Remembering Dolores O’Riordan with a 90s Nostalgia Playlist



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News of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan’s sudden passing hit many music lovers hard. A band that helped define the 90's with their jangly alt rock sound and O’Riordan’s distinctive yodel, the Cranberries swayed dreamily into the hearts of fans around the world and have remained there ever since.

To commiserate and pay tribute, we’re taking a trip into the nostalgia of early 90's. These tracks might not bring Dolores back but they will help remember what made this era so great for music.

The Cranberries - Linger

While Zombie might be the controversial high watermark for the band, Linger’s sweeter jangles feel more appropriate for remembering the instrumental and vocal talents of Dolores.

Duran Duran - Ordinary World

1993 was a huge year for Duran Duran. Ordinary World and Come Undone were both huge hits. There's also a link between the band and Dolores, who was married to Duran Duran’s tour manager, Don Burton.

Garbage – Stupid Girl

Another female led band that helped define the 90s, Shirley Manson is Scottish, but the band has its humble roots in Wisconsin, USA. The band was also one of the first to commiserate over the passing of Dolores.

Guns N Roses - November Rain

The 90s was the era of the power ballad, and they don't get more powerful (or more ballad-y) than November Rain.

The song itself has a deep history. Axl Rose began composing it as early as 1983, and a rough, live version was first released in Australia in 1998 by Waggle Records as part of an unidentified concert.

No Doubt – Don’t Speak

The third single in No Doubt’s 1995 album Tragic Kingdom. With no commercial single release (Yeah, remember those) the song was ineligible for the Billboard Hot 100, but did reach number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay Chart, where it stayed for 16 weeks. It’s still a popular song today, with almost 130 million plays on Spotify at time of publishing.

Tony! Toni! Toné! - If I Had No Loot

The Cranberries are one of Ireland's biggest bands, second only to U2 for albums sold. While Tony! Toni! Toné! might not have enjoyed the same level of success, If I Had No Loot is one of those 90s songs that can get you moving even during the bad times.

Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You

Probably the greatest romance song of all time and Billboard’s top song for 1993. Say no more.

Snap! - Rhythm Is A Dancer

Party anthems don't get any better than this. A follow-up to their 1990 smash hit The Power, Snap! Stayed together until 1996, reforming again in 2000, they continue to this day (albeit with a number of lineup changes). The Cranberries also broke up and reformed, ending the band in 2003 and reforming six years later in 2009.

Spin Doctors - Two Princes

Spin Doctors aren’t everyone's cup of tea, but when you're escaping into nostalgia of early 90s hits the Doctors provide the right medicine. For better or worse, the New York based band is still going.

Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven

Pulling on the heart strings with this one. But if we're commemorating a rock idol’s passing, there's truly no better song for it.

You can listen to the whole playlist below.

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