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"No Limit" is a song recorded by Dutch Eurodance band 2 Unlimited. It was 2 Unlimited's fifth single released in 1993 and the first single 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 counties 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
Single by 2 Unlimited
from the album No Limits!
Released1993
Format
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

Contents

MusicEdit

 
2 Unlimited in the "No Limit" music video.

Tom Ewing 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.[4]

Release and receptionEdit

Billboard wrote about the song: "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 irresistable, and the pace is heart-racing. Will please fans of last year's hit, "Twilight Zone," while reeling in newcomers."[5]

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 topped many European charts including the United Kingdom, Finland, Denmark and Spain. It peaked at number 25 in the American Dance charts. It was Europe's biggest-selling song for 1993.

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.

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)

Track listingsEdit

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)

Track listingEdit

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)

ChartsEdit

"No Limit 2.3" charted at no. 41 in Germany.[42]

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
FormatCD single
Recorded2009
LabelUniversal
Songwriter(s)
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.

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)[48] 13
Germany (Official German Charts)[49] 21
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[50] 29

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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