“Linger”, which has an acoustic arrangement featuring a string section, became the band’s first major hit, peaking at number 3 in their native Ireland, number 8 in the United States, and number 14 in the United Kingdom. The single remained on the US Billboard Hot 100 for 24 weeks. Additionally, “Linger” was voted by Australian Triple J listeners as number 3 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 1993 chart.
In 1990, “Linger” was released on a demo tape with “Dreams” in Ireland only in the summer of that year under their initial band name, the Cranberry Saw Us. In 2017, an acoustic, stripped-down version of “Linger” was released as the lead single from the band’s seventh studio album Something Else. “Linger” is written in the key of D major.