2016 In Music – Quiz


Since it’s New Year’s Eve and lots of people get together on this evening to play quizzes with friends and family, I thought I’d give it a go myself. All questions are related to music news and releases from 2016… have fun and good luck! Answers are below the questions and at the bottom is a BONUS ROUND – Name The Badly Drawn Album Covers!


  1. Who won Billboard’s award for Top 200 Album? What was the album called? (2)
  2. Which famously melancholy band released a new album this year? What was the album called? (2)
  3. Who achieved the no.1 spot on NME’s best albums of 2016 list? (1)
  4. Which famous drummer (who is Not Dead Yet) announced a short 2017 tour? (1)
  5. What was the name of Lady Gaga’s comeback album? (1)
  6. Which 50-year-old band released a new album this year? What was it called? (2)
  7. What was the name of David Bowie’s final album? (1)
  8. Which singer turned 50 this year and released an album? (1)
  9. What bedroom item did Zayn Malik talk about in his 2016 solo release? (1)
  10. Which 2000s boy band announced a reunion and performed this year? (1)
  11. Which boy band (who met on the X Factor) announced a split this year? (1)
  12. Which hiphop artist was with both Rihanna and J-Lo this year? (1)
  13. When life gave her lemons, this female artist made Lemonade. Who was it? (1)
  14. How many stars / part stars are on the album cover of David Bowie’s 2016 album? (1)
  15. Which rap artist sparked controversy this year by turning up to his own late, ranting, and then leaving? (1)
  16. Which Scottish band released Elipsis this year? (1)
  17. What is the name of Metallica’s 2016 release? (1)
  18. In Adele’s song Hello, how many times does she sing the word hello? (1)
  19. Which member of the musical royal family died this year? (1)
  20. As of 2017, how many years away are Busted from the year 3000? (1)


  1. Adele, 25 (2 points)
  2. Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool (2 points)
  3. The 1975 (1 point)
  4. Phil Collins (1 point)
  5. Joanna (1 point)
  6. The Rolling Stones, Blue & Lonesome (2 points)
  7. Blackstar (1 point)
  8. Rick Astley (1 point)
  9. Pillow (Pillowtalk) (1 point)
  10. Busted (1 point)
  11. One Direction (1 point)
  12. Drake (1 point)
  13. Beyoncé (1 point)
  14. 7 (1 point)
  15. Kanye West (1 point)
  16. Biffy Clyro (1 point)
  17. Hardwired to Self Destruct (1 point)
  18. 9 (1 point – 1/2 point if they say 7 or 8)
  19. Prince (1 point)
  20. 983 (1 point)


 Bonus Round – Name The Badly Drawn Album Covers…

**Disclaimer** Do this round after the first, or you may be able to answer some questions from the first section of this quiz.

A good friend of mine produced some (purposely) badly drawn album covers for you to decipher! 1 point for the name of the artist and 1 point for the name of the album!


Top left to top right:

  1. The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It
  2. Rihanna – Anti
  3. Biffy Clyro – Elipsis

Middle left to middle right:

  1. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
  2. Lady Gaga – Joanna
  3. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

Bottom left to end

  1. David Bowie – Blackstar
  2. Beyoncé – Lemonade

However you’re celebrating, have a very Happy New Year!


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