25 tricky music trivia questions to include in your virtual pub quiz

Which Beatles album was named the greatest of all time by Rolling Stone magazine? (Getty Images)Which Beatles album was named the greatest of all time by Rolling Stone magazine? (Getty Images)
Which Beatles album was named the greatest of all time by Rolling Stone magazine? (Getty Images)

So often the biggest gap in a pub quiz team’s collective knowledge is the music round with general knowledge fiends left stumped by the simplest of pop culture references.

This is a set of questions for those who know their Nirvana from their N-Sync, and their Graetful Dead from their Green Day

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Separate the eggheads from the airheads by utilising the following 25 music themed quiz questions in your lockdown pub quiz.


1 Who scored the first ever UK number 1 on November 14, 1952?

2 What was the name of Nirvana’s drummer from 1988 to 1990?

3 Searching for Sugar Man is a documentary about the hunt for which elusive musician?

4 Which Oasis member is older Noel or Liam Gallagher?

5 What is the anthem of the European Union?

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6 In Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells what is the first type of instrument uttered by Vivian Stanshall?

7 Which album became the first non-classical and non-jazz album to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2018

8 In Rolling Stones’ 2009 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time which album came out on top?

9 What is the nickname for Lady Gaga’s fandom?

10 What is the name of Billie Eilish’s producer and songwriter brother?

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11 Which rappers were admitted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame amid controversy in 2016?

12 The oldest known musical instruments in the world are between 42,000 and 43,000 years old. What are they examples of?

13 Which European artist won the Grammy for best Latin album in 2020?

14 Whose voice did Donald Trump describe as ‘perfect and haunting’?

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15 Who were the last British act to win the Eurovision song contest?

16 What is the opening song in the musical Cabaret?

17 How many Grammys have band Queen won?

18 In what year was God Save the Queen adopted as the national anthem of Great Britain?

19 Which pop singer’s real name is Robyn Fenty?

20 Joe Cocker had a 1969 hit with his cover of which Beatles song?

21 Which British 1980’s pop group took their name from a mad scientist in the movie Barbarella?

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22 In Gustav Holst’s The Planets, which planet is the Bringer of Old Age?

23 How is Robert Zimmerman better known?

24 What band is named after a scuplture in Seattle that hums in the wind?

25 What jazz trumpeter was dubbed the "Prince of Darkness"?


1 Al Martino with ‘Here In My Heart’

2 Chad Channing

3 Rodriguez

4 Noel. Noel Gallagher is 52, Liam is 47.

5 Ode To Joy

6 Grand piano

7 Damn by Kendrick Lamar

8 The Beatles, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

9 Little Monsters

10 Finneas O'Connell

11 N.W.A.

12 Flutes

13 Rosalia

14 Neil Young

15 Katrina and the Waves

16 Wilkommen

17 0

18 1745

19 Rihanna

20 With A Little Help From My Friends

21 Duran Duran

22 Saturn

23 Bob Dylan

24 Soundgarden

25 Miles Davis