With the passing of the great Dolores O’Riordan, I started looking back on The Cranberries discography. Dolores had a unique style and was respected by almost everyone in the music industry. Here’s the top 5 songs the Cranberries have put out:

 1 . Zombie

When you hear the bands name, this song echoes in your head.

“Zombie” is a protest song by Irish rock band The Cranberries, written about the 1993 IRA bombing in Warrington, and in memory of two young victims, Johnathan Ball and Tim Parry. It was released in September 1994 as the lead single from their second studio album, No Need to Argue (1994). The song was written by the band’s lead singer Dolores O’Riordan, and reached No. 1 on the charts in Australia, Belgium, France, Denmark and Germany.

It won the “Best Song” award at the 1995 MTV Europe Music Awards

2. Ode To My Family

It was released in November 1994 as the second single from their second studio album No Need to Argue. The song was a hit in most of the European countries where it was released, peaking at number four in France, its highest position internationally, and number five in Australia. In 2017, the song was released as an acoustic, stripped down version on the band’s Something Else album.

3.  Dreams

It was released in 1992 as the band’s debut single, later appearing on the studio album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?. An early 1990 version was released in Ireland only in the summer of that year. It reached the Top 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay and the top 30 on the UK charts in early 1994.

The backing vocals on the song are sung by Mike Mahoney, ex-boyfriend of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan. This hit was also a main feature of the Cranberries in the 1994 Woodstock Revival Festival.

In 2017, the song was released as an acoustic, stripped down version on the band’s Something Else album.

4.  Analyse

It was the first single from their fifth studio album, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, released in 2001. The promotional video, directed by Keir McFarlane, had to be edited in consequence of the 9/11 attacks, which was partly responsible for the single’s low chart positions in their native Ireland (number 28, their eleventh and last Top 40 hit there) and the UK (number 89, their first single to miss the top 40 since “Animal Instinct”), but became a Top 5 hit in Portugal, Spain and Italy.

5. When You’re Gone

It is the third single from their third studio album To the Faithful Departed (1996). The music video was directed by Karen Bellone and was released at the end of 1996. The song was first played during the North American leg of the No Need to Argue Tour in Autumn 1994. In 2017, the song was released as an acoustic, stripped down version on the band’s Something Else album

What Cranberries is your favourite?  Have your say in the comments or email me george@worldrockcountdown.com

Our first guest for season 2 of the World Rock Countdown, was discovered on the 13th installment of the show in 2017.  He recently finished a tour with the Glorious Sons in Canada, and is surely going to completely blowup in 2018. With 600,00 followers on Spotify, and growing. grandson is an up and coming artist who’s got what it takes to make serious splash on the music industry. His music is real, speaks truth, and definitely holds nothing back. 

He’s determined and for the first time in a long time, I honestly feel really inspired by an artists’ story.  grandson, is a very driven, well spoken person, who will no doubt meet his musical goals.  He’s got a confidence in himself that many artists lack these days, and this is what sets him apart from the rest.  You need to believe in yourself to succeed and grandson has what it takes.   Click play to hear podcast below: 

2017, was filled with great finds. The World Rock Countdown has discovered and uncovered thousands of bands this past year. This is a list of the 30 bands you need to hear from the past year. Lets get started!

  1. IN MOTIVE (USA)  – Out of all the bands discovered on the first season of the World Rock Countdown, this band is one of the fan favourites. The only bad thing about this band is that we don’t have new music! – we remain on the hook with two great singles.

    2.  Young Kings (UK)  –  One of the most talented upcoming bands in the UK. Hard working musicians, who’ve got a solid emotional feel to their music.

    3.  Middle Kids (Australia) – if Elton John loves them, so should you!

    4.  Days of Jupiter (Sweden), our first feature on the show we awarded to this band. They’ve got an silky smooth hard rock sound that will keep you coming back for more!

    5. Skies Collide (Australia), they’ve got such a promising sound that I am more than positive they’ll be playing big stages around the world in the upcoming years. Definitely one of my favourites, give them a listen and get hooked!

    6.  The Penelopes (France) – for fans of July Talk and U2. They’ve got this interesting feel about their tunes. It’s an indescribable feeling. I usually enjoy this groups music best with a bottle of red and a few friends.

    7.  Super Best Friends Club (UK), probably the closest resemblance I’ve heard to the Red Hot Chili Peppers ever!  The bands name clearly is self explanatory. Get into the groove.

    8.  Jesper Binzer (Denmark), smokin’ hot Danish rock who’s quickly taking over Europe.

    9. Ghost Atlas (USA) – one of the best finds from USA in the year 2017. A band to look out for in 2018!

    10.  Marina City (USA), rocking out of Chicago. If you’re looking for a band wagon to get on before it breaks out Marina City is one of those bands.

    11. Mallory Knox (UK) – one of the WRC’s crowned jewels. Been banging my head since discovering Mallory Knox.

    12.  Vistas (UK) – you’ll love this band.

    13.  Hundred Suns (Canada) – features members from Norma Jean, Dead And Divine, and Everytime I Die.

    14.  Citizen Soldier (USA), I love a band that stands for something.

    15.  grandson (Canada), was ecstatic to see him open up for one of my favourite bands. Keep grandson on your watch list for 2018!

    16. Beat Steaks (Germany) –  addictive German rock n roll!

    17.  Hippo Campus (USA) – very ambient alternative rock.  Goes well with surfing the net, or taking a nice cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway on a beautiful summer day!

    18. Shout Out Louds (Sweden) , one the worlds best bands right here!

    19.  IOV  (Canada), can it get any better? emotion driven rock recorded at Abbey Road Studios

    20.  SHAKA PONK (FRANCE) – There’s generational talents out there still..no reason to get worried.

    21. Kingswood (Australia), one of the most promising bands discovered on The World Rock Countdown. A generational talent out of Australia. Get Stoked!

    22.  Cleopatrick (Canada), could these guys save Canadian rock and roll?

    23. Normandie (Sweden), catchy hooks and entertaining melody driven guitar riffs. Get your chant on!

    24.  Wilder (USA), alternative folk rock outta Nashville!

    25. Mainland (USA), this could be the catchiest song of 2017. Even Perez Hilton loves them! Dig in. You will hear this on your radio in 2018

    26.  Of Allies (UK), hard rock headed for world domination!

    27.  Merge (France) , an emerging artist out of France who’s got smooth choruses and an amazing sound.

    28. These New South Wales (Australia), takes there influences and puts them on display in this track. Think vintage punk rock mixed with some newer Iggy Pop.

    29. The White Dominos (Denmark) – Mix the rock with some good old groove from 80’s disco.

    30. DRMCTHR (USA), gives me the Deftones feel mixed with some more ambient guitars.


George speaks with the band in the newest WRC exclusive – listen below – GSO talks about the new record, origins, and net neutrality.

Inside The Music : Ghost Ship Octavius


Originally founded in order to play some of Chris Amott’s solo work, Matthew Wickland joined forces with the Arch Enemy guitarist at the time to perform a few shows abroad. With that joined Van Williams, who’s career has taken him all over the world playing drums for Nevermore.  Bring in Adōn Fanion on vocals and this band instantly becomes a force to be reckoned with. Amott, eventually left the band to pursue other musical interests. Usually when someone leaves the band with such stature – it usually means the band is done. But this could have been the best thing to ever happen to Ghost Ship Octavius. There first album was completely remarkable with songs like Mills of the Gods, In Dreams, and 9 more tracks that will completely stick deep in your ear.

In 2018, the band will release its second record called Delirium. Which was completely funded by kickstarter. GSO, will accompany that with an extensive tour across North America and quite possibly Europe.  It’s time to turn your head and pay attention to Ghost Ship Octavius.

Get ready for a fantastic record on December 5th. I have listened to it and well I hate to spill the beans for you, but its killer. For all you who haven’t heard of the band Project 86, they’re a breath of fresh air to your ears. Each song is something different, with every record they strive to become better. You literally don’t know what to expect with their music, which is kinda exciting.

They’ve got a Pledgemusic campaign that I recommend that you support. When you sign up you get an instant EP download. The band vows to keep you entertained with new material, and of course some cool perks. www.pledgemusic.com/project86

Here’s Andrew Schwab of Project 86 speaking with George –

Inside the Music: Project 86

You can check out their first single MHS of Sheep Among Wolves.

It may be a blast from the past for some of you, but P.O.D. has always been on my bucket list of bands to see live.  They just returned with a new track called Soundboy Killa. Unlike many bands before who’ve tried making a comeback, P.O.D. has really stuck to their sound..how could you not love that?  That fact alone, makes me love them that much more!  The new track is amazing, it has the bands signature sound and more.

People keep forgetting that this band gave Katy Perry a chance to sing on their track “Goodbye for Now” back in 2006. This was back before Katy even broke out.

Here’s some stats on the song.

US Billboard Hot 100 48
US Billboard Alternative Songs 25
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 17

This band doesn’t get enough credit for all the work its done. Their discography speaks for itself – check out the vids below!

When someone mentions the 12 Stones, it may not ring a bell for most internationally, but this band really can kick it.  Paul Mccoy (frontman) found success with his collaboration on the Evanescence breakout single “Bring Me To Life.”

Paul goes uncredited for doing guest vocals on this amazing song. It won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2004, Single of the Year at the 14th Annual Billboard Music Awards, and Choice Music Rock Track at the Teen Choice Awards in 2004.

Did I mention it was ranked number 69 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 2000s? how fitting 🙂

Good things happen to those who seize the opportunities shown in front of them. If Paul wasn’t in the label execs office when this collaboration became topic of conversation, I personally believe that this would have never happened. But things happen for a reason, it was destined for him and a perfect fit. After the label offered the guest spot on “Bring Me To Life” to Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach) and Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) who both passed on this opportunity, the phone rang for Paul to come to Los Angeles to track.  It all happened in 24 hours, actually the tracking of the song for Paul took 2 hours. He flew into LA, tracked, and flew back to play a show the same day he found out he was going to guest on what would be Evanescence’s breakout song.

Check out our interview with Paul below..

For those readers who don’t know you already, tell us shortly about the history “12 Stones”. How did you start up as a band?

We started this band because we love music. We were lucky enough to get enough attention that we were able to make this a career. Right place, right time, right people.

How would you like to describe your music?

We describe our music as positive, heavy, real music.

Where do you get the inspiration for composing melodies and writing lyrics? Which other musicians have influenced you?

Our inspiration comes from every day life. Our music is organic in the sense that the songs almost write themselves. Sometimes we have music that we love that just sits there for years until the right words and melody come along.

The artists that have influenced us range from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Silverchair. We come from all different types of musical backgrounds.

You have often been portrayed in the media as a “Christian” band, although this seems to be a misunderstanding. Anyway, is there a particular message that you would like to promote through your music?

A few of us come from religious backgrounds and have written songs about our lives. We have never been a “Christian” band but we also know that music is subjective. 2 people could be in the same room listening to the same song and get 2 completely different things from the exact same song. We want people to listen to our music and take away something positive from what we’ve done. Life isn’t easy but it helps to know that there are so many people going through similar situations.

You took part in the “Make America rock again” tour, which is an obvious wordplay on Donald Trumps “Make America great again”. America seems to be quite a divided nation nowadays, do you think your music can contribute to unifying the nation again?

Music is therapy. Music is an escape. Music makes bad days better and reminds us that we are all human. I don’t know where I’d be without music in my life. That’s why we’ve continued to make music after 17 years. A good song is a good song. I have shown people songs that have shaped my life and they didn’t get the same thing out of it. Until we all start taking care of each other regardless of race, religion, or sexual preference we will never be “great”. We all need to wake up every day and be happy that we have another moment to

You’ve got to check out their newest album Lerlene – we featured it a few months ago on our show. Dive in:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Grove Lane is a Melodic Hardcore/Alternative Rock band hailing from Toms River, New Jersey. The band includes members that have been in and out of local/signed acts they’re taking this go around a little differently. Falling back on their roots and stepping a bit outside of their shell.  Vocalist Kevin Miller started the band as a solo project but eventually found members Brian Cowing, Morgan Papa, Christian Funes & Dan O’Connor to come aboard and the rest is history. The band fleshes out hard hitting instrumentals with ambient touch while adding a poetic arrangement of melodies. FFO: Being As An Ocean & Movements.”