You asked for it, and here it is, the NMLQOTM. It's a very
simple game, and at least for now, there are no prizes
whatsoever - only the recognition that comes from
correctly identifying more of these songs than anyone
else in the competition.
This game is based on the format popularized by another
well-known internet-based lyrics quiz - the only real
difference is that this quiz covers a wider time frame.
With rare exception, the NMLQOTM focuses on the rock and
roll era. Most songs will have been released between 1955
and the present.
All of the songs in each individual quiz are
linked by a common theme. Once you have identified that
theme, it may prove useful in recognizing the songs. It
will also help you to note that the lyrics are presented
in alphabetical order BY THE NAME OF THE ARTIST.
Many songs have been recorded by multiple artists. For
the purposes of scoring the results of this quiz, only
the artist who satisfies the alphabetical rule will be
scored as a correct response.
When an artist is a person's name, the last name will be
the basis of alphabetical arrangement. Jones, Howard
comes before Preston, Billy. If an artist is identified
on this particular recording by a single name, such as
Melanie or Donovan, that will be the name used in the
quiz, rather than "Kafka, Melanie" or
"Leitch, Donovan". If two artists share the
same last name, the first name becomes the determinant of
alphabetical order. Boone, Daniel appears before Boone,
Debby which in turn appears before Boone, Pat.
When an artist is listed as a group, the first word in
the group's name is the basis of the alphabetical
ordering, unless the first word is "The", which
is ignored. However, if the group's name is Someone
and/with the Somebodies, it is alphabetized according to
the name rule above.
Beach Boys, The
Grand Funk Railroad
Kramer, Billy J. with the Dakotas
Revere, Paul and the Raiders
A correct response to each lyric includes the correct
title as identified on the original recording and the
correct identification of the artist, again, as
identified on the original recording. Keep in mind the
alphabetical rule described above. Both The Beach Boys
and Leif Garrett recorded "Surfin' USA", but
only the answer "Garrett, Leif" would be
correct if the lyric was slotted between songs by Duran
Duran and Whitney Houston (Houston, Whitney) in the quiz.
Each player will receive 20 points for each lyric
completely identified - ten points for the correct title
and ten points for the correct artist. Partial credit
will be awarded for any incomplete answers. Points will
be deducted for missing or incorrect information.
Remember - the fully correct response is the title and
artist that appeared on the original recording. Check
your sources! The insipid 1978 #1 hit "You Don't
Bring Me Flowers" was credited to "Barbra and
Neil", so it would be listed as a "B"
alphabetically, and only the "Barbra and Neil"
response would receive full credit. Players who credited
the song to Streisand, Barbra and Diamond, Neil, would
receive partial points for that response. Be sure to
include parenthetical title elements. The complete title
of Aerosmith's 1987 hit was "Dude (Looks Like a
Because so many songs are reproduced
somewhere on the world-wide web, many of the players are
able to identify all of the lyrics contained in each
quiz. All players are invited to approach these quizzes
using any strategy with which they feel comfortable. Some
players challenge themselves to recognize the lyrics from
memory, others resort to the resources of the internet.
The theme of each quiz is used as the ultimate tiebreaker
to determine the overall winner when 2 or more players
submit entries with the same point total.
One excellent reference for this quiz would be "The
Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits" by Joel Whitburn.
However - please note that some of the recordings
included in the quiz may NOT have charted in the Top 40.
Another excellent reference is the NMLQOTM Library. Once a specific
recording has been used in a quiz, it will not appear
again for at least the next 20 editions. However, please
note; a particular song may reappear sooner if it was
recorded by a different artist. For example,
"Stagger Lee" was recorded by Lloyd Price, and
subsequently recorded by Wilson Pickett and also Tommy
Rowe. If the Price version was used in Quiz #4, the
Pickett version could show up in the very next quiz. The NMLQOTM
Library contains an alphabetical listing of
every song and artist that has been used since the first
quiz, and indicates the quiz number in which it appeared.
For your research convenience, the Library also includes
each and every past quiz and the subsequent results and
commentary. You may find this information useful when
trying to track down elusive lyrics.
Each quiz will indicate the deadline date
for entry submissions.
Good luck! If you have any questions, e-mail FunkyPhD@prodigy.net.