Music / The Cranberries
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 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 "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 John Lennon, 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.


  • 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:

  • Altum Videtur: "adiuva me Domine deus"—"help me, O God"—from "Electric Blue Eyes"
  • Author Tract: A lot of O'Riordan's lyrics.
  • Band of Relatives: Mike and Noel Hogan are brothers.
  • Boyish Short Hair: For a good period of The '90s and briefly during their reunion tour, Dolores sported this hairstyle and even sported a buzz cut for the cover picture of To the Faithfully Departed.
  • Cover Version: Their cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" on Legacy: a Tribute to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. They also did a cover of Carpenters' "Close to You" for the tribute album If I Were a Carpenter.
  • Drugs Are Bad: "Salvation", in which Dolores O'Riordan admonishes kids to, you know, not do drugs.
  • Greatest Hits Album: Stars: The Best of 19922002
  • Grief Song: "Cordell" was written as a tribute to Irish record producer Denny Cordell, who died in 1995.
  • Pun-Based Title: "The Cranberry Saw Us" might be the worst band name in history.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: After 11 years off.
  • Record Producer: Stephen Street has produced four of their six albums.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: 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.
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: Dolores O'Riordan, frequently.
  • Smoldering Shoes: 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.
  • Song Style Shift:
    • "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.
  • Spoken Word in Music: "Yeat's Grave" quotes from a poem by the man himself.
  • Wanton Cruelty to the Common Comma: 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.
  • Wham Line: "Forever Yellow Skies"
    Forever, I'll be forever holding you
    Forever, I'll be forever holding you
    Responsible, responsible, responsible