2021 YEAR END POP CULTURE QUIZ

One point for each correct answer. No googling! – since I didn’t use google to come up with these questions (only to spell check afterwards) – which is a bit of a brag, yes, yet maybe also revealing something questionable about my mental priorities.

Music

What Christmas song is #1 on the US Hot 100 charts once again this week?

_________________________________________

Who wrote & sings it?_________________________________________

For 50 years “American Pie” was at 8 minutes the longest song to reach #1. A 10 minute long song broke that record this year.

What’s that song called?______________________________  

Who wrote & sings it?_________________________________

In a hugely popular video a pop/rap performer rides a stripper pole to hell to give the devil a lap dance.

Who’s the artist?  ____________________________  

What’s the song?____________________________________________

Movies

There are 7 (!) live action musicals released this year in theaters and on Netflix and Amazon Prime. How many can you name?

1__________________________________   

2. _________________________________  

3.__________________________________

4.__________________________________  

5.__________________________________ 

6.__________________________________

7._____________________________________

Which famous actress is playing Lucille Ball in “Being the Ricardos”?

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Which famous actress is playing Princess Diana in “Spencer”?

_________________________________________

Which famous singer/actress is playing Aretha Franklin in “Respect”?

_________________________________________

What famous actress is playing Tammy Faye Bakker in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”?

__________________________________________

Politics and celebrities

What is the name of President Biden’s new dog?

_________________________________________________

Which US Secretary adopted two babies this summer?

____________________________________

What Dept do they run?

_________________________________________________

Which two brothers resigned as governor (_______________________)

and got fired from CNN (________________________)?

Who are the three Fox News Personalities known to have texted White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows imploring him to get Trump to call off the mob during the January 6th Capitol riots?

1.___________________________________  

2.___________________________________ 

3.__________________________________

There’s much talk of a famous actor rumored to still be holding on to the scarf of a famous singer 10 years after they broke up.

Who is this actor?____________________________ 

Who is the singer?____________________________

What color is the scarf?________________________

ANSWERS

“All I Want For Christmas is You”, written and performed by Mariah Carey, once again hit #1 on the Billboard 100 chart last week and this week.

Taylor Swift’s 10 minute version of “All Too Well” hit #1 this fall, breaking the record for longest song ever to reach #1 on the US charts, held for over 50 years by Don McLean’s “American Pie”.

Lil Nas X performed that infamous pole descent and lap dance in the video for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”.

The seven live action musicals released this year are “In the Heights”, “Annette”, “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie”, “Dear Evan Hansen”, “Tick, Tick … Boom!”, “West Side Story” and “Cyrano”.

Nicole Kidman plays Lucille Ball, Kristen Stewart plays Princess Diana, Jennifer Hudson plays Aretha Franklin, and Jessica Chastain is playing Tammy Faye Bakker.

Biden’s new dog is called Commander. US Secretary for Transportation Pete Buttigieg adopted two babies. Andrew Cuomo resigned as governor for NY and his brother Chris Cuomo was fired from CNN.

Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Brian Kilmeade are the Fox “News” personalities revealed to have texted Mark Meadows on January 6, urging him to get Trump to call off the insurrectionists.

Jake Gyllenhaal is the ex rumored to still be holding onto Taylor Swift’s red scarf.

Score yourself

1 – 5 points – You must be living completely off the grid. Good for you! But how did you even find this blog post?

6 – 11 points – You clearly only have so much time for trivia, by which I mean precious little time, and you are to be commended.

12 – 16 points – Alright! You know some stuff, and must be well rounded in trivia, since even a massive interest in music alone or movies alone or politics alone would not likely have not gotten you this far. (Well, a massive interest in movies alone could have, mathematically, theoretically….)

17 – 21 points – Very impressive! Have you thought about auditioning for Jeopardy?

22 – 26 points- O! M! G! We have so many interests in common! Let’s talk! We’ll either have endless topics to deep dive in or we’ll end up boring each other silly within minutes! Or both!

27 – 28 points – Um… are you me?

About dannyashkenasi

I'm a composer with over 30 years experience creating music theater. I'm also an actor, writer, director, producer, teacher and general enthusiast for the arts.
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