First Lines of Songs #1

We give you the first line of a song. Name either the song OR the most famous musical act to record it.
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Last updated: March 24, 2020
First submittedJanuary 2, 2013
Times taken66,262
Average score47.6%
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First Line
Just a small town girl, livin' in a lonely world
Don't Stop Believin' / Journey
She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene
Billie Jean / Michael Jackson
An old man turned ninety-eight / He won the lottery and died the next day
Ironic / Alanis Morissette
Start spreading the news / I am leaving today
New York, New York / Frank Sinatra
She's got a smile that it seems to me / Reminds me of childhood memories
Sweet Child O' Mine / Guns N' Roses
I used to rule the world / Seas would rise when I gave the word
Viva la Vida / Coldplay
So, so you think you can tell / Heaven from Hell / Blue skies from pain
Wish You Were Here / Pink Floyd
Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?
Close to You / The Carpenters
Tommy used to work on the docks / Unions been on strike
Livin' on a Prayer / Bon Jovi
I threw a wish in the well / Don't ask me, I'll never tell
Call Me Maybe / Carly Rae Jepsen
I've paid my dues / Time after time
We are the Champions / Queen
It's been seven hours and fifteen days / Since you took your love away
Nothing Compares 2 U /
Sinéad O'Connor
What you gon' do with all that junk? / All that junk inside your trunk?
My Humps / Black Eyed Peas
I don't want a lot for Christmas / there is just one thing I need
All I Want For Christmas Is You /
Mariah Carey
Today is gonna be the day that they're gonna throw it back to you
Wonderwall / Oasis
All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown) / and the sky is grey
California Dreamin' /
The Mamas & The Papas
Goodbye Norma Jean
Candle in the Wind / Elton John
Go Shorty, it's your birthday / We gon' party like it's your birthday
In da Club / 50 Cent
Why men great 'till they gotta be great?
Truth Hurts / Lizzo
Ground Control to Major Tom
Space Oddity / David Bowie
In the time of chimpanzees, I was a monkey
Loser / Beck
Level 58
Jan 29, 2013
Didn't get Carly Rae Jepsen and proud of it!
Level 43
Jan 29, 2013
Me too!
Level 67
Mar 25, 2020
If you are proud of it you probably actually know a lot about that person, how else would you come to the conclusion that would be someone you wish you didnt know.
Level 17
Sep 25, 2021
i only got carly rae jepson
Level 56
Aug 31, 2015
Nothing Compares 2 U was originally done by Prince and the Family. While it may be best known as O'Connor's song most famous song, it's a cover.
Level 46
Aug 31, 2015
I was about to point this out -- you just barely beat me to it!
Level 71
Sep 6, 2016
That was probably just a demo? Sinead's version cannot be said to be a cover, as Prince wrote it specifically for her.
Level 86
Mar 3, 2017
Wrong. Original release by Prince and the Family was in 1985 although it was never released as a single. OConnors version was released in 1990. Hard to write a song for someone you had never met. In fact after she released the album and made it big, the first time Prince met her, he asked why she cursed so much in public and she told him to "eff off", according to her.
Level 78
Aug 3, 2020
It's definitely a cover, but it was made famous by Sinead.
Level 33
May 23, 2016
Pink Floyd!
Level 49
May 23, 2017
Just "Carpenters" not "The Carpenters"
Level 73
Jan 4, 2020
I think it works both ways. Just like "The Beatles", "The Rolling Stones", "The Beach Boys" etc.
Level 63
Nov 12, 2017
I tried to spell Burt Bacharach like 4 different ways before I was like, "Oh yeah, Carpenters".
Level 83
Mar 24, 2020
According to Wikipedia, there's no "g" at the end of the Journey song title.
Level 91
Mar 24, 2020
I actually sat there trying to sing out the song thinking I had it wrong because I hadn't typed the 'g!'
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Mar 24, 2020
Level 91
Mar 24, 2020
Just an aesthetic, but the answer for "Goodbye Norma Jean" and "In the time of chimpanzees, I was a monkey" display in the opposite format of the other answers.
Level 84
Mar 25, 2020
I love these music quizzes, but 50% of the songs just keep getting recycled throughout. I guesses almost half the artists in this quiz because I know they are frequently in other ones.
Level 83
Apr 7, 2020
Surprised myself by getting some of these. Surprised myself more by some of the ones I missed!
Level 51
Apr 7, 2020
Glee helped me so much here!
Level 67
Aug 1, 2020
I thought this was a collection of the most obvious choices from the Karaoke Hall of Fame, but judging by the percentages, I don't know what I'm talking about. That Journey song needs to go away and never come back. It's got to be the most overplayed song in the western canon.
Level 75
Aug 1, 2020
why is Jackson a valid type-in for 50 cent?
Level 67
Aug 1, 2020
...because his name is Curtis Jackson...?
Level 88
Jan 21, 2022
probably a good idea if that was switched out for another song to avoid the freebie answer.
Level 64
Aug 1, 2020
These two options should be accepted:

'Nothing compares to you' and 'All i want for Xmas is you'

We remember words, not the spelling. Please consider accepting the alternatives. Thank you.

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Aug 1, 2020
Level 52
Aug 4, 2020
I’m so mad that I forgot Wonderwall.
Level 68
Aug 4, 2020
Fun quiz! Great mix of songs and genres.