* {{Anvilicious}} / FanonDiscontinuity: ''To the Faithful Departed'' was largely disowned by fans for this very reason, with the songs "Salvation" and "I Just Shot John Lennon" being particularly singled out as the band's weakest.
* AwesomeMusic:
** Their cover of "Go Your Own Way" by Music/FleetwoodMac is really something to hear. Dolores O'Riordan's vocals are a perfect fit.
** "Linger" is incredibly pretty and also [[TearJerker incredibly sad.]]
** {{Anvilicious}} rarely sounds as invigorating and loud as "Zombie."
* BrokenBase / ContestedSequel: Any material after their first two albums falls into this trope.
* ChorusOnlySong: "Linger."
* DorkAge: ''To The Faithful Departed'' is this for a lot of fans.
* SignatureSong: Their three biggest hits; "Dreams", "Linger", and "Zombie".
** ''To the Faithfully Departed'': "Salvation" and "When You're Going".
** ''Bury the Hatchet'': "Promises" and "Just My Imagination", the latter due to the band's appearance in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.
** ''Wake Up and Smell the Coffee'': "Analyse"
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: "Zombie", written about UsefulNotes/TheTroubles, tells us "Stop your fighting to think about the children being hurt!"
* SongAssociation:
** "Linger" with its prominent usage in ''Film/{{Click}}''.
** Faye Wong's cover of "Dreams", thanks in part to ''Film/ChungkingExpress'' and being the soundtrack to [[MemeticMutation a video of a car on fire]].
* TearJerker: "Linger" is just heartbreaking, one of the alt-rock era's saddest songs.
** Perhaps even worse is the title track from ''No Need To Argue,'' with only an organ and vocals for instrumentation. It's like listening to a funeral.