No Limit (song)


No Limit (song)
"No Limit"
Single by 2 Unlimited
from the album No Limits
B-side Remix
Released January 18, 1993
Format CD single, CD maxi, 7" single,
12" maxi, cassette
Recorded 1992
March 2000
Genre Eurodance, Hi-NRG
Length 3:44 (album version)
3:15 (Starfighter remix edit)
Label PWL
Writer(s) Anita Dels
Phil Wilde
Jean-Paul De Coster
Ray Slijngaard
Producer Phil Wilde
Jean-Paul De Coster
2 Unlimited singles chronology
"The Magic Friend
(1992)
"No Limit"
(1993)
"Tribal Dance"
(1993)

"No Limit" is a song by Belgian-Dutch music group 2 Unlimited, released in January 1993. The track was taken from the group's second album No Limits. "No Limit" is one of the most well known eurodance songs and was a worldwide hit, selling 2.8 million copies. It topped many European charts, including the UK, and reached #21 on the American Dance chart. It was Europe's biggest-selling song for 1993.

Contents

History

It became notable outside its usual fanbase for its repetitive lyrics. The word "no" appears in the UK radio edit of the track 72 times and hence it was thus parodied by Spitting Image as "No Lyrics". Nonetheless, in 1993 in an NME interview, Mark E Smith of The Fall claimed it was one of his favourite songs.

Like previous releases, the UK version of the single removed all of the raps from Raymond Slijngaard, leaving just Anita Dels' vocals. One word from the rap was kept, the word 'Techno' (from the line "I'm making techno and I am proud") which was looped and repeated during the middle of the song, turning the line into "Techno! Techno! Techno! Techno!" and giving the song an extra vocal hook.

Like many artists in 2000, 2 Unlimited released the Millennium editions of their more popular tracks. It featured underground sounding trance remixes by some well-known producers from Belgium, Japan & the U.K. It had little success in the charts due its non-commercial approach.

Remixes

1993 remixes
  • Radio Edit No Rap
  • No Rap Remix Edit
  • Extended Mix No Rap
  • Automatic Remix
  • Automatic Breakbeat Remix
  • Rio & Le Jean Remix
  • Radio Edit with Rap
  • Extended Version with Rap
  • Extended Mix No Rap 2
DMC Promo Remixes
  • Ben Liebrand Remix
  • X-Out Remix (by Deep Recess)
2000 remixes
  • Moon Project Edit (3:50)
  • Starfighter Remix Edit (3:15)
  • Razor & Guido Remix (4:10)
  • Starfighter Remix (7:55)
  • Push's Trancendental Rmx (8:26)
  • Moon Project Remix (7:43)
  • Razor & Guido Remix Dub (10:38)
Promo remixes
  • Red Monster Edit (3:50) (Japanese promo only)
  • Red Monster Extended (6:00) (Japanese promo only)

Track listings

1993 release
7" single
  1. "No Limit" (3:28)
  2. "No Limit" (No Rap Version) (3:15)
CD single
  1. "No Limit" (Radio Edit No Rap) (3:08)
  2. "No Limit" (Radio Edit Rap) (3:30)
7" single
  1. "No Limit" (3:15)
  2. "No Limit" (Rio & Le Jean Remix) (3:53)
CD maxi
  1. "No Limit" (Radio Edit) (3:15)
  2. "No Limit" (Extended Mix) (5:40)
  3. "No Limit" (Automatic Remix) (4:54)
  4. "No Limit" (Rio & Le Jean Remix) (3:53)
  5. "No Limit" (Automatic Breakbeat Remix) (4:45)
12" maxi
  1. "No Limit" (Extended) (5:44)
  2. "No Limit" (Extended Rap) (5:55)
  3. "No Limit" (Rio & Le Jean Remix) (4:56)
CD maxi
  1. "No Limit" (Radio Edit No Rap) (3:08)
  2. "No Limit" (Extended No Rap) (5:44)
  3. "No Limit" (Extended Rap) (5:55)
  4. "No Limit" (Rio & Le Jean Version) (3:57)
12" maxi (Italian pressing)
  1. "No Limit" (Extended No Rap 2) (5:55)
  2. "No Limit" (Extended Rap) (5:55)
  3. "No Limit" (Rio & Le Jean Remix) (4:56)
  4. "No Limit" (Automatic Remix) (4:54)
  5. "No Limit" (Automatic Breakbeat Remix) (4:45)
  6. "No Limit" (Radio Rap Edit) (3:30)
Cassette
  1. "No Limit"
  2. "No Limit" (Automatic Breakbeat Remix)
  3. "No Limit"
  4. "No Limit" (Automatic Breakbeat Remix)
2000 release
CD maxi
  1. "No Limit" (Starfighter Remix Edit) (3:15)
  2. "No Limit" (Starfighter Remix) (7:55)
  3. "No Limit" (Push's Trancendental Rmx) (8:26)
  4. "No Limit" (Moon Project Remix) (7:43)
  5. "No Limit" (Razzor & Guido Remix Dub) (10:38)
CD single
  1. "No Limit" (Moon Project Edit) (3:50)
  2. "No Limit" (Starfighter Remix Edit) (3:15)
12" single
  1. "No Limit" (Starfighter Remix) (7:55)
  2. "No Limit" (Razor & Guido Dub) (10:38)
  3. "No Limit" (Push's Trancendental Remix) (8:26)
  4. "No Limit" (Moon Project Remix) (7:43)

Charts and sales

Peak positions

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[1] 7
Austrian Singles Chart[1] 1
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Czech Singles Chart 1
Danish Singles Chart[1] 1
Dutch Top 40[2] 1
Eurochart Hot 100 1
Finnish Singles Chart[1] 1
French SNEP Singles Chart[1] 1
German Singles Chart[3] 2
Greek Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart[4] 1
Italian Singles Chart 1
New Zealand Singles Chart[1] 40
Norwegian Singles Chart[1] 1
Slovakian Singles Chart 1
Spanish Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart[1] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[1] 1
UK Singles Chart[5] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[6] 21

End of year charts

End of year chart (1993) Position
Australian Singles Chart[7] 30
Austrian Singles Chart[8] 4
Dutch Top 40[2] 3
Swiss Singles Chart[9] 4

Certifications

Country Certification Date Sales certified[10]
Austria[11] Gold April 21, 1993 15,000
France[12] Gold 1993 250,000
Germany[13] Platinum 1993 500,000
Netherlands[14] Platinum 1993 60,000
Switzerland[15] Platinum 1993 50,000

Chart successions

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
UK Singles Chart number-one single
February 7, 1993 - March 13, 1993
Succeeded by
"Oh Carolina" by Shaggy
Preceded by
"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
"Mockin' Bird Hill" by Roots Syndicate
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
February 13, 1993
February 27, 1993 - March 27, 1993
Succeeded by
"Mockin' Bird Hill" by Roots Syndicate
"Mr. Blue by René Klijn
Preceded by
"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
Swedish number-one single
February 24, 1993 - April 7, 1993
Succeeded by
"Informer" by Snow
Norwegian VG-lista number-one single
9/1993 - 15/1993
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
March 6, 1993 - May 1, 1993
Austrian number-one single
March 7, 1993 - March 21, 1993
Succeeded by
"All That She Wants" by Ace of Base
Preceded by
"Somebody Dance with Me" by DJ Bobo
Swiss number-one single
March 21, 1993 - April 18, 1993
Succeeded by
"All That She Wants" by Ace of Base
Preceded by
"Alison" by Jordy
"Your Latest Trick" by Dire Straits
French SNEP number-one single
May 1, 1993 - May 22, 1993
June 10, 1993
Succeeded by
"Your Latest Trick" by Dire Straits
"What Is Love" by Haddaway

beFour cover

"No Limit"
Single by beFour
from the album Friends 4 Ever
Released January 16, 2009
Format CD single
Recorded 2009
Genre Eurodance
Length 3:28
Writer(s) Anita Dels
Phil Wilde
Jean-Paul De Coster
Raymond Lothar Slijngaard
beFour singles chronology
"Live Your Dream
(2008)
"No Limit"
(2009)
"Ding-A-Dong"
(2009)

"No Limit" was covered by German band beFour on their fourth studio album Friends 4 Ever, and as a single in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The song entered the German Singles Chart in January 2009.

Formats and track listings

These are the formats and track listings of the major single releases of beFour's cover of "No Limit" :

CD maxi
  1. "No Limit" (Single version) – 3:25
  2. "No Limit" (Remix) - 3:41
  3. "All Around The Planet" - 3:53
  4. "No Limit" (Video)- 3:25
Digital download
  1. "No Limit" (Single version) – 3:25
  2. "No Limit" (Remix) - 3:41
  3. "All Around The Planet" - 3:53

Charts

Charts (2009) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart 13
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 72
German Singles 21
Swiss Singles Chart 29

Other cover versions

  • The Croatian group Vatrogasci (Firefighters) made a parody of this song, translating it in croatian language (naming Nema ograničenja) and making it in turbofolk arrangement.
  • The Serbian singer Ivan Gavrilović made a cover of the song and called it "200 na sat" mixing the original with folk sounds.
  • The song was featured in a Mentos commercial with birds chirping the melody.
  • The Smurfs have covered this song in their 1996 album Smurfs Go Pop.
  • A Dutch cover version by Irene Moors en de Smurfen topped the Dutch charts for six weeks in 1995.[16]
  • On Absolutely Fabulous episode "Morocco", the character Bubble is briefly shown singing No Limit along with her Walkman.
  • The band Country Teasers covered this song on their album Science Hat Artistic Cube Moral Nosebleed Empire.
  • The melody from this song was covered for the Sylver single Why from the Crossroads album.
  • The bands Charta 77, Köttgrottorna with Johan Johansson made a punk version of the song for the EP "No Limit" (1993).
  • Hermes House Band covered the song on their Rhythm of the Nineties album in 2009.
  • Goldie Lookin Chain covered the chorus of the song during a live version of Half Man Half Machine.
  • Xe-NONE covered No Limit on their 2009 EP, Dance Inferno Resurrection.
  • Sean Paul and Bob Sinclar used a sample in their song "Tik Tok".

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "No Limit", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 15, 2008)
  2. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1993" (in Dutch) (pdf). Top40. http://www.top40.nl/pdf/Top%20100/top%20100%20-%201993.pdf. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  3. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  4. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved February 15, 2008)
  5. ^ UK Singles Chart Everyhit.com (Retrieved February 15, 2008)
  6. ^ Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved February 15, 2008)
  7. ^ "1993 Australian Singles Chart". aria. http://www.aria.com.au/pages/aria-charts-end-of-year-charts-top-50-singles-1993.htm. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "1993 Austrian Singles Chart" (in German). Austriancharts. http://www.austriancharts.at/1993_single.asp. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "1993 Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Swisscharts. http://www.swisscharts.com/year.asp?key=1993. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Certification for every country in the world" (pdf). IFPI. http://www.ifpi.org/content/library/certification-award-levels.pdf. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "Austrian certifications, database". Ifpi. http://www.ifpi.at/?section=goldplatin. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  12. ^ "French certifications, database" (in French). Infodisc. http://www.infodisc.fr/Single_Certif.php. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  13. ^ AT LEAST ONE OF artist or title MUST BE PROVIDED for GERMAN CERTIFICATION.
  14. ^ "Dutch certifications, database". Nvpi. http://www.nvpi.nl/nvpi/pagina.asp?pagkey=60461#resultaat. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  15. ^ "1993 Swiss certifications" (in German). Swisscharts. http://swisscharts.com/awards.asp?year=1993. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  16. ^ Irene Moors & De Smurfen at the Dutch Top 40

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