Linger (song)
"Linger" is a song composed by Irish
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 musicians Dolores O'Riordan
Dolores O'Riordan
Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan is an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. She led The Cranberries to worldwide success and fame for 13 years before the band took a hiatus in 2003. Her first solo album Are You Listening? was released in May 2007...

 and Noel Hogan
Noel Hogan
Noel Anthony Hogan is the guitarist and co-songwriter of The Cranberries.With The Cranberries on hiatus from 2003–2009, Noel turned to focus on his own music. He began working with programmer Matt Vaughan, who had already done work on unreleased Cranberries songs and Dolores O'Riordan's solo...

 of the rock
Rock and roll
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 band The Cranberries
The Cranberries
The Cranberries are an Irish rock band formed in Limerick in 1989 under the name The Cranberry Saw Us, later changed by vocalist Dolores O'Riordan. The band currently consists of O'Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler...

. The song, which has an acoustic arrangement featuring a string section, became the band's first major hit, peaking at #3 in the Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
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, #8 in the US and #14 in the UK.

In the documentary
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 '99 Love Life & Rock 'n' Roll, O'Riordan says that the song is about her first serious kiss
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"Linger" was listed as #86 on VH1
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's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s.

Track listing

UK 7" single (1993)
  1. "Linger"
  2. "Reason"

UK 12" single / CD-single (1993)
  1. "Linger" (single version) - 4:33
  2. "Reason" - 2:02
  3. "How" (Radical Mix) - 2:56

USA 7" single (1993)
  1. "Linger"
  2. "Them"

USA CD single (1993)
  1. "Linger" - 4:34
  2. "Liar" - 2:21
  3. "Them" - 3:44
  4. "Reason" - 2:01

UK 7" single (1994 re-release)
  1. "Linger"
  2. "Pretty"

UK CD-single (1994 re-release)
  1. "Linger" (LP version) - 4:33
  2. "Pretty" - 2:16
  3. "Waltzing Back" (Live at The Record Plant, Hollywood) - 4:01
  4. "Pretty" (Live at The Record Plant, Hollywood) - 2:11

USA 7" (1994 re-release)
  1. "Linger"
  2. "Dreams
    Dreams (The Cranberries song)
    "Dreams" is the first single released by rock band The Cranberries. The song is taken from their 1993 debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?...



Chart (1993-1994) Peak
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 18
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 8
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 End of year chart (1994) 49


Country Certification Date Sales certified
United States Gold 26 January 1994 500,000


  • Brazilian TV host Angélica
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     (famous for hit "Vou de Táxi") sang a cover version called "Se A Gente Se Entender" ("If We Understand Ourselves"). The song has a music video
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  • Chicago punk band Screeching Weasel
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     covered the song on their album Emo
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  • Kelly Clarkson
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     has covered this song.

Appearances in other media

  • The song is available as a playable song for the Rock Band
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    series of music video game
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    s as downloadable content.
  • The song is featured on the Xbox 360
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     game, Lips
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    as downloadable content.
  • The song is featured in the 2006 movie Click, starring Adam Sandler
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  • The song is featured in an episode of the NBC
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     sitcom Community (TV Series)
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    , with altered lyrics.
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