During the month of April, “Jeopardy!” contestant James Holzhauer used an ultra-aggressive strategy (and a savant-level intellect) to bring home more than $1 million in winnings. By picking the most difficult questions on the board, hunting out Daily Doubles, and betting all his winnings whenever he could, he quickly became one of the winningest players in history. His performance brought the daily trivia show back into the public conversation.
In an era dominated by comic-book movies and reality-TV stars, it may be especially pleasing to watch “Jeopardy!,” a TV show in which intelligent contestants answer difficult questions delivered by a trustworthy and fastidious host. Each episode is like a window—not into the past, but into an alternate present, in which those things valued on “Jeopardy!” could be valued in the world. A world where it doesn't matter what you look like, or if you can tell an interesting anecdote; a world where sportsmanship and a knowledge of obscure history, geography, and literature make one a winner.
For most viewers, it may be tough to compete with “Jeopardy!” contestants in the arena of physics or medieval history, but novices may be able to beat the trivia wizes when it comes to music. Viewers at home and Alex Trebek both were stunned when contestants couldn't answer a single question in the “Talkin' Football” category; music fans were horrified when no one could guess Radiohead from the clue “Are you ‘Kid A'-ing? These alt-rock legends weren't part of the class of 2018, their first year of eligibility.”
Stacker combed through the Jeopardy! Archive and compiled 25 music-related questions to test readers. How many of these real “Jeopardy!” music questions can you answer?