How well do you know your “classic rock ‘n roll” lyrics? In this trivia quiz, I’ll give you the first lines of a hit rock/pop song from the 1960s through the 1990s. Can you name the original recording artist or performer? No obscure songs or artists here! All songs were major hits, and all recording artists and performers were/are major stars.
“When are you gonna come down, / When are you going to land? / I should have stayed on the farm, / I should have listened to my old man…”
a. Rod Stewart
b. Jefferson Airplane
c. Elton John
d. Weird Al Yankovich
“Every time that I look in the mirror, / All these lines on my face gettin’ clearer…”
b. Lynard Skynard
c. The Fabulous Beltones
d. Huey Lewis and the News
“In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway American dream; / At night we ride through mansions of glory in suicide machines…”
a. The Beach Boys
b. Bruce Springsteen
d. Billy Joel
“Out here in the fields, / I fight for my meals, / I get my back into my living…”
a. The Yardbirds
c. The Rolling Stones
d. The Who
“All alone at the end of the evening, / And the bright lights have faded to blue…”
a. The Eagles
b. Ten Years After
“Brain Boiler” Bonus Question:
“Every generation / Blames the one before, / And all of their frustration / Comes beating on your door…”
a. Three Dog Night
b. Alanis Morrisette
c. Mike and the Mechanics
d. Orchestral Manoevres in the Dark
Question 1: C
From the 1973 smash hit “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” by Elton John. Originally appeared on the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album. Lyrics by Bernie Taupin and music by Elton John.
Question 2: A
From the 1973 song “Dream On” by Aerosmith. Appears on the 1973 Aerosmith album Aerosmith. Music and lyrics by Steve Tyler and Steve Perry.
Question 3: B
From the smash hit “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen. Originally appeared on his 1974 album Born to Run. Lyrics, of course, by “The Boss.”
Question 4: D
From the song “Baba O’Riley,” by The Who. Originally appeared on their 1971 album Who’s Next. Lyrics and music by Pete Townshend.
Question 5: A
From the 1975 blockbuster Eagles hit “Take It to the Limit.” Originally appeared on the Eagles album One of These Nights. Lyrics and music by Randy Meisner, Don Henley, and Glenn Frey.
“Brain Boiler” Bonus Question: C
From the song “The Living Years” by Mike and the Mechanics. Originally appeared on their 1988 album The Living Years. Lyrics by Mike Rutherford and B.A. Robertson.
Previously published at funtrivia.com under the username mkp51.
Liner notes of respective CDs.