For many viewers, a pop music round on University Challenge is a rare gem, the questions immeasurably easier than a lot of those in other topics asked by host Jeremy Paxman on the long-running BBC Two show.
But on Monday night's episode of TV's toughest quiz, the students taking part in the round found it more difficult than a toddler trying to answer a question about rocket science.
-- Tom Jarrett (@tomjrt) August 8, 2016
Twitter erupted with a mixture of befuddlement, glee, outrage and amusement as the contestants from Oriel College at Oxford failed to recognise three well-known classic pop hits.
Faced with intros from The Cure's Close To Me, Rudie Can't Fail by The Clash and George Michael's Faith, the four students - Monaghan, Siantonas, Helms and Thornes - just could not get one single one right.
The closest they came was that Faith was a Wham! song, and host Jeremy couldn't help but laugh at their poor attempts.
Clearly the four young men may not have even been born when the hits were released, between the years 1979 and 1987, but they're still popular enough that they might have been heard throughout their lives.
Nearly the funniest thing ever watching #UniversityChallenge contestants trying to answer pop music questions ?
-- Samantha (@Miss_Rosso) August 8, 2016
-- Jamie O'Halleron (@ohallerjam) August 8, 2016
YOU PHILISTINES!! How have four students not heard music by The Cure or The Clash during music round!? #UniversityChallenge Get in the sea
-- Edward Qualtrough (@QedwardRobert) August 8, 2016
Shameful lack of pop music knowledge. What are these students doing with their time? Studying, probably. Shameful. #UniversityChallenge
-- Duncan (@duncana_) August 8, 2016
Music round. I weep for the future #universitychallenge
-- MrPaulRobinson (@MrPaulRobinson) August 8, 2016
Students on #UniversityChallenge baffled by staggeringly easy popular music questions. Always makes me smile...
-- seanhannam (@seanhannam) August 8, 2016
Fans of the show couldn't help themselves on Twitter, sharing a mix of pride at getting one over on the students, and also anger that they were absolutely clueless.
Maybe it's time to invest in a radio, guys.
-- Penelope Pendragon (@PenPendragon) August 8, 2016
Is it wrong how much I enjoy watching the University Challenge contestants squirm when Jeremy says "a piece of popular music"? #0for3
-- Djennifer J Macchia (@JennyJMacchia) August 8, 2016
Loving Twitter taking down the Oriel's complete lack of music knowledge. #UniversityChallenge
-- Noeleen (@noeleenog) August 8, 2016
News of the miner's strike & popular music has yet to reach the high-minded chaps at Oriel college... #UniversityChallenge
-- Dan Richards (@Dan_Zep) August 8, 2016
what's the actual point of going to oxford if you can't identify faith by george micheal on the music round of university challenge
-- lady macbeth (@lucymooring) August 8, 2016