Music of the 1960s Pop Quiz

In this pop quiz on 1960s music, we test your knowledge of music lyrics of some billboard chart-toppers. Songs from The Temptations, Van Morrison, and Johnny Cash are featured, plus plenty of others.

Sure, you might remember the tune and the melody, but the actual words can be challenging to remember precisely (heck, some of us may not have ever had them correctly the first time). However, a real 60s music fan will know the answers to many of these questions.

There are 25 questions in all, so sharpen your pencils and begin. Answers are at the bottom of the page.

Music of the 1960s Pop Quiz

1960s Music Pop Quiz

1.) Complete the lyrics to The Temptations’ “My Girl.” “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day; when it’s cold outside, I’ve got what?

2.) In Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl,” what item was taken while they were “going down the old mine with …”?

3.) In Johnny Cash’s “Jackson,” complete the lyric: “We got married in a fever, hotter than a” what?

4.) In the Mama and the Papas’ “California Dreamin,” why does “the preacher like the cold”?

5.) In the Hollies’ “Bus Stop,” complete the lyric: “Bus stop, bus goes, she stays, love grows” where?

6.) In the Stone Poneys’ “Different Drum,” complete the lyric: “For a boy who wants to love only me, Yes, and I ain’t saying you ain’t” what?

7.) In Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe,” complete the lyric: “I was out choppin’ cotton, and my brother was” what?

8.) In the Monkees’ “I’m a Believer,” complete the lyrics: “I thought love was only true” where?

9.) Im Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talkin,” complete the lyrics: “Banking off of the northeast winds, sailing on a summer breeze, and skipping over the ocean like a” what?

10.) In Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman,” what does the lineman for the country need?

Music Trivia

11.) In Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” what are these boots going to do one of these days?

12.) In Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson,” who does “Heaven holds a place for?”

13.) In The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” complete the lyric: “I saw her today at the reception, a _____ ____ ____ in her hand.”

14.) In Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds,” complete the lyric: “I can’t walk out because I” what?

15.) In The Shirelles’ “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” complete the lyric:

“Tonight you’re mine completely; you give your love so sweetly; Tonight, the ____ ____ ____ is in your eyes.” What is in your eyes?

16.) In The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” complete the lyrics, “Now I don’t mind _____ ____ and I don’t care if the money’s no good.”

17.) In Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay, complete the lyric: “I left my home in _____ headed for the Frisco Bay.” Which state did he leave?

18.) In The Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love,” complete the lyric: “She said love don’t come easy, It’s a game of _____ ___ _____” what?

19.) In Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone,” complete the lyric: “You used to laugh about, everybody that was ___ ____” what?

Challenging Music Lyrics Q & A

20.) In The Troggs’ “Wild Thing,” complete the lyric: “Wild Thing, you make my ____ sing”?

21.) In Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild,” complete the lyric: “Get your motor runnin’, head out on the highway, looking for adventure,” and what else?

22.) In Ray Charles’ “Georgia On My Mind,” what is it that keeps “Georgia on my mind”?

23.) In The Doors’ “Light My Fire,” complete the lyrics: “The time to hesitate is through,
No time to wallow in the mire,
Try now we can only lose,
And our love become a ____ ____” what?

24.) In The Foundations’ “Build Me Up Buttercup,” complete the lyrics: “And then, worst of all ____ ____ ____ _____, when you say you will.”

25.) In The Ides of March “Vehicle,” complete the lyric: “I’m a friendly stranger in a ____ _____ (what type of car)?

You’ll enjoy these songs with dance steps in the lyrics.

60s Song Lyrics Trivia


1.) “I’ve got the month of May.”

2.) “A transistor radio.”

3.) “Pepper sprout.”

4.) “He knows I’m gonna stay.”

5.) “Under my umbrella.”

6.) “Pretty.”

7.) “Balin’ hay.”

8.) “In fairy tales.”

9.) “Stone.”

10.) “I know I need a small vacation.”

11.) “Gonna walk all over ya.”

12.) “Heaven holds a place for those who pray.”

13.) “A glass of wine in her hand.”

14.) “I can’t walk out because I love you too much, baby.”

15.) “The light of love.”

Inspiring quotes about music.

More Answers

16.) “Choppin’ wood.”

17.) “Georgia.”

18.) “Give and take.”

19.) “Hanging out.”

20.) “Heart.”

21.) “In whatever comes our way.”

22.) “An old sweet song.”

23.) “Funeral pyre.”

24.) “You never call, baby, when you say you will…”

25.) “Black sedan.”


Give yourself one point for each correct answer. Add up all your points and multiply by four for your final score.

80 and above: Musical Genius: You love rock n’ roll (put another dime in the jukebox, baby!)

70 – 79: Rock n’ Roller Through and Through.

50 – 69: Selective listener.

49 and Below: It’s apparent that you like the melodies more. And, maybe it’s time for a visit to the local record shop.

Check back in and look for other musical quizzes like Music of the 1960s Pop Quiz coming your way.

By Mike O’Halloran

Mike is a fan of 60s music and co-founder of ListCaboodle.

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