The Nineties can be remembered for many things; McDonald’s supersized their meals, Tamagotchis were impossible to get, pop culture took off thanks to the internet and everyone was doing “The Macarena.” When it comes to music, every genre had a moment in the spotlight. From grunge music sung by Nirvana and gangsta rap from Tupac, to disco tunes made by Haddaway and power ballads from Meat Loaf, the ’90s had it all. Some of these songs stayed on the charts for weeks, breaking records set by songs from previous decades. How well do you remember some of the greatest hits from that decade? Take this quiz and we’ll find out together!
Nothing Compares 2 You was written and composed by Prince in 1985, then was covered by Sinead O’ Conner in 1990 for her second studio album, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. It was named the #1 World Single of 1990 at the Billboard Music Awards.
…Baby One More Time is the 1998 debut single of Britney Spears from her debut studio album with the same name. The sone went triple platinum and is one of the best-selling singles of all time.
I Will Always Love You was originally written and recorded by Dolly Parton in 1973 but was rerecorded by Whitney Houston for the film, The Bodyguard in 1992. The song stayed at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record-breaking 14 weeks.
Smells Like Teen Spirit is a song by the band Nirvana from the second album Nevermind. The 1991 song had unexpected success and was the band’s biggest hit to date.
My Name Is is a song by rapper Eminem from his second album which was released in 1999. The song won the rapper his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance.
It Must Have Been Love is a song by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. The power ballad was just one of the group’s number one hits and one of their best-selling recordings of all time.
I Want It That Way is a song by the boy band Backstreet Boys as their lead single for their 1999 album, Millennium. The song was nominated for three Grammy Awards and went number one in over 25 countries.
Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang is a song by rapper Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Doggy Dog for Dre’s debut solo album, The Chronic. The song reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles.
“Kiss from a Rose” is a song from Seal’s second eponymous album. The 1994 song was featured in several movies and television shows including The NeverEnding Story III, Batman Forever, Community and Shameless.
Vision of Love is Mariah Carey’s debut single for her self-titled debut album in 1990. The song spent for weeks at the number one spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for three Grammy Awards.
U Can’t Touch This is a song by MC Hammer from his 1990 album Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em. Often considered his signature song, it went number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hip.
“Say My Name” is a song by the girl group, Destiny’s Child. It won two Grammy Awards in 2001 and it was also nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
My Heart Will Go On is a song by Canadian singer Celine Dion and is best remembered for being the main theme song for James Cameron’s Titanic. The song sold over 18 million copies worldwide.
Jump Around is a song by the hip hop group House of Pain which became of the biggest hits of 1992, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and NME’s 100 Best Songs Of The 1990s.
Genie in a Bottle is a song by Christina Aguilera from her self-titled debut album released in 1999. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks.
End of the Road is a song by the R&B group, Boyz II Men released in 1992. The song spent 13 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a record that was later broken by Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You.
You're still the one is a song by Canadian singer Shania Twain which was released from her third studio album Come On Over. this song peaked at #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 where it remained for 9 weeks.
Good Vibrations is a song by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Released in July 1991, the song spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards.
California Love is a hip-hop song by 2Pac featuring Dr.Dre and Roger Troutman. The 1995 song marked the rapper’s comeback after being released from prison in that same year. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
I’m Too Sexy was the debut 1991 single of British pop group Right Said Fred. Despite peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart, it went to number one in six countries including the United States.
Achy Breaky Heart is a 1990 song by Don Von Tress that was recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus a year later for his debut album Some Gave All. The song topped several charts and was Cyrus’ biggest hit until “Old Town Road” with Lil Nas X.
Candle in the Wind was a threnody with music by Sir Elton John in honor of Marilyn Monroe. Elton made it into a song as a tribute to his dear friend, Diana, Princess of Wales after her death in 1997.
Mo Money Mo Problems is a single by The Notorious B.I.G. from his album Life After Death. The album was released posthumously and went straight to the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
Are You That Somebody? is an R&B song by Aaliyah. The song earned Aaliyah her first Grammy Award nomination, and the song was also nominated for an MTV Video Music Award, NAACP Image Award, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award and the Soul Train Lady of Soul Award.
I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) is a song by Meat Loaf with Lorraine Crosby that was released in 1993. The power ballad which was featured in several movie soundtracks reached the top of the charts in 28 countries and it won him a Grammy Award.
Friends in Low Places is a song by country music artist Garth Brooks for his 1990 album, No Fences. The song won the Academy of Country Music’s Single of the Year and spend 4 weeks at the number one sport of the Hot Country Songs.
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing is a power ballad by the rock band Aerosmith which was made for the 1998 disaster film Armageddon. A fun fact is that the band’s lead singer Steven Tyler’s daughter Liv Tyler starred in the film.
Mambo No. 5 is a mambo and jazz song released by Dámaso Pérez Prado in 1949. The song was then sampled and released by German artist Lou Bega in 1999 which became an instant hit. The rerecording led to legal controversy.
You Oughta Know is a song by Alanis Morrissette from her third studio album, Jagged Little Pill. The song was nominated for three Grammy Awards and has been covered by several people, from Beyonce to Britney Spears.
Have I Told You Lately is a 1989 song written and recorded by Van Morrison. The romantic ballad was covered by many artists including Rod Stuart in 1993. Stewart’s version went to number 5 on Billboard charts.
Can’t Help Falling in Love is a 1961 song recorded by Elvis Presley. The song was recorded by the British reggae group UB40 in 1993 and it went straight to the top of the charts.
Barbie Girl is a song by the Danish-Norwegian pop group Aqua. Released in 1998, the song was one of the biggest hits of the year. It also led to a lawsuit between the record label and Mattel.
Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World is a medley of the two songs and was performed by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. The song is one of the most used on movie and television soundtracks.
Viva Forever is a song by the popular girl group, Spice Girls from their studio album Spiceworld. The pop ballad which featured Spanish-style elements went to the top of several European music charts.
Losing My Religion is a song by the alternative rock band R.E.M. which was released as the first song on their 1991 album Out of Time. The song was the band’s highest-charting song reaching No. 4 on the Billboards.
The Boy is Mine is a 1998 duel by singers Brandy and Monica. The song which revolved around two women fighting over a man was the first number-one single for both artists and it also won them a Grammy Award.
Livin’ la Vida Loca is a 199 song by Ricky Martin which translates to Livin’ the crazy life. The song received several Grammy nominations and is one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Baby Got Back is a 1992 hip hop song by rapper Sir Mix-a-lot for his album titled, Mack Daddy. The song caused a bit of controversy when it was released and was briefly banned by many companies, including MTV.
If You Had My Love is the debut single of singer and actress Jennifer Lopez which was released in 1999. The song peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold over 1.2 million units.
Bitter Sweet Symphony is a 1997 song by the English rock band, the Verve. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for best rock song and it was also named Rolling Stone and NME Single of the Year.