Dolores O’ Riordan, best-known for being the frontwoman of The Cranberries, has sadly passed away at the age of 46. The news came yesterday that she died suddenly in London and tributes from fans, musicians and celebrities have been pouring in ever since.
The Limerick native and her band were renowned for songs like 'Linger', 'Zombie', 'Dreams' and many others which became anthems for young and old throughout generations. It will come as little surprise then that their songs feature in various soundtracks and have been referenced countless times in film and television, finding a place in movies as diverse as Empire Records and Mission: Impossible.
Here’s our pick of ten times the songs of The Cranberries featured in film and TV, or were referenced.
R.I.P. Dolores O’ Riordan.
When Elton had to go find his Cranberries CD, knowing it was valuable enough that someone could try to snatch it up…
… and when he later tried to impress Cher by playing and serenading her with the song ‘Away’, because The Cranberries’ music is so irresistible.
When The Cranberries performed at P3 in Charmed, which was just heaven on earth.
— Patrick Kavanagh (@PatrickKTV) January 16, 2018
The inspiring hit single ‘Dreams’ features on several movie and TV soundtracks, including the aforementioned Mission: Impossible, as well as teen drama My So-Called Life, and sweet rom com You’ve Got Mail.
Covers of Dreams have also featured on a good few soundtracks, including this rendition of the number from Song of My Voice, starring The OA’s Brit Marling…
… and this Cantonese cover in the Kar-Wai Wong helmer Chungking Express.
Power ballad ‘Zombie’ featured in The Office…
… and was covered as recently as Pitch Perfect 3, sung by Orange is the New Black star Ruby Rose.
It wasn’t the best movie but damnit, Click used The Cranberries the iconic single ‘Linger’ in the most beautiful, moving way it’s probably ever been used on the big screen. Linger was the song that Adam Sandler and Kate Beckinsale’s characters first kiss to.
Later, Dolores sings a slow version of the song as the characters dance when they’re older and contemplate the life they might have had (apologies for the quality and lack of English language, but it captures Dolores’ gorgeous, soulful voice, which is the main thing).