Cool (3:09)

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“Cool” is a pop rock song written by Gwen Stefani and Dallas Austin for Stefani’s debut solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby (2004). The song’s musical-style and production were heavily inspired by pop and new wave music from the 1980s, and its lyrics chronicle a relationship in which two lovers have separated, but remain “cool” with each other as good friends. “Cool” received praise from pop music critics, and the media have drawn parallels between the song’s lyrical content and the romantic relationship that Stefani had with Tony Kanal, a fellow group member of No Doubt.

The song was released as the album’s fourth single in mid-2005 (see 2005 in music) and entered the top twenty on the majority of the charts it appeared on. Although “Cool” failed to match the success of its predecessor “Hollaback Girl”, it reached number one in Canada.

Background and writing

The lyrics of “Cool” reflect Stefani’s former relationship with No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal. Although their romantic relationship ended, Stefani’s lyrics portray her attitude that it is “cool” that they still remain very good friends. Stefani and Kanal’s relationship had provided the inspiration for No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” (1995),[1] and while “Cool” presents an amicable friendship between former lovers,[2] “Don’t Speak” is about a failing relationship and never arrives at a solution for the couple.[1] Stefani and Kanal supply the basis for the characters.

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