How The Cranberries soundtracked your teenage years without you even knowing

Dolores O'Riordan's voice was everywhere

Since the tragic death of The Cranberries‘ Dolores O’Riordan was announced on Monday (January 15), tributes have poured in from artists including U2, Duran Duran and Paramore. Though their commercial success in the ’90s was obvious – ‘Linger’, ‘Dreams’ and of course ‘Zombie’ came from their multi-platinum first couple of albums – younger listeners might have been brought into the Cranberries fold by a more subtle method: soundtracks. Here is just a selection of popular ’90s shows and films you can hear them in.

The Next Karate Kid (1994)

You can hear ‘Dreams’ in this Hilary Swank-starring sequel.

Clueless (1995)


In this film The Cranberries are invoked twice. The first instance is where a Cranberries CD is mentioned:

The next is while Elle and Elton are driving away from the party, and ‘Away’ is playing on the stereo:

Empire Records (1995)

‘Liar’ and ‘How’ both appear in this classic ’90s film.

Beverly Hills 90210 (1995)


‘Dreams’ soundtracks this kiss scene from the ’90s predecessor of 90210.

The Babysitter’s Club (1995)

‘Dreams’ is also in this Babysitter’s Club trailer.

Party of Five (1997)

This American teen drama featured ‘Empty’, ‘Ode To My Family’ and ‘Dreaming in my Dreams’ over the years.

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

The Meg Ryan romcom contains this montage soundtracked by ‘Dreams’:

Charmed (1999)

If you watched this witch-themed drama you’d have spotted The Cranberries performing ‘Just My Imagination’ in season two’s episode ‘She’s a Man, Baby, a Man!’

The Office (2007)

And finally, exemplifying the popularity of The Cranberries among people who were teens in the ’90s – it’s Andy in The Office (US).