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Pop Master: the “3-in-10” questions, 2020

Following on from this piece from April 2019, here is a round-up of the “3-in-10” questions from this year’s editions of Pop Master. As I’m sure you know, Pop Master is the mid-morning quiz on the Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2, and the final challenge for the winning contestant is this: in 10 seconds name 3 Top 75 UK hits by a specific act, like Abba, Adele or The Jam.

The first section (“The Questions”) simply lists the date of broadcast and the “3-in-10” act.

The second section (“The Answers”) also lists whether the contestant answered successfully (“Them”), whether I managed it while listening (“Me”) and a sample (at least 3) of the act’s UK hits.

This year I have also added a third section (“Revision”) to remind me of the acts that always seem to catch me out, like Beverley Knight, David Gray and Foo Fighters.

I updated last year’s piece every month or two, and ended up with a complete list of “3-in-10s” for the year. I hope to do the same in this piece.

The Questions

Date Artist
Wed 1 Jan Celine Dion
Thu 2 Jan Iron Maiden
Fri 3 Jan Boyzone
Mon 6 Jan China Crisis
Tue 7 Jan Deacon Blue
Wed 8 Jan KC and the Sunshine Band
Thu 9 Jan Christina Aguilera
Fri 10 Jan Cilla Black
Mon 13 Jan Boomtown Rats
Tue 14 Jan Eurythmics
Wed 15 Jan Sparks
Thu 16 Jan Paul Simon
Fri 17 Jan Pointer Sisters
Mon 20 Jan Stereophonics
Tue 21 Jan Ultravox
Wed 22 Jan 10cc
Thu 23 Jan Jamelia
Fri 24 Jan Real Thing
Mon 27 Jan Wet Wet Wet
Tue 28 Jan Thin Lizzy
Wed 29 Jan Isley Brothers
Thu 30 Jan Little Mix
Fri 31 Jan Kim Wilde
Mon 3 Feb Tears for Fears
Tue 4 Feb Lily Allen
Wed 5 Feb Razorlight
Thu 6 Feb Police
Fri 7 Feb Atomic Kitten
Mon 10 Feb Belinda Carlisle
Tue 11 Feb Simple Minds
Wed 12 Feb Ellie Goulding
Thu 13 Feb ZZ Top
Fri 14 Feb George Michael
Mon 17 Feb Britney Spears
Tue 18 Feb Right Said Fred
Wed 19 Feb Take That
Thu 20 Feb Dusty Springfield
Fri 21 Feb Moody Blues
Mon 24 Feb McFly
Tue 25 Feb Everything but the girl
Wed 26 Feb Scritti Politti
Thu 27 Feb Rita Ora
Fri 28 Feb Ricky Martin
Mon 2 Mar Bucks Fizz
Tue 3 Mar One Direction
Wed 4 Mar Texas
Thu 5 Mar Johnny Mathis
Fri 6 Mar Go West
Mon 9 Mar Foo Fighters
Tue 10 Mar Backstreet Boys
Wed 11 Mar Aretha Franklin
Thu 12 Mar Girls Aloud
Fri 13 Mar Luther Vandross
Mon 16 Mar Robbie Williams
Tue 17 Mar Simply Red
Wed 18 Mar Westlife
Thu 19 Mar Adele
Fri 20 Mar Kylie Minogue
Mon 23 Mar Soft Cell
Tue 24 Mar Beverley Knight
Wed 25 Mar Emeli Sande
Thu 26 Mar Bon Jovi
Fri 27 Mar Diana Ross and or The Supremes
Mon 30 Mar Will Young
Tue 31 Mar Pet Shop Boys
Wed 1 Apr Blondie
Thu 2 Apr Bob Marley and the Wailers
Fri 3 Apr Who
Mon 6 Apr David Gray
Tue 7 Apr Odyssey
Wed 8 Apr Nelly Furtado
Thu 9 Apr Tony Christie
Fri 10 Apr Culture Club

 

The Answers

 

Date Artist Them Me Songs (at least 3)
Wed 1 Jan Celine Dion No Yes Think Twice / My heart will go on / It’s all coming back to me know / Power of love / Falling into you / All by myself / Immortality
Thu 2 Jan Iron Maiden No Yes Run to the hills / Number of the beast / Bring your daughter to the slaughter / Can I play with madness / Be quick or be dead / Sanctuary
Fri 3 Jan Boyzone No Yes Love me for a reason / Father and Son / No matter what / Words / When the going gets tough / You needed me / A Different Beat
Mon 6 Jan China Crisis No No Christian / Wishful thinking / Black Man Ray / King in a Catholic style / Searching / Stars
Tue 7 Jan Deacon Blue No No Real Gone Kid / 4 Bacharach and David Songs EP / Dignity / Fergus sings the blues / Twist and shout
Wed 8 Jan KC and the Sunshine Band No Yes Queen of Clubs / That’s the way I like it / Give it up / Please don’t go / Boogie shoes / Sound your funky horn / Get down tonight
Thu 9 Jan Christina Aguilera No Yes Beautiful / Drrty / Genie in a bottle / Lady Marmalade / Moves like Jagger / Nobody Wants to be Lonely / What a girl wants
Fri 10 Jan Cilla Black No Yes You’re my world / Anyone who had a heart / Step inside love / Alfie
Mon 13 Jan Boomtown Rats No Yes Banana Republic / Rat Trap / I don’t like Mondays / She’s so modern / Looking after #1 / Mary of the 4th Form
Tue 14 Jan Eurythmics No Yes Sweet dreams are made of this / There must be an angel playing with my heart / Who’s that girl / Sexcrime (1984) / Sisters are doing it for themselves / Save the world today / Here comes the rain again / Thorn in my side / Here comes the rain again
Wed 15 Jan Sparks No Yes This town ain’t big enough for both of us / Amateur Hour / Looks Looks Looks / Never turn your back on mother earth / The number one song in heaven / Beat the clock
Thu 16 Jan Paul Simon No Yes 50 ways to leave your lover / Mother and child reunion / Slip Sliding Away / Me and Julio down by the school yard / You can call me Al
Fri 17 Jan Pointer Sisters No No Jump (for my love) / Automatic / Fire / I’m so excited / Slowhand
Mon 20 Jan Stereophonics No Yes Have a nice day / Dakota / Bartender and the Thief / Handbags and Gladrags / Maybe Tomorrow / Mama Told me not to come / Just Looking
Tue 21 Jan Ultravox No Yes Vienna / Reap the wild wind / Dancing with tears in my eyes / Slow motion / Hymn / All fall down
Wed 22 Jan 10cc No Yes I’m not in love / Rubber bullets / Donna / I’m Mandy fly me / Dreadlock holiday / The Dean and I / Life is a minestrone / The things we do for love
Thu 23 Jan Jamelia No No Superstar / Thank You / DJ / Stop / See it in a Boy’s Eyes / Call Me
Fri 24 Jan Real Thing No Yes Can’t get by without you / You to me are everything / Can you feel the force
Mon 27 Jan Wet Wet Wet No Yes Love is all around / Goodnight Girl / Wishing I was lucky / Sweet little mystery / With a little help from my friend
Tue 28 Jan Thin Lizzy No Yes Boys are back in town / Whiskey in the jar / Jailbreak / Sara / Dancing in the moonlight
Wed 29 Jan Isley Brothers Yes Yes Who’s that lady / Summer Breeze / Harvest for the world / This old heart of mine / Behind the painted smile / Put yourself in my place / Twist and shout
Thu 30 Jan Little Mix Yes Yes Black Magic / Cannonball / Shout out to my ex / Wings
Fri 31 Jan Kim Wilde Yes Yes Water on glass / Kids in America / You keep me hanging on / You came / Rocking around the Christmas tree
Mon 3 Feb Tears for Fears Yes Yes Mad World / Everybody wants to rule the world / Sowing the seeds of love / Change / Head over heels / Woman in chains / Shout
Tue 4 Feb Lily Allen No Yes Smile / The Fear / Somewhere only we know / LDN /
Wed 5 Feb Razorlight No No America / Golden Touch / In the morning / Somewhere Else / The Vice / Rip it up
Thu 6 Feb Police Yes Yes Roxanne / Message in a bottle / Walking on the moon / Can’t stand losing you / Every breath you take / Invisible Sun
Fri 7 Feb Atomic Kitten No Yes Eternal Flame / Whole Again / Tide is high
Mon 10 Feb Belinda Carlisle No Yes Heaven is a place on earth/ Circle in the sand / I get weak / Leave a light on / (We want) The same thing / California / In Too Deep / Live Your Life Be Free
Tue 11 Feb Simple Minds Yes Yes Belfast Child / Don’t you forget about me / Waterfront / All the things she said
Wed 12 Feb Ellie Goulding Yes Yes Love me like you do / Your song / Burn / Anything could happen / Starry eyed
Thu 13 Feb ZZ Top No Yes Legs / Gimme all your loving / Viva Las Vegas / Sharp-dressed man
Fri 14 Feb George Michael Yes Yes Careless Whisper / A different corner / Faith / Father Figure / Monkey / Kissing a fool / Jesus to a child / Fast Love / Outside / Amazing
Mon 17 Feb Britney Spears Yes Yes Toxic / Baby one more time / Lucky / Oops I did it again / 3 / Born to make you happy / Womanizer / Circus
Tue 18 Feb Right Said Fred No Yes Deeply Dippy / I’m too sexy / Don’t talk just kiss / Stick it out
Wed 19 Feb Take That No Yes Pray / Back for good / Sure / Babe / How deep is your love / Patience / The Flood / Relight my fire / Could it be magic
Thu 20 Feb Dusty Springfield No Yes I only want to be with you / You don’t have to say you love me / Son of a preacher man / Going back / Little by little / I close my eyes and count to 10
Fri 21 Feb Moody Blues No Yes Question / I’m just a singer in a rock ’n roll band / Go Now / Nights in White Satin
Mon 24 Feb McFly No No 5 colours in her hair / You’ve got a friend / All about you / Baby’s coming back / Obviously / Don’t stop me now / Star girl / Transylvania / One for the radio / Room on the 3rd floor
Tue 25 Feb Everything but the girl No No Missing / I don’t want to talk about it / Only living boy in New York / Wrong / Single
Wed 26 Feb Scritti Politti No Yes Faithless / Word Girl / Wood Beez Pray like Aretha Franklin / Sweetest Girl
Thu 27 Feb Rita Ora No No Anywhere / Hot Right Now / How we do party / I will never let you down
Fri 28 Feb Ricky Martin No Yes She Bangs / Livin’ la vida loca / Un dos tres Maria
Mon 2 Mar Bucks Fizz Yes Yes Land of make believe / Making your mind up / My camera never lies / If you can’t stand the heat
Tue 3 Mar One Direction No Yes What makes you beautiful / One way or another / Little things / Best song ever
Wed 4 Mar Texas No Yes Black-eyed boy / I don’t want a lover / Say what you want / Summer sun / Tired of being of alone / Halo
Thu 5 Mar Johnny Mathis No Yes Stone in love with you / Too much too little too late / When a child is born / Gone Gone Gone / Misty
Fri 6 Mar Go West No No We close our eyes / King of Wishful Thinking / True Colours / Call me / Tracks of my tears
Mon 9 Mar Foo Fighters No No Best of You / The Pretender / This is a call / All my life [Those are their 4 Top 10 singles] / Monkey wrench / Times like these  / Rope
Tue 10 Mar Backstreet Boys No No Quit playing games with my heart / I want it that way / Everybody Backstreet’s Back
Wed 11 Mar Aretha Franklin No Yes I knew you were waiting for me / Respect / Till you come back to me / I say a little prayer for you / Sisters are doing it for themselves / Jumping Jack Flash / Satisfaction
Thu 12 Mar Girls Aloud Yes Yes Sound of the underground / See the day / I’ll stand by you / The Promise / Jump / Love Machine / Long Hot Summer / Something kinda ooh / I think we’re alone now / Sexy no no no / Call the shots
Fri 13 Mar Luther Vandross No Yes Best things in life are free / Dance with my father / Endless Love / Never too much / Love the one you’re with
Mon 16 Mar Robbie Williams Yes Yes Angel / Feel / Rock DJ / Millennium / Let me entertain you / Candy
Tue 17 Mar Simply Red Yes Yes Money’s too tight to mention / Holding back the yours / The right thing / Fairground / If you don’t know me by now / Stars / A new flame
Wed 18 Mar Westlife No Yes Mandy / Seasons in the sun/ I have a dream / Queen of my heart / Against all odds / Uptown girl / Miss you nights
Thu 19 Mar Adele Yes Yes Chasing Pavements / Rolling in the deep / Make you feel my love / Someone like you / Hello
Fri 20 Mar Kylie Minogue Yes Yes I should be so lucky / Slow / Can’t you get you of of my head / Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi / The Loco-Motion / Tears on my Pillow / Chocolate / All the Lovers / Spinning Around
Mon 23 Mar Soft Cell No Yes Tainted Love / Bedsitter / Say hello wave goodbye / Torch
Tue 24 Mar Beverley Knight No No Shoulda woulda coulda / Gold / Piece of my heart / Come as you are / Made it back
Wed 25 Mar Emeli Sande No No Next to me / Beneath your beautiful / Heaven / Lifted / Hurts / Read all about it
Thu 26 Mar Bon Jovi Yes Yes You give love a bad name / Bad Medicine / I’ll be there for you / Living on a prayer
Fri 27 Mar Diana Ross and or The Supremes Yes Yes I’m Still Waiting / It’s My Turn / Upside Down / Chain Reaction / Baby Love / Where Did Our Love Go / Stop in the Name of Love / You Can’t Hurry Love
Mon 30 Mar Will Young No Yes All time love / Light my fire / Leave right now / Long and winding road / Evergreen / Friday’s child / Changes / Grace
Tue 31 Mar Pet Shop Boys Yes Yes Always on my mind / Heart / It’s a sin / West End Girls / Domino Dancing / Go West
Wed 1 Apr Blondie Yes Yes Atomic / Denis / Sunday Girl / Heart of Glass / Maria / Call Me / Rapture / Picture This
Thu 2 Apr Bob Marley and the Wailers No Yes No woman no cry / Jamming / Is this love / Buffalo Soldier / Could you be loved / Waiting in Vain / Exodus
Fri 3 Apr Who No Yes My Generation / I’m a Boy / Pictures of Lily / Substitute / Pinball Wizard / Who are you / 5.15 / Squeeze Box / You Better You Bet
Mon 6 Apr David Gray No No Babylon / Please forgive me / This year’s love / Say Hello Wave Goodbye / Alibi
Tue 7 Apr Odyssey No Yes Native New Yorker / Going back to my roots / If you’re looking for a way out / Inside Out
Wed 8 Apr Nelly Furtado No Yes I’m like a bird / Turn off the light / Maneater / Try / Promiscuous / Broken Strings
Thu 9 Apr Tony Christie No Yes I did what I did for Maria / Is this the way to Amarillo / Avenues and alleyways / Walk like a panther / Las Vegas
Fri 10 Apr Culture Club No Yes Do you really want to hurt me / Church of the poison mind / Victims / Karma Chamelon / It’s a miracle / TIem Clock of the heart / The War Song / The Medal Song

 

Revision

These are the acts that have caught me out in the past.

Artist Songs
Alannis Morissette Head over feet / Ironic / Thank U / You oughta know / Hands clean / Hand in my pocket / Everything
Alicia Keys Empire State of Mind / Fallin’ / No one / Another way to die / Girlfriend / Girl on fire
Anastacia Left outside alone / Sick and tired / I’m out of love
Ariana Grande Thank U Next / God is a woman / Breathing / Bang Bang / 7 Rings
Avril Lavigne Sk8er Boy / Complicated / Girlfriend /
Backstreet Boys Quit playing games with my heart / I want it that way / Everybody Backstreet’s Back
Beverley Knight Shoulda woulda coulda / Gold / Piece of my heart / Come as you are / Made it back
Black Eyed Peas Boom Boom Pow / Where is the love / I gotta feeling / My Humps / Shut Up / The Time (Dirty Bit) / Hey Mamma
Blue All Rise / If you come back / Too close / One Love / Guilty / Sorry seems to be the hardest word  [They would also accept Gonna Capture Your Heart from the 70s band that was also called Blue]
Boyz II Men End of the road / I’ll make love to you / One Sweet Day / Four seasons of loneliness
Chaka Khan I feel for you / I’m every woman / Ain’t nobody / Eye to eye / I’ll be good to you
China Crisis Christian / Wishful thinking / Black Man Ray / King in a Catholic style / Searching / Stars
Christians Harvest for the world / Ferry Cross the Mersey [Charity release along with Paul McCartney and others] / Forgotten Town / Ideal World / Words
Craig David Seven Days / Fill me in / What’s your flava / Walking away
Daniel Bedingfield Gotta Get Thru This / If you’re not the one / Never gonna leave your side / Nothing hurts like love / Friday / Wrap my words around you
David Gray Babylon / Please forgive me / This year’s love / Say Hello Wave Goodbye / Alibi
Deacon Blue Real Gone Kid / 4 Bacharach and David Songs EP / Dignity / Fergus sings the blues / Twist and shout / Wages Day
Emeli Sande Next to me / Beneath your beautiful / Heaven / Lifted / Hurts / Read all about it
Enrique Iglesias Hero / Bailamos / Addicted / Do you know / Escape
Enya Orinoco Flow / Caribbean Blue / Storms in Africa / I don’t wanna know /
Eternal I wanna be the only one / Stay / Someday / Crazy / Good Thing / Secrets / Angel of Mine / Power of a Woman
Everything but the girl Missing / I don’t want to talk about it / Only living boy in New York / Wrong / Single
Five Star System Addict / Rain or shine / Can’t wait another minute / Find the time
Foo Fighters Best of You / The Pretender / This is a call / All my life [Those are their 4 Top 10 singles] / Monkey wrench / Times like these
Go West We close our eyes / King of Wishful Thinking / True Colours / Call me / Tracks of my tears
Gwen Stefani Hollaback Girl / Rich Girl / What you waiting for / Wind it up
Howard Jones New Song / What is love / I’d like to get to know you well
Hue & Cry Labour of love / Looking for Linda / Violently / Strength to strength / Sweet invisibility / [Only THREE different Top 40 hits – those first 3]
Imagination Just an illusion / Body Talk / Music and Lights
Jamelia Superstar / Thank You / DJ / Stop / See it in a Boy’s Eyes / Call Me
James Blunt 1973 / You’re beautiful / High / Goodbye my lover
Jennifer Lopez Jenny from the Block / My love don’t cost a thing / If you had my love / Get Right
Joan Armatrading Love and Affection / Me myself I / Drop the Pilot
Keane Everybody’s changing / Somewhere only we know / Bed-shaped / World at your feet
Kings of Leon Use Somebody / Sex on fire / Radioactive / On Call / The Bucket / Fans
Kiss God gave rock ’n roll to you / Crazy crazy nights / I was made for loving you
Lemar If there’s any justice in the world / Dance with you / Another Day / Lullaby / Time to grow / Don’t give it up
Lenny Kravitz Are you gonna go my way / Fly Away / It ain’t over till it’s over / Believe
M People One night in heaven / Search for a hero / Itchycoo Park / Moving on up
Marillion Kayleigh / Lavender / Sympathy / Don’t hurt yourself / Thank you whoever you are /
Mark Morrson Return of the Mack / Crazy / Horny / Who’s the Mack / Moan and Groan / The Mack
McFly 5 colours in her hair / You’ve got a friend / All about you / Baby’s coming back / Obviously / Don’t stop me now / Star girl / Transylvania / One for the radio / Room on the 3rd floor / Party Girl / Do Ya / Stay with me
Michael Buble Just haven’t met you yet / It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas / Christmas Baby Please come home / Holly Jolly Christmas / Baby it’s cold outside / Cry me a river
Mike and the Mechanics The living years / Over my shoulder / Beggar on a beach of gold
Muse Bliss / Supermassive Black Hole / Nights of Sidonia / Uprising
No Doubt Don’t Speak / Hey Baby / It’s my life / Hella Good / Just a girl / Spider web
Olly Murs Troublemaker / Moves / Dance with me tonight / Dear Darling / Up / Please don’t let me go
Otis Redding Dock of the Bay / Satisfaction / Hard to handle / Sad Song / Try a little tenderness / My Girl / Knock on Wood
Pixie Lott Mama Do / Boys and Girls / All about tonight / Gravity / Turn it up / Cry me out
Pointer Sisters Jump (for my love) / Automatic / Fire / I’m so excited / Slowhand
Razorlight America / Golden Touch / In the morning / Somewhere Else / The Vice / Rip it up
Richard Marx Hazard / Right Here Waiting / Now and forever / Should have known better
Rita Ora Anywhere / Hot Right Now / How we do party / I will never let you down
Sam Smith Writing’s on the wall / Too good at goodbyes / Promises / Money on my mind / La La La / Stay with me
Savage Garden Truly Madly Deeply / To the moon and back / Crash and Burn / I knew I loved you / Hold me / Affirmation
Script Hall of Fame / The Man who can’t be moved / No good in goodbye
Shakira Hips don’t lie / Whenever wherever / Objection Tango / Waka Waka / She Wolf / Underneath your clothes
Shalamar I can make you feel good / Night to remember / Take that to the bank / There it is
Sheryl Crow All I want to do / If it makes you happy / Sweet Child of Mine / Run Baby Run / Tomorrow Never Dies
Sinead O’Connor Nothing Compares 2U / Mandinka / “Don’t cry for me Argentina” [got to #53] / Success has made a failure of our home
Snow Patrol Run / Chasing Cars / Spitting Games / Chocolate
Spencer Davis Group Keep on running / Give me some loving / Somebody help me / I’m a man
Stone Roses One Love / Fool’s Gold / Elephant Stone / I am the resurrection / Love Spreads / She bangs the drum
Supergrass Caught by the fuzz / Moving / Alright / Time / Going Out / Lenny
Suzanne Vega Tom’s Diner / Luca / Marlene on the wall
Texas Black-eyed boy / I don’t want a lover / Summer Son / Tired of being alone / Say what you want / Halo
Toni Braxton Unbreak my heart / Breathe Again / He wasn’t man enough / I don’t want to / You mean the world to me
Whitesnake Fool for your loving / Here I go again / Is this love / Give me more time / Snakebite EP / Still of the night

 

 

 

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