Linger (song)

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Artwork for original 1992 UK and European releases
Single by The Cranberries
from the album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
B-side Reason, Them
Released February 23, 1993
February 17, 1994 (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
Music video
"Linger" on YouTube
Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? track listing
"Not Sorry"
Audio sample
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Alternate covers
USA cover (1993)

"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 in the United States,[1] and #14 in the UK. The song was voted by Triple J listeners as #3 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 1993 chart.


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


Chart (1993–94) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[15] 33
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 4
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 38
Scottish Singles Chart[18] 8
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 14
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[19] 18
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[19] 4
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[19] 7
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[19] 8


Country Certification Date Sales certified
United Kingdom[20] Gold 22 July 2013 60,000
United States[21] Gold 26 January 1994 500,000

Usage in media[edit]

The song was used in episode 18 of the second season of ABC's show Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 where one of the main characters June called it "her breakup song". "Linger" also appeared on an episode of Hindsight.

The song was also used in the 2006 movie Click where it first played during the bar scene. In addition, Dolores made an appearance performing "Linger" in the wedding reception scene.

The song was also played on the June 22, 2015 episode of ABC TV's "The Bachelorette".

The song has been featured as a playable track in the Rock Band videogame series.

The song was also featured on an episode of Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer (aired April 15, 2014), during the Cable Company sketch where Amy travels to New Delhi, India to meet with the customer service representative Janardin after breaking down while trying to have her Internet connection fixed.


  • Brazilian TV host Angélica (famous for her hit "Vou de Táxi") sang a cover version titled "Se A Gente Se Entender" ("If We Understand Each Other"), which also received a music video.
  • 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 on their second album, Anugerah Hidup.
  • A section of the song is sung with the lyrics changed in the NBC comedy Community.
  • American indie rock band Real Estate performed a version of the song in August 2014 for The A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover series.[22]