"Beat It"Via Epic"Smooth Criminal"Via Epic"Billie Jean"Via Epic"Remember the Time"Via Epic
Despite this song topping the charts in Spain and the Netherlands in 1987, it came up short in the US. Definitely strange, given how it's by easily one of the most recognizable songs from one of the most popular musical artists of all time.
"Time After Time"Via Epic"Don't You Want Me"Via Virgin"Eye of the Tiger"Via EMI"I'll Be There for You"Via Mercury Records"U Can't Touch This"Via Capitol"Never Gonna Give You Up"Via RCA
"U Can't Touch This"
Though it definitely fits with the '80s vibe, this song debuted in 1990. It was one of the most emblematic pop songs of all time, and you'll hear it endlessly in movies, TV shows, ads and more.
pray, deep, pray, my timego, again, go, youpreach, deep, preach, sleeptake no mess, again, take no mess, my time
"Papa Don't Preach"
This song, co-written and performed by Madonna, was released in 1986. It's been covered a number of times, one of the most famous covers being Kelly Osbourne's take on the song in 2002.
5iveNew Kids on the Block98 DegreesLFO
Remember Nick Lachey, Jessica Simpson's ex? In the '90s, he was the leader of this boy band, known for being an independent recording group that wasn't created by a producer or a label, like every other boy band.
Sporty SpiceScary SpicePosh SpiceLucky SpiceBaby SpiceGinger Spice
These famous nicknames for the Spice Girls were given to them by the press and not themselves.
J.LoVia Getty ImagesMadonnaBeyoncéBritney SpearsMariah CareyChristina Aguilera
In the music video for "We Belong Together," the singer used the Vera Wang dress that she wore to her wedding when she married Tommy Mottola.
Jessica SimpsonVia Getty ImagesBritney SpearsJustin TimberlakeRyan Gosling
The Mickey Mouse Club was a Disney show that featured a number of '90s stars when they were young, including JC (from NSYNC), Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and even Ryan Gosling — but never Jessica Simpson. :(
"Diamonds," RihannaVia Def Jam"Utopia," BelindaVia Sony BMG"Pretty Hurts," BeyoncéVia Columbia"Wrecking Ball," Miley CyrusVia RCA
"Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus
Sia Furler, the Australian singer-songwriter, has written a number of hit songs, but "Wrecking Ball" was not one of them.
Taylor SwiftVia Getty ImagesBeyoncéMadonnaRihanna
In 2014, this singer took the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts with her song "Shake It Off," but it wasn't long before "Blank Space" would later join it.
The Canadian musician is a multi-instrumentalist, and not only sings but also writes and is very attractive. (Though I suppose that last one is subjective.)
RihannaVia Getty ImagesNicki MinajPinkShakira
This rapper has collaborated an impressive number of times with other singers, but Shakira has yet to have the good fortune (?) of being one of them.
The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink FloydVia HarvestPlease, Please Me, The BeatlesVia Parlophone (GBR)Thriller, Michael JacksonVia Epic1989, Taylor SwiftVia Big MachineMillennium, Backstreet BoysVia JiveMadonna, MadonnaVia Warner Bros
With more than 100 million copies, this record is the most-sold album in all history. In second place is Back in Black by ACDC, while the third place is taken by The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.
Can You Get More Than 10 Right On This Basic Pop Music Quiz?
You're probably more of a fan of classic rock or more obscure music that nobody knows. It seems like you're not even the least bit interested in pop music and all the drama that comes with it. When you hear about a feud between Taylor and Justin, you just assume it's about some new show you're not watching.
You've got the internet and a phone, so surely you're aware of some pop music, but when it comes down to it, it's not really your thing. You might get a pop song stuck in your head, or you might be able to explain the contributions of Madonna and Michael Jackson to pop culture, but you wouldn't know much about their lives or the same details that a superfan might know.
You could practically get a doctorate in pop music at this point. You know everything there is to know about the roots of the musical genre all the way up to today. You read up, research, and try to stay up to date, all of which makes you a true pop scholar.
We bow before you, oh master of pop music. You wouldn't be able to find someone who knows more about pop music if you tried. Everything you know is thanks to your steady diet of MTV, magazines, internet, and — of course — pop music.