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Can you answer these real Jeopardy questions about music?

  • Can you answer these real “Jeopardy!” questions about music?

    During the month of April, “Jeopardy!” contestant James Holzhauer used an ultra-aggressive strategy (and a savant-level intellect) to bring home more than $1 million in winnings. By picking the most difficult questions on the board, hunting out Daily Doubles, and betting all his winnings whenever he could, he quickly became one of the winningest players in history. His performance brought the daily trivia show back into the public conversation.

    In an era dominated by comic-book movies and reality-TV stars, it may be especially pleasing to watch “Jeopardy!,” a TV show in which intelligent contestants answer difficult questions delivered by a trustworthy and fastidious host. Each episode is like a window—not into the past, but into an alternate present, in which those things valued on “Jeopardy!” could be valued in the world. A world where it doesn't matter what you look like, or if you can tell an interesting anecdote; a world where sportsmanship and a knowledge of obscure history, geography, and literature make one a winner.

    For most viewers, it may be tough to compete with “Jeopardy!” contestants in the arena of physics or medieval history, but novices may be able to beat the trivia wizes when it comes to music. Viewers at home and Alex Trebek both were stunned when contestants couldn't answer a single question in the “Talkin' Football” category; music fans were horrified when no one could guess Radiohead from the clue “Are you ‘Kid A'-ing? These alt-rock legends weren't part of the class of 2018, their first year of eligibility.” 

    Stacker combed through the Jeopardy! Archive and compiled 25 music-related questions to test readers. How many of these real “Jeopardy!” music questions can you answer?

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  • Clue #1

    After hearing Elvis live in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas, he switched to singing rock ‘n' roll.

    - Category: Music Makers
    - Value: $1,000
    - Date episode aired: June 28, 1988

  • Answer #1

    Buddy Holly.

    Buddy Holly was a teenage country phenom in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas, until he heard Elvis Presley play rock ‘n' roll and everything changed. Holly's career only lasted one-and-a-half years before he died tragically in a plane crash. Since his death, Holly's fame and his place in music history have continually grown.

  • Clue #2

    Burt Bacharach and Elvis played street musicians (with a grand piano) in this title guy's "The Spy Who Shagged Me."

    - Category: Elvis Costello
    - Value: $400
    - Date episode aired: Jan. 15, 2009

  • Answer #2

    Austin Powers.

    The sequel to “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” set the box office aflame when it hit theaters in 1999. The Mike Myers/Heather Graham James Bond spoof brought in $312 million on its $33 million budget. Singers Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello serenade Myers and Graham at a café, playing the song “I'll Never Fall in Love Again,” written by Bacharach and made famous by Dionne Warwick.

  • Clue #3

    This 1961 Elvis movie soundtrack LP contained the hits "Can't Help Falling in Love" & "Rock-a-Hula Baby."

    - Category: #1 Albums of the ‘60s
    - Value: $800
    - Date episode aired: Nov. 28, 2014

  • Answer #3

    “Blue Hawaii.”

    The "Blue Hawaii" soundtrack had a victorious 20 weeks in the #1 spot (and 39 weeks in the Top 10) on Billboard's Top Pop LPs chart. Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, intended to get his client on pace to record one soundtrack and one popular music album every year; but Presley's growing film career (with associated soundtracks) diminished the onus on the star's regular albums. He only recorded six regular albums in the 1960s, compared to 16 soundtracks and appearing in 27 movies.

  • Clue #4

    Song: Elvis Costello; book: Nick Hornby.

    - Category: Song/Book
    - Value: $1,600
    - Date episode aired: June 6, 2017

  • Answer #4

    “High Fidelity.”

    Author Nick Hornby's 1995 “High Fidelity” is a best-selling novel about a record-store owner and a breakup. The film adaptation stars John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Lisa Bonet, and Jack Black. Elvis Costello & The Attractions put out a song of the same name on their 1980 album “Get Happy!!”

  • Clue #5

    "No Elvis, Beatles, or the Rolling Stones," sang The Clash in the song titled this year of Elvis's passing.

    - Category: Music to My Years
    - Value: $1,600
    - Date episode aired: July 14, 2017

  • Answer #5


    The Clash are arguably one of the greatest punk bands there ever was. They also were weirdly prophetic. On their song “1977,” they argue that the old rock ‘n' roll guard was gone or irrelevant by saying “No Elvis, Beatles, or Rolling Stones”—the song came out five months before Elvis passed away.

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