Think you know your classic rock trivia? The point here is actually whether your friends do. We’ve rounded up chart fact questions for some of the biggest names in music, and intentionally selected some that may seem like they have obvious answers but aren’t so easy in the end.
Our goal: to help readers of Best Classic Bands spot the sucker and win a bet at the bar. Start studying!
Note: All chart numbers quoted are based on the Hot 100 and the Billboard Album chart.
What were the two follow-up singles to Pink Floyd’s No. 1 hit?
During their significant career, the prolific group made just five songs on the Hot 100. “Another Brick in the Wall (Pt II)”, the first single released in 1979 The wall was their only number 1. The two follow-ups on the album were “Run Like Hell” which peaked at just #53. One of their signature tracks, “Comfortably Numb”, was next. It has never been charted.
The first #1 pop single to feature rap
“Rapper’s Delight” by Sugarhill Gang has the distinction of being the first single to reach the Top 40 of the Hot 100, which it did in 1979. In 1990, “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice became the first single hip hop at the top of the board. But in between, it was Blondie’s 1981 song, “Rapture,” which became the first single that featured rap to reach the top spot.
Name the Kinks’ two biggest hits (hint: they were 17 years apart)
The “sucker” choice would, of course, be their sensational and influential 1964 “You Really Got Me”, which established them as British Invasion favourites. This classic peaked at #7, as did “All Day and All of the Night”. A year later, both songs were edged out by “Tired of Waiting For You”, which peaked at number six. In 1982, they hit that number again with “Come Dancing”.
Which future music legend was present when Johnny Cash performed at San Quentin State Prison in 1959?
This is not a trick question. We’re not talking about a member of the band or the production team of Man in Black. No, the future music legend with a prominent place at the New Year’s Eve show was a 21-year-old inmate from San Quentin named Merle Haggard. He cited Cash’s inspirational performance as his path to the right path. Haggard went on to earn 38 No. 1 country hits, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and was a six-time winner of the ACM’s Best Male Vocalist award. [Ten years after the ’59 concert, Cash returned to the prison to record his At San Quentin album. It ended up topping both the country and overall album charts, and has been certified 3x Platinum.]
Van Morrison’s Highest Charting Single
The sucker choices, of course, are “Moondance” and “Brown Eyed Girl.” The first wasn’t released as a single until seven years after the album of the same name arrived, when the track was popular on FM radio. When it was finally released, it peaked at a lukewarm #92. The latter was a solo hit in 1967, peaking at #10. But it was the upbeat “Domino” of the 1970s, from the LP, His group and the street choirwhich became his surprising highest entry, at 9th place.
Who were the other members of John Lennon’s short-lived supergroup, the Dirty Macs?
In December 1968, Lennon was asked to perform for a television special, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. He assembled a supergroup that included Eric Clapton, Keith Richards (on bass), and Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Their subsequent performance, including one where they were joined by Yoko Ono and violinist Ivry Gitlis, would be Lennon’s first to an audience outside of the Beatles.
What was the only song written by Bruce Springsteen to reach #1?
It’s kind of a trick question. Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s cover of “Blinded By the Light” reached No. 1 in 1977. (The Pointer Sisters’ recording of “Fire” was #2 in 1979. (Springsteen’s biggest single was ” Dancing In the Dark” from 1984 which reached 2.)
What was Queen’s only #1 album?
From the 1975s A night at the operathe group had four consecutive studio albums reaching the Top 10. But it wasn’t until they scored a pair of No. 1 singles (“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “Another One Bites the Dust”) that ‘they also reached the top of the album charts with the 1980s The game.
Name the pair of male and female recording stars who sang backing vocals on Neil Young’s only No. 1 single
While Young was in Nashville to record an appearance on The Johnny Cash Showhe ends up staying in town to record several titles for his To harvest album. Two of music’s most popular singers were also in town to perform on Cash’s show, and Young invited them both, Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor, to join him at Quadrafonic Sound Studios. They then sang back-up on “Heart of Gold” (and “Old Man”).
What was Who’s highest charting single?
During their successful career, the group won only four Top 15 hits1967’s “See Me, Feel Me,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Who Are You,” and 1967’s “I Can See For Miles,” at No. 9, their only Top 10 hit. You Better You Bet” peaked at #18.