Fill In the Missing Word in These Famous ’90s Song Titles



By: Beth Hendricks

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Stop us if you’ve heard this before. Charles Dickens popularized the phrase in his book, “A Tale of Two Cities,” but he might as well have been writing it about the music of the '90s. We’re not even kidding.

The '90s music scene brought all the tunes to the yard, from teen-pop confections like *NSYNC and Britney Spears to the grunge-infused hits of bands like Nirvana to the R&B-turned-hip-hop sounds of Lauryn Hill and TLC. And, surely no one can forget the all-out feud between East Coast and West Coast rap that ended with music bidding farewell to both Tupac and Notorious B.I.G.

Yes, the final decade of the 20th century meant big things for our “Yellow Monster” Walkman, our Discman and – eventually – the first iPod, delivered in 2001. We could “Vogue” along with Madonna, break for “Hammer Time” with MC Hammer or hit the “Tootsee Roll” no matter where we were (except church, never “Tootsee Roll” at church).

How much do you remember (or reminisce) about the music of the 1990s? (No shame ... we do it more than we’d admit.) See if you can tap into your mental jukebox and identify these popular song titles from that decade. But, watch out! Each title is missing a word. Plug in the right term to complete the title and try not to get the tune stuck in your head on the way to victory!

In 1992, Whitney Houston re-did this tune for “The Bodyguard.” What is missing from, “I Will Always _______ You?”

Dolly Parton may be credited with writing and recorded this song first in the 1970s, but the 1990s version featuring Whitney Houston may be one of her most iconic singing moments.


Dr. Dre and Snoop let us know it’s “Nuthin’ But a _____ Thing” in 1992. What completes the title?

“It's like this and like that and like this and uh/It’s like that and like this and like that and uh ...” Wait, where were we? “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang” was the first single released on Dre’s solo record, “The Chronic.” It also featured Snoop D-O-Double-G.


Britney Spears just made it into the 1990s with the 1999 release of "...Baby One More ______.” What’s the rest of the title?

“When I'm not with you I lose my mind/Give me a sign/Hit me, baby, one more time” are lyrics from Spears’ No. 1 hit, “...Baby One More Time.” It was our first introduction to the world of Britney Spears.


According to Alanis Morissette, "You Oughta _______.” What completes the title?

Alanis was giving it to someone with these lyrics, “And I'm here, to remind you/Of the mess you left when you went away/It's not fair, to deny me/Of the cross I bear that you gave to me/You, you, you oughta know.”


“________ in a Bottle” introduced us to Christina Aguilera way back in 1999. What word completes the title?

“If you wanna be with me/Baby there's a price to pay/I'm a genie in a bottle/You gotta rub me the right way,” was the chorus from Aguilera’s popular single, which climbed music charts in two dozen countries.


Sir Mix-A-Lot could not lie in this No. 1 single titled, "Baby Got ________.” What’s missing?

Sir Mix-A-Lot explained the lyrics behind his body-loving song by saying it wasn’t really all about the butt (or “back”), but that his tune was meant to speak to women about body confidence at any size.


MC Hammer was clear: "U Can't _______ This.” What’s missing here?

By far his most successful song and the tune usually associated with the musician, “U Can’t Touch This” was MC Hammer’s 1990 album, “Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em.” The video features the popular “Hammer Dance.”


Slim Shady! Eminem’s hit, "My ________ Is" was released in 1999. What word needs added?

From “The Slim Shady LP,” Eminem wanted you to know his name: “Hi! My name is (what?)/My name is (who?)/My name is/Slim Shady.” This song led to Eminem’s first-ever Grammy Award.


"My _________ Will Go On,” by Celine Dion, figured prominently in the blockbuster, “Titanic.” What word is missing?

It would stand to reason that “The Heart of the Ocean,” a fictional necklace in “Titanic,” would need a song like Celine Dion’s hit, “My Heart Will Go On.” The song was the primary tune for the film directed by James Cameron.


"Enter __________” was from Metallica’s fifth album, but may very well be one of their most memorable hits. What word needs added?

“Enter Sandman,” a 1991 hit from Metallica’s self-titled album, earned a platinum certification in the United States, selling more than one million singles. The song continues to be featured in Metallica work even to this day.


Shania Twain soared to popularity with, “You're ________ the One,” earning her first Top 10 hit in the United States. What needs added?

“You’re Still the One” enjoyed popular success in the United States, earning radio play on both country and pop stations. It was Twain’s third single from her third album, but her first Top 10 hit in the U.S.


Originally offered to the Backstreet Boys, rival teen group *NSYNC popularized the hit, “Tearin’ Up My _______.” What’s missing from this title?

Justin Timberlake and company hit the airwaves with this song, the second single from the group’s initial album. The song was first offered to competing group, the Backstreet Boys.


In 1993, Sheryl Crow sang, "All I ______ Do,” reaching No. 2 on U.S. charts. What word is missing?

“All I Wanna Do,” according to Sheryl Crow, “... is have some fun/I got a feeling I'm not the only one.” How right you are, Sheryl! The song, released in 1993, was derived in part from a poem titled, “Fun.”


Counting Crows details an encounter with "Mr. ________” in this song of the same name. What’s missing?

“Mr. Jones,” released in 1993 as a part of Counting Crows’ “August and Everything After” project, is a song about musicians trying to achieve a certain level of fame. Its writer, Adam Duritz, named the song after a friend, even though he has said the song is actually about himself.


There was no doubt about the success of this Blackstreet song, “No _________.” What word needs added?

Blackstreet’s smash hit, “No Diggity,” wasn’t an immediate favorite among group members, although a Grammy Award and 1.6 million copies sold likely helped Blackstreet’s members warm to the tune.


In 1991, Nirvana told us, “Smells Like ________ Spirit.” What word is missing?

Nirvana’s hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” was the group’s first single from its second album, titled “Nevermind.” The song achieved popular acclaim and continued to be lauded even after Kurt Cobain’s death.


In 1992, House of Pain wanted to to “Jump ________” and football crowds have been doing it ever since. What word fills the blank?

In fairness, “Jump Around” encourages listeners to do all types of jumping: “Jump around!/Jump up, jump up and get down.” Despite being almost 30 years old, the song is still popular at sporting events and other functions with large crowds.


Before you knew him as movie star Mark Wahlberg, he was the namesake of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, which cranked out this hit called, “Good _________.” What word fills the blank?

“Good Vibrations” was the first single released from the group’s first album, “Music for the People.” The video for the song featured Mark as a boxer, using the services of a trainer he had met while working on a movie.


Billy Ray Cyrus gave us the gift we didn’t know we needed with “Achy Breaky ________.” What word needs added?

“But don't tell my heart/My achy breaky heart/I just don't think he'd understand” is the refrain from “Achy Breaky Heart,” a runaway hit in 1990 that spawned its own line dancing craze.


When someone named Right Said Fred says, “I’m Too _______,” you listen. What word is missing?

Right Said Fred was “too sexy” for a lot of things, according to the lyrics on this hit, including a shirt, hat, car and party. For its part, Right Said Fred was a British group that achieved international stardom, partially thanks to this hit.


C+C Music Factory told us they were, “Gonna Make You ________ (Everybody Dance Now).” What word is missing from this 1990 hit?

Lots of dancing comes with lots of sweating, per C+C Music Factory. The single, “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” hit the top of several music charts when it came out in 1990.


“Who Will Save Your ______” was a hit from Jewel’s 1995 album, “Pieces of You.” Which word completes the title?

Jewel said she wrote the song, “Who Will Save Your Soul” while touring through Mexico, though she never knew it would become one of her signature tunes. It was her first released single.


“Losing My ________” earned R.E.M. two Grammy awards, including one for its accompanying video and one for “best pop performance.” What were they losing?

“Losing My Religion” was R.E.M.’s first single from the group’s “Out of Time” album, released in 1991. Its hook said, “That's me in the corner/That's me in the spotlight/Losing my religion.”


The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis wrote, “Under the ________,” to explain the impact of drugs on his life. What word completes the title?

Kiedis’ “Under the Bridge” was the second single from Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 1992 album, “Blood Sugar Sex Magik.” Kiedis has explained that the song was written to detail his experience with illegal drugs.


Australian pop duo Savage Garden sang, “Truly _________ Deeply” in 1997, climbing the charts here and abroad. What word needs added?

“Truly Madly Deeply” climbed the charts in 1997 after being released as the third single from Savage Garden’s self-titled album. The ballad claimed, “I'll love you more with every breath, truly madly deeply do.”


Mariah Carey had a vision, a “Vision of ______.” What was it?

Mariah Carey’s debut single, “Vision of Love,” included these lyrics, “I had a vision of love/And it was all that you've given to me.” It was Carey at her finest, the No. 1 single from her self-titled first album.


LL Cool J’s song, “Mama Said _______ You Out,” was an ode to his grandmother and her advice to him. What word is it missing?

The “mama” in LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” was the singer’s grandmother, who told her grandson to knock out his critics. It prompted the first line of this song, “Don’t call it a comeback.”


The Notorious B.I.G. knew: “Mo Money Mo _________.” What was it?

“Mo Money Mo Problems” was one of Biggie’s greatest hits. This song included collaboration from Mase and Puff Daddy and was actually released after the rapper’s death in 1997.


Salt-n-Pepa teamed up with En Vogue in 1993 to give us, "Whatta ________.” What word is the title lacking?

“Whatta Man” was a collaboration between girl groups, Salt-n-Pepa and En Vogue, released in 1993. A different version of the song was actually released in the 1960s, but didn’t achieve the same commercial success as the 1990s version.


I gotta say, “It Was a _______ Day.” This song was a 1992 release by Ice Cube. What word completes the title?

You know it’s a good day when you don’t even have to use your A.K., at least according to song creator Ice Cube. It was released in early 1993 and remains Ice Cube’s highest-charted single ever on the Billboard Hot 100.


Third Eye Blind told us all about its, "Semi-Charmed _______" in 1997. Which word is missing?

Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life” was a song about drug addiction (Sorry, if we ruined it for you). Its lyrics, “I want something else/To get me through this/Semi-charmed kind of life,” seem so innocent, don’t they?


“Black Hole ______” was inspired by a news report, prompting Soundgarden to write and record it. What is the other word?

“Black Hole Sun” was written and recorded by Soundgarden in 1994, becoming the group’s most recognizable song. Band member Chris Cornell said he was inspired to write it after hearing a news report on the radio.


“Barely ___________” was a smash success for singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik in 1996. What word is needed to complete the title?

“'Cause I am barely breathing/And I can't find the air” are lines from Duncan Sheik’s breakout hit, “Barely Breathing,” released in 1996. When it was released, it became one of the longest-running songs on Billboard’s Hot 100.


Paula Cole let us all know, “I Don't Want to _______.” What completes this title?

“I Don’t Want to Wait” served as the theme song for the popular “Dawson’s Creek” television program of the late 1990s. Released in 1997, the song was the second released on Paula Cole’s project titled “This Fire.”


Wu-Tang Clan issued this warning in 1992: “Protect Ya ______.” What needs added?

“Protect Ya Neck” was the debut single from the hip-hop group known as Wu-Tang Clan. It was released in 1993 and was a part of the album, “Enter the Wu-Tang,” and that ain’t nothin’ to mess with.


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