No Limit (2 Unlimited song)

"No Limit" is a song recorded by Dutch Eurodance band 2 Unlimited in 1993. It was their fifth single in total and the first to be released from their second album No Limits!. The song is one of their most commercially successful singles, especially in Europe, reaching the number-one spot in at least 13 countries and the top 10 in several others. 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.

"No Limit"
2 Unlimited No Limit Cover - Europe.jpg
Widely distributed variant of the standard artwork
Single by 2 Unlimited
from the album No Limits!
Released1993
Genre
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Phil Wilde
  • Jean-Paul De Coster
2 Unlimited singles chronology
"The Magic Friend"
(1992)
"No Limit"
(1993)
"Tribal Dance"
(1993)
Audio sample
Music video
"No Limit" on YouTube

Release and receptionEdit

Larry Flick from Billboard wrote, "After several weeks at the top of Britain's pop charts, European rave duo is ready tackle the U.S. radio market with a bright ditty that melds techno, hi-NRG, and rap elements. The hook is irresistible, and the pace is heart-racing. Will please fans of last year's hit, "Twilight Zone," while reeling in newcomers."[4] Matt Stopera and Brian Galindo from BuzzFeed said that "this is possibly the most aggressive beat from the '90s. It's like they're strumming a GIANT rubber band."[5] Tom Ewing of Freakytrigger felt the track's "echoey hi-hat hits and the union of steam-hammer bass and rubber-ball synths" carry the industrial, "piston-powered aggression" of Belgian rave music. He also noted the presence of a cowbell in the back of the track.[6] Per Reinholdt from Danish magazine Gaffa called it a "dance-powerhit", noting its "inciting up-tempo" and a rhythm and theme "with the same temper as a dressed beeswarm". He added that the song is a "piece of pop art".[7] Irish Independent described "No Limit" as "a humugous global hit".[8] Johnny Lee from Smash Hits called it a "stormtrooper".[9] Woroni said "it's tremendously exciting and highly recommended."[10] They also noted the song as a "obvious higlight" of the No Limits! album.[11] Graham Clark from The Yorkshire Times stated that "the track at the time sounded unlike anything else but you can hear how it has influenced so many of today's Electronic Dance Music tracks".[12]

To this day, "No Limit" is one of the most well-known Eurodance songs and was a worldwide hit, selling 2.8 million copies. It was Europe's biggest-selling song for 1993.

Chart performanceEdit

"No Limit" was very successful on the charts, becoming a huge hit on several continents. In Europe, it went to number-one in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, as well as on the Eurochart Hot 100. In the UK, the single reached number-one in its fourth week on the chart, on February 7, 1993,[13] and stayed at the top of the UK Singles Chart for 5 weeks. Additionally, it also managed to climb into the Top 10 in Germany, Greece, Iceland and Italy. Outside Europe, "No Limit" peaked at number 2 on the RPM Dance Chart in Canada, number 7 in Australia, number number 16 in Zimbabwe, number 21 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and number 40 in New Zealand. It was awarded with a gold record in Australia Austria, France and Germany, and a platinum record in the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Music videoEdit

The music video for "No Limit" was directed by British director Nick Burgess-Jones. It features Anita and Ray performing the song inside a pinball machine. The video was uploaded to YouTube in July 2014. In August 2020, it has got more than 24 million views.[14]

Track listingsEdit

CD single

  1. "No Limit" (Radio Edit No Rap) (3:08)
  2. "No Limit" (Radio Edit Rap) (3:30)

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 and Le Jean Remix) (3:53)
  5. "No Limit" (Automatic Breakbeat Remix) (4:45)

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 and Le Jean Version) (3:57)

7" single

  1. "No Limit" (3:15)
  2. "No Limit" (Rio and Le Jean Remix) (3:53)

UK 7" single

  1. "No Limit" (3:15)
  2. "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 and Le Jean Remix) (4:56)

12" maxi Italy

  1. "No Limit" (Extended No Rap 2) (5:55)
  2. "No Limit" (Extended Rap) (5:55)
  3. "No Limit" (Rio and 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)

ChartsEdit

Millennium remixesEdit

"Millennium remixes"
Single by 2 Unlimited
Released2000
LabelByte
Songwriter(s)

CD single

  1. "No Limit" (Moon Project Edit) (3:50)
  2. "No Limit" (Starfighter Remix Edit) (3:15)

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 and Guido Remix Dub) (10:38)

12" single

  1. "No Limit" (Starfighter Remix) (7:55)
  2. "No Limit" (Razor and Guido Dub) (10:38)
  3. "No Limit" (Push's Trancendental Remix) (8:26)
  4. "No Limit" (Moon Project Remix) (7:43)

No Limit 2.3Edit

"2.3 remixes"
Single by 2 Unlimited
Released2003
LabelByte
Songwriter(s)
2 Unlimited singles chronology
"Never Surrender"
(1998)
"2.3 remixes"
(2003)
"Tribal Dance 2.4"
(2004)

"No Limit 2.3" peaked number 41 in the German Top 100 Singles chart.[53]

CD single

  1. "No Limit 2.3" (Master Blaster Radio Edit) (3:12)
  2. "No Limit 2.3" (Master Blaster Remix) (5:25)
  3. "No Limit 2.3" (DJ Digress Hamburg Style Remix) (7:23)
  4. "No Limit 2.3" (DJ Sputnik Remix) (6:54)
  5. "No Limit 2.3" (Original Extended Mix) (5:42)

12" single

  1. "No Limit 2.3" (Master Blaster Remix) (5:25)
  2. "No Limit 2.3" (Marco De Jonge Club Mix) (5:38)
  3. "No Limit 2.3" (DJ Digress Hamburg Style Remix) (7:25)
  4. "No Limit 2.3" (Original Extended Mix) (5:40)

Irene Moors and de Smurfen coverEdit

A Dutch cover version by Irene Moors en de Smurfen topped the Dutch charts for six weeks in 1995.

beFour coverEdit

"No Limit"
Single by beFour
from the album Friends 4 Ever
ReleasedJanuary 2009
Recorded2009
LabelUniversal
Songwriter(s)
BeFour singles chronology
"Live Your Dream"
(2008)
"No Limit"
(2009)
"Ding-A-Dong"
(2009)
 
beFour (2008)

"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.

Track listingsEdit

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)

ChartsEdit

Charts (2009) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[59] 13
Germany (Official German Charts)[60] 21
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[61] 29

See alsoEdit

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