No Limit (song)

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"No Limit"
Single by 2 Unlimited
from the album No Limits!
Released January 1993
Format CD single, CD maxi, 7", 12"
Recorded 1992
Genre Eurodance[1]
Label Byte, ZYX, PWL
Writer(s) Phil Wilde, Jean-Paul De Coster, Ray Slijngaard, Anita Dels
Producer(s) Phil Wilde, Jean-Paul De Coster
2 Unlimited singles chronology
"The Magic Friend"
(1992)
"No Limit"
(1993)
"Tribal Dance"
(1993)
Audio sample
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"No Limit" is a song recorded by Dutch Eurodance band 2 Unlimited.

Release and reception[edit]

No Limit was 2 Unlimited's fourth single released in January 1993. It was the first single released from their second album No Limits!. The UK release once again omitted the rap lyrics of Ray Slijngaard. However, unlike the other songs by 2 Unlimited that omitted Ray's rap as well as including their rap versions on the UK releases of their singles, No Limit did not have the rap version included on the UK single, although the rap version was included on the UK release of their album "Hits Unlimited".

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.

Appearances[edit]

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".

Pro wrestlers Franz Schumann, Tetsuya Naito, and Yujiro Takahashi have all used the song as their entrance theme.

In 2011, No Limit became one of the song available for dancing in the video game Just Dance 3. In 2012, the tune to the song was borrowed by Manchester City fans to create a chant for brothers Kolo and Yaya Touré. The melody is also chanted by Chelsea fans in honour of Eden Hazard.

  • The song was featured in a Mentos commercial with birds chirping the melody.
  • This song was used in an Australian Dodo broadband commercial in 2012.
  • In 2013 the song featured in an advert for chewing gum Airwaves in which the people in the advert performed the song in different ways e.g. a referee with a whistle, a Hawaiian dancer with a conch shell and a bagpiper with bagpipes.
  • The song was used by MTV in their own commercial "Make a big effort to sound like MTV". It featured 2 men playing the song on glasses.

Track listings[edit]

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 & 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 & Le Jean Version) (3:57)
7" single
  1. "No Limit" (3:15)
  2. "No Limit" (Rio & 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 & 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 & 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)

Charts and sales[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Alison (C'est ma copine à moi)" by Jordy
"Your Latest Trick" by Dire Straits
French number-one single
1 May 1993 – 22 May 1993 (4 weeks)
10 July 1993 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Your Latest Trick" by Dire Straits
"What Is Love" by Haddaway
Preceded by
"It's OK It's All Right" by Def Dames Dope
Belgian Ultratop 50 Flanders number-one single
13 March 1993 – 17 April 1993 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Open Sesame" by Leila K
Belgian VRT Top 30 Flanders number-one single
13 March 1993 – 17 April 1993 (6 weeks)
Preceded by
"Somebody Dance with Me" by DJ BoBo
Swiss number-one single
21 March 1993 – 18 April 1993 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"All That She Wants" by Ace of Base
Preceded by
"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
Austrian number-one single
7 March 1993 – 21 March 1993 (3 weeks)
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
6 March 1993 – 1 May 1993 (9 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Informer" by Snow
Norwegian number-one single
9/1993 – 15/1993 (7 weeks)
Swedish number-one single
24 February 1993 – 7 April 1993 (4 weeks)
UK Singles Chart number-one single
13 February 1993 – 13 March 1993 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Oh Carolina" by Shaggy
Preceded by
"This Time" by Christy Moore
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
26 February 1993 – 26 March 1993 (5 weeks)
Preceded by
"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
Single Top 100 number-one single (first run)
13 February 1993 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Mockin' Bird Hill" by Roots Syndicate
Preceded by
"Mockin' Bird Hill" by Roots Syndicate
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
6 March 1993 – 3 April 1993 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Mr. Blue" by René Klijn
Single Top 100 number-one single (second run)
27 February 1993 – 27 March 1993 (5 weeks)
Preceded by
"I Feel You" by Depeche Mode
Spanish number-one single
6 March 1993 – 20 March 1993 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Feel You" by Depeche Mode

Millennium Remixes[edit]

"Millennium remixes"
Single by 2 Unlimited
Released 2000
Label Byte

Track listings[edit]

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 & Guido Remix Dub) (10:38)
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)

No Limit 2.3[edit]

"2.3 remixes"
Single by 2 Unlimited
Released 2003
Label Byte
2 Unlimited singles chronology
"Never Surrender"
(1998)
"No Limit 2.3"
(2003)
"Tribal Dance 2.4"
(2004)

Track listing[edit]

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)

Charts[edit]

"No Limit 2.3" charted at no. 41 in Germany.[34]

Irene Moors & De Smurfen cover[edit]

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

beFour cover[edit]

"No Limit"
Single by beFour
from the album Friends 4 Ever
Released January 2009
Format CD single
Recorded 2009
Genre Eurodance
Label Universal
Writer(s) Phil Wilde, Jean-Paul De Coster, Ray Slijngaard, Anita Dels
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 listings[edit]

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[edit]

Charts (2009) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[40] 13
Germany (Media Control Charts)[41] 21
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 72
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[42] 29

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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