The Magic Number

The Magic Number

Infobox Single
Name = The Magic Number
Artist = De La Soul
from Album = 3 Feet High and Rising
Released = 1990
Format = CD single 12" single
Recorded = 1988
Genre = Hip hop
Length = 3:16
Label = Tommy Boy
Writer = P. Huston, K. Mercer, D. Jolicoeur, V. Mason, B. Dorough
Producer = Prince Paul, De La Soul, Chad Jackson (Remix)
Last single = "Say No Go" (1989)
This single = "The Magic Number" (1990)
Next single = "A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays"" (1991)

The Magic Number is a 1990 single by De La Soul, originally recorded in 1988 and first released on their 1989 album, "3 Feet High and Rising". In the song, the trio state that the number three is the magic number. The song was remixed by the 1987 Technics World Mixing Champion, DJ, and producer, Chad Jackson.


*Q magazine ranked it the tenth greatest hip-hop song of all time [] .

*The song samples the Bob Dorough-written"Three Is a Magic Number" from "Schoolhouse Rock!"

*The song samples John Bonham's drumbeat from the 1973 Led Zeppelin song, "The Crunge".

*Mobile network 3 have used a version of this song in recent advertising in Australia, Sweden, Italy and in Denmark.

*Radke Films produced a commercial for Adidas using "Three Is a Magic Number" in 2005. The finished commercial included a short clip of the original "Schoolhouse Rock!".

Track listing

# "The Magic Number" - 3:14
# "Buddy (Native Tongue Decision Version - Edit)" - 5:15
#*Guest Appearances: Q-Tip, Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah, Monie Love

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