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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

    LGBT Pride

    LGBT Pride
    1 song

    '90s Pop

    5 songs

    Acoustic Rock

    2 songs

    Shuffle Hits

    6 songs

    Lite Hits

    3 songs

    Workout Songs

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

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