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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

    Female Rock

    Female Rock
    2 songs

    '90s Alternative

    '90s Alternative
    5 songs

    '90s Pop

    '90s Pop
    5 songs

    Shuffle Hits

    Shuffle Hits
    6 songs

    Acoustic Rock

    2 songs

    Workout Songs

    2 songs

    Lite Hits

    3 songs

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