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The Corrs. Left to right - Caroline, Jim, Andrea and Sharon
She's never gonna be like the one before,
She read it in her stars that there's something more,
No matter what it takes, no matter how she breaks,
She'll be the Queen of Hollywood..
"Queen of Hollywood"

The Corrs are an Irish folk/pop/soft rock band, consisting of three sisters and one brother from the Corr family. Formed in 1990, they acheived major commercial success in 1995 and continued touring, recording and releasing popular albums for ten years before going on hiatus in 2005 to allow all four members time out to get married, have children, raise families and work on solo projects. After some doubt as to whether they'd ever reunite, the band announced they were working on a new album, which was released in late 2015. As usual, The Other Wiki has a detailed breakdown of their music and career here.



  • Andrea (lead vocals, tin whistle)
  • Sharon (violin, vocals)
  • Caroline (drums, piano, bodhrán, vocals)
  • Jim (guitar, piano, vocals).



Tropes used by the band include:

  • Age-Progression Song: "Queen of Hollywood".
  • Album Title Drop: Most albums are titled for a song on the album or a lyric from it.
    • Forgiven not Forgotten is named after the title track, as are Borrowed Heaven and White Light.
    • Talk on Corners is named from a lyric in the song "Queen of Hollywood".
    "And her friends they talk on corners, they could never comprehend."
    • In Blue takes its title from a lyric from "Give me a Reason".
    "It's not romantic here in blue, swimming, swimming in blue..."
    • Jupiter Calling takes its title from a lyric in "SOS".
    "Or jupiter calling, can you hear them cry?"
    • Home is the exception as it was named because the band were going "home" to their Irish musical roots on the album.
  • Award-Bait Song: "Looking Through Your Eyes" from Quest for Camelot has all the characteristics, although another song from the movie, "The Prayer", was the one that got a Golden Globe.
  • Band of Relatives: All four members are siblings.
  • Be Yourself: "Irresistible", "Would You Be Happier?".
  • Bookends: A lot of their music videos begin and end in the same manner.
  • Boxed Set: The Original Album Series, released in 2011. Contains the five studio albums.
  • Break-Up Song: "Don't Say You Love Me" and "Long Night" are a more traditional straight examples. "Give Me A Reason" overlaps this with What the Hell, Hero?, while "I Never Loved You Anyway" is basically a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Brutal Honesty: "I Never Loved You Anyway" is a very, very blunt Break-Up Song.
  • Clip Show: The band usually shows their tours in alternative music videos ("Runaway", "Long Night", "Goodbye").
  • Color Motif: Something black, blue or/and gold are always present in their music videos.
  • Cool Shades: Jim is rarely without shades in the music videos.
  • Cover Version: They covered Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams".
  • Dance of Romance: The climatic scene of the music video for "One Night" happens in a ball.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Both Sharon and Caroline are the lead vocals in the song "No Frontiers".
  • Dogged Nice Guy: "What Can I Do?" seems to be the female version of this.
  • Dramatic Shattering: Jim throws a chair out of a window in the music video for "Give Me A Reason".
  • Due to the Dead: "Angel" is dedicated to their late mother who passed away when they were recording their (at the time) newest album.
  • Family Title: The band's name is actually their real surname.
  • Follow Your Heart: Practically every single one of their love songs. Their Signature Song, "Runaway", is perhaps the taker.
    "I would runaway with you..."
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Andrea is Melancholic, Jim is Choleric, Sharon is Leukine, Caroline is Sanguine.
  • Greatest Hits Album: As you can see above, they have three from a discography of five albums. Although once you start adding the high quality live albums and unplugged albums (and oddly great tracks hidden away on B-sides or bonus discs) which have their own specific songs it looks far more reasonable. A buyer also gets more value for money from each subsequent release. The first was made after their third album was released and has eighteen songs. The second Dreams contained twenty-one songs and was released after their fourth and fifth albums were released as well as several unplugged and live albums. The Works was released as a three CD set with fifty-six tracks.
  • Genki Girl: Onstage, Andrea is known for boundless energy - Jim revealed her nickname to be Danger Dizzy.
  • Genre Roulette: Their discography ranges from pure pop, folk rock, folk pop, instrumental folk tunes, soft rock and combinations of all.
  • Grief Song: Borrowed Heaven was made after their mother's death, and it shows: while "Angel" and "Goodbye" may sound upbeat, they are actually this.
  • Growing Up Sucks: The song "So Young" is an upbeat and optimistic take on this trope.
  • Happily Married: All three sisters. Jim? Not so much.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Going with the metaphors in ''Somebody For Someone", there is this line:
    And he sees in her an angel, in the cruelest of worlds.
  • Hypocritical Humor: "Would You be Happier?" is a song about being yourself. The music video for it shows the group selling out.
  • Intercourse with You: "Only When I Sleep" is about fantasizing about someone.
  • "I Want" Song:"What Can I Do", "On My Father's Wings" from Quest for Camelot.
  • Little Black Dress: The girls, Andrea especially, are fond of wearing this in the promotional materials, concerts and music videos.
  • Live Album: They have two.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Normally the heaviest they get is Level 2 as Soft or Pop Rock. "Only When I Sleep", "Secret Life", "Breathless", "I Never Loved You Anyway" and "Love In The Milky Way" and "Angel" being the most prominent examples of their more mainstream Soft Rock sound. Some of the tracks on Forgiven not Forgotten such as "Toss the Feathers" arguably edge towards Level 3. Much of their other work wouldn't chart, being pop, folk-pop or pure folk. Their acoustic stuff would hit Level 1 as would some of their more folk-rock stuff, their cover of "Dreams", "Borrowed Heaven", "All In A Day", "Forgiven Not Forgotten" for example.
  • New Sound Album: Each of their albums skirt a line from pop to pop-folk, pop-rock and folk. To what extent can differ drastically:
    • Forgiven, Not Forgotten, is a roughly fifty-fifty split between instrumental folk and pop-rock.
    • Talk On Corners ditched the instrumental songs almost completely (only "Paddy McCarthy" was instrumental, it does contain minor vocals and is more dance than folk-instrumental; there's also a quite prominent instrumental outro on "When He's Not Around"). The other songs being straight pop, which lead to the BBC radio changing their classification of the band from Folk to Pop, which moved them to a different, more popular radio station which itself started to play their songs, beginning their rise to fame.
    • In Blue was slightly different to Talk On Corners, except that songs like "Breathless" and "No More Cry" are more pop-rock than straight pop. It became their first success in the United States. (The bridge between the two albums was a special edition release of Talk on Corners, which included several much dance music orientated remixes of some of the earlier tracks.) The pseudo-instrumental "Rebel Heart" truly felt like a tacked-on token effort.
    • Borrowed Heaven had a more edgy, guitar based sound than In Blue, and some of the songs, like "Confidence", are closer to straight rock than pop-rock. And this time, for "Rebel Heart" read "Silver Strand".
    • Home, is comprised almost completely of folk songs, and includes a pair of songs sung in Irish. It also brought back the instrumental songs.
  • Odd Name Out: Andrea is the only one whose name starts with a vowel, while Jim is the only one who doesn't have an "R" in his name. He also appears to be the only one who doesn't have an "N" in his name, but his real name is James Steven Ignatius .
  • The Oldest Profession: Somebody For Someone can be interpreted as a heavily-metaphored song about this.
  • The One Guy: Jim.
  • One True Love: "Runaway", "All The Love In The World", "Kiss Of Life".
  • Orbital Shot: In the "So Young" music video.
  • Power Glows: The group has some sort of "chi" surrounding them in the "Irresistible" music video.
  • Radio Song: "Listen to the Radio"
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Aside from her beautiful singing voice, Andrea is known for her pretty face, pale skin and jet-black hair. Both Sharon and Caroline count too, but they tend to dye their hair in a lighter hue.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "I Never Loved You Anyway" is a pretty snarky one to an ex-lover.
  • Red Baron: Caroline's monicker is the "Chick with Stick(s)". It's actually a Fandom Nod as it's originally a Fan Nickname.
  • Scenery Porn: The music video for "What Can I Do?" beautifully highlights the New Zealand area it was shot at.
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: Inverted. All three of the girls perform the vocals and backups, and are all good enough singers that they could all perform lead vocals if they had too.
  • Sex Equals Love: Heavily implied in the music video for "One Night".
  • Sexy Silhouette: The girls in the "Breathless" music video.
  • Signature Style: They tend to shoot their music videos in Sepia.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: And do, on several occasions. (You have to try quite hard to hear Jim, though; he does occasionally get a noticeable vocal part, particularly on "No Good For Me".)
  • The Tease: Andrea in the "Breathless" music video.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Caroline appears more of a grown-up Shorttank in the music videos and in concerts, though she can still be really feminine too.
  • Trash the Set:
    • The "Give Me A Reason" video shows Jim throwing a chair out of a window.
    • The music video for "Summer Sunshine" shows the band/siblings gradually destroying an old house where a couple sneaked in (presumably to have sex).
    • The "Would You Be Happier?" music video parodies the stereotypical rock music videos where they destroy their guitars.
  • Unplugged Version: At least one version of In Blue came with a bonus disc featuring acoustic versions of many (though not all) of the songs on the album. The Corrs Unplugged was part of the MTV Unplugged series.
  • White Stallion: Shows up in the music video for "Give Me A Reason" during some of Andrea's scenes.
  • Woman Scorned: "I Never Loved You Anyway" can basically be interpreted as a very blunt and bitter Break-Up Song.


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