Scorpions (German rock band)

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This is the German rock group. The Scorpions and The Scorpions can also be found, which are UK bands. Do not merge them, and make sure you submit new albums to the correct artist. See Not Duplicate Artists for details.
Scorpions recorded a single in 1975 as The Hunters.

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Scorpions are a German rock band formed in Hanover in 1965 by guitarist Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock, heavy metal and glam metal to soft rock. The lineup from 1978 to 1992 was the most successful incarnation of the group, and included Klaus Meine (vocals), Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar), Matthias Jabs (lead guitar), Francis Buchholz (bass), and Herman Rarebell (drums). The band's only continuous member has been Schenker, although Meine has appeared on all of Scorpions' studio albums, while Jabs has been a consistent member since 1978, and bassist Paweł Mąciwoda and drummer Mikkey Dee have been in the band since 2003 and 2016 respectively.

During the mid-1970s, with guitarist Uli Jon Roth (who replaced Schenker's younger brother Michael) part of the lineup, the music of the Scorpions was defined as hard rock. After Roth's departure in 1978, Schenker and Meine took control of the group, giving them almost all the power to compose music and write lyrics. Matthias Jabs joined in 1978, and with the melodic rock he played and the influence of producer Dieter Dierks in the band, the Scorpions changed their sound to melodic heavy metal mixed with lyrical "power rock ballads", which is evident in the album Lovedrive (1979), which began the evolution of the band's sound, with recording a developed later in several of their albums. Michael Schenker also played on the Lovedrive album. Over the next decade, the band achieved influence, approval from music critics, and significant commercial success with the albums Animal Magnetism (1980), Blackout (1982), Love at First Sting (1984), the live recording World Wide Live (1985), Savage Amusement (1988), their best-selling compilation Best of Rockers 'n' Ballads (1989), and Crazy World (1990), all awarded at least one platinum award in the United States. The band has released thirteen consecutive studio albums that were in the top 10 in Germany, one of which reached No. 1, as well as three consecutive albums that were in the top 10 in the Billboard 200 in the United States. Their latest studio album, Rock Believer, was released in February 2022.

Scorpions are estimated to have sold over 100 million records around the world, making them one of the best-selling hard rock and heavy metal bands. One of their most recognized hits is "Wind of Change" (from Crazy World), a symbolic anthem of the political changes in Eastern Europe in the late 1980s and early 1990s and the fall of the Berlin Wall, and it remains as one of the best-selling singles in the world with over 14 million copies. Two of the songs on their ninth studio album Love at First Sting, "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and "Still Loving You", are regarded as some of the most influential and popular works, both in heavy metal music and among rock ballads, defined as "rock anthem" and "a true hymn of love".

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1972Lonesome CrowScorpions3.517
1974Fly to the RainbowScorpions411
1975In TranceScorpions3.6510
1976Virgin KillerScorpions415
1977Taken by ForceScorpions3.7512
1980Animal MagnetismScorpions420
1984Love at First StingScorpions4.929
1988Savage AmusementScorpions417
1990Crazy WorldScorpions4.2512
1993Face the HeatScorpions3.411
1996Pure InstinctScorpions3.359
1999Eye II EyeScorpions46
2000Moment of GloryScorpions & Berliner Philharmoniker3.356
2007Humanity: Hour IScorpions47
2010Sting in the TailScorpions4.258
2015Return to ForeverScorpions3.3512
2022Rock BelieverScorpions410

Album + Compilation

1976The Best of ScorpionsScorpions1
1979Best of ScorpionsScorpions9
1979Virgin Killer / In TranceScorpions1
1980Best 2Scorpions1
1980King Biscuit Flower HourTed Nugent / Scorpions1
1980Rock GalaxyScorpions1
1982Best of the BiscuitBlack Sabbath / Scorpions1
1982Always Somewhere - The Story of ScorpionsScorpions1
1982Early HitsScorpions1
1982Hot & HeavyScorpions42
1982Taken by Force / Virgin KillerScorpions1
1983In Trance / Fly to the RainbowScorpions1
1984Best of Scorpions, Volume 2Scorpions5
1984Still Loving YouScorpions1
1985Gold BalladsScorpions2
1985The ScorpionScorpions1
1989Best of Rockers ’n’ BalladsScorpions512
1989Boxset (Virgin Killer / Tokyo Tapes / Lovedrive)Scorpions1
1990Hurricane RockScorpions1
1990Scorpions (Virgin Killer / Taken by Force / Fly to the Rainbow)Scorpions2
1991Wind of ChangeScorpions1
1991Best: Rhythm of LoveScorpions1
1991Blackout / Lovedrive / Animal MagnetismScorpions1
1991Hot & Slow: The Best of the BalladsScorpions43
1991World Wide Live / Gold BalladsScorpions1
1991World Wide Live / Savage Amusement / Best of Rockers ’n’ BalladsScorpions1
1992Holiday: Still Loving YouScorpions1
1992Still Loving YouScorpions57
1992The Best Rock n' BalladScorpions1
1993Hot & HardScorpions1
1994Best SelectionScorpions1
1994Love at First Sting / Blackout / LovedriveScorpions2
1995Deadly StingScorpions7
1995Born to Touch Your FeelingsScorpions51
1995Sélection 2 CDScorpions1
1995The Best BalladsScorpions1
1996Best BalladsScorpions1
1996Gold: The Ultimate CollectionScorpions1
1996Still Loving You 2Scorpions1
1997Still Loving You: The Best OfScorpions21
1997Deadly Sting: The Mercury YearsScorpions2
1997Coffret 4 CDScorpions1
1997Face the Heat / Crazy WorldScorpions1
1998Big City NightsScorpions2
1998Hot & Slow: Best Masters of the 70'sScorpions2
1998All Gold BalladsScorpions1
1998Platinum BalladsScorpions1
1999In the Studio - Deadly Sting Best of Pt. 1Scorpions1
1999Best BalladsScorpions1
1999Eye II Eye / Pure InstinctScorpions1
1999The Millennium CollectionScorpions42
2000Pictured Life: All the BestScorpions1
2000In Trance / Virgin KillerScorpions3
2000Gold Ballads / Lovedrive / Savage AmusementScorpions1
200120th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of ScorpionsScorpions2
2001Best of the BalladsScorpions1
2001Greatest Hits: Early YearsScorpions41
2001Grand CollectionScorpions2
2001The EssentialScorpions2
2001The Battle of RockDeep Purple vs. Scorpions1
2001Taken By Force / Tokyo TapesScorpions1
2002Classic BitesScorpions2
2002Bad for Good: The Very Best of ScorpionsScorpions3
2002Special Edition GoldScorpions1
2002Greatest BalladsScorpions1
2002Platinum RockScorpions1
2002Still Loving You 3Scorpions1
2002Scorpions - The Millenium CollectionScorpions1
2002Wind of ChangeScorpions1
2002Winning CombinationsWhitesnake / Scorpions1
2004Box of ScorpionsScorpions51
2004Acoustica / Moment of GloryScorpions1
2005The Platinum CollectionScorpions2

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