I Like to Move It

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"I Like to Move It"
Single by Reel 2 Real featuring The Mad Stuntman
from the album Move It!
B-side Remix
Released November 14, 1993
Format CD single, CD maxi
Recorded 1993
Genre House, reggae fusion, Eurodance
Length 3:52
Label Strictly Rhythm
Writer(s) Erick Morillo, Mark Quashie
Producer(s) Erick Morillo, Ralphie Muniz
Reel 2 Real singles chronology
"Go on Move"
"I Like to Move It"
"Go on Move (reissue)"

"I Like to Move It" is a song by American electronic dance duo Reel 2 Real (Erick Morillo), featuring ragga vocals by Trinidad and Tobago rapper The Mad Stuntman (Mark Quashie). The song appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1994, peaking at number 89, reached number 5 on the UK Singles Chart, was a number one hit in the Netherlands and was a number 8 hit on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

Uses in the media[edit]

Subsequently, the song was used in various promotions, including advertisements for the National Basketball League in Australia, as well as the confectionery Chewits in the United Kingdom ("I like to chew it, chew it!"). Also Durex condoms ("I like to do it, do it"). The song has also been featured on the 2001 Summers edition of Toshiba EMI's dance compilation album series Dancemania, and as a result, also appeared on Just Dance, Just Dance 3 and DDRMAX: Dance Dance Revolution (due to Konami's deal with Toshiba EMI, allowing the game series to use music from the album series). A remix of this song by DJ Aligator was featured on Dancemania EX 2. The music is heard briefly in the movie Master of Disguise. It can also be heard in the motion picture "Saving Silverman", and as the theme to the video game Miami Nights: Singles in the City. This song appears as Koopa Troopa's theme song in Mario Strikers Charged.

Use in the Madagascar films[edit]

The song is used in DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar film franchise serving as its theme song, where different versions of the song are featured prominently in the films, their soundtracks, and associated marketing campaigns. In the first film, Madagascar, "I Like to Move It" is performed by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who voices the character of King Julien XIII in the films. In the 2008 sequel Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, a different version is performed by American hip-hop artist will.i.am, who plays the character of Moto Moto (although the Sacha Baron Cohen version can be heard in the film's DVD main menu as well as theatrical trailers). Both versions include (different) lyrics referencing the characters and plot of the two films. Snippets of the song are performed by other characters in the films as well. The song appears again in the 2012 sequel Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted as a mash-up with "Afro Circus", performed by Baron Cohen (Danny Jacobs, the TV singing voice of King Julien, in the soundtrack) with Chris Rock (who plays the character of Marty). Afro Circus/I Like to Move It can be briefly heard in Penguins of Madagascar. (The song does not appear in the TV series The Penguins of Madagascar; a scene in the title sequence replaces the song with a sound-alike.) The Reel 2 Real version is heard in the first episode of All Hail King Julien.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "I Like to Move It" (radio edit) — 3:52
  2. "I Like to Move It" (more's instrumental) — 3:57
CD maxi
  1. "I Like to Move It" (radio edit) — 3:52
  2. "I Like to Move It" (UK vocal house remix) — 5:47
  3. "I Like to Move It" (UK moody house remix) — 5:05
  4. "I Like to Move It" (Reel 2 Reel dub) — 4:25
  5. "I Like To Shoot It" (video version) - 3:52-13:00

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"What's Up" by Minnesota
Canadian RPM Dance chart number-one single
May 2, 1994 - May 16, 1994 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Joy" by Staxx of Joy
Preceded by
"Joy" by Staxx of Joy
Canadian RPM Dance chart number-one single
June 6, 1994 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Hey Everybody" by DJ Company
Preceded by
"Without You" by Mariah Carey
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
May 7, 1994 - May 28, 1994 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" by Prince
Preceded by
"I Can See Clearly Now" by Jimmy Cliff
French SNEP number-one single
July 9, 1994 - August 6, 1994 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"7 Seconds" by Youssou N'Dour and Neneh Cherry


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  2. ^ Belgian peak
  3. ^ Canadian dance chart peak
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  6. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
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  8. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
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  10. ^ 1994 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  11. ^ 1994 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  12. ^ Canada Top 50 Dance Tracks of 1994
  13. ^ 1994 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
  14. ^ "Single top 100 over 1994" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  15. ^ 1994 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  16. ^ "French single certifications – Reel 2 Real – I Like to Move It" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  17. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Reel 2 Real; 'I Like to Move It')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  18. ^ "Dutch single certifications – Reel 2 Real – I Like to Move It" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. 
  19. ^ "British single certifications – Reel 2 Real – I Like to Move It". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter I Like to Move It in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search

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