The Ultimate '90s Bands Quiz


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Were you a child of Pearl Jam and Public Enemy ... or have you just heard about them from your parents? Either way, let's test your knowledge of the whole grungy, alternative, new jack swing, gangster rap, ska history.

What '90s band was NOT from Seattle?

Stone Temple Pilots was formed in San Diego.


What '90s artist died just two weeks before the release of a double album that went on to go 10x Platinum?

Biggie was shot and killed on March 9, and "Life After Death" was released on March 25.


What '90s band broke through with a music video that borrowed footage from the television show "Happy Days?"

The Spike Jonze-directed video for "Buddy Holly" was a huge hit on MTV and in heavy rotation.


What long-touring band was formed in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1991?

The Dave Matthews Band still tours.


Kim Gordon played bass in what '90s band?

Gordon formed the band with Thurston Moore in 1981 and became a pioneer for women in alternative music.


How old was LeAnn Rimes when her first hit, "Blue," was released?

Little LeAnn was barely a teenager when "Blue" made her a star in 1994.


Who won a Grammy for Best Rap Album in 1996 for their album "The Score?"

Their single "Killing Me Softly" also won for Best R&B Performance By a Group With Vocal the same year.


What was Nirvana's last studio album?

"In Utero" was released a few months before Cobain's death.


"Cooleyhighharmony" was the debut album from what '90s musical group?

"Motown Philly" and "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday" were singles from the 1991 album.


What was the Smashing Pumpkin's first album?

"Gish" came out in 1991 and eventually was certified Platinum but didn't sell well initially.


What '90s act's 1992 album featured a famous photograph of a Buddhist monk in the act of self-immolation?

The eponymous album featured the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo from 1963.


Brian Warner is the name of the singer of what famous '90s act?

Brian Warner really doesn't bring the same dark glamour.


What was the band Live's first big hit?

The 1994 single kicked off a string of hits for the '90s band.


What '90s band had a huge hit on the soundtrack to the 1998 film "City of Angels?"

The single "Iris" was a smash and later on their follow-up album "Dizzy Up the Girl."


Portland band Everclear had a smash with what 1995 song?

If you listened to alternative radio in the mid-1990s, you were sure to hear "Santa Monica." Over and over.


What was Mary J. Blige's debut album?

The 1992 album catapulted Blige into R&B stardom.


What '90s metal band found an eager audience after being featured on MTV's "Beavis and Butthead?"

White Zombie had middling success as a band before their videos started to be shown — and enthusiastically celebrated — by the MTV cartoon goons.


Who is NOT a member of the Wu-Tang Clan?

Redman has collaborated with Method Man, but is not a member of the Clan.


What famously tempestuous '90s band had its first dust-up in 1994, when one member hit another over the head with a tambourine?

Liam Gallagher battered his older brother Noel with the percussion instrument on their first U.S. tour.


90s band Chumbawumba had a big hit with 1997's "Tubthumping." What does tubthumping mean?

Probably the most boring choice, but true.


Bradley Nowell was the lead singer of what '90s band, that only reached huge success after his death?

Nowell died of a heroin overdose in May 1996, and the smash hit eponymous album was released in July.


We all know that Garth Brooks had massive hits as a country artist. But for a brief time in 1999, he took on the alter ego of a rock 'n' roll musician named what?

I like my names better.


What was the one Pavement single that made it onto the U.S. Modern Rock charts?

Yet they're still cited as one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the 1990s.


Linda Perry has had a huge career writing hits for pop stars. But she got her start in what '90s band?

Now try to get "What's Going On" out of your head.


Let's not forget our boy bands: Which '90s group was the first to form?

Thank the Backstreet Boys (or their marketing team) for launching a thousand imitators.


What '90s lead singer was named senior vice president of Interscope Records in 1999?

That seems weird, right?


Aaliyah's second album, "One In A Million," included production from what other famous '90s musicians?

Both Timbaland and Elliott hadn't yet hit it big on their own.


Blues Traveler frontman John Popper plays what instrument?

It isn't the '90s without a harmonica solo from Popper.


How do you spell the name of the band fronted by Jay Kay?

This is definitely the hardest question on the quiz.


What band's 1998 critically acclaimed album was inspired by Anne Frank?

"In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" wasn't a big hit at the time but now has been reported to still sell around 25,000 copies a year.


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