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No Doubt's "Don't Speak" turns 25


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naval23
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Released as a single from their Diamond album "Tragic Kingdom", it was a WW smash. 

 

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Lead singer Gwen Stefani and her brother Eric Stefani, former No Doubt member, wrote the song originally as a love song. Gwen modified it into a breakup song about her bandmate and ex boyfriend Tony Kanal shortly after he ended their seven-year relationship.

 

"Don't Speak" was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 1998 Grammy Awards. It has over 820M views on Youtube and 375M streams on Spotify, becoming one of the biggest classics of the 1990s. 

 

Despite the song's massive popularity, "Don't Speak" did not chart because it was an airplay-only song - however, it reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay for 16 weeks (from December 1996 - April 1997) and charted on airplay for 63 weeks. On Billboard's Decade End Chart, "Don't Speak" was #42 despite having no physical release available.    

 

Outside the USA, the song was also an international global success, topping the charts in 15+ countries including Australia, Belgium (Flanders), Canada, Denmark, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. It reached top 5 in Austria (#2), Wallonia (#2), Germany (#2), Spain (#2), Finland (#4) and France (#4). It topped the Billboard European Hot 100 for 9 weeks and was the 3rd biggest European hit of 1997. 

 

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biblicalmonster
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Still cannot believe this didn't go #1. An absolute classic :jonny4:

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Slave 4 U

Legendary song from a legendary album :clap3: 

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Kings.

ICONIC :clap3: this has to be one of the most successful singles to never chart on the Hot 100, right?

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madonnas

Weakest single on TK. Happy for its success though :heart:

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Ryuuchan_X

Omg I was just listening to it yesterday :heart2:

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Danny789
32 minutes ago, bae said:

what's an airplay single? excuse my ignorancé

Back then you had to release a physical single to be able to chart on billboard hot 100. Since they didn’t this was considered an airplay single. 

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Sanctuary
43 minutes ago, madonnas said:

Weakest single on TK. Happy for its success though :heart:

Stan Sunday Morning :ihype:

 

The fact that this wasn't even allowed to chart is still wild.

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a ****ing CLASSIC

 

wonder how the love song version would've sounded

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1 hour ago, Danny789 said:

Back then you had to release a physical single to be able to chart on billboard hot 100. Since they didn’t this was considered an airplay single. 

Gotcha. Thx!

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Such a classic song!

 

And damn it's like Gwen didn't age a day.

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GwennyGwenGwen
Just now, Rev8 said:

a ****ing CLASSIC

 

wonder how the love song version would've sounded

 

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Soda Pop Queen

This is the best Rock break up ballad of all time in my book. No Doubt were running on all cylinders then. What a time.

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Ger-55

Don't know a single person who doesn't love this classic. :worship2:

 

Break-ups, wedding, graduations, proms, funerals, etc. :alexz: 

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5 hours ago, biblicalmonster said:

Still cannot believe this didn't go #1. An absolute classic :jonny4:

It's pretty much what made the album go diamond though, so they won :cm:

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Sergi91

This song used to play daily at my previous retail job! It’s a classic I fear  :hippo:

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Hector
1 hour ago, Musicology said:

And we have 4k remastered video :heart:

 

It looks so good :jonny5: Looks like they shot it today! 

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11 hours ago, GwennyGwenGwen said:

 

Thanks :date:

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