Remembering The Cranberries' Captivating “Zombie” on MTV Unplugged

Remembering The Cranberries' Captivating “Zombie” on MTV Unplugged

Dolores O'Riordan. (Photo by Patti Ouderkirk/WireImage/Getty Images. 

The MTV Unplugged stage has seen its fair share of iconic moments over the years and The Cranberries 1994 performance, led by enthralling frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan, is up there with the best. 

Sadly, we lost a great artist when O’Riordan passed away in 2018. As a songwriter, singer and performer, she held an unmatched intensity that was authentic, raw and altogether captivating; never more potent than on their 1994 No Need To Argue hit, “Zombie.” 

The song was written in condemnation of the 1993 IRA bombing in Warrington. O'Riordan was deeply affected by the tragedy and poured her anger and frustration into the harrowing track. Her humanity reverberated loudly around the world when it became the band’s biggest-selling single, reaching number one in several countries and topping the US alt-rock charts.

“Zombie” is a heavier cut in The Cranberries catalogue, matching the heaviness of the subject matter. However, this acoustic rendition from MTV Unplugged proves the song an anthem even in its most stripped back form. Watch below as Dolores O’Riordan delivers a hauntingly beautiful “Zombie” below. 

The Cranberries | “Zombie” [MTV Unplugged]

In 2018, Dolores O’Riordan told BBC: "This song's our cry against man's inhumanity to man; and man's inhumanity to child."


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