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17th Oct 2019

Help The Cranberries Become First Irish Band With One Billion YouTube Views

Sarah Finnan

I’m surprised they haven’t reached this milestone already, to be honest…

The music video for Zombie, released in 1994, was only uploaded to YouTube in 2009 and with more than 960 million views it’s set to surpass the one billion mark before Christmas of this year.

Let the countdown commence.

Only two other 20th century songs have achieved such an accomplishment – those being Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and November Rain by Guns N’ Roses. Looks like The Cranberries will be amongst good company there.

A protest song about the Troubles, Zombie was written by the late Dolores O’Riordan in response to an IRA bombing which killed two children.

According to a report in the Sunday Times, the video has amassed 360,000 daily views in the last month alone. However, the biggest spike in numbers occurred on January 15 2018, the day of O’Riordan’s untimely death.

Other Irish acts to follow suit include Hozier with 332 million views for Take Me To Church and Snow Patrol with 219 million views for Chasing Cars. U2 rank third in viewings with Beautiful Day being watched 131 million times. Still a ways to go there.

Reaching such a landmark feat would be a fitting tribute to one of the country’s finest musical talents, so get watching.

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