The Cranberries' iconic hit, Zombie, has been voted as the greatest Irish hit of all time by RTÉ 2fm listeners as part of the station's call to compile The Ultimate Irish Playlist.

The protest song, which was penned by the Limerick band's late lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, was crowned the nation's favourite song EVER.

Following the eagerly-awaited announcement on Monday on RTÉ One, Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle delivered a rousing and powerful rendition of the much-loved 1994 hit.

The jam-packed music show, hosted by Tracy Clifford with special guests - music guru Dave Fanning and singer-songwriter RuthAnne Cunningham - also treated fans to performances from Hothouse Flowers, B*Witched, Bagatelle and Nathan Carter, The Stunning, Sharon Shannon and Mundy, plus lots more well-known and loved musicians and artists.

Tracy Clifford, RuthAnne Cunningham and Dave Fanning

Bagatelle's Summer in Dublin which fans will fondly remember being beautifully sung by the band's late frontman, Liam Reilly who passed away last year, landed in ninth position.

On the night, the iconic track was performed by Nathan Carther alongside Bagatelle bass player, Ken Doyle.

"It's very emotional [performing without Liam] but Nathan did an amazing job on it. He put his own stamp on it which is lovely as well. He did his own version but it's a very credible version," he said.

Speaking about landing spot no.12, Sharon Shannon said she is "really, really honoured and delighted" to have made it on to the prestigious list for her and Mundy's infectious track, Galway Girl.

"It was an absolute fluke of a song. There was no plan, it just got handed into our laps," Mundy added.

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Musician and broadcaster Fiachna Ó Braonáin of Hothouse Flowers said he is "thrilled" the band's first single, Don't Go, which became an instant hit after it was played during the 1998 Eurovision interval, made it into the top 20.

"It's really nice to have made it on to the list, or any playlist," he laughed. "It's great and we never get tired of playing it and that's the truth," he said.

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Double denim style icons B*Witched were over the moon to discover that their catchy anthem, C'est la Vie, also made it on to The Ultimate Irish Playlist.

In a huge feat for an Irish band, twin sisters Edele and Keavy Lynch, Lindsay Armaou and Sinéad O'Carroll, recalled how the song helped them to crack America.

"If somebody had said to me 24 years ago that C'est la Vie would still be played in clubs and on the radio, I don't think I would have believed them," Armaou said.

B*Witched's catchy hit C'est la Vie claimed spot No.19 on The Ultimate Irish Playlist

The Ultimate Irish Playlist as voted for by RTÉ 2fm listeners:

1. The Cranberries - Zombie

2. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York

3. Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back in Town

4. The Saw Doctors - N17

5. Aslan - Crazy World

6. U2 - Where the Streets Have No Name

7. Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U

8. The Undertones - Teenage Kicks

9. Bagatelle - Summer in Dublin

10. Mark McCabe - Maniac 2000

11. The Stunning - Brewing Up a Storm

12. Sharon Shannon, Mundy - Galway Girl

13. Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars

14. Westlife - World of Our Own

15. Hozier - Take Me to Church

16. Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl

17. Christy Moore - Ride On

18. Put 'Em Under Pressure

19. B*Witched - C'est la Vie

20. Hothouse Flowers - Don't Go

You can catch up on The Ultimate Irish Playlist on the RTÉ Player.

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