->''But I'm in so deep\\
You know I'm such a fool for you\\
You got me wrapped around your finger, ah, ha, ha\\
Do you have to let it linger?\\
Do you have to, do you have to\\
Do you have to let it linger?''

'''The Cranberries''' are an Irish alternative pop/rock band. They formed in Limerick in 1989. The original lineup consisted of lead singer Niall Quinn, lead guitarist Noel Hogan, his brother Mike Hogan on bass guitar, and Fergal Lawler on drums. The band was originally called "[[IncrediblyLamePun The Cranberry Saw Us]]". After less than a year Quinn left the band and the remaining members put out an advertisement for a new singer. Dolores O'Riordan responded to the ad by writing lyrics to some band demos. The song she came up with was "Linger". The band hired her.

Their first album, ''Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?'' became a hit both in Britain and America and spawned the hit singles "Dreams" and "Linger". They followed that with ''No Need To Argue'', which featured a somewhat heavier sound, especially in the single "Zombie", which became the biggest hit the group ever had. Their third album, ''To the Faithful Departed'', filled with ultra-serious songs about subjects such as death, the murder of Music/JohnLennon, and the war in Bosnia, sold well but not as well as ''No Need to Argue'', and became a commercial setback for the band. ''Bury the Hatchet'' and ''Wake Up and Smell the Coffee'' received mixed reviews and marginal sales. The band then broke up, embarking on an 11-year hiatus (in which both O'Riordan and Noel Hogan pursued solo projects) before reuniting and putting out new album ''Roses'' in 2012.

On January 15th, 2018, Dolores O'Riordan was found dead at the age of 46 in London, where she was doing some recording sessions.
* ''Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?'' (1993)
* ''No Need to Argue'' (1994)
* ''To the Faithful Departed'' (1996)
* ''Bury the Hatchet'' (1999)
* ''Wake up and Smell the Coffee'' (2001)
* ''Roses'' (2012)

!!The Cranberries provide examples of the following tropes:

* AltumVidetur: "adiuva me Domine deus"--"help me, O God"--from "Electric Blue Eyes"
* AuthorTract: A lot of O'Riordan's lyrics.
* BandOfRelatives: Mike and Noel Hogan are brothers.
* BoyishShortHair: For a good period of TheNineties and briefly during their reunion tour, Dolores sported this hairstyle and even sported a [[BaldWomen buzz cut]] for the cover picture of ''To the Faithfully Departed''.
* CoverVersion: Their cover of Music/FleetwoodMac's "Go Your Own Way" on ''Legacy: a Tribute to Fleetwood Mac's Music/{{Rumours}}''. They also did a cover of Music/{{Carpenters}}' "Close to You" for the tribute album ''If I Were a Carpenter''.
* DrugsAreBad: "Salvation", in which Dolores O'Riordan admonishes kids to, you know, not do drugs.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''Stars: The Best of 19922002''
* GriefSong: "Cordell" was written as a tribute to Irish record producer Denny Cordell, who died in 1995.
%%* LongRunnerLineUp
* LoveTriangle: "Delilah"--"He'll never be your lover"
* LyricalShoehorn: O'Riordan, who wrote all the band's lyrics, was prone to this, like with the exceedingly awkward lyric of "Loud and Clear"
--> People are strangers/People deranged or
* MaleBandFemaleSinger: Dolores O'Riordan as the lead female and [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the only woman in the group]], which also was TheFaceOfTheBand.
* MatchCut: In the beginning of the "Linger" video, from a blinking light to Dolores O'Riordan's eye opening.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Nearly all of their material fits snugly in the 2-4 range ("Linger", "Dreams" and "Animal Instinct", for instance), although they weren't afraid to throw a curve ball and release songs as high as the 6 range ("Zombie", "Promises" and "Hollywood" are prime examples).
* MurderBallad: "I Just Shot Music/JohnLennon"
* NonAppearingTitle: "Ode To My Family"
* ProtestSong: A lot of their songs, including most notably "Zombie" and "Salvation".
* PunBasedTitle: "The Cranberry Saw Us" might be the worst band name in history.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: After 11 years off.
* RecordProducer: Stephen Street has produced four of their six albums.
* RecycledSoundtrack: The Niall Quinn era demo track "How's It Going To Bleed?" (from before Dolores time in the band) had some of its melody and atmosphere reused in "Fee Fi Fo" on Bury The Hatchet, 10 years later. Also, Linger's chords were originally written for a song of the Quinn era, though the song is largely Dolores's composition.
** The tune in "Promises", in particular the bass riff, is very similar to that of popular B-Side "So Cold In Ireland", and when "Promises" was debuted live in 1998 fans made this comparison.
* SelfBackingVocalist: Dolores O'Riordan, frequently.
* SmolderingShoes: In the "Promises" video, the cowboy fires at the witch/scarecrow, but she catches the bullets in her teeth. She then opens her mouth and emits a ray at the cowboy, leaving a smoldering pair of cowboy boots.
* SongStyleShift:
** "Daffodil Lament" turns from a mournful dirge about a woman trapped in a bad relationship to a joyful, optimistic tune with a ringing guitar line after she leaves him. Then there's another weird, mournful dirge (this one wordless) at the end, possibly indicating future uncertainty.
** "Sunday" starts off as a new age style song with vocal and strings, followed by a slight moment of silence, after which drums kick in and it becomes a melodic indie song.
* SpokenWordInMusic: "Yeat's Grave" quotes from [[http://www.bartleby.com/147/36.html a poem]] by [[Creator/WilliamButlerYeats the man himself]].
%%* TorchSong: "Will You Remember?" seems to be one.
* WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma: You could be correct, and call it "Yeats's Grave". Or you could adopt the wrong but very common convention that reflects how people usually pronounce possessives (and how you're singing it), and call it "Yeats' Grave". But calling it "Yeat's Grave" is ''definitely'' wrong.
* WarIsHell: "Zombie", about TheTroubles.
* WeirdWest: The video for "Promises" pits a sheriff against a resurrected witch, ShowdownAtHighNoon-style... and the witch delivers a CurbStompBattle.
* WhamLine: "Forever Yellow Skies"
--> Forever, I'll be forever holding you\\
Forever, I'll be forever holding you\\
Responsible, responsible, responsible