Gwen Stefani has one of the coolest voices on the planet. And she was distinctive, although by no means alone, by being a female singer in the Ska scene.
No Doubt weren’t a purely Ska band for the whole of their existence, but that’s where they stem from.
Songs like “Just A Girl” broke into the mainstream and the band’s new pop sound helped them reach new audiences.
However, that doesn’t mean they turned their back on their roots. “I’m Just A Girl” is off 1995’s Tragic Kingdom, which features some more straightforwardly ska tracks as well.
And even this song has the fast tempo of ska, as well as that skater feel.
Gwen’s performance is powerful, and the lyrics are a surprisingly direct feminist message.