90's Grunge & Alternative Songs by Lyrics

Nothing quite defines the sound of the 90's like Grunge and Alternative. The rebel yell of that decades youth as they shouted out for identity in an increasingly convoluted world. See how many songs of that era you can identify on a few words.
Quiz by ElCanuck
Last updated: July 13, 2015
First submittedApril 25, 2014
Times taken518
Average score26.7%
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All my friends are skeletons, They beat the rhythm with their bones
Spoonman - Soundgarden
So I want to write my words on the face of today and they'll paint it.
Change - Blind Melon
So buckle me in on the highway of sin, 'Cause that's just the way that I wanna be
All Uncovered - The Watchmen
And now my bitter hands chafe beneath the clouds of what was everything.
Black - Pearl Jam
And I don't even care to shake these zipper blues
1979 - Smashing Pumpkins
Sleep the day let it fade, who was there to take your place?
Comedown - Bush
Now tell me is it wonderful or were you hoping to find something a little more?
Naveed - Our Lady Peace
Take your time, hurry up, the choice is yours, don't be late.
Come As You Are - Nirvana
But when it's my time to throw the next stone, I'll call you beautiful if I call at all
Call Me a Dog - Temple of the Dog
Know me broken by my master, teach thee on child of love hereafter
Would? - Alice in Chains
How on earth did I get so jaded? Life's mysteries seem so faded
Runaway Train - Soul Asylum
Words and music, my only tools, communication
Man of Golden Words - Mother Love Bone
I could either burn, or cut off my pride and buy some time
River of Deceit - Mad Season
You know I'm such a fool for you. You got me wrapped around your finger
Linger - The Cranberries
When this beautiful cult of desire has left you for dead
Sister Awake - The Tea Party
Level 87
Apr 28, 2014
I grew up with this music, and I haven't heard of a lot of these. Many are way too obscure.
Level 57
May 6, 2014
Indeed, there are three Canadian bands in there that can make it very difficult and a few more obscure American entries, but that was the intent. It's not just about making an easy quiz with all your nostalgic favourites, it's about exposing even folks who, like yourself, grew up with the music to some of the lesser known bands of the era that were just as musically and lyrically powerful as their more popular counterparts. I hope if nothing else, you'll at least check out some of those more obscure bands and see what they were all about. :)
Level 44
Aug 1, 2014
I love Our lady peace, but even that song is a deep, deep cut on their first album before they got big. same with the blind melon song, its just that we dont know the words. I feel like if youre gonna do a lyrics quiz, we should at least have a fighting chance to have at least known the lyrics when the song came out.
Level 57
Aug 9, 2014
It's easily one of the biggest hits off that OLP album, which went platinum, it's also the title of that album. If I wanted to go with a deep cut I'd have picked something like Zenith Crossing that wasn't even released a single.

Also, the Blind Melon song was also released a single off their best selling album. That line in particular being one of their most oft repeated lines.

I mean, both songs have music videos and have been included on Greatest Hits compilations for both bands. How much more do you want?

Level 67
Nov 20, 2019
Songs that people have heard. Change is passable, I guess, but Our Lady Peace is a marginal 90's band to start with, and some of the others are too obscure to be fair game. I understand the impulse to include some lesser-known tunes, but the proportions in this quiz are off. Why not include a lesser Nirvana or Pearl Jam track instead of making those bands gimmes and then picking some near-impossible other songs by bands no one knows?