101 pop culture trivia questions and answers to put your knowledge to the test

Got a knack for all things pop culture? Then you've come to the right place.

To find out how much you know about the 80s, 90s, 2000s and beyond, we've collected a comprehensive list of pop culture trivia questions and answers that are guaranteed to put your skills to the test.

Whether you're competing against your pals on trivia night or simply want to see just how many historic pop culture moments you can recall, this compilation covers it all.

In the list below, you'll find movie trivia, music trivia, questions about celebrities, entertainment, sports, books, iconic moments and more.

For example, do you know which singer-songwriter Taylor Swift is named after?

How about this one: What city hosted the 1984 Summer Olympics?

Can you name the restaurant that Carmen, aka, Carmy, returns to run after a tragic family death in the TV series “The Bear”?

If you answered the above correctly, then there's no need to phone a friend, because you're a true trivia whiz.

If you didn't, the answers to those trivia questions can be found below, along with plenty of others that'll give your pop culture knowledge a serious run for its money.

Some are obvious “gimme” questions, while other queries are for skilled trivia aficionados only. To find out where you land, read on and good luck.

80s pop culture trivia

Larry Hagman In 'Dallas' (CBS Photo Archive / Getty Images)
Larry Hagman In 'Dallas' (CBS Photo Archive / Getty Images)
  • Singer Olivia Newton-John went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with what 1981 song? Answer: “Physical”

  • What 1989 movie stars Michael Keaton as a DC Comics superhero? Answer: “Batman”

  • “Miracle on Ice” refers to what iconic face-off between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.? Answer: The 1980 Winter Olympics hockey game

  • What popular 80s TV show revolves around Kevin Arnold, a young boy coming of age in the 1960s? Answer: “The Wonder Years”

  • Sting acted in what 1984 sci-fi film based on the Frank Herbert novel by the same name? Answer: “Dune”

  • In 1985, what popular beverage company revealed a new formula for its famous soda? Answer: Coca-Cola

  • What was the first music video played on the newly-launched music TV network, MTV? Answer: “Video Killed the Radio Star,” by The Buggles

  • Dubbed the “Wedding of the Century,” what royal couple tied the knot in 1981? Answer: Prince Charles and Princess Diana

  • “Who shot J.R.?” is a reference to what popular TV show from the 80s? Answer: “Dallas”

  • Launched in 1980, what popular video game features four ghosts named Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde? Answer: Pac-Man

  • “Beat It,” “Human Nature” and “P.Y.T.” are all singles off of what album? Answer: Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”

  • What Disney World theme park opened on May 1, 1989? Answer: Disney’s MGM Studios (Now known as Disney's Hollywood Studios)

  • The 1984 Olympic Games were held in which U.S. city? Answer: Los Angeles

  • Sam, Carla, Cliff, Norm and Diane are characters from what long-running 80s TV show? Answer: “Cheers”

  • What “On Golden Pond” actor became a fitness guru with a series of popular workout videos? Answer: Jane Fonda

  • “Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?” is a classic movie line from what 1985 John Hughes film? Answer: “The Breakfast Club”

  • The 1983 finale of what war-based dramedy drew one of the largest TV viewing audiences ever? Answer: “M*A*S*H”

  • What song did Madonna memorably perform at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards? Answer: “Like A Virgin”

  • What is the name of Michael Jackson’s signature dance move? Answer: The moonwalk

  • What popular 80s toy challenges users to align colors along a three-dimensional square? Answer: Rubik’s Cube

  • This fashion accessory from the 1980s was originally intended to help ballet dancers prevent muscle injuries. Answer: Leg warmers

  • SNL alums Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd starred alongside Jamie Lee Curtis in what 1983 movie? Answer: “Trading Places”

  • “Gag me with a spoon” was a phrase coined by what Southern California dialect? Answer: Valley Girl or “val-speak”

  • What American gymnast took home five medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics? Answer: Mary-Lou Retton

  • Which 80s food-court favorite was made from ice, orange juice, milk, powdered egg whites and vanilla? Answer: Orange Julius

90s pop culture trivia

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Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green from
  • What dance craze swept the world following the release of the same-name song by Spanish pop duo Los del Río? Answer: “The Macarena”

  • What “Friends” haircut was all the all the rage in the 1990s? Answer: The Rachel

  • Mulder, Scully and Skinner are all characters from what 90s TV show? Answer: “The X-Files”

  • Whitney Houston’s chart-topping song “I Will Always Love You” is from what 1992 movie? Answer: “The Bodyguard”

  • Where were the 1992 Summer Olympic Games held? Answer: Barcelona, Spain

  • What 1995 best-selling book written by Nicholas Evans tells the story of a young girl who loses her leg after a tragic horse-riding accident? Answer: “The Horse Whisperer”

  • What 1994-95 murder trial gripped the nation for more than 11 months? Answer: O.J. Simpson vs. The People

  • Which two Olympic-bound figure skaters made global headlines after one was accused of attacking the other before a competition in 1994? Answer: Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan

  • In 1992, what animated motion picture was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar? Answer: “Beauty and the Beast”

  • Kit Kittredge and Felicity Merriman are the names of what? Answer: American Girl dolls

  • “As if” is a line made famous by what 1995 Alicia Silverstone movie? Answer: “Clueless”

  • Singer Emma Lee Bunton is better known by what name? Answer: Baby Spice

  • Grunge music and fashion notably took root in what U.S. city? Answer: Seattle, Washington

  • What five members make up the band NSYNC? Answer: Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick.

  • Before becoming famous, Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell appeared together in what children’s TV show? Answer: “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club”

  • What 1996 movie features Neve Campbell and Fairuza Balk as teen witches? Answer: “The Craft”

  • After a strike by players, what major sporting event was cancelled for the first time in 90 years in 1994? Answer: The World Series

  • What telescope was historically launched into orbit around the earth in 1990? Answer: The Hubble Telescope

  • John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson star as two hitmen in what 1994 Oscar-winning movie? Answer: “Pulp Fiction”

  • Chuckie Finster is a character from what TV show? Answer: “Rugrats”

  • This hamster-like toy by Tiger Electronics was all the rage in 1998. Answer: The Furby

  • “I want the fairytale” is a memorable quote from what 1990 Julia Roberts and Richard Gere film? Answer: “Pretty Woman”

  • In August of 1997, Microsoft bailed what technology company out of bankruptcy? Answer: Apple

  • What formerly-imprisoned, anti-apartheid activist became the first president of South Africa in 1994? Answer: Nelson Mandela

  • “My Heart Will Go On” is the title song from what 1997 blockbuster movie? Answer: “Titanic”

2000s pop culture trivia

The Office (Justin Lubin / Getty Images)
The Office (Justin Lubin / Getty Images)
  • Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez are the two main characters in what 2006 Disney TV movie? Answer: “High School Musical”

  • In 2001, which pop-singer couple attended the American Music Awards dressed in all denim? Answer: Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake

  • What singer, whose fans are known as the “Soul Patrol,” took home the top prize in “American Idol” in May of 2006? Answer: Taylor Hicks

  • Which installment of the Harry Potter series includes the magical “Triwizard Tournament” competition? Answer: “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

  • In 2003, what Austrian-born actor became California’s governor? Answer: Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • The 2002 movie “8 Mile” is the semi-autobiographical story of what rapper? Answer: Eminem

  • The E.L. James novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” is based on fanfiction from what young-adult book series? Answer: “Twilight”

  • Actor Halle Berry made history in 2002 after being the first Black woman in history to win what award? Answer: Best Actress in a Leading Role Oscar for “Monster’s Ball”

  • In its debut season, “Survivor” crowned this Rhode Island native as the very first winner of the reality show competition. Answer: Richard Hatch

  • What year was the first Apple iPhone released in the United States? Answer: 2007

  • The memorable quote “That’s what she said” is from what popular 2000’s TV show? Answer: “The Office”

  • The first-ever TV series produced specifically for Netflix is what? Answer: “House of Cards”

  • The 2006 Winter Olympics were held in what city and country? Answer: Turin (or Torino), Italy

  • Phillipa Anne Soo, Leslie Odom Jr. and Jonathan Groff all notably starred in what Tony-winning Broadway show? Answer: “Hamilton”

  • In 2017, during the 89th Academy Awards, “La La Land” was mistakenly announced as Best Picture. What film actually won the Oscar? Answer: “Moonlight”

  • During the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, what two pop singers memorably shared a kiss on stage? Answer: Madonna and Britney Spears

  • What NFL football team went undefeated during the regular season before losing to the New York Giants in the 2012 Super Bowl? Answer: The New England Patriots

  • Tom Kenny voices what popular TV cartoon character? Answer: Spongebob Squarepants

  • What pop star memorably wore a plunging, green Versace dress to the 2000 Grammy Awards? Answer: Jennifer Lopez

  • Actor Tom Cruise proclaimed his love Katie Holmes by jumping on a couch during what daytime talk show? Answer: “The Oprah Winfrey Show”

  • Serena van der Woodsen is the lead character in what TV series about affluent teens living in New York City? Answer: “Gossip Girl”

  • “Phone a Friend” is an option for contestants of what popular 2000’s game show? Answer: “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”

  • In “Lord of the Rings,” the role of “Gandalf” is played by which actor? Answer: Ian McKellen

  • What year was Twitter launched? Answer: 2006

  • The reality show “The Simple Life” chronicles the life and times of what two socialites? Answer: Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie

Current pop culture trivia

Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian at The 2022 Met Gala on May 02, 2022 in NYC. (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for The Met Museum)
Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian at The 2022 Met Gala on May 02, 2022 in NYC. (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for The Met Museum)
  • Kim Kardashian notably dated what Saturday Night Live alumni? Answer: Pete Davidson

  • What comedian stars in “The Comeback Kid,” “New in Town” and “Kid Gorgeous” among other TV comedy specials? Answer: John Mulaney

  • What pop singer topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 15 weeks with the single “As It Was”? Answer: Harry Styles

  • Joe Exotic (Joseph Maldonado) is the focus of what Netflix documentary series? Answer: “Tiger King”

  • Rebecca Welton, Roy Kent, Nathan Shelley and Keeley Jones are all characters from what popular TV series? Answer: “Ted Lasso”

  • “Spare” is the name of a memoir penned by what notable figure? Answer: Prince Harry

  • Letitia Wright and Lupita Nyong’o star in what 2022 Oscar-winning film? Answer: “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”

  • What Connecticut politician notably asked Facebook to put an end to fake Instagram accounts, otherwise known as finsta? Answer: Sen. Richard Blumenthal

  • What fictitious news station does the Roy family own and operate in the TV series “Succession”? Answer: ATN

  • What sandwich shop does chef Carmen (Carmy) Berzatto return to Illinois to run after his cousin’s death? Answer: The Original Beef of Chicagoland (or The Beef)

  • Released in 2020, the final book in the “Twilight” series recounts Edward Cullen’s version of the now-infamous love story. What is it titled? Answer: “Midnight Sun”

  • The widely-watched defamation trial of what celebrity couple aired on television from April to June of 2022? Answer: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

  • Who directed the 2023 blockbuster movie “Barbie”? Answer: Greta Gerwig

  • Lil Nas X spent 19 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2019 with what song? Answer: “Old Town Road

  • Michelle Yeoh took him a Best Actress Oscar in 2023 for her role in what film? Answer: “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

  • Taylor Swift is named after what notable singer-songwriter? Answer: James Taylor

  • According to Billboard, who had the highest-grossing rock tour of 2023? Answer: Coldplay

  • What team took home the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the 2021 Super Bowl? Answer: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Released in 2017, what colorful, squishy, plush toy comes in more than 1000 characters and is popular with kids and adults alike? Answer: Squishmallow

  • In 2023, what purple ice cream drink gained notoriety on social media after users pretended to die upon drinking it? Answer: The Grimace Shake

  • What Steven Spielberg film was nominated for Best Picture of the Year in 2022? Answer: “West Side Story”

  • Linda Ronstadt’s song “Long Long Time” was memorably used in an episode of what HBO sci-fi series? Answer: “The Last of Us”

  • What grade does Janine Teagues teach in “Abbott Elementary”? Answer: Second

  • Beyoncé was born in what Texas city? Answer: Houston

  • What character does Robert Downey Jr. play in the film “Oppenheimer”? Answer: Lewis Strauss

  • What 2022 fashion trend had followers wearing shades of pink, tulle and flat shoes? Answer: Balletcore

This article was originally published on TODAY.com