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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

    Shuffle Hits

    6 songs

    Acoustic Rock

    2 songs

    Lite Hits

    3 songs

    Workout Songs

    2 songs

    Coffeehouse Corner

    1 song

Albums by
No Doubt

Top Songs by
No Doubt

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