No Doubt emerged nationally in the mid-90's with a pop style heavily influenced by 80's new wave. After a string of major hit albums and singles, lead vocalist Gwen Stefani released a solo album in 2004 that continued her hitmaking success.
1. No Doubt - Hella Good (2002)If you want to know what 80's pop with a new millenium technological sheen sounds like, listen to "Hella Good." No Doubt's best music rides on irresistible pop hooks, and this is one of the best. A bumping contemporary beat pushes along 80's style keyboards making it nearly impossible to keep from moving your body.
2. No Doubt - Don't Speak (1996)Before this massive ballad hit, few people expected a song to reach the top 10 on both modern rock and adult contemporary music charts. The yearning beauty of the song combined with No Doubt's credibility with modern rock fans made the song a huge hit on radio across genres. By the time "Don't Speak" faded from radio playlists Gwen Stefani's quirky voice was one of the most recognizable in popular music.
3. No Doubt - Hey Baby (2001)With this single, lead vocalist Gwen Stefani solidified her image with young listeners as the coolest 30+ year old in pop music. She is brilliant at simultaneously sounding like she understands the hippest of contemporary pop (the Bounty Killer guest rap doesn't hurt) while having the wisdom of an adult several years out of high school. This may also be the first time chamomile had a major role in the lyrics of a hit song.
4. No Doubt - Just a Girl (1995)Filled with new wave thrash and Gwen Stefani's vocals that fall somewhere between Blondie and Lene Lovich, "Just a Girl" broke No Doubt into the national consciousness. The reggae breaks give an early indication of the group's ability to effortlessly move from one genre of music to another and appeal to the widest range of fans.
5. Gwen Stefani - Rich Girl (2005)Few doubted that Gwen Stefani's first step into the solo spotlight would be a success. "Rich Girl," featuring rapper Eve, and produced by rap master Dr. Dre, ably demonstrates Gwen Stefani can seamlessly blend hip hop and sampling of Broadway hits (in this case Fiddler On the Roof's "If I Were a Rich Man") as additional elements in her musical blender.