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The 10 Best Gwen Stefani Deep Cuts

From her most overlooked No Doubt tracks to the shoulda-been-hits of her solo run, here are 10 Gwen songs you need to discover

NOVEMBER 18: Singer Gwen Stefani poses in the press room during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2004 at Tor di Valle November 18,
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Nearly 10 years after her last solo album, Gwen Stefani issued This Is What The Truth Feels Like, a deeply personal full-length, on Friday (Mar. 18). It may be Gwen’s most emotionally raw record yet, since she’s mourned her marriage to Gavin Rossdale with “Used To Love You” and written a tribute to her new beau, Blake Shelton, with “Make Me Like You." 

Maybe you're a fan of "Hollaback Girl," "The Sweet Escape," "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" or any of Stefani's other hit singles, but there's a treasure trove of Gwen and No Doubt tracks that are just as essential. After you run through her newest release, listen to the songs that you may have missed over the years from Gwen.

1 / 10

“Bubble Pop Electric”

While the name of this track is a bit cheesy, the song itself is a pop-heavy cut from Gwen’s 2004 album Love Angel Music Baby about sex at a drive-in movie. The Johnny Vulture cameo makes it a must-listen.

2 / 10

“Cool”

No one knows how to sing about old-fashioned romance quite like Gwen. “Cool,” which was a single but never got the shine of a "Hollaback Girl," pays homage to the '80s and Stefani’s ability to move past awkwardness with a song about her ex (and No Doubt band member) Tony Kanal.

3 / 10

“4 In The Morning”

There’s nothing quite like a Stefani ballad: “4 In The Morning” is a dreamy '80s gem that’s directed towards an indecisive lover. The song comes from Gwen’s sophomore LP The Sweet Escape and is one of the more memorable tracks on the record.

4 / 10

“The Real Thing”

A breezy song to her lover, Gwen croons about her relationship that’s a “roller coaster built to crash” on “The Real Thing.” It’s a little bit Chiptune and a little bit pop, but it works.

5 / 10

“Yummy”

Gwen sounds a bit like Britney Spears as she speak-sings her way through a Sweet Escape cut that sounds a lot like Kelis’ “Milkshake.” She even talks about making doughnuts and pastries during the track! Plus, an appearance by Pharrell is always something you don’t want to miss.

6 / 10

“Different People”

No Doubt’s breakout album Tragic Kingdom was full of gems, though the public really only paid mind to singles like "Don't Speak," “Spiderwebs” and “Just A Girl.” “Different People” was a raw, moody track that highlighted Gwen’s incredible vocal range. Plus, it’s always great to revisit No Doubt’s ska beginning.

7 / 10

“Dark Blue”

Return Of Saturn may have been Gwen’s pink-hair phase, but “Dark Blue” was a borderline emo song that’s light on instrumentation and heavy on sounding creepy. It’s a haunting track in which Gwen sings about wanting to be there for someone, but not being able to do so.

8 / 10

“Sixteen”

A quintessential ska song at heart, “Sixteen” is an awesome ska-dance cut from No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom that gets the shaft from other, more mainstream tracks from the band. You will also probably remember feeling 16 or younger while listening to this one.

9 / 10

“Don’t Let Me Down”

This No Doubt cut comes from 2001’s Rock Steady and serves as a final ultimatum to a disappointing person. What’s interesting is that this record is where you see Gwen transitioning to pop, but this song incorporates a stripped-down drum melody reminiscent of the band’s early records.

10 / 10

“Undone”

While No Doubt’s 2012 album Push And Shove was a much-anticipated return for the band, it didn’t necessarily resonate with die-hard Gwen fans. “Undone,” however, is a gorgeous, shamefully overlooked ballad from the record that shows No Doubt really pushing through into heavily produced pop.

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