Guess the '90s Hit Song from Its Opening Line

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"I don't care if Monday's blue, Tuesday's grey and Wednesday too…"

A borderline happy song from The Cure? With, "Friday I'm in Love," these gloomy guys were almost jarringly cheerful.

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"Strike a pose…"

"Vogue" was a three-week No. 1 hit but just one of many memorable tunes from Madonna.

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"As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…"

Remember when Coolio was, you know, cool? "Gangsta's Paradise" found this rapper at the top of his game.

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"I wanna hold the hand inside you, I wanna take the breath that's true…"

This plodding, melancholy song, "Fade Into You," was crafted to perfection by Mazzy Star.

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"Sorry I never told you, all I wanted to say…"

Boyz II Men teamed up with Mariah Carey for "One Sweet Day" and took the song to a record-breaking 16 weeks at No. 1.

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"Oh life, it's bigger, it's bigger than you…"

R.E.M. blew out of college radio and into worldwide fame with 1991's "Losing My Religion."

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"Do you have the time to listen to me whine…"

The 90s were just the beginning for Green Day, which made a huge impression on the single "Basket Case."

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"When I look into your eyes, I can see a love restrained…"

Cue the soul-slicing guitar solo from Slash on Guns 'N Roses' "November Rain," one of the band's most famous ballads.

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"I got a new life, you would hardly recognize me, I'm so glad…"

Channeling ABBA, Ace of Base had a series of hits in the 90s, including "The Sign."

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"If I should stay, I'll only be in your way…"

Dolly Parton wrote "I Will Always Love You" in the 70s, and then Whitney Houston's cover version spent an unreal 14 weeks at the No. 1 spot in 1992.

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"Oh, baby, baby, how was I supposed to know…"

"…Baby One More Time" was rocket fuel for the career of one Britney Spears, who became (and still is) constant tabloid fodder.

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"Close your eyes, make a wish, and blow out the candlelight…"

Boyz II Men still performs thanks to the lasting power of No. 1 hits, like "I'll Make Love to You."

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"1, 2, 3 and to the 4, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre is at the door…"

Snoop and Dre kick it together on "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" on Dre's debut solo album. The song went as high as No. 2 on the charts.

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"Let me run with you tonight, I'll take you on a moonlight ride…"

Tom Petty's solo album featured some of his most requested songs, including "You Don't Know How it Feels."

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"This is the first day, of my last days…"

"Wish" won a Grammy award for Best Metal Performance in 1993 and slowly gave rise to Nine Inch Nails stardom.

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"Ready or not, here I come, you can't hide…"

This was a gimme. The Fugees were one of the superbands of the '90s, and before they broke up they recorded "Ready or Not."

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"It's been seven hours and fifteen days, since you took your love away…"

Prince actually wrote "Nothing Compares 2 U," but Sinead O'Connor (and the associated music video) turned this into a megahit.

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"Please could you stop the noise, I'm trying to get some rest…"

Thom Yorke's anxious meanderings came to fruition on "Paranoid Android" by Radiohead.

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"Say your prayers, little one…"

The dark blasts of guitar and ominous lyrics didn’t stop "Enter Sandman" from become a sporting events staple.

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"No matter how hard I try, you keep pushing me aside…"

Do you "Believe" that this song was only No. 1 for four weeks? Because it made Cher a celebrity all over again.

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"Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses…"

Feeling pretty good about American society? Don't worry, "Killing in the Name Of" by Rage Against the Machine will make you doubt humanity again.

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"Hit the road out of nowhere, I had to jump my car…"

Roxette set aside power ballads for the pop jewel called "Joyride."

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"There are times when I look above and beyond…"

Janet Jackson's "Together Again" topped the charts for two weeks in 1998.

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"Today is gonna be the day, that they're gonna throw it back to you…"

That bearded guy you know who has a guitar? He plays "Wonderwall" by Oasis, around every single campfire.

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"Load up on guns, bring your friends…"

There was the '90s before Nirvana and then after Nirvana, and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" gave the decade its own grungy personality.

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"I need to be myself, I can't be no one else…"

The Gallagher brothers made unforgettable hits like "Supersonic," thus making Oasis equally hard to forget.

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"The chills that you spill up my back, keep me filled with satisfaction when we're done…"

Deee-Lite may have only made one hit song, "Groove is in the Heart," but it is a hit song for the ages.

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"Yo, I'll tell you what I want, what I really, really want…"

The Spice Girls were an oddly manufactured girl band that had strangely infectious hits, like "Wannabe."

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"All the lonely nights I spend alone, never around to love me…"

In the 90s, Janet Jackson nearly matched her brother hit for hit, with songs like "Black Cat."

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"Every night in my dreams I see you, I feel you…"

"My Heart Will Go On" was a titanic hit for Celine Dion, in large part due to the megahit movie "Titanic."

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The '90s were so long ago that the decade's signature songs are now considered classics. Can you guess these '90s hits from the first line of lyrics?

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