Happy birthday, Gwen Stefani! The Voice coach and pop icon is turning 50 years old, and we can hardly believe it. Gwen has been recording hits, wearing iconic fashion, and just generally being awesome since the early ’90s.
In honor of Gwen Stefani’s big day, let’s take a look at some of the most memorable moments from her career, including popular songs, movie appearances, and of course her time on The Voice.
Gwen Stefani & No Doubt Release “Don’t Speak”
“Don’t Speak” was released on No Doubt’s third studio album Tragic Kingdom in 1995, when it became the song that launched the band into the mainstream. Gwen wrote the song with her brother Eric. It was originally a love song, but Gwen rewrote the lyrics after breaking up with bandmate Tony Kanal.
The Release Of “Hey Baby” By No Doubt
If you didn’t become obsessed with No Doubt after “Don’t Speak,” their 2001 hit “Hey Baby” probably did the trick. It was released on their fifth album Rock Steady, and made it to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. If you were in school around the time of its release, you probably heard it at a few dances.
Gwen Stefani Designs Clothes For L.A.M.B
Gwen Stefani founded a fashion line called L.A.M.B. in 2003, and it made its runway debut in 2004. The name is an acronym for her album title Love. Angel. Music. Baby. She later launched a fragrance called “L,” and a second fashion line called Harajuku Lovers. Considering how stylish Gwen is, it’s no surprise she’s been so successful in the fashion world.
Gwen Stefani Appears In ‘The Aviator’
In 2004, Gwen appeared as the classic Hollywood film star Jean Harlow in The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. She hasn’t done much acting in the years since, although she did voice a character in the 2016 animated movie Trolls.
Gwen Stefani Goes Solo
In 2004, Gwen Stefani released her debut solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. It featured such memorable tracks as “Hollaback Girl,” “What You Waiting For?” and “Cool.” She followed it up with a second album called The Sweet Escape in 2006, featuring the title track and “Wind It Up.”
Gwen And No Doubt Reunites
As much as we love Gwen’s solo songs, there’s nothing quite like seeing her reunited with the band that gave her a start. They released their sixth studio album, Push and Shove, in 2012, after an 11-year break. It featured the single “Settle Down.”
Gwen Stefani Joins ‘The Voice’
Gwen first appeared as a coach on The Voice for Season 7 in 2014, along with Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Pharrell. She later appeared in Season 9 and Season 12. She has the show to thank for her relationship with boyfriend Blake Shelton, having been with him since 2015.
Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton’s Christmas Duet
In 2017, Gwen released a Christmas album called You Make It Feel Like Christmas, which featured a duet with boyfriend Blake Shelton. Last year, they released a charming music video to go with it. It’s not their only duet. In 2016, they released “Go Ahead and Break My Heart.”
Gwen Stefani’s Las Vegas Residency
Starting in 2018, Gwen Stefani has had a residency at the Zappos Theater at the Planet Hollywood resort in Las Vegas. It’s called “Just a Girl,” taken from the title of a No Doubt song. Check out a video of Gwen performing the song above.
Gwen Stefani Returns To ‘The Voice’
With Adam Levine’s departure from his coaching duties on The Voice, Gwen has returned to the show for her fourth season. So far, her team is stacking up well, and there have been plenty of entertaining Shefani moments to enjoy. Could this be her year to win the show? We’ll have to wait and see.