Becky's Island Music Trivia Quiz #545 - 8/3/11

UK Number Ones, 1986-87

Thanks to MTV, music in the UK and US was much more similar in the 80s than in the 70s, but there were still some UK hits that never made it across the Atlantic. If you grew up in the UK, you know all of these songs - if you grew up in the US, you know a lot of them, and the ones you don't know are probably on Youtube or iTunes.

1. Pet Shop Boys begin and end our quiz this week. They had their first Number One song in January 1986 with a song that incorporated rap - what was it?
2. He had the Number One hit of all February 1986 with "When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going."
3. Cliff Richard had a Number One hit with a re-recording of "Living Doll" in March 1986. What show's cast also appeared on the song?
4. Speaking of show casts, the cast of this puppet show hit Number One in May 1986 with "The Chicken Song."
5. "The Edge of Heaven" was the final Number One song for what duo in June and July 1986?
6. The Communards had a Number One hit with a cover of "Don't Leave Me This Way" in September 1986. Who had a U.S. Number One with that song in 1977?
7. Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" was Number One in November 1986. What movie soundtrack did the song appear on?
8. The Christmas Number One of 1986 was a re-release of "Reet Petite (The Sweetest Girl in Town)" by what U.S. soul singer?
9. What two superstars had a Number One duet with "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" in February 1987?
10. Another re-release, this time by Ben E. King and featured on a movie soundtrack, hit Number One for three weeks in February and March 1987. What was the song?
11. Who had a Number One hit cover of Bread's "Everything I Own" in March 1987?
12. This Number One novelty hit for The Firm included lines such as "It's worse than that, he's dead, Jim" and "Ye canna change the laws of physics!"
13. Here come the Pet Shop Boys again with a three-week Number One in July 1987 that borrowed its melody from Cat Stevens' "Wild World" - what was the song?
14. Los Lobos had a Number One hit in August 1987 with this Mexican song.
15. The biggest hit of 1987 was this Rick Astley song later used as an Internet joke.
16. "You Win Again" was a surprise four-week Number One in October 1987 for this Manx trio.
17. This Pet Shop Boys cover of a song associated with Elvis and Willie Nelson was the Christmas Number One for 1987.

Bonus: Ferry Aid, a group charity effort for victims of a capsized ferry, had a Number One hit in April 1987 with what Beatles song?

Good Luck!!!

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