Many love songs are written about real life experiences and “Don’t Speak” by American rock band No Doubt was penned by vocalist Gwen Stefani and her brother Eric about her bandmate and ex-boyfriend Tony Kanal after he ended their seven year relationship. Knowing a bit about the background to a song might help you relate to it more or apply it to your own experiences. At Lovesongs247 we work hard to ensure the time you spend with us is a special experience.
“Don’t Speak” immediately proved popular with radio stations in America and received extensive airplay. It was the most widely played song in the US in 1996. Unsurprisingly “Don’t Speak” hit number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Airplay and maintained that position for sixteen non-consecutive weeks, a record at the time. For all its airplay though the song was not allowed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 as no commercial single was released for it in the US.
The song also proved to be a crossover hit and enjoyed international success. It reached number 1 in the UK, Belgium. Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. The release of their 1995 album Tragic Kingdom and the single “Just a Girl” propelled the group to new heights and impressive commercial success. The following year the second single.
“Spiderwebs” was successful and “Don’t Speak” was released as the third single and topped the airplay charts.
No Doubt were nominated for two Grammy Awards, for Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal both for “Don’t Speak” in 1998.
The song was popularised by the radio which underlines something we’ve known for a long time, that the radio remains as popular as ever as a source for good music. We’re continuing in that great tradition so keep listening to Lovesongs247, your chart topping internet music radio station.