Linger (song)

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"Linger"
Single by The Cranberries
from the album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Released February 23, 1993
October 17, 1993 (re-release)
Format CD, 7", 12"
Recorded 1993
Genre Alternative rock, soft rock
Length 4:34
Label Island
Writer(s) Dolores O'Riordan, Noel Hogan
Producer(s) Stephen Street
The Cranberries singles chronology
"Dreams"
(1992)
"Linger"
(1993)
"Zombie"
(1994)
Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? track listing
"Not Sorry"
(6)
"Linger"
(7)
"Wanted"
(8)
Audio sample
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Alternate covers
USA cover (1993)
UK cover (1994 re-release)

"Linger" is a song composed by Irish musicians Dolores O'Riordan and Noel Hogan of the rock band The Cranberries, released in 1993. 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, #8[1] in the United States and #14 in the UK.

Content[edit]

In the documentary '99 Love Life & Rock 'n' Roll, O'Riordan says that the song is about her first serious kiss.

Track listing[edit]

North American CD Single (1993)[2]
  1. "Linger" (Album Version) - 4:34
  2. "Liar" (Previously Unreleased) - 2:22
  3. "Them" (Previously Unreleased) - 3:43
  4. "Reason"(Previously Unreleased) - 2:02
"Liar" has previously appeared on the Dreams single. "Them" and "Reason" are written by Dolores O'Riordan and Noel Hogan.
UK and European 12" Single[3]/CD Single[4]
  1. "Linger" (Album Version) - 4:34
  2. "Reason" (Previously Unreleased) - 2:02
  3. "How" (Radical Mix) - 2:58
US CD Single/Promo[5]
  1. "Linger" (Edit) - 4:11
  2. "Linger" (Album Version) - 4:34
US 7" Single/Promo[6][7]
  1. "Linger" (Album Version) - 4:34
  2. "Dreams" (Album Version) - 4:32
Cassette Singles
US Cassingle[8][9]
  1. "Linger" (Album Version) - 4:34
  2. "How" - 2:56
UK Cassingle[10]/UK and European 7" Single[11]
  1. "Linger" (Album Version) - 4:34
  2. "Reason" (Previously Unreleased) - 2:02
UK and European CD Single (1994)[12]
  1. "Linger" (Album Version) - 4:34
  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
UK and European 7" Single[13]/Cassette Single[14]
  1. "Linger" (Album Version) - 4:34
  2. "Pretty" - 2:16

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993–94) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[15] 33
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 4
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 38
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 14
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[18] 18
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[18] 4
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[18] 7
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[18] 8

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
United Kingdom[19] Gold 22 July 2013 60,000
United States[20] Gold 26 January 1994 500,000

Covers[edit]

  • Brazilian TV host Angélica (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 too.
  • Chicago punk band Screeching Weasel covered the song on their album Emo.
  • Kelly Clarkson has covered this song.
  • Collegiate a cappella group the Beelzebubs covered the song on their album Pandæmonium.
  • The Malaysian band called Estranged made a cover of this track to be included in their 2nd album 'Anugerah Hidup'.

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