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post Mar 22 2016, 10:38 AM
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Gwen Stefani's Official Top 20 biggest selling singles revealed
22 March 2016
By Rob Copsey


As if the fact that Gwen Stefani has been knocking out hits either by herself or with her No Doubt bandmates for the last 20 years wasn't incredible enough, she's never once lost her crown as the most effortlessly cool popstar in the world.

With her long, long (long)-awaited third solo album This Is What The Truth Feels Like out this week, we thought it was about time to look back over her catalogue and reveal her biggest selling singles - whether they be her own or as part of No Doubt.

Her biggest seller won't surprise some of you: it's No Doubt's global smash Don't Speak. The song was the band's first ever hit in the UK, going straight in at Number 1 in February 1997, knocking U2's Discotheque off the top spot.

It remained at the summit for three weeks, holding off challenges from '90s stars like Sash! and Kula Shaker, before the pop juggernaut that was the Spice Girls came along with Who Do You Think You Are/Mama and deposed them.

As revealed by Official Charts in November last year, Don't Speak recently achieved the rare feat of hitting one million sales in the UK. It's current sales (not including streams) stands at 1.007 million.

Taking second place on Gwen's Top 20 best sellers is the title track of her second album, The Sweet Escape (358,000 sales). The Akon collaboration is her highest peaking solo single in the UK, reaching Number 2 on the Official Singles Chart in March 2007.

The story goes that Gwen was initially reluctant to work with Akon and had to be convinced by the CEO of her record label Interscope Jimmy Lovine. However, once the finally pair met, they apparently took just ten minutes to write the track.

Completing the Top 3 is Gwen's collaboration with Eve from 2001, Let Me Blow Ya Mind (306,000 sales). The song was one of her first solo ventures away from No Doubt (she collaborated with Moby on South Side the previous year), and proved their was a big appetite for solo Gwen. Eve later returned the favour on 2005's Rich Girl, which finishes seventh on the tally.

Other notable entries include Gwen's first headline solo single What You Waiting For, which sits at Number 4 (254,000), and No Doubt's debut single Just A Girl at 5 (222,000). The song originally landed at Number 38 in the UK but peaked at Number 3 the following year when it was re-released off the back of Don't Speak's success.

Gwen Stefani's Official Top 20 biggest selling singles are...

POS TITLE ARTIST YEAR CHART PEAK
1 DON'T SPEAK NO DOUBT 1997 1 1,007,000
2 THE SWEET ESCAPE GWEN STEFANI FT AKON 2007 2 358,000
3 LET ME BLOW YA MIND EVE FT GWEN STEFANI 2001 4 306,000
4 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR GWEN STEFANI 2004 4 254,000
5 JUST A GIRL NO DOUBT 1996 3 222,000
6 HOLLABACK GIRL GWEN STEFANI 2005 8
7 RICH GIRL GWEN STEFANI FT EVE 2005 4
8 HEY BABY NO DOUBT 2002 2
9 COOL GWEN STEFANI 2005 11
10 CAN I HAVE IT LIKE THAT PHARRELL FT GWEN STEFANI 2005 3
11 WIND IT UP GWEN STEFANI 2006 3
12 IT'S MY LIFE NO DOUBT 2003 17
13 HELLA GOOD NO DOUBT 2002 12
14 SPIDERWEBS NO DOUBT 1997 16
15 4 IN THE MORNING GWEN STEFANI 2007 22
16 UNDERNEATH IT ALL NO DOUBT 2002 18
17 EX-GIRLFRIEND NO DOUBT 2000 23
18 KINGS NEVER DIE EMINEM FT GWEN STEFANI 2015 82
19 LUXURIOUS GWEN STEFANI 2005 44
20 NEW NO DOUBT 1999 30

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post Mar 22 2016, 10:40 AM
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'Hollaback Girl' was certified Silver in July 2014 (streams included) so I'm guessing its pure sales are 195k-205k.

'Let Me Blow Ya Mind' was previously on 290k in September 2014 and 'What You Waiting For?' was on 245k in November 2014.

'Don't Speak' was on 980k and 'It's My Life' was on 95k back in May 2014.
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post Mar 22 2016, 11:02 AM
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Another victim of lots of hits being from the 00s, so sales seeming lower than their hit status would suggest. 'Cool' is such a highlight for me.
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post Mar 22 2016, 11:34 AM
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This has prompted me to put on some classic Gwen Stefani today, and it's sounding great smile.gif
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QUOTE(Joe. @ Mar 22 2016, 11:02 AM) *
Another victim of lots of hits being from the 00s, so sales seeming lower than their hit status would suggest. 'Cool' is such a highlight for me.

Definitely, but her trickle sales have made the totals a lot better than they would have been - the Top 12 at least have sold 100k+, which includes 'Cool' and that only sold 46k in 2005, for instance. Furthermore, 'What You Waiting For?' has added 140k to its end of 2005 total.
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God, I loved Gwen during the Love, Angel, Music, Baby era. So underrated looking back on it.
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She was highly rated back then. The critics liked her, pop fans loved her.
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post Mar 22 2016, 02:49 PM
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Gwen Stefani Single Rate! magic.gif

07 Let Me Blow Ya Mind (with Eve)
10 What You Waiting For?
10 Rich Girl (ft. Eve)
08 Hollaback Girl
08 Cool
05 Can I Have It Like That? (with Pharrell)
06 Luxurious (ft. Slim Thug)
06 Crash
07 Wind It Up
09 The Sweet Escape (ft. Akon)
08 4 in the Morning
07 Now That You've Got It (ft. Damian Marley)
07 Early Winter
04 Baby Don't Lie
03 Spark the Fire
05 Kings Never Die (with Eminem)
05 Used to Love You
07 Make Me Like You
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post Mar 22 2016, 05:23 PM
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05 Let Me Blow Ya Mind (with Eve)
10 What You Waiting For?
07 Rich Girl (ft. Eve)
09 Hollaback Girl
11 Cool
05 Can I Have It Like That? (with Pharrell)
00 Luxurious (ft. Slim Thug)
09 Crash
07 Wind It Up
10 The Sweet Escape (ft. Akon)
09 4 in the Morning
05 Now That You've Got It (ft. Damian Marley)
06 Early Winter
08 Baby Don't Lie
-1 Spark the Fire
xx Kings Never Die (with Eminem)
09 Used to Love You
07 Make Me Like You

In a No Doubt rate, 'Hella Good' gets my 11 and 'Hey Baby' gets my -1. 'It's My Life', 'EX-Girlfriend' and 'Don't Speak' are 10s.
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post Mar 22 2016, 05:27 PM
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Is being able to recite the raps in 'Rich Girl' and 'The Sweet Escape' worthy of being put on a CV? biggrin.gif
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post Mar 22 2016, 05:37 PM
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I was always surprised this was never a single in the UK, especially considering how huge Moby was at the time.



Big hit in the US at the time too.


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Surprised at the #10 being included given that Gwen's only line on it is "you got it like that" approximately twice a chorus.
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QUOTE(360Jupiter @ Mar 22 2016, 07:51 PM) *
Surprised at the #10 being included given that Gwen's only line on it is "you got it like that" approximately twice a chorus.


She's officially credited on it and it's in her chart history...
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The low sales for Hollaback Girl and What You Waiting For are sad to see but expected. Both are serious 00s classics!!
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or a much better Top 20 for Gwen Stefani are my charts (as featured in my all-time top 800): laugh.gif

pos./highest/wks/song/act/sales

1 1 26 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 1243600 2004
2 1 21 COOL Gwen Stefani 1041500 2005
3 1 16 HOLLABACK GIRL Gwen Stefani 970900 2005
4 3 21 LET ME BLOW YA MIND Eve/ Gwen Stefani 703950 2001
5 5 25 THE SWEET ESCAPE Gwen Stefani/ Akon 614600 2007
6 5 23 IT'S MY LIFE No Doubt 520100 2003
7 5 20 HEY BABY No Doubt/ Bounty Killah 492000 2002
8 4 24 SOUTHSIDE Moby/ Gwen Stefani 486450 2001
9 7 33 DON'T SPEAK No Doubt 470150 1997
10 6 14 RICH GIRL Gwen Stefani/ Eve 304800 2005

11 16 11 PUSH AND SHOVE No Doubt/Busy Signal/Major Lazer 207350 2012
12 9 10 JUST A GIRL No Doubt 203450 1997
13 10 9 LOOKING HOT No Doubt 193000 2013
14 13 8 USED TO LOVE YOU Gwen Stefani 156450 2016
15 28 10 WIND IT UP Gwen Stefani 153550 2006
16 8 6 EARLY WINTER Gwen Stefani 143750 2008
17 29 10 4 IN THE MORNING Gwen Stefani 128950 2007
18 21 7 HELLA GOOD No Doubt 122000 2002
19 26 8 UNDERNEATH IT ALL No Doubt/ Lady Saw 115500 2002
20 19 5 SPIDERWEBS No Doubt 84500 1997
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QUOTE(Colm @ Mar 22 2016, 02:48 PM) *
She was highly rated back then. The critics liked her, pop fans loved her.


I meant it feels underrated now, in the present. It doesn't seem to be remembered as well as it should with casual music fans.


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so happy to see classic Don't Speak over million biggrin.gif

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QUOTE(Colm @ Mar 22 2016, 02:48 PM) *
She was highly rated back then. The critics liked her, pop fans loved her.


She's still pretty fit now... wink.gif
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QUOTE(vidcapper @ Mar 23 2016, 03:56 PM) *
She's still pretty fit now... wink.gif


It's a shame you seem to base everything on that, in all honesty.
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QUOTE(mr_pmt @ Mar 23 2016, 03:58 PM) *
It's a shame you seem to base everything on that, in all honesty.


Is there any way of making smileys bigger, so they don't get missed? rolleyes.gif
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