Today marks the 20th anniversary of No Doubt’s third and most successful album, Tragic Kingdom. It was released on this day back in 1995 and is still loved and admired as one of the best albums to come out of the 1990s.
Tragic Kingdom went on to sell over 16 million copies worldwide, hitting the number one spot in several countries and staying on top of the Billboard charts for weeks. The album spawned some of the band’s biggest hits to date including “Don’t Speak”, “Just a Girl”, “Sunday Morning” and “Spiderwebs”. The album hit #1 in the US in December 1996, almost a full year after the album was domestically released.
The album’s most successful single, “Don’t Speak”, reached #1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 Airplay chart and opened up the world to No Doubt. They toured for nearly two years straight and landed their first Grammy nominations in 1998 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Song of the Year (which unfortunately they didn’t win).
Over the last few weeks (and in weeks to come), we’ve been looking back and sharing original content in honor of the anniversary in a new section called TK20. It’s been a lot of fun reliving the era, so to speak, and revisiting videos, photos and stories from the time that I fell in love with No Doubt. Since 1996, I’ve cherished this band with all my heart for being such incredible human beings and for their love for their music and each other.
Please feel free to share your stories and memories of Tragic Kingdom with us in the comments. In the next couple days, we’ll be counting down all of the album’s tracks from least favorite to favorite so let us know which song ranks at the top for you!