Linger (song)

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"Linger(A Song for Denis)"
CranberriesLinger.jpg
Artwork for 1994 UK and European rereleases
Single by The Cranberries
from the album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
B-side "Liar", "Reason", "Them"
Released 23 February 1993
17 February 1994 (re-release)
Format
Recorded 1993
Genre
Length 4:34
4:11 (Edit)
Label Island
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Stephen Street
The Cranberries singles chronology
"Dreams"
(1992)
"Linger(A Song for Denis)"
(1993)
"Zombie"
(1994)
Audio sample
Music video
"Linger" on YouTube
Alternative cover
Artwork for US vinyl and CD releases
Artwork for US vinyl and CD releases

"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 United Kingdom. The song remained in the Billboard Hot 100 for 24 weeks. The song was voted by Triple J listeners as #3 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 1993 chart. In 2017, the song was released as an acoustic, stripped-down version on the band's lead single for Something Else album.[2]

Content[edit]

In the documentary '99 Love Life & Rock 'n' Roll, O'Riordan says that the song is about her first serious kiss. Originally, the lyrics were written by Cranberries' first singer Niall Quinn. After O'Riordan was hired as the lead singer for the band, she wrote her own set of lyrics, turning it into a song of regret based on a soldier she once fell in love with.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Linger", shot in grayscale, is a tribute to Jean-Luc Godard's 1965 science fiction noir film Alphaville. In one of the rooms of the hotel a silent film is being shown which features 1950s stripper Blaze Starr.[4]

Track listing[edit]

North American CD Single (1993)
  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
  1. "Linger" (Album Version) – 4:34
  2. "Reason" (Previously Unreleased) – 2:02
  3. "How" (Radical Mix) – 2:58
US CD Single/Promo
  1. "Linger" (Edit) – 4:11
  2. "Linger" (Album Version) – 4:34
US 7" Single/Promo
  1. "Linger" (Album Version) – 4:34
  2. "Dreams" (Album Version) – 4:32
Cassette Singles
US Cassingle
  1. "Linger" (Album Version) – 4:34
  2. "How" – 2:56
UK Cassingle
  1. "Linger" (Album Version) – 4:34
  2. "Reason" (Previously Unreleased) – 2:02
UK and European CD Single (1994)
  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
  1. "Linger" (Album Version) – 4:34
  2. "Pretty" – 2:16

Charts[edit]

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 O'Riordan made an appearance performing "Linger" in the wedding reception scene.

Covers[edit]

  • Brazilian TV host Angélica 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 the 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.[28]
  • Pakistani-American singer Nadia Ali released a cover of the song in 2018 under her side-project HYLLS.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard.com.
  2. ^ "The Cranberries Announce New Acoustic Album Something Else, Share "Linger": Listen". Pitchfork. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Linger" by The Cranberries - SongFacts (accessed 25 August 2016)
  4. ^ The Cranberries - Linger on YouTube (uploaded 16 June 2009)
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Cranberries – Linger". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2389." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 2408." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Linger". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Charts.nz – The Cranberries – Linger". Top 40 Singles.
  10. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  11. ^ "The Cranberries: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  12. ^ "The Cranberries Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  13. ^ "The Cranberries Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  14. ^ "The Cranberries Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  15. ^ "The Cranberries Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  16. ^ "The Cranberries Chart History (Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  17. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/digital-song-sales
  18. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/the-cranberries/chart-history/rock-songs
  19. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/the-cranberries/chart-history/rock-digital-song-sales
  20. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/the-cranberries/chart-history/rock-streaming-songs
  21. ^ "Official Charts > Cranberries". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  22. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/charts/irish-singles-chart/
  23. ^ "RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1994". RPM. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  24. ^ "RPM Top 100 AC tracks of 1994". RPM. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  25. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  26. ^ BPI certifications "BPI Awards". Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  27. ^ RIAA23434 certifications "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2012-04-24. (Retrieved 29 September 2011)
  28. ^ Modell, Josh (19 August 2014). "Real Estate covers The Cranberries". The A.V. Club. Onion, Inc. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  29. ^ Damoui, Yasmin (28 January 2018). "EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Nadia Ali Steps Out of the Nightclub & Into the Spotlight with New Project, HYLLS". Ones To Watch. Archived from the original on 18 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.