The Cranberries are an Irish rock band currently consists of vocalist Dolores O'Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler. Although widely associated with alternative rock, the band's sound also incorporates indie pop, post-punk, Irish folk and pop rock elements.
The Cranberries rose to international fame in the 1990s with their debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, which became a commercial success and sold over five million copies in the United States. The group was one of the most successful rock acts of the '90s and sold over 15 million albums in the United States alone. The band has achieved four top 20 albums on the Billboard 200 chart and eight top 20 singles on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.
After the release of a first single, "Dreams" in September 1992, The Cranberries released their debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, in March 1993. O'Riordan's position in the group continued to rise with the release of the group's second album, No Need to Argue. The record debuted at number six on the US charts and eventually outsold its predecessor. Within a year it went triple platinum, spawning the number one hit "Zombie" and "Ode to My Family" on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. In 1995, the band continued to tour, and released two more singles "I Can't Be With You" and "Ridiculous Thoughts". The album went 5x platinum in Canada, platinum in Switzerland, and seven times platinum in the United States.
The band's third album, To the Faithful Departed, failed to garner the same reception as its predecessors. The album only went double platinum in the US and Gold in the UK. The first single from the album was "Salvation" which peaked at number one on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The second single from the album was "Free To Decide". During the autumn of 1996, the group cancelled their Australian and European tour, sparking another round of rumors that O'Riordan was about to launch a solo career. In November 1996, "When You're Gone" was released as a single in the United States.
In 1999, the group released their fourth studio album Bury the Hatchet. The first single "Promises" was released in February. "Promises" would be the only single from the album to chart in the US and last single before their hiatus. The album peaked at 7 in the UK and 13 in the US and was certified gold in the US. The band had a guest appearance on popular television series Charmed, performing "Just My Imagination". The group started a world tour in April 1999 and it finished in July 2000. It was the biggest and most successful tour of the Cranberries' career.
In October 2001, the album Wake Up and Smell the Coffee was released and peaked at 46 on the Billboard 200. Its peak in the UK was #61. The singles "Analyse", "Time Is Ticking Out" and "This Is The Day" did not chart. The following year a greatest hits album was released entitled Stars - The Best of 1992 - 2002 which was released along side with eponymous DVD of music videos. The album peaked in the UK was 20. The song "Stars" was released as a single from that album.
In September 2003, despite working on a new album, the Cranberries announced they were taking some time to pursue individual careers. Since 2004, Dolores O'Riordan has been collaborating on a number of musical projects, before launching her solo career with the album Are You Listening? in 2007.
The Cranberries released their latest album, Roses, in February 2012.