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Zombie by The Cranberries is hands down the best Irish song to roar along to

IN YOUR HEEEEAAAD.

F1 Rocks at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl - Australia Source: EMPICS Entertainment

IT WAS ANNOUNCED today that The Cranberries are making a comeback – with gigs later this year and a new album on the way.

But of all the things they’ve given us down the years, one thing is certain:

It’s impossible to listen to Zombie and not singalong

zombie Source: YouTube

It’s a certified banger

charmless Source: Twitter

If it comes on on a night out, all  bets are off

And when the bit with 1916 comes on everyone sings it that much louder

loveline Source: @scottdebuitleir Twitter

On the second mention of “bombs”, it’s universally acknowledged that you’re allowed roar for the remainder of the song:

It’s the same old theme
Since nineteen-sixteen
In your head, in your head, they’re still fighting
With their tanks, and their bombs
And their bombs, and their guns
In your head, in your head, they are dying

The fact that the lyrics deal with a tragic IRA bombing in 1993 gives a historical weight to the song

zombie2 Source: YouTube

Roaring along to it is quite a sound when heard in full flight

zombie Source: Twitter

And there’s that odd satisfaction that comes with discovering some people abroad think it’s actually about zombies

The chorus also happens to perfectly describes how catchy the song is too:

“In your head, in your head…”

zombie3 Source: Youtube

The ultimate Irish shoutalong banger

TUNE.

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