The Video for The Cranberries’ “Zombie” Hits 1 Billion Views on YouTube

The Cranberries have long been synonymous with their biggest hit, 1993’s single ‘Zombie’ has now hit 1 Billion views on YouTube. They are the first Irish band ever to hit this milestone. The bands original label UMe/Island Records, ‘Zombie’ joins a small club of iconic artists to reach this landmark and the video is the fifth most viewed rock video of all time globally according to Louder Sound. From their album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, and written by Dolores O’Riordan as a protest song after IRA bombings in Warrington killed two children and injured 56 others in March 1993, “Zombie” was recorded at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin and was produced by long time Cranberries collaborator Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur). The official video directed by Samuel Bayer – who now notches his second billion viewed clip following Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. O’Riordan passed away in 2018. ‘Zombie’ went on to top the singles charts in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland and was #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in the US. In 1995 it was awarded ‘Best Song’ at the MTV Europe Music Awards, and was voted #1 on Australia’s Triple J Hottest 100 chart in 1994. On January 16th, 2018, Colin Parry – father of Tim Parry, the twelve-year-old victim of the Warrington bomb – thanked Dolores O’Riordan for the ‘majestic and (also) very real lyrics” in the track. Continue reading