2019 has been a big year for music. This online music quiz takes a tour across some of the biggest hits and tracks of the year so far, and tests how closely you’ve been following popular music since the new year began.
The aim of the game is to link the set of lyrics shown to one of the artists or bands. This is easier said than done, and unless you are an ultimate follower of new music and artists, the quiz may stump you on a few occasions. Do you have what it takes to rise above and get a big score of 80% or more? Take the quiz below to find out!
'What do you want from me? Why don't you run from me? What are you wondering What do you know?'
These lyrics are from the long ‘Bury a Friend’ by Billie Eilish. Billie Eilish has had a massively successful 2019, having released multiple popular singles during the first half of the year. The song itself was released in late January 2019, and introduced Billie’s music to a new audience.
'I've been dancing on top of cars and stumbling out of bars. I follow you through the dark, can't get enough'
Another track in a long line of successful songs, this is part of Sucker, a song by the Jonas Brothers. The song forms part of the Jonas Brothers’ album Happiness Begins, and was released on the 1st of March 2019. The song was released with a music video which shows the band with each of their partners, Danielle Jonas, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Sophie (Turner) Jonas.
'I'm in Toronto and I got this view. But I might as well be in a hotel room, yeah.'
Released on Island in early May 2019, these lyrics are from If I Can’t Have You by Shawn Mendes. Shawn is quoted as saying that the song is “the one consistently every time I played for myself and for friends and family was giving people that smile". The song charted well across USA and Europe.
'But one of these things is not like the others, like a rainbow with all of the colours.'
Taylor Swift is the artist behind these lyrics, which are part of the hugely popular song ME! Featuring Brendon Urie, perhaps most famous for his role as a member of Panic! At the Disco. The song-writing credits are shared between Taylor, Brendon, and Joel Little, whilst the song was released in late April 2019 as a single.
'Lashes and diamonds, ATM machines. Buy myself all of my favorite things.'
The answer here is 7 Rings by Ariana Grande. The song is loosely based on ‘My Favourite Things’ a classic song known for featuring in The Sound of Music. Grande gave up much of her royalties for this song to Imagem/Concord Music, who own the rights to ‘My Favourite Things’. The song was released in mid-January 2019 and features on her album Thank U, Next.
'You ain't got a clue, let's be honest. I had a couple seeds, I made a forest.'
The answer here is Stormzy. The British rapper has backed up his initial success experienced through his debut album Gang Signs and Prayer through further releases. Stormzy is responsible for helping to bring grime music, and British rap music in general, through to a wider audience.
'Just can't get enough guy, chest always so puffed guy.'
The answer is Billie Eilish again, and due to her successful year, both of her songs featured in this quiz should be instantly recognisable to those who follow new releases and popular acts. The song features as part of Eilish’s album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Which was relased in late March 2019.
'Hat is matte black, got the boots that's black to match.'
Undoubtedly the biggest country rap song from 2019, these lyrics are by Lil Nas X from his hugely popular song Old Town Road. The Atlanta rapper initially released the song independently in late 2018, however the song was released as a remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus on April the 5th 2019 so we are counting it as a 2019 release!
'Broke kids running through the city. Drunk on the subway train.'
A joint song by The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha, these are a couple of lines from the song Call You Mine’. An all-American collaboration, the song was first released on the last day of May 2019. Meanwhile, the track also makes up part of The Chainsmokers’ third studio album World War Joy.
'I don't wanna be alone tonight. It's pretty clear that I'm not over you.'
Sam Smith has had a hugely successful few years, and his success continued on this collaboration with Normani. Titled Dancing With A Stranger, the song was released in January 2019 on Capitol Records. The song charted in the top 10 in both the United Kingdom and The United States of America, and this is where the respective singers are from, Smith being English and Normani originating from Atlanta.
'Say it in the street, that's a knock-out. But you say it in a Tweet, that's a cop-out.'
Another Taylor Swift song, this time these lyrics are from her song You Need to Calm Down. This song was written by Taylor Swift, and although the melody of the song is fairly upbeat, the song’s lyrics are directed at Taylor Swifts critics and those who have homophobic opinions. The song was released in mid-June 2019.
'But I know that I'm never, ever gonna change, and you know you don't want it any other way.'
This song was released on the 23rd of May 2019, and was written by 5 Seconds of Summer. The lyrics form part of Easier, and the single is arguably a track which rivals Youngblood in terms of critical reception and praise for the Australian band.
'Yeah, started off right I can see it in your eyes, I can tell that you're wantin' more.'
This song is a joint venture between American singer Khalid and the massively popular British dance duo Disclosure. The track was first released on the 7th of February 2019. The song reached the lofty heights of number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and also charted well across the world reaching number 1 in some countries.
'Wonderin' if I could sneak out the back. Nobody's even lookin' me in my eyes.'
Arguably the most popular singer and songwriter of the past couple of years meets one of the biggest faces in 21st century music here, as the answer is Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran. The track, titled I Don’t Care, has received extensive exposure through radio, tv, and online media. The song was released in May 2019.
'Two years, and just like that, my head still takes me back,'
The final answer on this quiz is Katy Perry, as these are a couple of lines from her hugely popular and successful track Never Really Over. The song is yet another big anthem released by Capitol Records, and this one was released on the 31st of May 2019. The song gained inspiration from Dagny’s track Love you Like That.
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