15th January 2018 came with a shock to many music lovers, and especially to the fans of The Cranberries – the Irish rock band formed in Limerick, Ireland back in 1989. Their frontwoman, and people’s favorite, Dolores O’Riordan was found unresponsive at the London Hilton on Park Lane hotel in Mayfair. She was pronounced dead later that morning.
One of the alt-rock era’s biggest success, The Cranberries kept delivering hit singles and were regularly featured on alternative radio and MTV all through the mid-’90s.
At the time O’Riordan died, she had already recorded vocals for a new album. In September 2018, guitarist Noel Hogan confirmed that they would be completing the last album as a final act for the band. This new album, to be released in 2019, would be aptly titled “In The End” – as it was the end for all of them, he said. On the first anniversary of O’Riordan’s death in 2019, they released the first single from the album called “All Over Now“.
The Cranberries and O’Riordan have been my personal favorites for a long time now and their songs bring back so many memories. It’s hard to control my emotions as I compile this list of the very best of The Cranberries.
Íosa (from Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, 1993)
A tribute to her grandfather, this is the only song the band recorded in the Gaelic language. Previously unreleased, this track will be available in the deluxe 25th-anniversary of The Cranberries’ debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? A haunting track, its title translates to “Jesus” was inspired by O’Riordan’s childhood, when she was a regular soloist at the liturgical events at her school, Laurel Hill in Limerick.
Why? (from Something Else, 2017)
Tell me can you hear me I’m calling
Tell me you can hear me, don’t cry
Tell me that you’re not feeling lonely
Somewhere in between where and why…
Tomorrow (from Roses, 2012)
After a long hiatus from 2003, the Limerick quartet regrouped for their 2012 release of “Roses” which recaptured the “delicate, darker mood” of the band’s earlier works.
Analyse (from Wake Up And Smell The Coffee, 2001)
For you opened my eyes
To the beauty I see…
Liar (from Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, 1993)
I will run, I will fight
I will take you through the night…
Promises (from Bury The Hatchet, 1999)
All the promises we made
All the meaningless and empty words I prayed…
Animal Instinct (from Bury The Hatchet, 1999)
And the thing that gets to me
Is you’ll never really see
And the thing that freaks me out
Is I’ll always be in doubt…
Free To Decide (from To The Faithful Departed, 1996)
It’s not worth anything more than this at all
I live as I choose or I will not live at all…
You must have nothing more with your time to do
There’s a war in Russia and Sarajevo, too…
When You’re Gone (from To The Faithful Departed, 1996)
And in the night
I could be helpless
I could be lonely
Sleeping without you…
Dreams (from Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, 1993)
I know I’ve felt like this before
But now I’m feeling it even more
Because it came from you
And then I open up and see
The person falling here is me
A different way to be…
Zombie (from No Need To Argue, 1994)
Another head hangs lowly
Child is slowly taken
And the violence caused such silence
Who are we mistaken?
Salvation (from To The Faithful Departed, 1996)
To all those people doing lines
Don’t do it, don’t do it
Inject your soul with liberty
It’s free, it’s free…
Ode To My Family (from No Need To Argue, 1994)
My mother, my mother, she hold me
Did she hold me when I was out there?
My father, my father, he liked me
Oh, he liked me, does anyone care?
Linger (from Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, 1993)
But I’m in so deep
You know I’m such a fool for you
You got me wrapped around your finger…
I Can’t Be With You (from No Need To Argue, 1994)
Lying in my bed again
And I cry ’cause you’re not here.
Crying in my head again
And I know that it’s not clear…
All Over Now (from In the End, 2019)
Do you remember
Remember the night
At a hotel in London
They started to fight
She told her man that
She fell on the ground
She was afraid that
The truth would be found…