How much do you know about the infamous decade of the ‘90s? If you think you can remember all of the quirky and fun facts about the last decade of the 20th century, then put your brain to the test with this list of nostalgic ‘90’s trivia questions.
Maybe you’re looking for a way to teach your kids about all the important, crazy, and historic events of this time, or perhaps you simply want to relive some memories and recount stories with your friends. Either way, this trivia quiz is sure to put your knowledge of the 90s to the test in a way that’s both amusing and educational.
With loads of extra fun facts added in along the way, ’90s buffs of all levels are sure to learn a thing or two. So, why not jump right in and get transported back to the era of ’90s pop culture and history?
Easy ‘90s Trivia Questions
Which twin actresses shared the same role on the show “Full House”?
Answer: The Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley.
Ashley is the older Olsen twin.
Internet pioneer AOL offered multiple services in the ’90s. What does “AOL” stand for?
Answer: American Online.
AOL was the largest online service provider of the ‘90s but was replaced by broadband services in the 2000s.
How many members were there in the “Spice Girls” group?
Answer: Five members.
The Spice Girls have sold more than 100 million albums, which means they are the best-selling girl group ever.
Which video game console was the best-selling in the ‘90s?
Answer: The Sony PlayStation.
While in production, the original Sony PlayStation sold over 102 million units.
Which popular TV show of this decade featured the lives of 6 friends, Ross, Monica, Rachel, Chandler, Phoebe, and Joey?
Friends was an American sitcom that lasted for 10 seasons.
Before cell phones were common, what electronic device did people usually use to contact one another?
Answer: A pager.
Pagers were developed in the 1950s, though they didn’t become popular with the masses until the 1980s.
What incredibly successful search engine website was created in 1998?
Apparently, Google’s first office was in a rented garage.
Which famous figure was seen driving away from the police after being suspected of the murder of his wife in 1994?
Answer: OJ Simpson.
In the slow-speed police chase, OJ Simpson was seen driving his white Ford Bronco.
What is the name of the fuzzy children’s toy that became popular in the 1990s?
Furby’s debuted at the International Toy Fair in 1998.
Which brand of cell phone became the most popular choice by the late ‘90s?
The Nokia 3210 was the best-selling model of phone at this time.
What is the name of the popular ‘90s boy group that featured the now world-famous singer Justin Timberlake?
The name of this group was proposed by Justin Timberlake’s mom
Which song from artist Vanilla Ice was the biggest hit in the ‘90s?
Answer: Ice Ice Baby.
According to Vanilla Ice, this song was written in less than an hour.
Which ‘90s movie included Michael Jordan playing basketball with animated cartoon characters?
Answer: Space Jam.
The production of this film, Warner Bros, had to build Michael Jordan a custom basketball court on set.
“Titanic,” the most popular movie of the ‘90s, featured which male actor as the lead?
Answer: Leonardo DiCaprio.
The real Titanic ship had 86 000 pounds of meat on board, intended to feed the passengers and crew.
Which popular cartoon debuted in 1999? Hint: the protagonist lives in a pineapple.
Answer: Spongebob Squarepants.
Spongebob was originally voiced by Tom Kenny.
What was the name of the children’s toy that was a handheld digital pet?
Tamagotchis were first released in Japan in 1996.
Which artist released the sensational song, “Barbie Girl”?
Aqua was a Danish-Norwegian pop group.
Who is the villain in “The Lion King”?
The color of Scar in the movie, who has a black mane and caramel-colored fur, does not exist in real life.
Which classic Shakespeare play was released as a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio in 1996?
Answer: Romeo + Juliet.
The budget for Romeo + Juliet was $14.5 million.
What type of media did most people use to watch movies in the ‘90s?
Answer: VHS tapes.
A VHS tape allows for 4 to 5 hours of play time.
‘90s Music Trivia Questions
Which musical artist released the song “Closing Time”?
Semisonic was an American rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
What is the name of the band that is credited with creating and pioneering grunge music in the ‘90s?
The frontman of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, once worked as a janitor after dropping our of high school.
Which member of the Spice Girls was said to be the most popular?
Answer: Posh Spice.
Posh Spice was the stage name of Victoria Beckham.
Which musical group sang the song “Macarena”?
Answer: Los del Rio.
Los del Rio was a Spanish Latin musical duo that made pop and dance music.
What was the name of Whitney Houston’s hit song released in 1992?
Answer: I Will Always Love You.
The original artist to record this song was Dolly Parton.
“Wonderwall” was a smash hit song from which ‘90s band?
Oasis was a band formed in Manchester in 1991.
Which female musical artist released the record “…Baby One More Time”?
Answer: Britney Spears.
Britney Spears first began her performing career as a dancer and a gymnast.
Nick Carter was a member of which famous ‘90s boy group?
Answer: The Backstreet Boys.
The Backstreet Boys had 5 members in total.
Which song was the first rap song to be nominated for a Grammy award?
Answer: “U Can’t Touch This”.
“U Can’t Touch This” was a hit song by MC Hammer.
What was the title of the best-selling rock album of the ‘90s?
Answer: Jagged Little Pill.
This record from Alanis Morissette sold over 33 million copies.
Which singer was just 15 years old when she released her single, “Candy”?
Answer: Mandy Moore.
Mandy Moore has climbed up Mount Kilimanjaro.
What was the name of Courtney Love, the wife of Kurt Cobain’s, alternative rock band?
Courtney Love was apparently offered the role of the villain Madison Lee in the movie “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”.
Which American rock band hailed from Los Angeles and sang the song “Renegades of Funk”?
Answer: Rage Against The Machine.
Rage Against The Machine is known for its involvement in politics and social activism.
Who sang the song, “My Heart Will Go On,” which was featured in the Titanic movie?
Answer: Celine Dion.
Celine Dion is a Canadian singer who was the youngest of fourteen siblings.
What was the title of Nirvana’s most popular album?
Nirvana’s label, DGC, was encouraged to sign them by their fellow alternative rock band, Sonic Youth.
‘90s Movie and Television Trivia Questions
Which ‘90s feature movie was the first to be completely computer-animated?
Answer: Toy Story.
The role of Woody, the sheriff, was voiced by Tom Hanks.
In which year of the ‘90s was “Forrest Gump” released in theatres?
The only movie that topped Forrest Gump’s earnings that year was The Lion King.
Which child actor was the first to be paid $1 million for a role?
Answer: Macaulay Culkin.
Though he was famous for Home Alone, Macaulay Culkin was given this amount for his role in My Girl.
Which actor was cast to play the role of Mrs. Doubtfire?
Answer: Robin Williams.
The makeup done on Robin Williams for Mrs. Doubtfire took over 4 hours to apply.
Which actor was the “Fresh Prince” of Bel-Air?
Answer: Will Smith.
Apparently, Will Smith became a millionaire before he turned 18 years old.
Which television show featured the three Halliwell sisters?
The oldest Halliwell sister in the series was named Prue.
The X-Files was a television series that featured a partnership between a special agent and a doctor, what were their names?
Answer: Dr. Dana Scully and Fox Mulder.
The X-Files was a long-running science fiction drama that was created by Chris Carter.
What’s the name of the city where the Simpson family lived?
There are multiple cities named Springfield all over the United States, but the one in the show is based in Springfield, Oregon.
The characters in “Friends” liked to frequent which cafe?
Answer: Central Perk.
A real Central Perk cafe is set to open in 2023.
Which popular TV mystery series was created by David Lynch?
Answer: Twin Peaks.
The story of Twin Peaks was inspired by a real unsolved murder that took place in 1908.
Which 1994 film features a professional hitman and a young accomplice?
Answer: Leon: The Professional.
This movie was the film debut of actress Natalie Portman.
What is the name of the 1995 movie about a shallow and rich teenage girl named Cher?
The director of this film, Amy Heckerling, researched and studied real high schoolers of Beverly Hills to make this movie.
What kind of animal did Ross have as a pet in the TV show “Friends”?
Answer: A monkey.
The monkey was named Marcel in the show.
What was the name of the vehicle used by the friends in “Scooby-Doo”?
Answer: The Mystery Machine.
The name “Scooby-Doo” came from the song “Stranger In the Night” by Frank Sinatra.
What is the name of the 1995 crime drama film that includes two Los Angeles mobsters, a gangster’s wife, a boxer, and two amateur criminals?
Answer: Pulp Fiction.
Pulp Fiction is one of Quentin Tarintino’s most famous films.
90’s Pop Culture and Events Trivia Questions
The brand JNCO was famous for producing what piece of fashionable ‘90s clothing?
Answer: Denim jeans.
JNCO stands for “Judge None Choose One.”
Which infamous American rapper was shot in 1996?
Answer: Tupac Shakur.
The perpetrators of this crime were never convicted.
During the ‘90s, how many basketball titles did Michael Jordan get awarded?
On top of being a celebrated basketball player, Michael Jordan also has a college degree in cultural geography.
Which women’s fashion accessory is known for making a comeback in this decade?
Chokers have historically been worn by women in royalty and ballerinas.
What is the popular candy of the ‘90s advertised for its ability to be a “freshmaker”?
Before Mentos were a chewy and mint-flavored candy, they were a licorice candy.
Author R.L. Stine wrote which children’s story series?
The common theme of the series includes children defeating evil.
Whose ear did Mike Tyson famously bite into the ear of while boxing?
Answer: Evander Holyfield.
Mike Tyson made his debut as a boxer at 18 years old.
What type of accessory was a Baby-G?
Answer: A type of casio watch geared towards women.
Baby-G watches were popular for being stylish while also having shock and water resistance.
What was the name of the sheep that was cloned successfully in 1996?
The start of cloning technology development was in 1952.
In which city was Princess Diana when she died in a car crash?
Princess Diana stood at the height of 178cm.