Don’t Speak was the third single released from American rock/ska band at the time, No Doubt from their hugely successful album Tragic Kingdom in April 1996.
The single went to #1 on 15 different charts including the UK, Ireland, Australia and on the US Billboard 200 airplay chart.
Signed ltd edition UK 7″ vinyl picture disc from Gwen Stefani
Upon release, the song immediately began to receive extensive airplay, and it became the most widely played song on American radio in 1996. Not surprisingly, the song reached number one on Billboard‘s Hot 100 Airplay, and maintained that position for 16 non-consecutive weeks, a record at the time. Although the record would be broken in 1998 by the Goo Goo Dolls‘ “Iris” with 18 weeks at number one, the song remains in second place of songs with the most weeks at number one on the Hot 100 Airplay. For all its airplay though, the song was not allowed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 as no commercial single was released for it in the U.S. (a requirement for charting purposes at the time). Though the song was not eligible to chart on the Hot 100, it is considered that it would have hit number one on that chart if at the time of the single’s release, the rules were as they are today, i.e. if songs without a physical release were able to chart.
Official music video