Best of Rockers 'n' Ballads

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Best of Rockers 'n' Ballads
Best of Rockers n' Ballads Scorpions.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedNovember 29, 1989
GenreHard rock
Length61:28 (Europe) / 55:08 (US)
LabelEMI (Europe)
Mercury (US)
ProducerDieter Dierks, except "I Can't Explain" by Bruce Fairbairn
Scorpions compilations chronology
Gold Ballads
Best of Rockers 'n' Ballads
Hot & Slow: The Best of the Ballads
Singles from Best of Rockers 'n' Ballads
  1. "I Can't Explain / Lovedrive"
    Released: 1989
  2. "Is There Anybody There? (Long Version) / The Zoo"
    Released: 1989
The Essential Scorpions cover
Scorpions Essential.jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic3/5 stars
(The Essential Scorpions)[2]

Best of Rockers 'n' Ballads is a compilation album by the German hard rock band Scorpions, released in 1989. All songs on this album are from their tenure with Mercury Records, from 1979 to 1988, in addition to rare or never-before released material.


The record features several rare or completely unreleased tracks: "Hey You", from the group's Animal Magnetism sessions; the re-recorded "long version" of "Is There Anybody There?"; and a cover of The Who's "I Can't Explain", which was also included on that same year's Stairway to Heaven/Highway to Hell charity compilation album.

The track listing and individual running times differ between the US, European and Asian editions. The US version omits several tracks, but includes the longer, unedited version of "Hey You". The European version was re-released as The Essential Scorpions in 2003.

Best of Rockers 'n' Ballads reached platinum status in the United States, and is the Scorpions' only compilation album to be certified at least gold by the RIAA there.[3]

Track listings[edit]

European track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Rock You Like a Hurricane" (Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine, Herman Rarebell) - 4:13 (from the album Love at First Sting)
  2. "I Can't Explain" (Pete Townshend) - 3:22 (from the compilation album Stairway to Heaven/Highway to Hell)
  3. "Rhythm of Love" (Schenker, Meine) - 3:48 (from the album Savage Amusement)
  4. "Big City Nights" (Schenker, Meine) - 3:56 (from the album Love at First Sting)
  5. "Lovedrive" (Schenker, Meine) - 4:50 (from the album Lovedrive)
  6. "Is There Anybody There?" (Schenker, Meine, Rarebell) - 4:16 (re-recorded version, original from the album Lovedrive)
  7. "Holiday" (Schenker, Meine) - 6:31 (from the album Lovedrive)
Side two
  1. "Still Loving You" (Meine, Schenker) - 6:25 (from the album Love at First Sting)
  2. "No One Like You" (Schenker, Meine) - 3:54 (from the album Blackout)
  3. "Blackout" (Schenker, Meine, Rarebell, Sonja Kittelsen) - 3:48 (from the album Blackout)
  4. "Another Piece of Meat" (Schenker, Rarebell) - 3:32 (from the album Lovedrive)
  5. "You Give Me All I Need" (Schenker, Rarebell) - 3:36 (from the album Blackout)
  6. "Hey You" (Remix) (Schenker, Meine, Rarebell) - 3:48 (from the 1980 eponymous single)
  7. "The Zoo" (Schenker, Meine) - 5:29 (from the album Animal Magnetism)

US and Japan track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Rock You Like a Hurricane" - 4:12
  2. "I Can't Explain" - 3:21
  3. "Still Loving You" - 6:27
  4. "Big City Nights" - 4:09
  5. "Lovedrive" - 4:52
  6. "Holiday" - 6:46
Side two
  1. "Blackout" - 3:49
  2. "Rhythm of Love" - 3:49
  3. "No One Like You" - 3:56
  4. "You Give Me All I Need" - 3:39
  5. "Hey You" - 4:29
  6. "The Zoo" - 5:30

CD edition bonus track[edit]

  1. "China White" (European version) (Schenker, Meine) - 6:55 (from the album Blackout)



Year Chart Position
1989 German Albums Chart[4] 14
Swiss Albums Charts[5] 21
Swedish Albums Chart[6] 35
Billboard 200 (North America)[7] 43
GfK Dutch Charts[8] 92


Year Title Chart Position
1989 "I Can't Explain" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[7] 5


Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1993 Platinum (+ 1,000,000)[3]
Canada CRIA 1991 Gold (+ 50,000)[9]
Germany BVMI 1991 Gold (+ 250,000)[10]
Switzerland IFPI Switzerland 1991 Gold (+ 25,000)[11]
Finland IFPI Finland 1991 Gold (+ 25,000)[12]


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  2. ^ Theakston, Rob. "Scorpions Essential review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  3. ^ a b RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Scorpions. Retrieved on 2011-02-22.
  4. ^ "Album – Scorpions, Best Of Rockers 'n' Ballads". (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-11-28.
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  7. ^ a b "The Best of Rockers 'N' Ballads Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-11-28.
  8. ^ "Scorpions – Best Of Rockers 'n' Ballads (album)". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-11-28.
  9. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Scorpions". Music Canada. Archived from the original on 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  10. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Scorpions)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
  11. ^ "Awards". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-11-28.
  12. ^ "Tilastot: Scorpions". Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2012-11-28.