Recalling The Best ‘The Cranberries’ Songs On The First Anniversary Of Dolores O’Riordan’s Death

It’s been a year since The Cranberries iconic frontman, Dolores O’Riordan, passed away. The Irish singer died suddenly, aged 46, while in London recording a short session.

Now, exactly a year after her death, the rest of the band have released “All Over Now,” the first material from “In the End” album arriving on April, the band’s eighth and final album. Note that “All Over Now” and “In the End” were both in the works before O’Riordan’s passing.

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The band was quite popular when they started out and even appeared almost on every popular show back in the ’90s — from Clueless, and Charmed to My So-Called Life. They sold over 40 million records around the world, with  O’Riordan releasing two solo records — Are You Listening? and No Baggage. It’s safe to say everyone loves the Cranberries.

Now, on the first anniversary of O’Riordan’s death, we’re recalling some of the best songs from the band.


1. Zombie

The song, considered as one of the greatest rock tracks of all time, brought the band international recognition. It’s about the bombings in Northern Ireland in 1993. O’Riordan’s vocals made the song even more unique, her ability to transmit the pain and distress in the lyrics. In an interview with TeamRock, O’Riordan said:

It’s a tough thing to sing about, but when you’re young you don’t think twice about things, you just grab it and do it. As you get older you develop more fear and you get more apprehensive, but when you’re young you’ve no fear.


2. Ode To My Family

The song was written by O’Riordan and Noel Hogan, and it’s totally different from Zombie. O’Riordan wrote about her childhood, her parents, and expressed her sadness of losing a simple life to the spotlight. In 1994, she told Hot Press magazine that she refers to the song as “a paean to the simple old days and the warmth and security of family life.”


3. Salvation

When it was first released, the song triggered many negative comments from the audience for being “preachy,” but the band insisted the message they were trying to convey was “kind of anti the idea of becoming totally controlled by anything, any substance at all,” O’Riordan said in an interview. Salvation talks about drug abuse and was released around the same time ecstasy reached worrying new heights.


4. Linger

Released in 1993, the song was the band’s first big hit. Their US tour with the band Suede earned them quite the recognition from MTV. Due to a reissue in 1994, Linger scored a number three spot on the Irish charts, as well as number eight in the US. According to O’Riordan, the song is about a relationship leading her to her “first real kiss.”


5. Animal Instinct

Because O’Riordan was one of the few women fronting a rock band, the band has several tracks with the themes of childbirth and motherhood. Animal Instinct is one of these tracks as it refers to O’Riordan’s love for her first child, born during the band’s first break prior to Bury the Hatchet‘s release. Before becoming pregnant, O’Riordan struggled with stress and anxiety, and she thanked her son for helping her get back to music. Speaking for Irish Independent, she said: “I found my happiness again so I started singing again.”


6. Just My Imagination

The best thing about The Cranberries, and most importantly, O’Riordan’s vocal delivery, was the ability to switch from dark intensity to a sunny disposition in a matter of songs. In Just My Imagination, she sings about “living for the love we had.” The band performed the song in season two episode of Charmed, “She’s a Man, Baby, a Man!” The band later released an acoustic version of the track in their Something Else album.



Source: Independent