The Ultimate '90s Bands Quiz
by Staff
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
  • Pearl Jam
  • The Presidents of the United States of America

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

  • Kurt Cobain
  • Notorious B.I.G.
  • Jeff Buckley

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

  • Nirvana
  • Weezer
  • Oasis

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

  • Third Eye Blind
  • Counting Crows
  • Dave Matthews Band

Kim Gordon played bass in what '90s band?

  • Bikini Kill
  • Sonic Youth
  • Hole

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

  • 17
  • 15
  • 13

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

  • Tupac Shakur
  • The Fugees
  • Snoop Dogg

What was Nirvana's last studio album?

  • "In Utero"
  • "Nevermind"
  • "Come As You Are"

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

  • Bel Biv Devoe
  • Blackstreet
  • Boyz II Men

What was the Smashing Pumpkin's first album?

  • "Siamese Dream"
  • "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness"
  • "Gish"

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

  • Tupac Shakur
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • Beastie Boys

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

  • RZA
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Marilyn Manson

What was the band Live's first big hit?

  • "Lightning Crashes"
  • "Selling the Drama"
  • "I Alone"

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

  • Collective Soul
  • Goo Goo Dolls
  • Gin Blossoms

Portland band Everclear had a smash with what 1995 song?

  • "Santa Monica"
  • "Local God"
  • "Father of Mine"

What was Mary J. Blige's debut album?

  • "Real Love"
  • "What's the 411?"
  • "My Life"

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

  • Black Sabbath
  • White Zombie
  • Sixpence None the Richer

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

  • Masta Killa
  • Inspectah Deck
  • Redman

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

  • Guns N' Roses
  • Metallica
  • Oasis

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

  • to forcefully state your opinions and arguments
  • to sing loudly
  • to pee in an enemy's drink

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

  • Sublime
  • Deftones
  • Massive Attack

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?

  • Rex Canine
  • Chris Gaines
  • Johnny Bomber

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

  • "Cut Your Hair"
  • "Summer Babe"
  • No Pavement single ever made it on the charts.

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

  • Sneaker Pimps
  • 4 Non Blondes
  • Veruca Salt

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

  • NSync
  • 98 Degrees
  • Backstreet Boys

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

  • Fred Durst
  • Ben Folds
  • Henry Rollins

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

  • Timbaland
  • Missy Elliott
  • both

Blues Traveler frontman John Popper plays what instrument?

  • theremin
  • harmonica
  • moog

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

  • Jamiroquai
  • Jamiriquai
  • Jammiroquai

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

  • Anthrax
  • Neutral Milk Hotel
  • Bad Religion