No One Like You

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In 1982, Blackout gave the Scorpions a number ten placing on the album charts, eventually gaining platinum status. This was a far better result than 1979's Lovedrive release, which peaked at number 55. Blackout rose to semi-prominence thanks to the hard-rocking strength of "No One Like You." Although the song only made it as far as number 65 on the charts, it mustered up a simple but heavy sound that could please more than one audience. This tapered heavy metal style began in 1979, when Mathias Jabs replaced Michael Schenker as the group's premier guitarist. With Schenker's fondness for playing a heavier style now gone, the Scorpions had a solid lineup that was willing to focus on more of a streamlined rock sound that would appeal to a wider commercial base rather than just a heavy metal one. Written by Rudolf Schenker and Klaus Meine, "No One Like You"'s energy is built around Meine's explosive vocals, full-bodied and controllably charged throughout the chorus but wonderfully subtle during the rest of the tune. The guitar riffs are simple and appealing, and although they're a little cliché sounding, they brandish the perfect amount of hard rock flair without going overboard. "No One Like You" sports a light to hard transition, with only one guitar and some solid drum hits accompanying Meine during the chorus. The riffs are short and dense, creating an effectual rock mien. Actually, it was "No One Like You" that kicked off the Scorpions' commercial success, and because of the song's amicable rock feel, the band managed to hold on to the fans that have been with them all the while. The Scorpions used the same rock recipe for their next release, the double-platinum Love at First Sting album, which went all the way to number six and gave them their first Top 40 hit with "Rock You Like a Hurricane."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Blackout 1982 Mercury 3:56
The Best of Rockers 'N' Ballads 1989 Mercury 3:55
Hard Rock Essentials: 1980s 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:58
Best of 80's Metal, Vol. 3 1997
Various Artists
Priority Records 3:59
Billboard Top Album Rock Hits 1982 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 3:54
Deadly Sting: The Mercury Years 1997 Mercury 3:56
Stone Cold Metal 1998 Mars 3:57
Big City Nights 1998 Universal Special Products / Rebound Records 4:09
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1982 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:57
Best 1999 EMI Music Distribution
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection 2001 Mercury 4:00
Bad for Good: The Very Best of Scorpions 2002 Hip-O
Ash Wednesday 2003
Original Soundtrack
Koch 3:58
Gold 2003 EMI Music Distribution 3:55
Essential 2003 EMI Music Distribution 3:55
Hard and Heavy 2004
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:58
Box of Scorpions 2004 Hip-O 3:56
More '80s Hair Metal 2004
Various Artists
Dead Line Music / Cleopatra 4:00
Platinum Collection [Box Set] 2006 EMI Music Distribution 3:55
No. 1's 2006 EMI Music Distribution 3:56
Gold 2006 Hip-O 3:57
Hard Rock Number 1's 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:57
No Image 2008 Strategic Marketing 3:58
Icon 2010 Island / Mercury 3:57
Icon 2 2010 Island / Mercury 3:56
Comeblack 2011 Sony Music 4:07
No Image Pioneer
No Image
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 3:58
Pure Love Songs, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Universal Music 3:55