: "Ain't no sunshine..."
  39. What was the name of the band formed by Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton, and Ginger Baker?
  40. What English county do Supergrass and Radiohead have in common?
  41. Which Motown star released the album Innervisions in 1973?
  42. Björn Again is a tribute band for which world-famous pop group?
  43. What is the name of the band who usually serve as the backing band for Bruce Springsteen?
  44. In what year were the hit songs Uptown Funk, Bad Blood, Chandelier, Fancy, Rather Be and Anaconda released?
  45. Which prison did Johnny Cash famously sing about in his 1955 song?
  46. Singer Fergie was previously a member of which hip hop group?
  47. Which former X Factor contestant made their debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2021?
  48. Rock band AC/DC originates from which country?
  49. What is Irish musician Hozier's real name?
  50. What Kate Bush song was featured in season 4 of Stranger Things?

Music Quiz Answers

  1. Zayn Malik
  2. Nine Inch Nails
  3. Shame
  4. Led Zeppelin
  5. Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker
  6. 3 (Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock – Jesy Nelson left in December 2020)
  7. Joni Mitchell
  8. Shape of You by Ed Sheeran
  9. 1977 (August)
  10. Mamma Mia by Abba
  11. 17
  12. Elton John
  13. Britney Spears
  14. Coldplay
  15. The Moody Blues
  16. David Bowie
  17. One True Voice
  18. 7
  19. Louis Walsh
  20. Evermore
  21. Queen
  22. 1996
  23. Bob Dylan
  24. I'm A Believer by The Monkees
  25. David Baddiel and Frank Skinner
  26. Make You Feel My Love
  27. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You by Bryan Adams
  28. Genesis
  29. Six: Keisha, Mutya, Siobhan, Heidi, Amelle and Jade
  30. Belle and Sebastian
  31. Jailhouse Rock
  32. John Power
  33. George Martin
  34. 1920s
  35. Stormzy
  36. Dolly Parton
  37. The Edge (the guitarist in U2)
  38. When she's gone
  39. Cream
  40. Oxfordshire (it's where they were both founded)
  41. Stevie Wonder
  42. ABBA
  43. The E Street Band.
  44. 2014
  45. Folson Prison
  46. The Black Eyed Peas
  47. Harry Styles (as Eros in Eternals)
  48. Australia
  49. Andrew Hozier-Byrne
  50. Running Up That Hill

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50 music questions and answers for your pub quiz (2024)


What are good questions for a music quiz? ›

Hard music quiz questions

Who was the first woman ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? What was the first band to have an album advertised on a billboard? How is Robert Zimmerman better known? The album Dry by which artist was cited as one of Kurt Cobain's favourite albums of all time?

What are some good music trivia questions? ›

Pop music trivia
  • Before becoming famous, where did Harry Styles work? ...
  • Whitney Houston's “I'll Always Love You” spent 14 weeks at No. ...
  • In 1968, Johnny Cash performed a concert at what California prison? ...
  • What is the name of the Post Malone song that opens the 2018 movie “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse?”

What are the best pub quiz questions? ›

My 40 great example questions for hosting your first quiz
  • How many time zones are there in Russia? ( ...
  • What's the national flower of Japan? ( ...
  • How many stripes are there on the US flag? ( ...
  • What's the national animal of Australia? ( ...
  • How many days does it take for the Earth to orbit the Sun? (

What is the question and answer in music? ›

Question/answer call and response

Part of the band poses a musical "question", or a phrase that feels unfinished, and another part of the band "answers" (finishes) it. In the blues, the B section often has a question-and-answer pattern (dominant-to-tonic).

What is a good question about music? ›

Conversation Questions about Music
  • What kind of music do you like?
  • Do you like (insert music genre) music? (For example: Do you like rock music?
  • Do you play the (insert instrument) (For example: Do you play the guitar?)
  • Can you play a musical instrument? ...
  • Do you like to sing?
Nov 11, 2023

What are good questions for a quiz? ›

Easy quiz questions
  • How many days are there in July?
  • What temperature centigrade does water boil at?
  • What company is also the name of one of the longest rivers in the world?
  • What in the animal kingdom is a doe?
  • What is the tallest mountain in the world?
  • How many centimetres are there in a metre?
Jun 11, 2024

What are 5 trivia questions? ›

General knowledge trivia questions and answers
  • Who, in 1903, was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize? ...
  • What year did the Berlin Wall fall? ...
  • What element does the chemical symbol Au stand for? ...
  • What is the sign directly opposite Scorpio in the zodiac? ...
  • Who wrote the classic American novel Their Eyes Were Watching God?
Apr 8, 2024

How to make a good pub quiz? ›

  1. Step 1: Set the ground rules for your pub quiz. ...
  2. Step 2: Determine the format. ...
  3. Step 3: Choose a theme for your pub quiz (or not) ...
  4. Step 4: Decide how many and which quiz rounds you will make. ...
  5. Step 5: Devise the questions for your quiz. ...
  6. Step 6: Make your pub quiz presentation visually appealing.

How to ace a pub quiz? ›

How do you prepare for a pub quiz? 5 tips
  1. Tip 1: Inquire about the format of the pub quiz. Of course, how best to prepare for a pub quiz depends primarily on the type of quiz. ...
  2. Tip 2: Follow current events. ...
  3. Tip 3: Practice quiz questions. ...
  4. Tip 4: Do quizzes.

How to do music trivia? ›

Some music trivia round ideas:
  1. Finish the lyric after you sang a part of a song.
  2. Guess the song from the intro.
  3. Name the singer and the song title.
  4. What year was the song released.
  5. Complete the lyrics.
  6. Choose the correct lyrics.
Mar 24, 2023

What is a music answer? ›

Music is a collection of coordinated sound or sounds. Making music is the process of putting sounds and tones in an order, often combining them to create a unified composition. People who make music creatively organize sounds for a desired result, like a Beethoven symphony or one of Duke Ellington's jazz songs.

Why is 4 in music? ›

The top '4' tells us there are four beats per measure, and the bottom '4' means a quarter note signifies one beat. Understanding time signatures is crucial to learning, performing, and appreciating music, particularly when playing rhythm-intensive instruments like the piano.

What's a good question to ask a musician? ›

In-depth musician questions
  • Is there another musician you've mentored or trained? ...
  • Have you ever taught anyone how to play an instrument? ...
  • What's the best piece of advice another musician ever gave you?
  • What's your process for dealing with performance anxiety?
Feb 13, 2024

How to prepare for a music quiz? ›

To fully enjoy and excel in music trivia, it's helpful to prepare by broadening your music knowledge, staying curious, and exploring different genres and eras. Dive into music history, explore the biographies of your favorite artists, and listen to a diverse range of songs to expand your musical repertoire.

What is an open question about music? ›

Open-ended questions in music are musical phrases or responses that do not have a specific fixed answer or ending. These questions allow for more freedom and creativity in musical communication, encouraging active listening and responsive playing.

What questions should I ask a music teacher? ›

Hopefully these will give you some insight and alleviate some of the anxiety around finding a good teacher.
  • What is your musical background? ...
  • How long have you been playing/teaching? ...
  • How long is each lesson? ...
  • Where are lessons held? ...
  • What is your make up/absence policy? ...
  • What are your rates?
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