WATCH: Bad Wolves' cover of The Cranberries' Zombie is a global chart hit

Alan Owens


THE Cranberries’ Zombie is top of the charts again, 24 years after it was released by the Limerick band.

A cover version of the song by US rockers Bad Wolves, released as a tribute to Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan who died suddenly in January, has gone number one around the world in rock and metal charts.

The cover was due to feature the Limerick woman, with the singer due to record guest vocals on the very day of her tragic death.

The band however decided to move forward and release the track in her memory with all proceeds going to her children.

The song has now hit number one in multiple countries around the globe.

Stateside the song hit the trifecta, going #1 iTunes overall, rock, and metal. It also hit #1 Rock and #1 Metal on iTunes in The Cranberries’ home country of Ireland, the UK,  Canada, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia.

The global numbers are undeniable: the video has garnered more than 14 million views in 18 days across YouTube and Facebook, and the track has gone #3 on Spotify’s Viral Global Top 50 and #4 on Spotify’s Viral US Top 50.

The unstoppable hit single was first released by The Cranberries in 1994 and hit number one across the globe, including the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart. It returned to the Top-Ten on the US Rock Charts shortly after news of Dolores’ passing earlier this year.

Dolores' publicist Lindsey Holmes said: "Dolores was excited about plans to guest vocal on a cover version of her all time classic Zombie by American rock band Bad Wolves.

"Although very different in style to the original, Dolores said she thought that the cover 'was killer' and she was intrigued by the simple but effective couple of lyric changes that make the cover version as relevant to current world events as the original was to the events that inspired her to write the song in the early nineties," Ms Holmes added.

Bad Wolves’ Tommy Vext explains what compelled him to cover the song: “Her lyrics, confronting the collateral damage of political unrest, capture the same sentiment we wanted to express a quarter-century later. That is a testament to the kind of enduring artist Dolores was, and will remain forever.”