Gwen Stefani feat. Eve – “Rich Girl” – (2004)

Gwen Stefani’s debut solo album, while not No Doubt, really wasn’t too bad. “Interesting” might be one way to classify it, but hits like this propelled it to multi-platinum status with over seven million copies sold. This is actually a Dr. Dre-produced cover of a song from 1993 and features Eve. It was Eve who gave Gwen one of her first solo hits with her song “Let Me Blow Ya Mind.” This peaked at #7 on the Hot 100.

Eve feat. Gwen Stefani – “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” – (2001)

The original purpose of this whole duet thing was to do duets and not songs that use the word “featuring” in the artist line. But there are just so many duets from the 1980s that I am quickly running out of those from the 1990s and, especially, 2000s to feature alongside them. I picked this song because I really liked it when it came out and, as I’m listening to it now, still enjoy it. The song is actually pretty good and it won the inaugural Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. It also reached #2 on the Hot 100.

#58 – Gwen Stefani feat. Akon – “The Sweet Escape” – (2006)

Gwen Stefani has come a long way from her ska roots. This track was from her second solo album and you can argue about what styles this song dives into but you have to agree that it’s just straight-up pop. It hit #2 on the Hot 100 but was (and still is) a mainstay in the Adult Contemporary realm. What shines here are not only Gwen’s vocals, but Akon’s “Woohoo, yeehoo”s that punctuate the song. Akon is featured on the song, but that’s all he does (besides co-write it). Everyone knows that part, even if they don’t know the song.

#49 – No Doubt – “Don’t Speak” – (1995)

Well, this is the last appearance of No Doubt on this list – mostly because I’m out of kick-ass singles from Tragic Kingdom. This is probably No Doubt’s biggest single and it’s a good one. It was the third of the big three singles from the album (although it technically wasn’t released as a single – therefore couldn’t chart on the Billboard’s Hot 100 – although it did stay at number one on the Airplay chart for 16 weeks. The song isn’t as “rockin'” as “Spiderwebs” or “Just a Girl” but it was Gwen’s first big song that was personal, as it was about the break-up of her and the bassist, Tony Kanal.

#108 – No Doubt – “Spiderwebs” – (1995)

This song is a lot of fun. The lyrics, when sung by anyone other than Gwen, seem completely nonsensical. I originally had this much higher on the list but realized there is a different No Doubt song that, no doubt, should have been higher (pun intended!). But this one is definitely more upbeat and it makes you want to start dancing around (even in your car)… I love the part brass instruments played in 90s pop music – I miss it. Tragic Kingdom strikes again.

#171 – No Doubt – “Just a Girl” – (1995)

Tragic Kingdom is one of my favorite albums of all time and it just so happens to come from one of my favorite bands. The great ska beat on this, their first single, is what I’ve come to expect from what is an undeniably kick-ass group.