Vote: Most Underrated Song From ‘The Beacon Street Collection’


Up next, we’re curious which track from No Doubt’s independent release, The Beacon Street Collection, do you find most underrated. Since the Tragic Kingdom tour wrapped up in 1997, the band has strayed away from the album (like most old-school material) but always seem to impress and surprise with “Total Hate” after all these years.

The Beacon Street Collection, which recently celebrated it’s 20th anniversary of the original release, was recorded and released initially under the band’s own label, Beacon Street Records. The album was sold by the band at shows and became an underground hit in Orange County. Interscope ended up re-releasing the album under it’s name on October 21, 1997 after the success of Tragic Kingdom. The album has always been a personal favorite of ours (hence the namesake of the site) and for fans all over the world that included favorites “Total Hate ’95”, “Stricken”, “Greener Pastures”, “By The Way” and “Squeal”.

Most notable tracks: “Total Hate ’95”, “Greener Pastures”, “By The Way”, “Squeal”

Previous polls:

Most underrated song from No Doubt

For our next series of polls, we’re curious which song from each of No Doubt’s albums do you find the most underrated. We’re trying to put together a comprehensive list of the band’s best “unheard” and overlooked tracks — and because it sounds like a fun topic to discuss!

We’re not asking fans to necessarily vote for their favorite songs or the “hits”, but which tracks are most overlooked and what they would like to see the band revisit. Some material has yet to be performed at all really (i.e. “Dark Blue”, “World Go ‘Round”, “Waiting Room”, most of Push and Shove) which, in our opinion, deserves a chance to be heard live. But… we are also saying that some of these tracks may not be considered as strong as some either.

We hope to have new polls up every few days in the next couple of weeks for each album. Once all of the votes are tallied, we’ll put together a massive post with the top picks. After submitting your vote, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know why you picked which track — we’re wanting to include comments from our visitors in the results post. If this is successful, we also plan on holding a “tournament” of sorts to find out which the top No Doubt songs of all-time are.

21 Replies to “Vote: Most Underrated Song From ‘The Beacon Street Collection’”

  1. I almost chose By the Way because I really love that song a lot…but Stricken was the first ND song I ever considered to be my favorite…it reminds me of when I first got into ND’s history & it will always make me think of my boyfriend 🙂

  2. This was very hard because I LOVE this album, it was the we have arrived album. They really show how much they’ve grown, it’s great. I had a hard time choosing, but I went with Greener Pastures out of the sheer richness of the song, the lyrics are personal and the guitar is just like butter, so lovely sounding with this dark edge to it.

  3. I also went with ‘greener pastures’, but I also love the 2 beacon st singles, ‘doghouse’ & ‘squeal’

  4. Greener Pastures is great. I voted for Open the Gate though, I think this is an awesome live track that should still be performed. I would be happy hearing any of these songs live again though.

  5. This was a great album though, so original, so No Doubt! I love too many tracks on here, but I picked Greener Pastures! NO DOUBT PLEASE GO BACK TO YOUR ROOTS, WE NEED REAL MUSIC LIKE THIS!

  6. Lol I think some people are just voting on their favourites instead of the most underrated songs they consider…

  7. @NDlover I agree but its pretty hard to pick the most underrated song from this album because all of the songs with the exception of maybe Total Hate are not very well known, so any of them could be considered underrated.

  8. I understand. I’ve been on the ND forum for ages so probably I have a different view on the songs fans (from the forum) underrate more. For example I’ve always felt that Blue In The Face was never given any value.

  9. I think every song on this album except Total Hate deserve to get more love from the band. I love the darkness of Greener Pastures, so I’ll go with that. Open The Gate and By The Way are also favorites that deserve to be performed.

    Out of curiousity, are the singles going to be left off of the next 3 albums since they obviously get attention from the band, radio and fans?

  10. I think a single can be underrated, like for example Looking Hot. Honestly I think everyone is interpreting this from different perspectives…

  11. ^ that’s why I said only the next 3 albums.

    I honestly have no idea what we are doing. I thought we were picking underrated songs that we love and would ultimately like the band to play again.

  12. I didn’t mean for it to be confusing. I’m just asking which songs from the albums do fans find the most underrated — meaning songs that had/have potential that didn’t get the recognition it deserved/deserves. I would consider most if not all of BSC underrated because the whole album is stellar and many fans still *probably* have not heard most of the songs from the record.

  13. I think we’re on the same page then, Jenny. I agree that albums and songs that aren’t too mainstream are probably the most underrated ones. Or songs like Looking Hot when they don’t connect for some reason…

  14. Also picked Blue in the face. Ever hear/heard much about it but IMO one of tbe best showcases of gwens voice and bridges/transitions.

  15. I picked “Stricken”, because that’s the German word for “knitting” lol. Just kidding. I picked “Stricken”, because I always thought this song was special. I agree with Amanda though: The whole album except for “Total Hate” needs more attention. “Stricken” really is the German word for “knitting”, though 😉

  16. I have to go with “By the Way” as most underrated. Such a different sound from No Doubt and it’s always been one of my favorites – but I never hear fans talk about it much or see it get a lot of love.

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