The Cranberries

Linger

Song Review by

This is a song of regret, epic in scope and sweeping. Although many songs from the early '90s seemed to be a pastiche of previous decades, "Linger" is a definitive song from one of the decade's most promising bands. While this isn't lyrically novel, the full-on emotionality of lead singer Dolores O'Riordan makes this stand out. Singing in a strong Irish brogue she comes off both needy and detached here. It's that emotion that powers this track. Producer Stephen Street gave this a striking mix of gloss and earthiness, which is where the most believable ballads reside. O'Riordan's vocals are overdubbed on choice lyrics and the chorus. It's the chorus of "I'm just a fool for you/You've got me wrapped around your finger" that made the song, especially the way O'Riordan lingered on the word "finger." With its strong string arrangement, and chiming guitars, and the marching band-like drumming, this is a gorgeous and timeless song. Although the emotions do run deep on this track, the pain offered here is almost cathartic.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1993 Island 4:33
Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? 1993 Island 4:34
Triple J Hottest 100 1994
Various Artists
4:34
Rock Am Ring 1994
Various Artists
4:33
No Image 1994 The Last Bootleg 5:38
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI
No Image 1994 KTS 5:18
Emerald Rock [Alex] 1995
Various Artists
4:32
Ridiculous Thoughts 1995 Phantom 4:34
It's Only Rock N Roll [Sony International] 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:33
Music of the Millennium, Vol. 2 [Universal] 2000
Various Artists
Universal International 4:30
Treasure Box: The Complete Sessions, 1991-1999 2002 Island 4:34
Radio Waves of the '90s: Alternative Rock Hits 2002
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:34
Stars: The Best of 1992-2002 [DVD] 2002 Universal Distribution
Stars: The Best of the Cranberries 1992-2002 2002 Island 4:34
Greatest Irish Bands [Bonus DVD] 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:31
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Cranberries 2005 Island 4:34
The Best of the Cranberries [DVD] 2005 Island Def Jam Music Group
Buzz Ballads [Single Disc] 2006
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 4:36
True 90s 2006
Various Artists
Universal 4:35
The Collection 2007 UMVD 4:36
Gold 2008 Island / mercury 4:35
Top of the Pops 1994 2008
Various Artists
EMI 4:29
Icon 2010 Island 4:31
This Is the Sound of...the Cranberries 2010 Universal / Universal Distribution 4:35
Roses 2012 Cooking Vinyl 0:00
90s Anthems: The Ultimate Collection [2014] 2014
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection / Universal 0:00
Something Else 2017 BMG / UK 4:55
Throwback Tunes: 90s 2017
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 4:34
The Best of the Cranberries: Green Series 2018 Strategic Marketing 4:36
100 Essential Love Songs
Various Artists
Universal Music 4:34
100 Hits
Various Artists
Universal 4:35
Mother's Love Songs, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Universal 4:35
Pure Love Songs, Pt. 3
Various Artists
Universal Music 4:29
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 4:34
Sus 50 Mejores Canciones Universal 4:33
Total Woman
Various Artists
Universal 4:35
What's Up, Vol. 4: The Best Alternative Hits of the 90s
Various Artists
Magnum