Born in the '90s Quiz

HISTORY

Olivia Cantor

6 Min Quiz

Image: The Movie DB

About This Quiz

The '90s were filled with slap bracelets, Game Boys, and Walkmans!

Many '90's kids look back at the decade with fond memories and happiness. It was a time of childhood innocence and fun for most children. What do you remember most from the last decade before the millennium?

Do you remember the best '90s buzz words? What about the most popular movies and television shows of the decade? Who were the hottest artists of the time? Pop culture junkies will have no trouble answering these questions!

Which characters were the most popular? What video game was everyone trying to get their hands on? Do you know what the latest trends and styles of the decade were? The '90s were a cool, exciting, and stylish time for the world. 

You'll probably know some of the must-have toys from the time as well. You could be the coolest on the playground if you had a Tamagotchi or Pokemon cards, not to mention Moon Shoes!

The decade was filled with gadgets, hit songs, and movies that bring back lots of nostalgia for kids of the decade. It was a time of breakout boy bands and even a little politics. So, if you think you're ready, brush up on your '90s knowledge and go back to the past with this quiz!

This Spanish-worded song was a worldwide dance hit during a good part of the ‘90s.

The song debuted in 1993.

Advertisement

Who was the controversial yet "cool" US president during the 1990s?

Bill Clinton was US president from 1993-2001.

Advertisement

What was the popular primetime animated TV series that’s not entirely for kids?

The Simpsons debuted in 1989 but garnered worldwide popularity during the 1990s.

Advertisement

What was the most popular computer operating system that ushered in the digital age of the '90s?

When Windows 95 debuted, it aired a commercial featuring popular celebrities of that time.

Advertisement

Who is the Caucasian rapper who shot to stardom with his song Ice Ice Baby?

Vanilla Ice’s real name is Robert Van Winkle.

Advertisement

Which member of the UK’s royal family died during this decade?

Princess Diana’s car crashed when paparazzi tried to follow them in 1997.

Advertisement

Who is the computer magnate who ruled the '90s?

After making billions with his computer software empire, Bill Gates also created a foundation with his wife to support social causes.

Advertisement

This is one of the most famous sitcoms during the '90s which revolved around a man and his group of wacky friends.

The stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld was the star of this sitcom.

Advertisement

What was launched in the ‘90s that made online connectivity possible around the world?

The World Wide Web, which went live in 1991, launched the world in the internet era where we are now.

Advertisement

Girls used to wear these popular things as cool accessories.

Chocker necklaces were popular among teens and young adult women of the '90s.

Advertisement

This type of mini-stuffed toy was famous in the '90s.

The Beanie Babies were small animal-shaped stuff toys that were collected as a group.

Advertisement

This famous White House intern became infamous for allegedly having an affair with US President Bill Clinton.

The Lewinsky scandal came out in 1998, leading to an impeachment of Clinton and even a suspension of his law practice. He was somehow cleared eventually.

Advertisement

This was the most popular format used to watch movies at home during the '90s.

Before things became digitally compact via CDs and DVDs, movies were recorded on VHS tapes.

Advertisement

An embittered American wife named Lorena Bobbitt made headlines in 1993 for doing this to her husband John.

Instead of being embarrassed, husband John had his private part restitched and he even made adult movies after the incident.

Advertisement

Before the iPod, people listened to music using this portable device made by Sony.

The Sony Discman played one CD at a time, much like how the Sony Walkman played one cassette tape at a time.

Advertisement

This popular ‘90s sitcom featured a group of single adults living in New York City as young professionals.

Friends started airing in 1994 and lasted until 2004.

Advertisement

This popular '90s sci-fi film was actually a sequel to a 1980s film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Terminator 2 dominated the worldwide box office in 1991.

Advertisement

This tragic terrorist event rocked the US in 1995, especially since it was done by Americans Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.

Around 160+ people died in this event, with more than 600+ getting injured.

Advertisement

This famous US actor-athlete became famous in another way during the ‘90s for being in an epic car chase scene with the police.

OJ Simpson was eventually acquitted of the crime.

Advertisement

Rap music was eventually known by this term during the ‘90s, thanks to early innovations by Dr. Dre and other gangster rap sounds which ushered in this whole subculture into mainstream pop culture.

Hiphop is also culturally linked to the US African-American communities which popularized this kind of music and lifestyle.

Advertisement

This type of TV show started to evolve during the ‘90s and garnered popularity especially when MTV made one called Real World.

The Real World debuted in 1992 where strangers were voted to live together, a kind of precursor to Big Brother and other similar reality TV shows today.

Advertisement

These twin girls won the hearts of Hollywood as child actors in the sitcom Fullhouse.

The Olsen twins are now grown up and are fashion designers with their own businesses.

Advertisement

These small plastic dolls with long but standing colored hair were popular toys during the '90s.

Trolls were already popular during the 1960s but had popularity resurgences in various decades, including the ‘90s. It is said that a Troll animated film is being made this decade.

Advertisement

This quirky writer-director’s popularity boosted in the 1990s upon the release of his film called Pulp Fiction.

Quentin Tarantino won the highest honor at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994 for Pulp Fiction.

Advertisement

The popularity of this musical band ushered in a new genre of music in the ‘90s called grunge.

Nirvana redefined the genre of music in the ‘90s until the untimely demise of their lead singer/composer, Kurt Cobain.

Advertisement

This video game console debuted in 1990 which introduced Super Mario to the world.

The Super Nintendo ushered in an era called the “console wars” when it reached US shores.

Advertisement

This Steven Spielberg ‘90s film gave life to a popular book about dinosaurs being revived as entertainment features.

Jurassic Park was released in 1993, and three more film sequels followed through the years.

Advertisement

The acquittal of some American policemen caught on video beating up this man is said to lave led the LA riots that ensued in the ‘90s.

Though the 1991 issue was covered internationally, this kind of issue still persists in America today.

Advertisement

This series of young adult novellas by R.L. Stine became popular with young readers from 1992 to 1997.

Around 62 books were published under the original Goosebumps series, with many spinoff series published after.

Advertisement

This kind of sports-or-toy accessories were popular with outdoorsy people of the '90s.

Rollerblading became a popular hobby in the ‘90s, with people preferring the one-line blade-like design of the wheels unlike in traditional skates.

Advertisement

This Comedy Central-produced animated sitcom of the ‘90s featured children, but it’s certainly for adults only, given the themes they show.

The boys in South Park often use profanity or foul language, and the show's themes center on adult concerns such as racism, adultery, politics, and other social issues of the time.

Advertisement

This King of Pop released his Dangerous album in 1991, following the success of Bad.

Michael Jackson released two studio albums during the '90s.

Advertisement

This 3D animated film rocked the film industry during the ‘90s and paved the way for similar animation styles in the world of cinema.

Toy Story made Pixar, the animation studio that specializes in 3D animation, a household name.

Advertisement

Initially released in 1999, this peer-to-peer file sharing online service revolutionized the way we acquire and share music in the digital era.

Napster paved the way for the development of file sharing devices and businesses we commonly see today, only now it’s within legal means.

Advertisement

This trilogy film by the directing duo known then as the Wachowski Brothers upped the ante of how special visual effects could be executed in Hollywood.

The first Matrix film came out in 1999.

Advertisement

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!

Explore More Quizzes