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No Need to Argue is the second studio album by the Irish rock band The Cranberries, released on 3 October 1994. It is the band's best selling album, and has sold about 17 million copies worldwide.[1] It contains the band's most successful single, "Zombie". The album's mood is darker and harsher than that on Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, released a year before.

No Need to Argue
Studio album by
Released3 October 1994
RecordedJanuary–August 1994
GenreAlternative rock
ProducerStephen Street
The Cranberries chronology
Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
No Need to Argue
To the Faithful Departed
Singles from No Need to Argue
  1. "Zombie"
    Released: 19 September 1994
  2. "Ode to My Family"
    Released: 21 November 1994
  3. "I Can't Be with You"
    Released: 27 February 1995
  4. "Ridiculous Thoughts"
    Released: 31 July 1995



In some of the songs, the band decided to take on a rockier and heavier side, using distortion and increasing the volume. The song "Yeats' Grave" – incorrectly listed on the album as "Yeat's Grave" and never corrected for any of the album's physical re-releases  – is about William Butler Yeats, and quotes one of his poems, No Second Troy. The song "Zombie", written by O'Riordan, is according to her about the Warrington IRA bombings in 1993 that resulted in the death of two children.[2]

Cover artEdit

For the sleeve design, Art Director Cally re-enlisted photographer Andy Earl and hired the same sofa that featured on the debut album. The sofa was transported by hand to many locations in and around Dublin including Dalkey Island, coming to rest in a photo-studio in Dublin where the white room had been constructed for the cover shot. Whilst travelling around Dublin in a bus: band and sofa aboard, the bus was shot at, the bullet piercing a side window but missing all on board. The band, somewhat influenced by a recent Blur photo, decided to dress up and wear suits. The hand lettering was by Charlotte Villiers; video coordinator at Island Records and distant relative of the Villiers engine manufacturing family.[citation needed]

Each single sleeve featured the band on the sofa in a different location. The sofa went on to star in the video for "Alright" by the British band Supergrass in 1995.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [3]
Chicago Tribune    [4]
Entertainment WeeklyB[5]
Q     [6]
Robert Christgau  [7]
Rolling Stone     [8]
Sputnikmusic     [9]

In July 2014, Guitar World placed No Need to Argue at number 41 in their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.[10]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics written by Dolores O'Riordan.

1."Ode to My Family"O'Riordan, Noel Hogan4:30
2."I Can't Be with You"O'Riordan, N. Hogan3:07
3."Twenty One"O'Riordan, N. Hogan3:07
5."Empty"O'Riordan, N. Hogan3:26
6."Everything I Said"O'Riordan, N. Hogan3:52
7."The Icicle Melts"O'Riordan2:54
8."Disappointment"O'Riordan, N. Hogan4:14
9."Ridiculous Thoughts"O'Riordan, N. Hogan4:31
10."Dreaming My Dreams"O'Riordan3:37
11."Yeats' Grave"O'Riordan2:59
12."Daffodil Lament"O'Riordan6:14
13."No Need to Argue"O'Riordan2:54
Total length:50:30


  • Dolores O'Riordan – vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards
  • Noel Hogan – electric and acoustic guitars
  • Mike Hogan – bass guitar
  • Fergal Lawler – drums and percussion

Charts and certificationsEdit

Country Peak position Certification Sales/shipments
Australia 1 5× Platinum 350,000+
Austria 1 Platinum[11] 50,000+
Belgium 1 2× Platinum [12] 100,000+
Canada 3 5× Platinum[13] 500,000+
Finland Gold[14] 31,876+
Europe 5× Platinum[15] 5,000,000+
France 1 Diamond[16] 1,549,000[17]
Germany 1 Platinum[18] 500,000+
Netherlands 2 Platinum[19] 80,000+
New Zealand 1 Platinum[20] 15,000+
Poland Platinum[21] 130,000+[22]
Sweden Platinum [23] 80,000
Switzerland 2 Platinum[24] 50,000+
United Kingdom 2 3× Platinum[25] 900,000+
United States 6 7× Platinum[26] 7,000,000+

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1995) Position
German Albums Chart[27] 2


  • "Away" was featured in the 1995 film Clueless.
  • "Ridiculous Thoughts", "Away", "I Don't Need" and "No Need to Argue" were featured in the British film Butterfly Kiss.[28]
  • "Ode to My Family", "Empty" and "Dreaming My Dreams" were featured in episodes of the American TV series Party of Five.
  • "No Need to Argue" was featured in the closing credits of the 2014 ITV drama show Prey.


  1. ^
  2. ^ Zombie by The Cranberries Songfacts
  3. ^ AllMusic review
  4. ^ Chicago Tribune review
  5. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  6. ^ Album reviews at CD Universe
  7. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  8. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  9. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  10. ^ "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994". 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  11. ^ IFPI Austria Archived 16 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "LES DISQUES D'OR/DE PLATINE - ALBUMS 1995". Ultratop. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  13. ^ CRIA Archived 14 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ IFPI Finland
  15. ^ IFPI Europe
  16. ^ Disque En France Archived 4 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
  18. ^ IFPI Germany Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ NVPI Archived 15 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ "New Zealand Certification - "No Need to Argue"". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  21. ^ ZPAV Archived 21 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  22. ^ Sales in Poland
  23. ^ "No need to argue". sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  24. ^ IFPI Switzerland
  25. ^ BPI
  26. ^ RIAA Archived 6 November 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  27. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  28. ^ IMDb. Soundtracks for Butterfly Kiss. Retrieved on 12 October 2011.