No Need to Argue

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No Need to Argue
Studio album by The Cranberries
Released 3 October 1994
Recorded January–August 1994
Genre Alternative rock
Length 52:30
Label Island
Producer Stephen Street
The Cranberries chronology
Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
No Need to Argue
To the Faithful Departed
Singles from No Need to Argue
  1. "Zombie"
    Released: 19 September 1994
  2. "Ode to My Family"
    Released: 21 November 1994
  3. "I Can't Be with You"
    Released: 27 February 1995
  4. "Ridiculous Thoughts"
    Released: 31 July 1995
  5. "Dreaming My Dreams"
    Released: November 1995
    (Promo only - UK)

No Need to Argue is the second studio album by Irish rock band The Cranberries, released in 1994. It was the band's most successful album, and has sold about 17 million copies worldwide. It contains the band's most successful single to date, "Zombie". The album's mood is darker and harsher than that on Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, released a year before. It shows a more mature performance by lyricist and vocalist Dolores O'Riordan, writing about war, death, love and disappointment. Her voice is clearer, without the previous album's double and triple voice layering.

In some of the songs, the band decided to take on a rockier and heavier side, using distortion and increasing the volume. The song "Yeats' Grave" – incorrectly listed on the album as "Yeat's Grave" and never corrected for any of the album's physical re-releases[1] – is about William Butler Yeats, and quotes one of his poems, No Second Troy. The song "Zombie", written by lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, is according to her about the IRA bombings in 1993 that resulted in the death of two children.[2]

For the sleeve design, Art Director Cally re-enlisted photographer Andy Earl and hired the same sofa that featured on the debut album. The sofa was transported by hand to many locations in and around Dublin including Dalkey Island, coming to rest in a photo-studio in Dublin where the white room had been constructed for the cover shot. Whilst travelling around Dublin in a bus: band and sofa aboard, the bus was shot at, the bullet piercing a side window but missing all on board. The band, somewhat influenced by a recent Blur photo, decided to dress up and wear suits. The hand lettering was by Charlotte Villiers; video co-ordinator at Island Records and distant relative of the Villiers engine manufacturing family. Each single sleeve featured the band on the sofa in a different location. The sofa went on to star in the video 'Alright' by the British band Supergrass.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B[5]
Q 4/5 stars[6]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[7]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[8]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[9]

In July 2014, Guitar World placed No Need to Argue at number 41 in their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Dolores O'Riordan; all music composed by O'Riordan and Noel Hogan except tracks 4, 7, 10–13 which are by O'Riordan.

No. Title Length
1. "Ode to My Family" 4:30
2. "I Can't Be with You" 3:07
3. "Twenty One" 3:07
4. "Zombie" 5:06
5. "Empty" 3:26
6. "Everything I Said" 3:52
7. "The Icicle Melts" 2:54
8. "Disappointment" 4:14
9. "Ridiculous Thoughts" 4:31
10. "Dreaming My Dreams" 3:37
11. "Yeat's Grave" 2:59
12. "Daffodil Lament" 6:14
13. "No Need to Argue" 2:54
Total length: 52:30
Re-release bonus tracks

The album was re-released in 2002, under the title No Need to Argue (The Complete Sessions 1994–1995). This version of the album featured bonus tracks as well as B-sides from the singles that lifted off the album.


  • Dolores O'Riordan – vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards
  • Noel Hogan – electric and acoustic guitars
  • Mike Hogan – bass guitar
  • Fergal Lawler – drums and percussion

Certifications, peaks and sales[edit]

Country Peak position Certification Sales/shipments
Australia 1 5x Platinum 350,000+
Austria 1 Platinum[11] 50,000+
Canada 3 5× Platinum[12] 500,000+
Finland Gold[13] 31,876+
Europe 5× Platinum[14] 5,000,000+
France 1 Diamond[15] 1,549,000[16]
Germany 1 Platinum[17] 500,000+
Netherlands 2 Platinum[18] 80,000+
Poland Platinum[19] 130,000+[20]
Switzerland 2 Platinum[21] 50,000+
United Kingdom 2 3× Platinum[22] 900,000+
United States 6 7× Platinum[23] 7,000,000+


  • "Away" was featured in the 1995 film Clueless.
  • "Ridiculous Thoughts", "Away", "I Don't Need" and "No Need to Argue" were featured in the British film Butterfly Kiss.[24]
  • "Ode to My Family", "Empty" and "Dreaming My Dreams" were featured in episodes of the American TV series Party of Five.
  • "No Need to Argue" was featured in the closing credits of the 2014 ITV Drama Show "Prey"


  1. ^ "No Need to Argue". 22 November 2006. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Zombie by The Cranberries Songfacts
  3. ^ AllMusic review
  4. ^ Chicago Tribune review
  5. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  6. ^ Album reviews at CD Universe
  7. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  8. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  10. ^ "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994". 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  11. ^ IFPI Austria
  12. ^ CRIA
  13. ^ IFPI Finland
  14. ^ IFPI Europe
  15. ^ Disque En France
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  17. ^ IFPI Germany
  18. ^ NVPI Archived 15 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ ZPAV Archived 21 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ Sales in Poland
  21. ^ IFPI Switzerland
  22. ^ BPI
  23. ^ RIAA
  24. ^ IMDb. Soundtracks for Butterfly Kiss. Retrieved on 2011-10-12.
Preceded by
Wired World of Sports II by The 12th Man
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
29 January – 4 February 1995
Succeeded by
Smash by The Offspring