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Will you be a champion of the charts or a null points no-hoper? Try KEN BRUCE’s fiendishly tough festive PopMaster quiz

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For over 20 years, I have pitted two music buffs against each other in a daily battle for PopMaster trivia supremacy on my Radio 2 show.

The contestants are offered a choice of bonus questions (worth six points to a normal question’s three) to try to inch them to the top score of 39 per round.

Here, exclusively for the Daily Mail, I have compiled 40 brain-tickling questions to test you and your family’s music knowledge.

Will you be a champion of the charts or a null points no-hoper?

KEN BRUCE: Here, exclusively for the Daily Mail, I have compiled 40 brain-tickling questions to test you and your family¿s music knowledge. Will you be a champion of the charts or a null points no-hoper?

KEN BRUCE: Here, exclusively for the Daily Mail, I have compiled 40 brain-tickling questions to test you and your family’s music knowledge. Will you be a champion of the charts or a null points no-hoper?

ROUND 1

Bonus questions: ‘Happy New Year’

1. Who were Smokie living next door to in 1976?

2. Which early 80s song by The Gap Band was often danced by a line of people rowing on the floor?

KEN BRUCE: Shoop Shoop Song by Cher, I¿m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred and (Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Bryan Adams were all UK Number 1 hits in which year?

KEN BRUCE: Shoop Shoop Song by Cher, I’m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred and (Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Bryan Adams were all UK Number 1 hits in which year?

3. Bonus question

The 1980 ABBA song Happy New Year appeared on which of their albums?

4. With which single did Adele make her UK Chart debut, peaking at Number 2?

5. Shoop Shoop Song by Cher, I’m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred and (Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Bryan Adams were all UK Number 1 hits in which year?

6. Bonus question  

 Which rock band released the single New Year’s Day in January 1983?

KEN BRUCE: The 1980 ABBA song Happy New Year appeared on which of their albums?

KEN BRUCE: The 1980 ABBA song Happy New Year appeared on which of their albums?

7. Which 1960s producer was the subject of the film Telstar?

8. Which Blondie song did One Direction cover for Comic Relief in 2013?

9. Bonus question

Dina Carroll’s hit The Perfect Year, released in 1996, was originally written for which musical?

10. What was the name of the Bee Gees’s younger brother who had hits in the late 70s with An Everlasting Love and I Just Wanna Be Your Everything?

ROUND 2

BONUS QUESTIONS: ‘Real names’

1. Which pop superstar welcomed guests Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen on stage with him when he headlined Glastonbury 2022?

2. What type of face did Lady Gaga have in her 2009 UK Number 1 hit?

KEN BRUCE: What type of face did Lady Gaga have in her 2009 UK Number 1 hit?

KEN BRUCE: What type of face did Lady Gaga have in her 2009 UK Number 1 hit?

3. Bonus question

Which singing superstar was born Thomas Woodward on June 7, 1940?

4. Which EastEnders actress had a UK Chart hit with Anyone Can Fall In Love, a reworking of the soap’s theme tune?

5. Red Red Wine by UB40, Too Shy by Kajagoogoo and Baby Jane by Rod Stewart were all UK Number 1 hits in which year?

6. Bonus question

Singer/songwriter Declan McManus is better known by what name?

7. Which Canadian rock band had a hit with the new wave song Echo Beach, which was later covered by Toyah?

8. Which Georgian singer released her debut album Call Off The Search in 2003?

9. Bonus question

Singer/songwriter and record producer Peter Gene Hernandez is known professionally by what name?

10. Play That Funky Music was a worldwide hit in 1976 for which American group?

ROUND 3

BONUS QUESTIONS: ‘I’m with the band’

1. Who had Top Ten hits in the Sixties with Catch The Wind, Mellow Yellow and Hurdy Gurdy Man?

2. What was the name of Men Without Hats’ only UK Chart hit, which made the Top Ten in 1983?

3. Bonus question

Which band was formed of Mickey, Davy, Peter and Mike?

4. Which song was originally a hit for Shalamar in 1982, for 911 in 1996 and for Liberty X in 2005?

KEN BRUCE: Which song was originally a hit for Shalamar in 1982, for 911 in 1996 and for Liberty X in 2005?

KEN BRUCE: Which song was originally a hit for Shalamar in 1982, for 911 in 1996 and for Liberty X in 2005?

5. I’ve Got A Feeling by Black Eyed Peas, The Fear by Lily Allen and Fight For This Love by Cheryl were all Number 1 hits in which year?

6. Bonus question 

 Lindsay, Edele, Keavy and Sinead came together to form which 90s Irish vocal group?

7. According to Scott McKenzie, what should you have worn if you were going to San Francisco in 1967?

8. Which group has released albums including Parachutes, A Rush Of Blood To The Head and Music Of The Spheres?

9. Bonus question

Andy, Roger, John, Simon and Nick are members of which group, with a pop career spanning four decades?

10. In 1991, Pet Shop Boys reached the Top 5 with a medley of two songs previously recorded by U2 and Andy Williams respectively. What are the two songs?

KEN BRUCE: With which single did Adele make her UK Chart debut, peaking at Number 2?

KEN BRUCE: With which single did Adele make her UK Chart debut, peaking at Number 2?

ROUND 4

BONUS QUESTIONS: Eurovision

1. Which Simple Minds song featured as the title track for the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club?

2. What was the title of Elbow’s 2008 album that included the singles Grounds For Divorce and One Day Like This?

3. Bonus Question 

Which Eurovision winner had her first UK Top 40 hit for 15 years with an unlikely collaboration with The Smiths in 1984?

4. Which singer released duets with artists including Elton John, Aretha Franklin and Mary J Blige?

5. Yellow Submarine, Green Green Grass Of Home and Good Vibrations were all UK Number 1 hits in which year?

6. Bonus question 

 2014 Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst represented which country with Rise Like A Phoenix?

7. What were the first names of American vocal/instrumental duo The Carpenters?

KEN BRUCE: What were the first names of American vocal/instrumental duo The Carpenters?

KEN BRUCE: What were the first names of American vocal/instrumental duo The Carpenters?

8. In 2011, Emeli Sandé had a UK Number 1 hit single, Read All About It, with which ‘academic’ English rapper?

9. Bonus question

Which Canadian singer triumphed at Eurovision 1988 when she represented Switzerland?

10. Which singer/songwriter wrote the hits I Feel For You, Nothing Compares 2 U and Manic Monday?

Are you singing with success? Don’t forget to tackle Mastermind host Clive Myrie’s Quiz of the Year 2022 

ANSWERS: 

Round 1

1. Alice. 2. Oops Upside Your Head. 3. Super Trouper.

 4. Chasing Pavements. 5. 1991.

6. U2. 7. Joe Meek.

8. One Way Or Another.

9. Sunset Boulevard.

10. Andy Gibb.

Round 2

1. Sir Paul McCartney

2. Poker Face. 3. Tom Jones. 4. Anita Dobson.

5. 1983. 6. Elvis. Costello. 7. Martha and the Muffins. 8. Katie Melua. 

9. Bruno Mars. 10. Wild Cherry.

Round 3

1. Donovan. 2. Safety Dance. 3. The Monkees. 4. A Night To Remember. 5. 2009. 6. B*witched. 7. Some flowers in your hair — San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair). 8. Coldplay. 9. Duran Duran. 10. Where the Streets Have No Name/Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.

Round 4

1. Don’t You (Forget About Me). 2. The Seldom Seen Kid

3. Sandie Shaw (with Hand In Glove). 4. George Michael.

5. 1966. 6. Austria.

7. Karen and Richard.

8. Professor Green.

9. Celine Dion (with Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi). 10. Prince.

 

Source: Daily Mail UK

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