5 of The Cranberries’ most memorable music moments

5 of The Cranberries’ most memorable music moments

The Irish legend

Text: Esther Soh

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The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan has passed on at age 46. We remember 5 of The Cranberries' best songs

1. 'Zombie'
In memory of the two young boys killed in the 1993 IRA Warrington bombing, the late Dolores O'Riordan composed what would be the heaviest, most aggressive anthemic song to date. It elevated the band's music making from mainstream grunge to one with a distinctive proposition. It's of no wonder that O'Riordan's hauntingly powerful and wailing voice in this ferocious yet sombre anti-war song clinched the Best Song award at the 1995 MTV Europe Music awards.

2. 'Linger'
An audition demo turned Billboard Hot 100 single for 24 weeks reshaped what a first kiss meant in the '90s. The blend of O'Riordan's heartfelt vocals and unmistakable west Irish accent in 'Linger' led the band to international success. The Cranberries' first major hit was also a part of the remote-controlled flashback in the film drama-comedy Click, where O'Riordan performed 'Linger' in the wedding reception scene. Just like one's foolish first love, it always lingers...

3. 'Dreams'
The 1992 debut single is the summer fling that encompassed youthful innocence and delirious happiness, condensed into a strikingly lush love song. O'Riordan's stunningly husky voice blended with exquisite fragility and pulsing heartbeat percussion are the reasons why this classic tune has been used in pop culture such as Wong Kar-Wai's Chungking Express, the first Mission: Impossible and television series 90210, mirroring the highs and lows of romance.

4. 'Ode to my family'
In contrast to the sombre melodies of 'Zombie', this lullaby-like song surrounds O'Riordan's inner conflict between chasing her rock star dreams and complying to Irish traditions. Of reminiscence, loneliness and cravings for familial love, the 1994 hit song 'Ode to my family' demonstrates the harsh reality of trading simplicity for the spotlight. In her own words, this song was "a paean to the simple old days and the warmth and security of family life".

5. 'When you're gone'
This 1996 rock ballad cues immediate swaying from side to side as we drown in O'Riordan's melodious vocals once again. Bounding all forms of sorrow, loss and bereavement, we could put this indelible hit on play once more today as the world loses yet another legend.

The Cranberries' lead singer Dolores O'Riordan passed away on 15 January.