“The Sweet Escape” is a song by American singer-songwriter Gwen Stefani from her second studio album of the same name (2006). It was written by Stefani, Akon, and Giorgio Tuinfort. Akon, who is also a featured artist, developed the song’s beat before collaborating with Stefani. “The Sweet Escape” is an apology for a fight between two lovers and describes a dream of a pleasant life for them. As the album’s title track, its title was chosen to help market Stefani’s music and fashion lines.
The song generally received positive reviews from contemporary music critics, though there was a negative response to Akon’s presence as a featured artist. “The Sweet Escape” was released as the album’s second single on December 19, 2006 and was commercially successful in mainstream and adult contemporary markets. It reached the top 10 of most singles charts and topped the New Zealand Singles Chart. The song was nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 50th Grammy Awards. In the song’s accompanying music video, Stefani attempts to escape from a golden prison.