90’s Trivia Questions

Old enough to remember that most glorious of decades known as the 90s? A golden age for sports, movies, music and pop culture that those with taste will surely remember. Take a stroll down memory lane and put that gray matter to the test to see how your knowledge stacks up with this list of 90’s trivia questions!

Essential 90s Questions:

Engagement in this precursor to social media was a must for those 90’s as who can forget the way their heart would jump when their crush’s tag would suddenly light up as “online”?

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Aol Instant Messenger

This musical renaissance started in Seattle and featured megabands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

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Grunge

This video store chain was a wall street giant right up until it was swallowed whole by the emergence of Netflix and streaming.

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Blockbuster

Considered among the greatest video games of all time, this first person shooter famously opened with you dropping out of a vent into a toilet stall in a Russian factory.

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Goldeneye.

This unique 90’s kids toy involved using a real “molding oven” and plastic dies to create all sorts of custom colored bugs to gross out our families.

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Creepy Crawlers

This safety device doubled as many people’s favorite gym class accessory that required working as a team and listening closely to their gym teacher.

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Parachute.

In classrooms in the days before flat screen TVs, teachers would utilize clear transparent paper and these devices to show their classes work on a white board.

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Overhead Projectors.

Waking up to a snow covered landscape, how would people find out if school had been canceled for the day?

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Bottom of local news station.

This phenomenally popular television show centered on high school students including Zack, Kelly, Slater, Lisa, and Screech.

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Saved by the Bell.

Before phones had full keyboards for typing, they used this clever typing system where you would type out the word and the phone would use the process of elimination to “guess” what you meant.

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T9 Word.

90’s Film Questions:

This winner of 7 academy awards focused on Liam Neeson as he tried to trick Nazis during WW2 to save the lives of hundreds of Jewish innocents.

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Schindler’s List.

This film is only one of 3 to ever win the “Big 5” of Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor, AND Actress. It revolved around the hunt for a serial killer, using the aid of an even more nefarious imprisoned killer.

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Silence of the Lambs.

This famous love story finished with everyone wondering the same thing: “Why can’t she make more room on that floating door!”

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Titanic.

A beautiful and often quoted film,  its most famous phrase starts “life is like a box of chocolates…”

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Forrest Gump.

This “90’s Avatar” features Kevin Costner defecting from the US army to join a Native Tribe on the Great Plains in the late 1800’s.

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Dances with Wolves.

Mel Gibson plays famed historical warrior William Wallace in this 90s action epic.

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Braveheart.

This best picture winner in 1999 tells the story of the most famous playwright to ever love.

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Shakespeare in Love.

This touching film told the story of an unlikely friendship between an elderly Jewish woman and her African American chauffeur, played by Morgan Freeman.

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Driving Miss Daisy.

This film was the 2nd highest grossing film of the 90s and was based on a novel about the return of dinosaurs.

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Jurassic Park.

The most successful animated film of the 90’s was actually a retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

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The Lion King.

This wildly successful patriotic film featured Will Smith and Bill Pullman teaming up to defend the planet from an alien invasion.

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Independence Day.

One of the greatest twists of all time in film, this film’s most memorable quote is “I see dead people”

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The 6th Sense.

Planet about to be destroyed by a rogue asteroid? According to this film we just need a blue collar oil driller and an epic power ballad by Aerosmith.

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Armageddon.

One of few sequels considered to be on par or better than the original, this film had Arnold switch from villain robot to protector robot.

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Terminator 2.

Featuring the most sensual clay shaping scene in history, this film featured Patrick Swayze and a haunted Demi Moore.

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Ghost.

One of few action packed films where the villain is played by random storms, this film followed storm chasers Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton.

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Twister.

Among the greatest war movies ever made, this epic followed Tom Hanks as an American Sergeant in WWII frantically trying to save who else but Matt Damon.

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Saving Private Ryan

An instant Christmas classic, this film focused on an 8 year old defending his home from the “sticky bandits”.

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Home Alone.

A brilliant play on Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”, this film bended minds with Keanu Reeves in 1999.

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The Matrix.

One of the last great performances from Sean Connery, this film follows him as he teams up with Nicholas Cage to defeat rogue general Ed Harris on Alcatraz island.

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The Rock.

90’s Sports Questions:

The most successful pro sports franchise of the 90s, this team won 6 championships during the decade.

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Chicago Bulls.

“The Great One ” is the nickname of this legend who spent the 90s with the LA Kings and New York Rangers.

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Wayne Gretzky.

“Iron Mike” was the nickname of this fearsome 90s athlete.

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Mike Tyson.

This Franchise continued its dominance from the 80’s with 2 super bowl wins in the 90’s with not one but two different hall of fame quarterbacks.

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San Francisco 49ers.

This Canadian team won multiple MLB titles in the 90s.

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Toronto Blue Jays.

Jordan’s Bulls dominated the 90s, but what other team won multiple titles during his baseball hiatus?

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Houston Rockets

This dominant hockey team won back to back titles in the early 90s with star players Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr.

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Pittsburgh Penguins.

This football franchise renewed itself as “America’s Team” during a string of super bowl wins in the 90s.

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Dallas Cowboys.

This polarizing baseball “empire” finished the 90’s with 3 titles in 4 years, giving it the most titles of any sports franchise in history..

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New York Yankees

What quarterback changed the narrative of his entire career by leading his team to back to back super bowl victories over the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons to finish his storied career?

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John Elway

This great power forward started his career with the 76ers before winning an MVP for the Phoenix Suns (though losing in the finals to Jordan) and finally ending his career with the Houston Rockets.

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Charles Barkely.

This baseball phenom is one of very few athletes to have gotten to play with father and went on to be dominant in the 90’s for the Seattle Mariners.

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Ken Griffey Jr.

This former Georgetown standout and Hall of Fame New York Knick center is considered one of the best players to have never won a title.

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Patrick Ewing.

The “Big Unit” was a flamethrowing monster of a pitcher who also happens to have famously killed a very unlikely bird with one of his pitches.

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Randy Johnson.

“Big Mac” was the nickname of this controversial slugger who broke the single season home run record.

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Mark Maguire.

This hall of fame basketball duo included the NBA all time assists leader as point guard and one of the most prolific scorers in history in the “Mailman” at power forward.

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John Stockton and Karl Malone.

This soccer legend led the women’s national team to 2 world cups and the 1996 olympics, setting the record for international goals scored by a man or woman along the way.

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Mia Hamm.

These incredible twins wouldn’t start winning most of their majors until the 2000’s but they erupted onto both the sporting and pop culture landscape as teens in the 90s.

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Serena and Venus Williams.

These two figure skaters were embroiled in one of the nastiest scandals of sports history as one had the other clubbed in the knee in an attempt to sway their competition.

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Nancy Karrigan and Tonya Harding.

This diminutive running back dropped jaws and broke ankles throughout the 90’s for the Detroit Lions on the way to the Hall of Fame.

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Barry Sanders.

90s Television Questions:

This star played teen genius, Doogie Howser, in the early 90s medical comedy.

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Neil Patrick Harris.

This innovative show focused on a streetwise kid who got the opportunity to move in with his wealthy California relatives.

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Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

What was the family name of the San Francisco family featured on the iconic series Full House?

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The Tanners.

New York city was the backdrop for this wildly popular 90s comedy which launched the careers of stars like Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox and Matthew Perry?

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Friends.

What was the famous first name of the female lead in Boy Meets World, played by Danielle Fishel.

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Topanga.

This hysterical “show about nothing” was one of the most beloved in television history.

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Seinfeld.

Jaleel White played this hilarious nerd icon on the 90s sitcom Family Matters.

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Steve Erkel.

Maybe the original “teen drama”, this show revolutionized television by tackling prickly topics like addiction, eating disorders, teen pregnancy and more as it spawned a generation of copycats.

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Beverly Hills, 90210.

Tim Allen starred in this blue collar sitcom about a handy tv show host.

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Home Improvement.

This actress became a 90s icon with the wild success of her show: Ally McBeal.

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Calista Flockheart.

This Cheers spin off won 37 Emmys of its own and ran for 11 years.

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Frasier.

This 90s brunette heart throb starred in films like I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Can’t Hardly Wait.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt.

This mind bending sci-fi classic show maintained “The Truth is Out There”.

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The X Files.

This teen star featured in both the Nickelodeon classic Clarissa Explains it All and then with Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

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Melissa Joan Hart.

One of the most legendary single season shows in history, this teen comedy helped launch the careers of comedic rock stars like Seth Rogan, James Franco, and Jason Segel.

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Freaks and Geeks.

This stunning blonde featured in Melrose Place as Amanda Woodward from 1993-1999.

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Heather Locklear.

This 90s show followed siblings forced to take over their family restaurant business after their parents are tragically killed in a car crash.

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Party of Five

This R&B star hit it big with her song The Boy is Mine in addition to her starring role on the tv show Moesha.

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Brandy.

This MTV animated show centered on a brainy and bitingly sarcastic teen who wore her trademark glasses, black skirt, and green jacket.

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Daria.

This actor played one of the most famous roles of the 90s as Zak Morris on Saved by the Bell.

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar. 

90s Music Questions:

This legendary debut album featured Kirk Cobain and Dave Grohl in Nirvana.

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Nevermind

These two rappers collaborated on the 90s classic “Nothing but a “G” Thing”.

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Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

This is the real name of legendary New York rapper the Notorious BIG.

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Christopher Wallace.

This incredible band produced one of the greatest dance songs in history with “Da Funk”.

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Daft Punk.

“Waterfalls” is the most well known song by this iconic R&B group.

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TLC.

This 90s hardcore band blended rock, rap, and social justice with their hits which include “Killing in the Name”.

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Rage Against the Machine.

This song launched the career of Britney Spears.

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Baby One More Time.

This British band topped the charts with several hits including “Wonderwall” and “Live Forever”.

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Oasis.

This insanely talented “Fugee” won 8 grammy awards in 1999.

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Lauren Hill.

Alanis Morrisette had one of the best selling albums of the 90s with this classic which featured: Ironic, You Oughta Know, and Hand in My Pocket.

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Jagged Little Pill.

These 90s punks were the voice of suburbia with hits like Longview, When I Come Around, and Basket Case.

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Green Day.

Come on Over became the best selling country album of all time in 1997 after being released by this artist.

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Shania Twain.

The only rock album in the top ten for sales in the 90s was done by this group who created “Enter Sandman”.

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Metallica. 

“Bye Bye Bye” and “Tearin Up My Heart” are some of the most famous songs from this 90s boy band.

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NSYNC.

This “other” band from Seattle produced one of the greatest rock albums in history in the 90s simply called “10”.

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Pearl Jam.

These British ladies took the US by storm with their hit “Wannabe”.

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Spice Girls.

This group still battles for the title of “Most Iconic Boy Band of the 90s” with their hits “I Want It That Way”, “As Long As You Love Me”, and “Quit Playing Games”.

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Backstreet Boys.

Few one hit wonders shined as bright as this Australian with her hit song “Torn”.

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Natalie Imbruglia.

This latin heart throb was a 90s sensation with his hit that translates to “Living the Crazy Life”.

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Ricky Martin.

Any true 90s aficionado should immediately know the band of brothers behind the hit “MMMBop”.

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Hansen.

90s History and Culture Questions

This 90’s president presided over a booming economy but ran into some issues when he had some relations with an intern.

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Bill Clinton.

The Soviet Union finally collapsed under whose leadership?

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Mikhail Gorbachev. 

The release of this peaceful political prisoner after 27 years captive on Robyn Island was celebrated around the world.

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Nelson Mandela.

Black men peacefully gathered in Washington DC to protest harsh economic conditions and racial disparities in this 1995 event.

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Million Man March.

The horrifying mass shooting at this high school in Colorado would sadly be the first many mass casualty incidents in US Schools.

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Columbine.

In what year did the LA Riots rock the nation and cause catastrophic damage?

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1992.

The Oklahoma City Bombing was done by what white nationalist terrorist?

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Timothy McVeigh.

The formation of this new currency in the “Old World” had massive implications for markets around the world.

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The Euro.

The first major internet browser, originally called “Mosaic” would best be known by what now extinct name?

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Netscape Navigator.

Paranoia gave rise to fear of this overblown would-be disaster at the end of the decade that said the world’s computers would all go haywire at the stroke of midnight to end 1999.

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Y2K Bug.

Collecting these furry animal friends became a lucrative obsession during the 90s.

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Beanie Babies.

The release of this gaming console brought life to games like Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, and Zelda: The Ocarina of Time.

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Nintendo 64.

The trial of this star athlete captivated the nation as he was found innocent of killing his wife and her friend.

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OJ Simpson.

The sudden death of this beloved monarch shocked the world and inspired an Elton John song.

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Princess Diana.

This women’s soccer player went on the front page of every magazine and newspaper when she took off her shirt following her World Cup winning penalty shot.

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Brandi Chastain.

This 1995 spanish pop hit inspired what is probably the most iconic 90s dance craze.

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The Macarena.

This now forgotten music pirating service set record company exec’s hair on fire in the 90s.

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Napster.

These “digital pets” were a huge toy craze in the 90s, where you had to be sure to feed them or else they could starve!

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Tamagotchis.

Operation “Desert Storm” involved the US’ invasion of what country?

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Iraq.

In 1996, the first cloned mammal was born, what was the name and species of this famous creature?

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Dolly the Sheep.
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