No Doubt already had independent releases before but they came to prominence in late 1996 when their album “Tragic Kingdom” finally reached its peak at number 1. The album was composed of rock, ska, and alternative. The album composed of songs about Gwen’s relationship with bandmate Tony Kanal. It was reported that the album sold more than 16 million copies worldwide, as one of the biggest sellers of 1997.
Just a Girl
The song has ska and rock tunes on it. It seems it implies about Gwen Stefani being the only female member of the group. It was their first song to chart in Hot 100 where it reached the top 30, while it was more successful in UK reaching the top 3.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10
Released as second single for the album, it was a hit in rock charts. In UK, it had success in the top 20. I love the song with slight reggae touch in it.
Rate: 7.5 out of 10
“Don’t Speak” is the best track from the album, likewise their most memorable song ever. The rock ballad hit talks about Gwen’s relationship and break-up with Tony Kanal, her bandmate. It eventually became worldwide smash reaching number in numerous countries.
Rate: 9.25 out of 10
Excuse Me Mr.
The song was released as the fourth released off “Tragic Kingdom” but didn’t do much in the charts. I love the country influence in this album.
Rate: 7.0 out of 10
This single wasn’t able to chart elsewhere and was the lowest performing single from the album. Its music video was taken from their concert.
Rate: 6.5 out of 10
“Sunday Morning” is different from the song of Maroon 5. This song is pop rock song talking about Gwen’s relationship with Tony. It underperformed in the chart but I must admit, it is one of the highlights from the album.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10
This is the final single from No Doubt’s album, “Tragic Kingdom”. It was not released as a single in many countries so it didn’t receive airplays.
Rate: 6.25 out of 10
Credits: Wikipedia / Billboard / OCC