The 2018 RPMDA Super-Colossal Summer Road Trip Song Trivia Quiz

by Danny Smolenski, Alfred Music

[To download the questions, click here: 2018_Road_Trip_Song_Trivia_Quiz]

Summer is the time for vacations and holidays… and ROAD TRIPS! In this spirit let’s take a musical journey through the United States and Canada. Each trivia question answer is the title of a song that has the name of a U. S. state or a Canadian province in either the title or the lyrics of the song. Some of the questions are easy, some are intermediate, and some might be a challenge, but every state, province, and territory is represented in this quiz.

The word count clue for each song title includes parenthetical additions. (Example – “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” would count as a 6-word title.)

In addition, as an extra special reward, once you complete and turn in your quiz, you’ll get a link to a YouTube playlist that features every song in the quiz. So fire up Google (yes, we know you’re going to use Google) and grab your beef jerky (it’s not a Road Trip without beef jerky), and let’s HIT THE ROAD!!

  1. This song was one of three original songs on Van Morrison’s 2006 country album Pay the Devil and describes a man who has had enough of his partner’s behavior and is ready to walk away from the relationship, telling her “you’re way over the top / Pack my things and walk, we can’t even talk”. (5 words)
  2. Eclectic alt rock band Barenaked Ladies released a children’s album and accompanying book in 2008 entitled Snacktime! which includes this song about different things the narrator can do, including dancing, eating, speaking, and the title activity. The album won the 2009 Juno Award for Children’s Album of the Year. (3 words)
  3. This song appears on Gordon Lightfoot’s 1967 album The Way I Feel. It was written for a CBC television special around Expo’67, done up in Montreal. It was about Canada in its developmental stages, and relates the metaphorical story of a man in his later years looking back over his life of hard physical labor and its results. (1 word)
  4. This song was written by Neil Young and originally recorded in 1969 by his bandy Crazy Horse. It was subsequently re-recorded later in the year after he joined Crosby, Stills, & Nash, and was released on their 1970 album Déjà Vu. It has been called one of the album’s showpieces, and opens with a reference to a town that was an amalgamation of places where Neil Young grew up. (1 word)
  5. This final track on Dan Hill’s 1977 album Longer Fuse, which also included the megahit “Sometimes When We Touch”, relates the difficulty the singer has in adjusting to new-found fame and asks a love left behind if she still loves him. (4 words)
  6. This song was created by comedian Morgan Waters, who is best known for his 2006 sketch comedy show The Morgan Waters Show and his current CBC show The Amazing Gayl Pile. It was written as an affectionate tongue-in-cheek tribute to Canada’s newest territory. (2 words)
  7. Wally Pleasant is a humorous songwriter from Michigan who is best known for his song “The Day Ted Nugent Killed All the Animals” which has been featured on the Dr. Demento radio show. This song from his 1996 album Wally World outlines the narrator’s attempt to get a girl to notice him using board game references. (Note: The region of Canada referenced in this song is incorrect because the makers of the board game Risk got the name wrong.) (3 words)
  8. This song from Jimmy Buffett’s 1979 album of the same name is one of his most popular concert selections and gives a list of places where he doesn’t want to end up in the wake of a particular natural disaster. (1 word)
  9. This 1960 hit song by Johnny Horton was sung over the opening titles of the movie of the same name. (3 words)
  10. This song is from Corb Lund’s 2005 album Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer and tells the story of a trucker who transports rodeo horses across the upper plains and the continental divide. (2 words)
  11. This song appeared on the 1970 album Something’s Burning and was sung by Kenny Rogers in his pre-solo-career days as the lead singer for Kenny Rogers and The First Edition. In it, a narrator is a cheating man who makes the wrong life decision. (3 words)
  12. This song from Steely Dan’s 1976 album The Royal Scam tells the tale of a criminal who has apparently murdered his own father and is holed up with a case of dynamite, imploring the police outside his hiding place to end his life. (4 words)
  13. This iconic 1977 #1 hit has been described by the band that recorded it as being their “interpretation of the high life,” and its long guitar coda was once voted as the best guitar solo of all time. (2 words)
  14. This 1972 hit was co-written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey and was the opening track on the debut album of the band that recorded it. (3 words)
  15. This song is the second track on the Grateful Dead’s 1970 album American Beauty and tells of an outlaw on the run from the police. (4 words)
  16. This 1973 song from Billy Joel’s hit second album Piano Man tells the story of a woman running away from an empty marriage. (3 words)
  17. This 1980 song by The B-52’s inspired the title of a 1991 movie by Gus Van Sant starring Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix. (2 words)
  18. This final track on Frank Zappa’s 1973 album Over-Nite Sensation related the story of a man who dreams of being a dental floss tycoon and featured backing vocals by Tina Turner and the Ikettes. (1 word)
  19. This Top 10 1963 song by folk duo Ian and Sylvia reflected on a failing romantic relationship and was covered by many other artists including Judy Collin, Bob Dylan, John Denver, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Glenn Yarborough, and Neil Young. (3 words)
  20. This road trip song from 1979’s The Muppet Movie was sung by Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear as they begin their journey across the country to Los Angeles. (3 words)
  21. This song opens side two of Joni Mitchell’s 1976 album Hejira and deals with the conflict faced by a woman who is deciding between freedom and marriage. (3 words)
  22. The 1973 Bee Gees album Life in a Tin Can marked their move from England to Los Angeles and contained this wistful song that showed the Bee Gees experimenting with a country sound. (3 words)
  23. John Denver’s 1975 album Windsong was released at the height of his popularity and contained this wistful and beautiful tribute to the Cowboy State. (3 words)
  24. This title song to Bruce Springsteen’s 1982 album was based on the real life story of 1958 serial killer Charles Starkweather. Springsteen recorded a demo of the entire album at home on a 4-track cassette recorder prior to recording with his full band in the studio. It was ultimately decided that the demo versions of the songs better reflected the feel of the material, so the demos were remastered and released as the album instead of the studio cuts. (1 word)
  25. The 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! features this song which lists the modern wonders of entertainment and technology circa 1906. (2 words)
  26. This 1972 song by John Denver captures his love for his adopted state and was eventually made that state’s second state song. (3 words)
  27. This song describing a cross-country road trip was originally recorded by Nat King Cole in 1946 as part of the King Cole Trio. It quickly became a standard that has been recorded over the years by the likes of Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones, and Natalie Cole. (6 words)
  28. This song was originally written and recorded by Hoyt Axton and was released on his 1971 album Joy to the World, but it took Three Dog Night to make it into a hit the following year. (4 words)
  29. This 1977 #1 country hit by Waylon Jennings appeared on his album Ol’ Waylon and featured a guest vocal by Willie Nelson. (8 words)
  30. This song was originally released in 1978 by Emmylou Harris, but it was the 1979 cover by The Oak Ridge Boys that hit #1 on the country charts that year. (6 words)
  31. This classic Doobie Brothers song was originally released in 1974 as the B-side to “Another Park, Another Sunday” but was re-released as an A-side in the spring of 1975 and shot to #1. (2 words)
  32. This song was written in 1986 for the title state’s 150th anniversary and has since been designated as one of its state’s four official state songs. (6 words)
  33. This traditional American folk song dates back to the early 1800s, most likely originating with Canadian and American fur traders. It eventually spread from canoe traders to riverboat captains to ocean-going clipper ships and from there around the world as a sea shanty. Today, it’s a staple of choral literature in many different arrangements. (1 word)
  34. This rousing chorus number from the 1958 Tony Award winning Best Musical by Meredith Willson extols the virtues of the people of the state and includes a laundry list of cities at the end. (2 words)
  35. This melancholy yet beautiful song of lost love was included on Trisha Yearwood’s 1995 album Thinkin’ About You. (6 words)
  36. This ballad appeared on the 1963 Johnny Mathis album Romantically, which marked the end of his early association with Columbia Records and the beginning of an unfortunate 15-year career drought brought on by a combination of his move to a new record label and the advent of The Beatles just a little over two months after the album’s release. (2 words)
  37. Even though some people conjectured that the lyrics of this 1970 song were about an acid trip, John Fogerty stated that it was actually written for his three-year-old son and was inspired by the imagery of Dr. Seuss. (4 words)
  38. This song was also the title of a 1971 TV special by The Jackson Five, referring to their home state. (4 words)
  39. This 1968 Simon and Garfunkel song was inspired by a hitchhiking trip Paul Simon took in 1964 with his girlfriend. While it was not a hit initially, it charted upon its 1972 re-release as part of their Greatest Hits album, hitting the Billboard Hot 100 that year at #97. (1 word)
  40. This song is the final cut on side two from the album The Faces I’ve Been, a 1975 posthumous double album release containing unreleased songs and demo recordings from unreleased albums by Jim Croce. It tells the story of a girl from the Midwest having difficulty adjusting to life in New York City. (2 words)
  41. This 1947 bluegrass song was originally recorded by Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, but was subsequently covered by many other artists including Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley. (4 words)
  42. This 1974 song by Dave Loggins was the first single released from this album Apprentice (In a Musical Workshop). In the song, the narrator asks a woman to join him in three different cities, but she refuses and requests him to come home to her. (4 words)
  43. This 1974 Lynyrd Skynyrd song reached #8 on the US charts that year and was the band’s second hit single. (3 words)
  44. This fiddling favorite was written in 1938 about the passenger train of the same name and has been covered vocally and instrumentally by multitudes of artists, including Flatt and Scruggs and Johnny Cash. (3 words)
  45. This song was originally about a plane to Houston and was recorded twice before becoming a hit in 1973. What more needs to be said than Gladys Knight and the Pips? (4 words)
  46. This song from 1941 was recorded by Gene Krupa and his orchestra, and featured vocalist Anita O’Day who had recently replaced Irene Daye as the band’s “girl singer”. (8 words)
  47. This #1 song was written by J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and recorded by George Jones in 1959. Jones recalled being incredibly drunk during the recording session, and while they did 80 takes of the song in an attempt to get it right, it was never as good as the first take, which ended up being the version that was released. (2 words)
  48. This song featured on the acoustic half of the 2005 Foo Fighters double album In Your Honor. Dave Grohl characterized the accompanying hard rock half as “my Jack and Coke record” while the acoustic part was “my Sapphire-and-Martini-with-Kylie record”. (2 words)
  49. This 1971 chart-topper appeared on John Denver’s 1971 album Poems, Prayers, & Promises and became a quick hit that has been considered one of Denver’s signature songs. In 2014 it was adopted as an official state song for the state that it called “Almost heaven”. (5 words)
  50. This song, originally recorded by Bruce Springsteen in 1984 for his album Born in the U.S.A., was eventually released on Disc 3 of the 4-disc 1998 compilation Tracks, which contained 66 previously unreleased songs and demo versions. It related the story of Billy and Mary, and Billy’s tragic end. (3 words)
  51. James Taylor joined Mark Knopfler on the title song of Knopfler’s 2000 album. The song imagines a conversation between the two men who drew the Mason-Dixon line, which defined for generations of Americans the border between the North and the South. (3 words)
  52. This 1956 Chuck Berry single was featured in the movie Rock, Rock, Rock and imagined racing in a souped-up flying car. It was subsequently covered by The Rolling Stones in 1965 and by John Lennon in 1975. (4 words)
  53. This song was the lead track on Billy Joel’s 1982 album The Nylon Curtain and was one of the first to be recorded, mixed, and mastered digitally. It tells of people having to cope with the emergence of the rust belt in the Northeast as the American steel industry began to decline. (1 word)
  54. This song from Sting’s 1987 album …Nothing Like the Sun was inspired by famed eccentric Quentin Crisp. Sting wrote the song not long after Crisp moved from London to an apartment in the Bowery in Manhattan. (4 words)
  55. This charming 1945 duet by the famed songwriting team of Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane was sung by legendary entertainers Bing Crosby and Judy Garland. (1 word)
  56. This comic song from songwriting team Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz was originally written for the 1948 Broadway revue Inside U. S. A. before becoming a staple for cabaret singers. Notable recordings include those by Blossom Dearie, Michael Feinstein, Nancy LaMott, Mandy Patinkin, and Linda Lavin. (6 words)
  57. This #1 song from Reba McEntire’s 1986 #1 album of the same name is about a woman who suspects her husband is cheating on her but is willing to wait for him to be done with his affair. (4 words)
  58. This standard, introduced by Margaret Whiting in 1944, has been recorded by such artists as Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Stan Getz, and Willie Nelson. Its lyrics are notable in that they do not rhyme, and each of the verses (not counting the bridge) are haikus. (3 words)
  59. This song named after the Granite State is from Sonic Youth’s 2004 album Sonic Nurse. (2 words)
  60. This song from the 1937 Rodgers and Hart musical Babes in Arms is a spoof of New York high society at the time and its strict etiquette. It was later added to the movie version of another Rodgers and Hart musical, Pal Joey, where it was sung by Frank Sinatra. It has since become a standard that has been covered by such artists as Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Shirley Bassey, and as a duet with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. (5 words)
  61. This title song and opening track from Hank Snow’s 1967 album of the same name extols the province where he was born, but mentions more than one province in the lyrics. (4 words)
  62. This #1 hit song by Carly Simon from her 1972 album No Secrets has been speculated to be about a laundry list of famous men including Warren Beatty, Mick Jagger, James Taylor, David Geffen, David Bowie, David Cassidy, and Cat Stevens. Simon has stated that it is about three different men only one of which she has confirmed – Warren Beatty. (3 words)
  63. This Irish reel has appeared variously on Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem’s 1980 album The Makem & Clancy Collection, John Denver’s 1980 album Autograph, and The Dubliners’ 1987 live album Celebration (25 Years). (6 words)
  64. Originally introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1937 movie Waikiki Wedding, this song later became a 1961 movie and album by Elvis Presley. It has also been covered by Patti Page, Frank Sinatra, and Willie Nelson, among others. (2 Words)