"Don't Speak" was No Doubt's biggest hit. It reached the top of the charts in many countries. The song was also nominated for the Song of the Year at the 1998 Grammy Awards. As a result of this hit, the band was considered one of the hottest acts in the world.
"Don't Speak" is a power ballad. It was written by Gwen Stefani and her brother Eric. They rewrote the lyrics after Gwen and Tony Kanal broke up. In the original version of the song, the lyrics were more complicated. This version of the song was a love song, but Gwen changed them after the break up.
The song was sampled by several artists. Carly Rae Jepsen released a cover of the song. Later, Kanye West performed a gospel-infused remix of the song. Eventually, the song was turned into a downloadable song for the video game Rock Band 4.
The song also got nominated for Best Group Video at the 1998 VH1 Storytellers awards. Eventually, it was included on the DVD The Videos 1992-2003.
"Don't Speak" was released as a single on 15 April 1996. It became No Doubt's biggest international hit. Several countries, including Norway, Hungary and Switzerland, were able to find "Don't Speak" at number one. In addition, the song received two-time Platinum certification in Australia.
Gwen Stefani was the lead singer of No Doubt. Her brother, Eric, was the founding member of the band. When the band broke up in 1994, he decided to pursue a career in animation.