Do You Know the Opening Lyrics For These '90s Songs?

By: Jouviane Alexandre
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"Oh baby, baby, how was I supposed to know..." that this was the right quiz for you! From all the popular hits of the '90s, can you pick out the opening lyrics to these chart-toppers?

Just like the previous decade, the 1990s was an iconic period in music. While Rock & Roll dominated the '80s, the music industry was opening up even more to a variety of different genres. 

Newcomer Mariah Carey debuted in 1990 and helped make R&B mainstream with 14 #1 singles. Rappers, Tupac Shakur, and The Notorious B.I.G., changed and shaped the world of hip-hop. The end of the decade brought the rise of newcomer Britney Spears and the boy bands of Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC.

With all these popular artists of the decade, they released hit after hit. Can you pick out the opening lyrics to their '90s classics? Mariah Carey might've started off "Hero" easily with the lyrics "There's a hero," but can you remember the opening line to her debut single, "Vision of Love?"

*NSYNC was singing "You're all I ever wanted" at the start of their 1997 track "I Want You Back," but how did they start off "Tearin' Up My Heart?" From songs like "No Diggity" to "Wannabe," could you belt out the opening lyrics to these '90s hits or would you flop in a karaoke battle?

Mics at the ready!

"... Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears

"...Baby One More Time" was the very first single from singer Britney Spears. Released on her debut album "...Baby One More Time," the song quickly rose the young star to fame. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts at #1.

"Tearin' Up My Heart" by *NSYNC

"Tearin' Up My Heart" was the second single released from '90s boy band, *NSYNC. Released on their self-titled album, the song peaked at 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

"One Week" by Barenaked Ladies

"One Week" was released in 1998 by Canadian group, Barenaked Ladies. The song was released on the album "Stunt" and topped the Billboard charts at #1.

"Loser" by Beck

"Loser" is the 1993 single released by Beck. The song appeared on the album "Mellow Gold" and peaked in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

"You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette

"You Oughta Know" is the first single from Alanis Morissette's iconic 1995 album "Jagged Little Pill." The single topped the charts in many countries as well as peaking at #6 on the Billboards Hot 100.

"No Diggity" by BLACKstreet

"No Diggity" is the 1996 single that R&B group BLACKstreet collaborated with Dr. Dre and Queen Pen on. Having peaked at #1 on the Billboard charts, the song also won a Grammy Award.

"One" by U2

"One" is the 1992 single by Irish band, U2. Released on their album "Achtung Baby," the song's proceeds were dedicated to AIDS research. It topped the charts in many countries, peaking in the Top 10 of the Billboard charts.

"Poison" by Bell Biv DeVoe

"Poison" is the iconic song from R&B group Bell Biv DeVoe. After the members' separation from New Edition, "Poison" was their first single and peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts.

"I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys

"I Want It That Way" is the lead single from the Backstreet Boys' album, "Millennium," one of the best selling albums of all time. The single helped catapult the Backstreet Boys growing fame and topped the charts in many countries including peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Wannabe" by Spice Girls

"Wannabe" is the 1996 debut single from the girl group, Spice Girls. The best-selling girl group of all time, "Wannabe" helps the 5 singers jump to instant fame. The single topped international charts, as well as the US Billboard Hot 100 where it topped the chart at #1.

"Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor

"Nothing Compares 2 U" is the 1990 single from Sinead O'Connor. The song appeared on her album "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got." Although originally recorded by Prince, the song rose in fame once O'Connor released it and landed her a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

"Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)" by Green Day

"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" is the 1997 single from band, Green Day. The song appeared on their album "Nimrod" and has since sold over 2 million copies.

"Vision of Love" by Mariah Carey

"Vision of Love" was the very first single released by R&B singer Mariah Carey. Released in 1990 on her debut album, the song quickly catapulted her to international fame. The song topped the charts in many countries as well as gaining her the first #1 single of her career.

"Semi-Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind

"Semi-Charmed Life" is the 1997 single from the rock band Third Eye Blind. The single was released on their self-titled album and has since been featured in many films. The song topped the Billboard charts at #4.

"MMMBop" by Hanson

"MMMBop" is the single from the '90s brother band, Hanson. The single was released on their album "Middle of Nowhere." The song topped the charts internationally as well as earning the brothers a #1 hit.

"Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden

"Truly Madly Deeply" is the popular single from Australian group, Savage Garden. The single was released on their self-titled 1997 album. The song performed well internationally as well as earning the bang a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.

"My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion

"My Heart Will Go On" is the iconic single by Celine Dion. Originally recorded for the soundtrack of the film, "Titanic," the song also appeared on Dion's album "Let's Talk About Love." One of the best-selling records for the singer, the song became a #1 hit in over 10 countries, including the United States.

"I Don't Want to Wait" by Paula Cole

"I Don't Want to Wait" is the 1997 single by Paula Cole. The song is featured on her album "This Fire" and is well known for being the theme song to the '90s show, "Dawson's Creek."

"Believe" by Cher

"Believe" is the 1998 single from Cher on the same-titled album. The song topped the charts in numerous countries as well as peaking at #1 in the US.

"Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-A-Lot

"Baby Got Back" is the popular single from Sir Mix-a-Lot. Released in 1992, the song is featured on the album "Mack Daddy." The song peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

"Sabotage" by Beastie Boys

"Sabotage" is the 1994 single from the Beastie Boys. The song was released on their album "III Communication." This single is the most successful from the hip hop group.

"Waterfalls" by TLC

"Waterfalls" is the hit song from R&B girl group, TLC. The single was released on their iconic album "CrazySexyCool." The song went on to top the Billboard Hot 100 charts at #1.

"Losing My Religion" by R.E.M.

"Losing My Religion" is the 1991 single from R.E.M. The single was released on the album "Out of Time." The song peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

"My Name Is" by Eminem

"My Name Is" is the 1999 single from rapper, Eminem. The song is featured on his album "The Slim Shady LP." While the song peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it earned the rapper his first Grammy.

"Jump Around" by House of Pain

"Jump Around" is the hit single from hip hop group, House of Pain. The single was released in 1992 on their self-titled album. The single peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" is the iconic single from Kurt Cobain-led group, Nirvana. The single was released on their 1991 album "Nevermind." The song peaked in the top 10 of the Billboard charts at #6.

"Livin' La Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin

"Livin' la Vida Loca" is the hit single by Ricky Martin. The song is featured on his 1990 self-titled album. In addition to topping the charts in numerous countries, the single topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #1.

"Wonderwall" by Oasis

"Wonderwall" is the 1995 single by rock band Oasis. The song is featured on their album "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?" The single peaked in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #8.

"Say My Name" by Destiny's Child

"Say My Name" is the 1999 single from R&B girl group, Destiny's Child. The single was released on their album "The Writing's on the Wall." The song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

"Vogue" by Madonna

"Vogue" is the 1990 single released by singer, Madonna. The song was featured on her album "I'm Breathless." One of the singer's more iconic singles, the hit topped the Billboard charts at #1.

"All Star" by Smash Mouth

"All Star" is the popular single from the band, Smash Mouth. The song was featured on their 1999 album "Astro Lounge." After peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, the song was notably used in the "Shrek" film.

"Killing Me Softly" by The Fugees

In 1996, the Fugees recorded a cover of "Killing Me Softly With His Song." The song was featured on their album, "The Score." The single also won a Grammy in 1997.

"Genie in a Bottle" by Christina Aguilera

"Genie in a Bottle" is the lead single from Christina Aguilera's self-titled 1999 album. One of the biggest hits of her debut album, the song topped the Billboard charts at #1.

"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston

Originally recorded by Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston released her own version of "I Will Always Love You" for her film, "The Bodyguard." The song won every award that it was nominated for, including Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards.

"Nuthin' but a G Thang" by Dr. Dre

"Nuthin' But a G Thang" is the 1992 Dr. Dre single featuring rapper, Snoop Dogg. The song is featured on Dr. Dre's album, The Chronic. The single peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

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