28 of the best 'Zombie' covers on YouTube

In 1993, Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan sat in a hotel room in England and wrote 'Zombie', her response to the deaths of Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry in an IRA bombing in Warrington.

She probably didn't predict that 20 years later, the song would have become a staple of every teenager with a guitar and a dream, and have no less than 156,000 cover versions on YouTube.

From all four corners of the globe; from death metal to classical guitar; from goth girls to tiny tots - here's our pick of 28 of the best/worst/weirdest Zombie covers.

Enjoy...

1. THIS ITALIAN DEATH METAL VERSION

Which, quite frankly, the world could have done without. (Is she shouting 'fucking hair' in the middle?)

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2. THIS ONE FEATURING DOOMED VAMPIRE LOVE

We're not in Kansas now, Dolores. The goths, they sure do love the Zombie.

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3. THIS HARD'N'FAST SKATEPUNK ONE

Aussie four-piece The City Shakeup from 2012 - featuring moshing, tattoos, piercings, a drummer with a dodgy moustache and guy in a white t-shirt who looks like Cormac from Tallafornia. The whole nine yards, in other words

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4. AND THIS ONE THAT TAKES IT SLOOOOWW...

Had enough of the hard stuff? There's a touch of the Ed Sheerans about this acoustic version from German singer-songwriter, Michael Schulte.

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5. THIS ONE IN URDU IS GREAT

Popular Pakistani singer Bakht Arif released this in February 2013. We like it a lot.

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6. THIS IS A 'SCREAMO' COVER, APPARENTLY

What is screamo, please? Is it a thing? Does it really need to be? Really?

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7. THESE KIDS FROM SINGAPORE ARE VERY CUTE

Mini-berries. Our favourite is the bass player *pinches his cheeks*. And they won a competition!

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8. BUT THEY HAVE *NOTHING* ON THIS FAMILY BAND FROM HONG KONG

The lead singer is called Sinead, and she was eight when this was shot. We cracked up at the dad on the toy drum kit, and at Sean (6) rocking out on guitar.

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9. THIS CLASSICAL GUITAR VERSION

…is actually really nice. Comedy gurning included for free. Jonas, with this intense staring you are freaking us out a bit.

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10. THIS BIZARRE EURODANCE COVER

'In your Ed, in your Ed...'. Italian quartet A.D.A.M. featuring Amy actually reached No. 16 in the UK charts with this tosh.

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11. THIS MÁKINA VERSION (NO, US NEITHER)

Mákina is the top dance music genre in Spain, we learned today.. This, from Ororo, hit the no.1 spot there in 1994.

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12. GOAT EDITION

Which was inevitable, really.

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13. THIS GOTH GIRL

'Zombie' is INSANELY popular with goth girls who like to stare wistfully into the camera and sing of their inner turmoil. And with people who like to watch goth girls staring wistfully into the camera - this chick has 2,978,765 views!

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14. THIS OTHER GOTH GIRL WITH RED HAIR

But who doesn't even have a guitar! She should at least have a guitar, no?

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15. THIS OTHER REDHEAD WITH A GUITAR

Phew. Somehow we feel better when they have a guitar. Question - who's that in the background, sitting very still on an office chair?

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16. THIS GUY *ONLY* DOES THE GUITAR

Badly. While wearing a gas mask. For reasons which are not immediately clear.

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17. SO? THIS KID JUST DOES THE DRUMMING BITS

Ok...

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18. AND THIS GIRL ONLY DOES THE BASS

You go, Yuki Tong. You go with your big bass guitar and you show them how it's done, girl.

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19. OMG! THIS ONE IS JUST A PIANO

There's no piano in Zombie? Don't care, doing it anyway.

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20. WAIT, THIS GIRL IS ONLY 12

Bet you didn't have 5,000 views when you were 12…

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21. THIS TOT IS EVEN YOUNGER

But oh, the passion... "I like Zombie."

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22. THIS GIRL IS FROM MALAYSIA

And is called Ainan Tasneem. Not the strongest cover, but 715k views is nothing to be sneezed at.

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23. THESE GUYS ARE EVERY GARAGE BAND, EVER

Still, singer's cute and we give them an eight for effort.

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24. THIS ONE ON THE CHINESE X FACTOR

Li Yuchun, winner of the 2005 Super Girl TV talent show, sang Zombie in the final.

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25. THIS ONE IN AN AUSTRALIAN ACCENT

Australian teenagers Jacqui and Millie. Are they sisters? We'll never know…

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26. AND STILL THEY KEEP ON COMING

This one from a French band, March 2013. Twenty years and still going strong.

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27. THIS ONE WHICH SHOWS YOU HOW TO DO ITt

Want to try it yourself? Sure, everybody else is doing it, why can't we? (sorry, sorry…)

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28. THE ACTUAL CRANBERRIES

And finally, for comparison - here's Dolores and the lads live in Paris in 1999.

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So which one was your favourite?

By Conor Hallahan
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