Gwen Stefani is best known for her being the lead vocalist of No Doubt, and of course, for her rock hard abs. Founded in 1986, No Doubt has achieved great success, and are still putting out music and touring today. The band however, did take a hiatus from 2004-2008. During that time, Stefani decided that she wanted to make a “quick dance record.” Instead of the quick project she originally planned, Stefani ended up collaborating with a number of artists and put out two solo albums: Love.Angel.Music.Baby. and The Sweet Escape.
For Love.Angel.Music.Baby., Stefani drew influences from a variety of different music styles. She wanted to create something fun and experiment with different sounds, rather than try to prove to the world her talent and depth as an artist. For The Sweet Escape Stefani focused more on electronic and dance music. Both of her solo attempts were successful, having been nominated for 6 Grammy Awards.
In honor of the singer’s 44th birthday on October 3, here is a top 10 list of her best solo songs. Happy birthday, Gwen Stefani!
10. Wonderful Life
Although never a single, “Wonderful Life” is a beautifully written and emotional song from The Sweet Escape. Stefani has stated that the track is about her “first kissing-love” in ninth grade, Matt Ellej. He passed away, and Stefani wanted to dedicate a song to him since he had a big influence on her life. He turned her on to different kinds of music and bands, like one of his favorites, Depeche Mode. Martin Gore of the band played on the track and he loved Matt’s story. Stefani explained that writing and recording the song was such a meaningful experience for her, especially since Matt’s idol played on the track written for him.