Rock You Like a Hurricane

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"Rock You Like a Hurricane"
Rock You Like a Hurricane by Scorpions European artwork German release.png
Artwork for the pressing "made in EEC",[1] whose photograph was also used for the UK release[2]
Single by Scorpions
from the album Love at First Sting
Released7 February 1984
Producer(s)Dieter Dierks
Scorpions singles chronology
"Can't Live Without You"
"Rock You Like a Hurricane"
"Still Loving You"
Music video
"Rock You Like a Hurricane" on YouTube

"Rock You Like a Hurricane" is a song by the German hard rock band Scorpions, considered their signature song. The song was released as the lead single from their ninth studio album, Love at First Sting (1984). It was written by Klaus Meine, Herman Rarebell, Rudolf Schenker and arranged/produced by Dieter Dierks. The lyrics of "Rock You Like a Hurricane" also reference the title of the album on which it originally appeared – Love at First Sting.[3]

Musical style[edit]

The song is a combination of hair metal,[4][5][6] heavy metal,[7] hard rock,[8] and arena rock.[9]

Chart performance[edit]

"Rock You Like a Hurricane" reached number 25 in the US Billboard Hot 100, greatly contributing to the album's success, and MTV put the video in heavy rotation.[citation needed]


In 2006, VH1 named "Rock You Like a Hurricane" number 31 on their 40 Greatest Metal Songs[10] and in 2009 it was named the 18th greatest hard rock song of all time also by VH1.[11] On 15 November 2010 it was named the fourth best riff of the 1980s.[12] The racetrack depicted on the single's sleeve corresponds to the Circuito Permanente de Jerez, located in Spain.


A new version was recorded in 2000 as "Hurricane 2000" on the album Moment of Glory, featuring Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra backing the track. In the same way, it was titled "Hurricane 2001" when played on the follow-up Acoustica. A third re-recording by the band features on their album Comeblack, released in 2011. The 2011 Comeblack re-recording was featured in the 2014 ad for Fiber One cookies, the film Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, and in an episode of the TV shows It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Stranger Things. A version recorded in Spanish by Steph Honde and Micki Milosevic under the name of Unprotected Innocence was featured in and on the score for the 2019 Hellboy film. Rachel Bloom recorded a version of the song for Trolls World Tour as her character Barb.


Band members


  • Dieter Dierks – producer, mixing
  • Gerd Rautenbach – engineer, mastering


Chart (1984–1985) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[14] 37
France (SNEP)[15] 17
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 47
UK Singles (OCC)[17] 78
US Billboard Hot 100 25
US Billboard Top Rock Tracks 5


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ 'Rock You Like a Hurricane' / 'Coming Home' (Media notes). Scorpions. EMI Electrola / Harvest. 1C 006 2000347. Made in EEC.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link) The release contains the acronyms "GEMA" and "STEMRA".
  2. ^ 'Rock You Like a Hurricane' / 'Coming Home' (Media notes). Scorpions. EMI Records. HAR 5225. Manufactured in the UK by EMI Records Limited.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  3. ^ "Scorpions - Rock You Like a Hurricane Lyrics |". Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  4. ^ December 2015, Sleazegrinder 04 (4 December 2015). "The 20 Best Hair Metal Anthems Of All Time Ever". loudersound. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  5. ^ Weber, Barry, Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions, retrieved 2 March 2021
  6. ^ Blistein, Jon (24 May 2021). "Toyah Willcox Busts Out the Catsuit for Scorpions Cover With Robert Fripp". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Hit Parader Salutes 20 Years of Metal - Various Artists". AllMusic.
  8. ^ "Top 100 Classic Rock Artists". Ultimate Classic Rock. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  9. ^ Platinum Collection [Box Set] - Scorpions | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 8 April 2021
  10. ^ "VH1 40 Greatest Metal Songs". RateYourMusic. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Vh1 Top 100 Hard Rock Songs". Archived from the original on 14 May 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Start Me Up: The Top 10 Riffs of the 1980s". Archived from the original on 14 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  13. ^ "Love at First Sting". Scorpions official website. Archived from the original on 8 December 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  14. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Archived from the original on 10 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Scorpions – Rock You Like a Hurricane" (in French). Les classement single.
  16. ^ "Scorpions – Rock You Like a Hurricane" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  17. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  18. ^ "British single certifications – Scorpions – Rock You Like a Hurricane". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 18 June 2021.