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No Doubt

With the return of the punks in the mid-'90s came a resurgence of their slightly more commercial rivals, new wave bands. No Doubt found a niche as a new wave/ska band, on the strength of vocalist Gwen Stefani's persona -- alternately an embrace of little-girl-lost innocence and riot grrrl feminism -- exemplified on the band's break-out single, "Just a Girl." Formed in early 1987 as a ska band inspired by Madness, the lineup of No Doubt initially comprised John Spence, Gwen Stefani, and her brother Eric. While playing the party-band circuit around Anaheim, the trio picked up bassist Tony Kanal, born in India but raised in Great Britain and the U.S. Hardened by the suicide of Spence in December 1987, No Doubt nevertheless continued; Gwen became the lone vocalist and the group added guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young. No Doubt's live act began to attract regional interest, and Interscope Records signed them in 1991. The band's debut a year later, an odd fusion of '80s pop and ska, sank without a trace in the wake of the grunge movement. As a result, Interscope refused to support No Doubt's tour or further recordings. The band responded by recording on their own during 1993-1994; the result was the self-released Beacon Street Collection, much rawer and more punk-inspired than the debut. Eric Stefani left just after its release, later working as an animator for The Simpsons. By late 1994, Interscope allowed recordings to resume, and Tragic Kingdom was released in October 1995. The album served as a document of the breakup of Gwen Stefani and Kanal, whose relationship had lasted seven years. Thanks to constant touring and the appearance of "Just a Girl" and "Spiderwebs" on MTV's Buzz Bin, the album hit the Top Ten in 1996. Stefani, who has made no secret of her pop ambitions, became a centerpiece of attention as an alternative to the crop of tough girls prevalent on the charts. By the end of the year, Tragic Kingdom hit number one on the album charts, almost a year after its first release; the record's third single, the ballad "Don't Speak," was the band's biggest hit to date. No Doubt's much-anticipated follow-up, The Return of Saturn, was released in the spring of 2000, and "Simple Kind of Life" and "Ex-Girlfriend" were both critically successful at the mainstream and college levels. A year later, Stefani also hooked up with rap chanteuse Eve for the single "Let Me Blow Your Mind" (it went on to earn a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002); however, Stefani also joined her band for the release of their fifth album. The ska revival and new wave sounds of Rock Steady were issued hot on the heels of debut single "Hey Baby" in December 2001. Rock Steady generated several major hits -- the heavy synths of "Hella Good" and the seductive reggae of "Underneath It All" being the biggest -- and the group continued touring the record over the next couple of years, all leading to the release of the hits collection The Singles 1992-2003 in 2003. The following year the band took a hiatus of undetermined length as Stefani launched a solo career with 2004's Love.Angel.Music.Baby. This hiatus wound up lasting the better part of a decade, during which Stefani stayed in the spotlight via two hit solo albums (the second, The Sweet Escape, arriving in 2006), while the other bandmembers pursued other projects, the most prominent being Tony Kanal's collaborations with P!nk in 2008. No Doubt eased back into action in 2009 with a reunion tour accompanied by the announcement of an impending new album. That new record took a while to complete, but it was finally finished in 2012, and released as Push and Shove that fall. It was preceded by the single "Settle Down" and debuted at number three on the Billboard charts. In 2016, as Stefani was in the midst of mounting a comeback with her third solo effort, Dumont, Kanal, and Young formed a new band with AFI frontman Davey Havok. ~ John Bush
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Stations Featuring
No Doubt

    Breakup Songs

    Breakup Songs
    2 songs

    Female Rock

    Female Rock
    2 songs

    '90s Alternative

    '90s Alternative
    5 songs

    '90s Pop

    '90s Pop
    5 songs

    Shuffle Hits

    6 songs

    Acoustic Rock

    2 songs

    Lite Hits

    3 songs

    Workout Songs

    2 songs

    LGBT Pride

    1 song

    Coffeehouse Corner

    1 song

Albums by
No Doubt

Top Songs by
No Doubt

  1.   Song
  2.   Just a Girl
  3.   Don't Speak
  4.   It's My Life
  5.   Spiderwebs
  6.   Sunday Morning
  7.   Hella Good
  8.   Excuse Me Mr.
  9.   Simple Kind of Life
  10.   Underneath It All
  11.   Hey Baby
  12.   Ex-Girlfriend
  13.   Bathwater
  14.   Settle Down
  15.   Oi to the World
  16.   Looking Hot
  17.   Love to Love You Baby
  18.   Trapped in a Box
  19.   Brand New Day
  20.   I Throw My Toys Around
  21.   Different People
  22.   The Climb
  23.   Marry Me
  24.   New
  25.   Tragic Kingdom
  26.   Running
  27.   Hey You
  28.   Happy Now?
  29.   In My Head
  30.   Heaven
  31.   Get on the Ball
  32.   Undone
  33.   Gravity
  34.   Easy
  35.   One More Summer
  36.   Push and Shove featuring Busy Signal
  37.   New Friend by Buccaneer
  38.   You're So Foxy
  39.   Everything in Time
  40.   Cellophane Boy
  41.   Full Circle
  42.   Start the Fire
  43.   Making Out
  44.   Waiting Room
  45.   Platinum Blonde Life
  46.   Suspension Without Suspense
  47.   Artificial Sweetener
  48.   Sailin' On
  49.   Snakes
  50.   Sometimes
  51.   Big City Train
  52.   Doormat
  53.   Comforting Lie
  54.   BND
  55.   Dreaming the Same Dream
  56.   Undercover
  57.   A Rock Steady Vibe
  58.   A Real Love Survives
  59.   New & Approved
  60.   Panic
  61.   Leftovers
  62.   Under Construction
  63.   Don't Let Me Down
  64.   Intro
  65.   Rock Steady
  66.   Beauty Contest
  67.   Big Distraction
  68.   Dark Blue
  69.   Home Now
  70.   Too Late
  71.   Magic's in the Makeup
  72.   Six Feet Under
  73.   Doghouse
  74.   Squeal
  75.   That's Just Me
  76.   By the Way
  77.   Greener Pastures
  78.   Stricken
  79.   End It on This
  80.   World Go 'Round
  81.   You Can Do It
  82.   Sixteen
  83.   Open the Gate
  84.   Sad for Me
  85.   Move On
  86.   Let's Get Back
  87.   Ache
  88.   Sparkle
  89.   Stand and Deliver
  90.   Blue in the Face
  91.   Sinking
  92.   A Little Something Refreshing
  93.   Paulina
  94.   Detective
  95.   Staring Problem
  96.   Total Hate '95