Ridiculous Thoughts

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"Ridiculous Thoughts"
Single by The Cranberries
from the album No Need to Argue
Released 31 July 1995 (UK)
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:35
Label Island
Writer(s) O'Riordan, Hogan
Producer(s) Stephen Street
The Cranberries singles chronology
"I Can't Be With You"
"Ridiculous Thoughts"
Music video
"Ridiculous Thoughts" on YouTube

"Ridiculous Thoughts" is a song by The Cranberries, released as the fourth single from their second studio album No Need to Argue. In North America, it was the third single of the album, as "I Can't Be with You" was released only in Fall 1995 in this territory. In 2017, the song was released as an acoustic, striped down version on the band's Something Else album.[1]

Background and writing[edit]

"Ridiculous Thoughts" was recorded at The Manor Studios, Oxford and Townhouse Studios, London, during the 1994 sessions for No Need to Argue. The music for "Ridiculous Thoughts" was written by Dolores O'Riordan and Noel Hogan.

The lyrics were written by O'Riordan about her problems with British press and journalists. It was produced and engineered by Stephen Street.

Single release and chart performance[edit]

"Ridiculous Thoughts" was released as a single in July 1995. It had mild success in Ireland reaching #23 and some success in both the UK and the U.S.

As most of the Cranberries' singles in the United States, a physical CD single was not released commercially, so it did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100. It did peak at number fourteen on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart, and number twenty in the UK.

Track listing[edit]

CD single UK, Australia, Spain[2]
  1. "Ridiculous Thoughts" (Album Version) - 4:31
  2. "Linger" (Album Version) - 4:34
  3. "Twenty One" (Live at The Point, Dublin) - 3:05
  4. "Ridiculous Thoughts" (Live at The Point, Dublin) - 6:08
CD single France, Japan[3]
  1. "Ridiculous Thoughts" (Album Version) - 4:31
  2. "I Can't Be With You" (Live at The Point, Dublin) - 3:10
  3. "Twenty One" (Live at The Point, Dublin) - 3:05
  4. "Ridiculous Thoughts" (Live at The Point, Dublin) - 6:08
7" single
  1. "Ridiculous Thoughts" (Album Version) - 4:31
  2. "Linger" (Album Version) - 4:34

Music video[edit]

The video clip for "Ridiculous Thoughts" was directed on May 1995 by Samuel Bayer and later redone by the band, using the pseudonym "Freckles Flynn".

The band was shown in front of the freaks of a circus signs (monkey rodeo, rubber skin man, etc.) on a deserted location. It features a young Elijah Wood, who tries to follow some kind of radio signal (which seems to be guided by O'Riordan's voice), all around the ruins of a building.

O'Riordan stated that the band did not understand or identify with the concept that Bayer had shown in the video, and thus, they decided to redo it, mixing the original tape with live footage from their American Tour. The original version of the video was later included on Stars: The Best of Videos 1992–2002 DVD.


Chart (1995) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 60
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 23
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 43
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[7] 22
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 20


  1. ^ "The Cranberries Announce New Acoustic Album Something Else, Share "Linger": Listen". Pitchfork. March 14, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  2. ^ Discogs, Ridiculous Thoughts UK CD single, CID 616, 854 391-2.
  3. ^ Discogs, Ridiculous Thoughts France/Japan CD single. 854 423-2.
  4. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  5. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie Archived 2009-06-03 at WebCite (Retrieved August 31, 2009)
  6. ^ "Charts.org.nz – The Cranberries – Ridiculous Thoughts". Top 40 Singles.
  7. ^ "Archive Chart: 1995-08-12". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  8. ^ "Archive Chart: 1995-08-12" UK Singles Chart.