The 199os seem to be making a huge comeback in the world of fashion and music. Bruno Mars's most recent hit could have been released to similar success back in 1993, proving that the decade is back. The media seems to glorify the 1990s as a decade that had some of the coolest music, toys and fashion. As such, you are hard pressed to go anywhere without getting a taste of nostalgia. Many shows from the decade a receiving a reboot so that those of us with children can introduce our kids to the shows that we loved so much growing up.
The start of the decade brought with it the end of the 1980s in terms of music, and it didn't take long for this to change. 1991 was a monumental year in the changing of the music scene. Glam rock and hair metal died thanks to bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Some bands from the 80s survived while most fell off the face of the earth. Rap became a fixture on the radio, and pop would receive an overhaul towards the end of the decade.
So, do you fancy yourself a true 90s kid? Well then, this quiz should be a breeze.
1"With the lights out, it's less dangerous. Here we are now, entertain us"
This song was instrumental in changing the landscape of music, effectively killing off another sub-genre in the process. It sounded like nothing that had been on the radio before, and the music video helped it reach an even larger audience back in the early 1990s. Talk about a true classic.
2"Tell me why, Ain't nothin' but a heartache. Tell me why, Ain't nothin' but a mistake"
Say what you will about boy bands, but we can guarantee that you still know every word of this song. The genre may leave people making fun of it, but the fact that people still know all the words nearly 20 years later is a testament to how well written the song is.
3"And I'm here, to remind you, Of the mess you left when you went away"
After trying her hand at being a pop star in her native Canada, Alanis Morissette decided to stay true to who she was and release one of the best records of the decade. The album itself spawned a number of hit singles, but this song was perhaps the best of the bunch.
4"One, two, three and to the four, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre is at the door"
Admittedly, this isn’t the chorus of the song, and for good reason. The chorus itself is a repeat of several words, so we decided to go with this memorable line. Fans of rap music have heard this song a countless number of times, at it remains an all-time classic tune.
5"I don't ever wanna feel like I did that day, But take me to the place I love, take me all the way"
The Red Hot Chili Peppers were a band that had a sound and style all to themselves, making them an unlikely act to make it big. Their blending of punk, funk and rap could be replicated, but never duplicated. This remains perhaps their biggest hit to date, which says a lot considering their success.
6"Exit light, Enter night. Take my hand, We're off to Never Never-land"
Okay, here comes the part where people talk about how Metallica sold out and changed their sound to sell records. Blah blah blah. Metallica is the greatest metal band of the last 30 years, if not, of all time. This song is their most recognizable, but I’m sure you would prefer something from Master of Puppets.
7Finish This Line. "Oh my Good, it's a mirage, I'm tellin' y'all it's a..."
This song is brought to you courtesy of the young men who fought for your right to party. The Beastie Boys always did things their way, cementing their legacy as one of the greatest groups of all time. This entry, we are going to have you finish these lyrics to reveal the song title.
8"My loneliness is killing me (and I), I must confess, I still believe (still believe)"
The Princess of Pop took the world by storm when she was just a teenager, ushering in a new age of pop music. She had everything that you could want from a pop star, though some would argue that her contemporaries could sing better. Either way, this is the song that started it all.
9Fill In The Blank. "Soy un perdedor, I'm a _______ baby so why don't you kill me?"
Beck remains an active artist who produces fantastic music, and this was the track that got it all started. His style saw him blend a number of genres to create his own unique sound. You may not love all of his music, but this song is one of the most popular from the 1990s.
10Finish The Lyric. "I came to get down, I came to get down, So get out your seat and..."
A couple of white guys from Boston would come together to produce this hop hop classic. You have heard this song played at everything from parties to sporting events, and the bagpipes alone will have you bouncing your head like its 1992. Don’t even act like you don’t love this song.
11Fill In The Blank. "_______________________ Won't you come, And wash away the rain
Soundgarden was the last of the Seattle bands to make it big, and it was worth the wait. Underground fans had loved the band since Badmotorfinger, but this release saw them receive mainstream attention. The music video is as bizarre as it is beautiful, and it was all over MTV.
12Fill In The Blank. " ___________________ and me tell each other fairy tales, And we stare at the beautiful women."
After grunge music became all the rage, the 1990s were looking for music that catered to a young adult audience. There were a number of bands who fit the style that the radio was looking for, including the Counting Crows. This song was a huge hit for the band back in the 1990s.
13"To the extreme, I rock a mic like a vandal, Light up a stage and wax a chump like a candle"
Hate all you want, but you wish that you could sell millions of records. Vanilla Ice produced one of the most memorable hip hop songs of all time, and he quickly became a prominent face in the entertainment industry. His career didn’t last long, but this song will continue to live on.
14Fill In The Blank. "I like the way you work it, ______________________, I got to bag it up, bag it up"
There were so many groups that formed and released music during the 1990s, and it was hard keeping up with all the new ones. However, some were able to produce hits that are still relevant and used today. This song was a massive hit, and it had a resurgence in popularity after appearing in Pitch Perfect.
15Finish This Lyric. "Because maybe, you're gonna be the one that saves me, And after all, you're my..."
Getting this song wrong means that you have no business taking this quiz. There are certain songs that transcend the decade in which they were released, and this is one of them. Go to a party and find the guy looking for a guitar. He is going to place this song. We guarantee it.
16Finish This Lyric. "If you wanna be with me, Baby there's a price to pay, I'm a..."
While Britney Spears was busy bringing pop music to new heights, Christina Aguilera was showing the world that beautiful young performers could have incredible voices too. She was the superior singer, and this song was her first of many hits. She continues to be an amazing singer to this day.
17Fill In The Blank. "It's _______________ when I'm with you, But when we are apart, I feel it too"
Boy bands became relevant once again towards the end of the 1990s, and NSYNC was as big as any in history. It had been a number of years since New Kids On The Block waned in popularity, and this is the song that got the ball rolling for the Justin Timberlake fronted group.
18Fill In The Blank. "But I'm a ____________, I'm a weirdo, What the hell am I doing here?"
Radiohead is a rare example of a band that doesn’t need an abundance of radio play to remain a relevant band. Each new release sees the group taking their music in new directions, and these guys can genuinely do it all. This song is easily their biggest hit, and it is one that everyone knows.
19Fill In The Blank. "Strumming my pain with his fingers. Singing my life with his words. _________ with his song"
The Fugees are one of the greatest groups ever assembled, and their music during the 1990s was truly incredible. They were comprised of members who all boasted immense talent, and they produced plenty of hits together. This is one of the best songs of the 1990s, and it's not even close.
20"Said, if you want to call me baby, Just go ahead, now. And if you like to tell me maybe, Just go ahead, now"
The Spin Doctors were able to blend funk and rock to create a sound that was able to resonate with a huge audience. Though some would consider them a one-hit wonder, they made their one hit count. This song was on loop all through the decade, and it has been featured in tons of movies.
21"California, knows how to party. California, knows how to party, In the city of L.A."
Tupac remains one of the greatest rappers who ever recorded music, and this sentiment continues after he died during his prime. He was an incredibly gifted writer who had a captivating voice. Partnering with the legendary Dr. Dre, this song was one of the biggest hits of the entire decade.
22Fill In The Blank. "I just wanna ___________. Put your arms around me, baby. Put your arms around me, baby"
Sugar Ray had songs that were undeniably catchy, and this is precisely why they were able to crank out so many hits in a short amount of time. People dubbed them corny and proclaimed that they were going to fade away quickly. Instead, they released more music that produced more hits. Go figure.
23Finish This Lyric. "Never trust a big butt and smile. That girl is..."
Once Bobby Brown left New Edition to become a solo star, other members of the group decided to form their own identity, and they started the group Bell Biv Devoe. The group was more than just a carbon copy of New Edition, and they turned this song into a massive success.
24Fill In The Blank. "The ____________ is your chance to do the hump"
Only the Bay Area could produce a group like Digital Underground. They combined funky beats with feel-good rhymes, and it was only a matter of time before they made it huge. This song was the one to put them on the map. Fun fact, Tupac was once a backup dancer for this group when he lived in The Bay.
25Finish This Lyric. "Plus nobody I know got killed in South Central L.A.Today..."
The success of NWA alone made Ice Cube a legend, but he saw to it that he forged his own identity. In turn, he became a huge solo star, producing plenty of huge hits during the 1990s. This song is one of the best hip hop songs of the decade, and the music alone could have been a hit.
26Fill In The Blank. "___________, I know just what you're saying. So please stop explaining"
Gwen Stefani is perhaps best known now for her time on reality television, but in the 1990s, she was the head of the breakout band No Doubt. Stefani was a gorgeous performer who had roots in punk rock. They blended many genres together, but this slower tune remains their biggest hit.
27"And I know you're shining down on me from heaven. Like so many friends we've lost along the way"
She may have had her share of blunders in the last few years, but there is no denying Mariah Carey’s place in music history. In her prime, her voice was nearly untouchable, and she became a massive star in the 1990s. This song saw her team up with Boyz II Men for a classic.
28"I want to stand with you on a mountain. I want to bathe with you in the sea."
Savage Garden came from out of nowhere to release several hit songs, including this one. It is easily their biggest hit, and judging by their other releases, you have to wonder why they called it a day. They had a number of hits in a short amount of time, but they still decided to hang it up.
29"I get knocked down, but I get up again. You are never gonna keep me down"
This band rose to prominence from out of nowhere, and they disappeared even faster. Chumbawamba came from their native England in hopes of breaking it big, and this song was on constant play all over the world. Though they failed to have another hit, this song left a huge legacy.
30Fill In The Blank. "I saw ___________ and it opened up my eyes, I saw _________. "
Electronic music started to find its footing in the 1990s, and this group became a worldwide sensation after releasing a number of hit songs. The one in particular is their most popular, and it was one of the biggest hits of the 1990s. It’s going to be stuck in your head, and we aren’t even sorry.
31Fill In The Blank. "Hey now, you're an ___________, get your game on, go play"
Did somebody once tell you that the world was going to roll you? Are you not the sharpest tool in the shed? All these years later, and most of us still know every single word to this song. It was a huge radio hit, and its featuring in Shrek made it an even bigger success.
32"Sometimes I give myself the creeps. Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me"
Green Day may be mocked now, but in the 1990s, they were instrumental in punk rock becoming popular once again. This Bay Area band cut their teeth in the East Bay before becoming a mainstream smash. There are few albums that sold more copies than Dookie did in the 1990s.
33"Hangin' out the passenger side, of his best friend's ride, Trying to holla at me"
Before there was Destiny’s Child, there was TLC. The group broke out in a major way during the 1990s, producing huge hits and being in the media for a variety of reasons. The death of a member left the group reeling, and the music community mourned the loss of a true talent.
34Fill In The Blank. " If you ___________ my lover, you gotta get with my friends "
While boy bands were becoming all the rage, the Spice Girls had no issues in becoming mega stars around the world. Their music was able to reach all parts of the globe, and each member of the group received a huge following in the process. There are rumors that this group is reuniting.
35Finish This Lyric. "Been spending most their lives Livin' in a..."
Songs that provide insight into a person’s life are usually met with plenty of acclaim, and Coolio’s hit during the 1990s did just that. The song offered its listeners a glimpse into life in areas that they would normally drive past. Coolio would also provide the theme song for Keenan & Kel.