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Can You Answer These Trivia Questions About the '80s?

Even kids who grew up in the 1980s might struggle with this quiz!

How much do you remember about the 1980s? Can you recall all of the lyrics to the songs that you used to blast on your Walkman? And what is your recollection of the popular toys of the decade? Well, now's your chance to find out. Below, we've compiled some tricky '80s trivia questions that will put your memory to the test. Good luck!

Question: Which early '80s synth pop duo featured former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke?

vince clark in erasure
Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

This was the synth pop duo before Erasure.

Answer: Yazoo.

alison moyet and vince clark of yazoo performing
Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Yazoo—known as Yaz in North America—released two albums during their short-lived stint in the early '80s.

Question: Who was the only major male character among Strawberry Shortcake and friends?

Strawberry Shortcake and friends
Iconix Brand Group

He's still featured in Strawberry Shortcake cartoons today!

Answer: Huckleberry Pie.

Huckleberry Pie and Strawberry Shortcake
Iconix Brand Group

According to the official Strawberry Shortcake website, Huckleberry Pie is a "happy-go-lucky boy from Berry Big City who runs a dog shelter."

Question: Clockwise, name the order in which the colors appear on a Simon.


This electronic game was a symbol of the 1980s.

Answer: Red, blue, yellow, green.

Chris Willson/Alamy

This game really put your memory to the test!

Question: What song does Tom Cruise dance to in Risky Business?

Tom Cruise Risky Business
Warner Bros.

This is one of the most iconic movie scenes of all time.

Answer: "Old Time Rock and Roll" by Bob Seger.

Bob Seger, singer of Old Time Rock N Roll

In the '80s, the song was also featured in the show ALF in an homage to the famous Risky Business scene.

Question: Which of these historical figures is not named in Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire"?

Billy Joel in the We Didn't start the fire music video

A. Harry Truman
B. Liberace
C. Jackie Kennedy
D. Sugar Ray Robinson

Answer: Jackie Kennedy.

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Though JFK is actually mentioned twice in the Billy Joel song, Jackie Kennedy didn't make the cut.

Question: Which '00s singer got her start on Kids Incorporated?

Kids Incorporated TV show logo
MGM Television

This show had a strong nine-season run.

Answer: Fergie.

Celebrity and Wild Orchid member Stacy Ferguson AKA Fergie at 1999 Blockbuster Awards in cowboy hat and furry jacket
Everett Collection / Shutterstock

On the show, she was credited as Stacy Ferguson.

Question: Which popular news network launched on June 1, 1980?

television set from the 1980s

Their first story was about the assassination attempt on civil rights leader Vernon Jordan.

Answer: The Cable News Network (CNN).

cnn premiere 80s nostalgia

When CNN debuted in 1980, it became the first-ever 24-hour television news network.

Question: Which first lady was responsible for the 1980s "Just Say No" campaign?

white teenage boy wearing a just say no to drugs shirt and giving a thumbs up
Ted Foxx / Alamy Stock Photo

This movement was part of the government's War on Drugs.

Answer: Nancy Reagan.

Nancy Reagan, 80s, just say no

According to The History ChannelNancy Reagan's "Just Say No" campaign really helped bring the drug epidemic into the spotlight. While only 2 to 6 percent of Americans saw drug abuse as the nation's top problem in 1985, that number was at 64 percent by 1989.

Question: In this popular '80s song, what was Jenny's phone number?

Woman texting and listening to music wearing a black shirt with sheer sleeves

This song spent 27 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the early '80s.

Answer: 867-5309.

Tommy Tutone

Every '80s kid tried calling this number at some point.

Question: Freddy Krueger is the antagonist of which '80s horror movie franchise?

Freddy Krueger in Nightmare on Elm Street
New Line Cinema

The movies featured before-they-were-famous big names like Johnny Depp, Patricia Arquette, and Laurence Fishburne.

Answer: A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street
New Line Cinema

This franchise picked back up in 2010 with a reboot produced by Michael Bay.

Question: Which Texas town was Jessica McClure, the baby in the well, from?

president george hw bush holding baby jessica alongside her family at the white house
Alpha Stock / Alamy Stock Photo

The momentous event happened on Oct. 14, 1987.

Answer: Midland, Texas.

People Magazine Well Baby cover
Meredith Corporation

Poor little Jessica McClure was trapped in that well in Midland, Texas, for 56 hours.

Question: What date to they travel to in Back to the Future: Part II?

Back to the Future Part II movie
Universal Pictures

Hint: It happened relatively recently!

Answer: October 21, 2015.

Back to the Future Part II October 21, 2015
Universal Pictures

Unfortunately, the future that Back to the Future predicted was a far cry from reality.

Question: What 1988 movie gave Julia Roberts her big break (and included Matt Damon's first speaking line)?

julia roberts on the red carpet
Denis Makarenko/Shutterstock

No, Pretty Woman was released in 1990.

Answer: Mystic Pizza.

Julia Roberts in Mystic Pizza
The Samuel Goldwyn Company

In the film, a young Julia Roberts stars as Daisy Araújo, a waitress working at—you guessed it—Mystic Pizza alongside her sister and close friend.

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