1996 was a huge year for No Doubt, which got signed to Interscope in 1991 and released their debut album a year later. The single from that album, "Trapped In A Box
," got a music video and earned some airplay on KROQ in Los Angeles, but against the tide of grunge, their ska-tinged sound couldn't find a broad audience. The Tragic Kingdom
album was released in October 1995, and in the spring of 1996 started gaining traction thanks to the lead single, "Just A Girl
." That summer, they toured with Bush (where Gwen met Gavin) and got a flurry of press attention. In a bid to boost album sales, Interscope stopped releasing singles but pushed "Spiderwebs
" to radio in the fall, followed by "Don't Speak," which earned an absurd amount of airplay as it was embraced by radio stations across a range of formats. It went to #1 on Billboard's Airplay chart dated December 7, 1996, and spent 16 weeks at the top. Billboard
's rules at the time precluded any song not released as a single from the Hot 100, but on the albums chart that date, Tragic Kingdom
went to #1 and stayed there for nine weeks. It went on to sell over 10 million copies in America, earning a rare Diamond certification.
No Doubt stayed on the road throughout 1997 and didn't release their next album, Return Of Saturn
, until 2000.