Push and Shove (song)

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"Push and Shove"
No Doubt Push and Shove cover artwork.jpg
Promotional single by No Doubt featuring Busy Signal and Major Lazer
from the album Push and Shove
ReleasedAugust 29, 2012 (2012-08-29)
FormatDigital download
Push and Shove track listing
12 tracks
  1. "Settle Down"
  2. "Looking Hot"
  3. "One More Summer"
  4. "Push and Shove"
  5. "Easy"
  6. "Gravity"
  7. "Undercover"
  8. "Undone"
  9. "Sparkle"
  10. "Heaven"
  11. "Dreaming the Same Dream"
Deluxe edition
  1. "Stand and Deliver"

"Push and Shove" is a song by American rock band No Doubt, released as a promotional single from their sixth studio album of the same name.[1] The song was written by Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont, Reanno Gordon, Thomas Pentz, David Taylor, Ariel Rechtshaid and was produced by Major Lazer and Spike Stent. It features additional production from Major Lazer as well as vocals from Jamaican dancehall artist Busy Signal. The song blends ska, dub, reggae and dubstep.

"Push and Shove" premiered on the radio program On Air with Ryan Seacrest on August 29, 2012. No Doubt stated that they were unsure whether the track would be a single, where it was then later confirmed that "Looking Hot" would be released as the second single from the album instead. Bassist Tony Kanal stated "Push and Shove" was to No Doubt as "Bohemian Rhapsody" was to Queen. A music video for the song was uploaded to Vevo on September 25, 2012.[2]

Background and release[edit]

After the group's hiatus for 5 years, the band began initial work on the album in March 2008, after Gwen Stefani wrapped the tour behind her second solo album, The Sweet Escape. Songwriting on the effort reportedly got off to a slow start because, according to a post from Stefani, she was distracted by her second pregnancy, though she was certain at the time that "this could be the most inspired No Doubt record so far."[3] The band reconvened at bassist Tony Kanal's personal studio in Hollywood after the tour concluded and spent the majority of 2010 writing and carefully polishing several demos. In January 2011, No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont posted a message letting fans know that the group transitioned to the Santa Monica studio of producer Spike Stent, who also worked on Rock Steady, to officially begin tracking the effort.[3]

Rolling Stone visited Stent's studio and sampled several songs the band had recorded. Of the 12 tracks announced at that time, the magazine lavished particular affection on "Settle Down", calling it a "party-ready reggae blast", and "One More Summer", which "updates the band's ska-pop sound with pounding dance beats, arena-size guitars and a beyond-catchy chorus."[3] A month after Rolling Stone's studio visit, in late July 2011, the band teamed up in the studio with Major Lazer, the recording name for hip-hop/dance producers Diplo and Switch. The group reportedly recruited the duo for a track titled "Push and Shove."[3] In May, 2012, the band previewed "Push and Shove" in their first studio webisode, while on June 11, 2012, they also announced that "Push and Shove" will be the title of the album.[4]

"Push and Shove" was subsequently released as a promotional single on the iTunes store on August 29, 2012,[5] with the song premiering on the Ryan Seacrest show.[6] No Doubt stated that they were unsure whether the track would be a single,[7] where it was then later confirmed that "Looking Hot" would be released as the second single from the album instead.[8]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

"Push and Shove" was written by Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont, Reanno Gordon, Thomas Pentz (Diplo), David Taylor, Ariel Rechtshaid[6] and was produced by Major Lazer and Spike Stent.[9] It features Major Lazer as well as vocals from Jamaican dancehall artist Busy Signal.[10]

Bassist Tony Kanal stated in an interview for Rolling Stone that, "It's our 'Bohemian Rhapsody'", referring the song to Queen's classic,[11] because of the song’s schizo genre-hopping.[12] "Push and Shove" wildly crosses various genres and tempos, bouncing between reggae-infused beats,[13] verging dangerously close to dubstep and a slow, swooning chorus.[13] Rolling Stone magazine called the song "a wild fluctuation between genres and tempos".[11] "Never play it safe / No relapse", Stefani sings with a Caribbean lilt in the ska-flavored opening verse.[14] The chorus features Stefani crooning over an instrumental breakdown[10] The track finds room for a rapping by dancehall artist Busy Signal, and a couplet that rhymes "Livin' La Vida Loca" with "soca."[15]


Marc Hogan of Spin said the song contained No Doubt's familiar sound "while also pushing ahead with current trends, [...] because that's what the one-time ska band have been doing all along."[14] Carl Williott of Idolator said the song was like "Tragic Kingdom merged with one of Major Lazer's island party bangers" and was "just shy of dubstep".[16] Nick Levine of NME said the song was "bonkers and brilliant" and also noted similarities to Tragic Kingdom.[15] Kelsey Hovermale of Ryan Seacrest website wrote that "The band gives their fans everything from hot reggae rap, to a saucy chorus where Gwen soulfully admits, “you got me good.” Backatcha, Gwen. We don’t know whether to dance to this upbeat jam, or bow at No Doubt’s feet for shoving us right back into the music we’ve always loved them for."[6]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for "Push and Shove" premiered on the September 25, 2012 and it was directed by Sophie Muller.[2] The video is presented in black and white and features the band at a bar and walking through empty streets. Robert Daw from Idolator said that the music video showed the band causing "teenager-like havoc" and they were "the type of hooligans you want to throw a bucket of water on while they're drunkenly howling on the sidewalk below your bedroom window at 2.15 am.".[17]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[18]
  1. "Push and Shove" – 5:06


Chart (2012) Peak
US Alternative Digital Songs (Billboard)[19] 22
US Rock Digital Songs (Billboard)[20] 30

Credits and personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United States August 29, 2012[5] Digital download


  1. ^ Daw, Robbie (September 25, 2012). "No Doubt's "Push And Shove" Video Takes It To The Streets". Idolator. Buzz Media. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  2. ^ a b No Doubt - Push and Shove ft. Busy Signal, Major Lazer Retrieved 05-11-2012. YouTube.
  3. ^ a b c d Mitchell, John (May 7, 2012). "No Doubt Return With New Album In September". MTV. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  4. ^ "ALBUM AND SINGLE ANNOUNCEMENT!". No Doubt News. June 11, 2012. Archived from the original on June 15, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "iTunes - Push and Shove (feat. Busy Signal, Major Lazer) - Single". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c Hovermale, Kelsey. "Listen to No Doubt's 'Push and Shove'". RyanSeacrest.com. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  7. ^ "Exclusive: Two Lucky Fans Meet No Doubt". Beacon Street Online. August 31, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
  8. ^ "BTW the next @nodoubt single ..." Twitter. September 19, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  9. ^ Push and Shove (liner notes). No Doubt. Interscope Records. 2012.
  10. ^ a b Makarech, Kia (August 29, 2012). "No Doubt's 'Push & Shove' Features Diplo's Blend Of Ska & Dub". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  11. ^ a b Browne, David. "Fall Music Preview 2012: The 24 Albums You Need to Hear". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
  12. ^ Williot, Carl (August 29, 2012). "Hear No Doubt's Title Track "Push And Shove"". Idolator. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
  13. ^ a b Schillaci, Sophie (August 29, 2012). "No Doubt Premieres 'Push and Shove' Single". Billboard. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  14. ^ a b Hogan, Marc (August 29, 2012). "Hear No Doubt's Diplo-Produced 'Push and Shove'". Spin. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  15. ^ a b Levine, Nick (August 24, 2012). "No Doubt, 'Push And Shove' – First Listen". NME. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  16. ^ Williott, Carl (August 30, 2012). "Hear No Doubt's Title Track "Push And Shove"". Idolator. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  17. ^ No Doubt's "Push and Shove" Video Takes It To The Streets | Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on Idolator.com Retrieved 05-11-2012. Idolator
  18. ^ "Push and Shove (feat. Busy Signal, Major Lazer) - Single by No Doubt". iTunes Store. August 29, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  19. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard for No Doubt. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  20. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard Rock Digital Songs for No Doubt. Retrieved 26 December 2015.

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