Tambourine (song)

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Single by Eve
B-side "Dance Floor" (featuring Mashonda)
Released April 17, 2007
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:14
Label Disturbing tha Peace, Ruff Ryders, Full Surface, Aftermath, Geffen, Interscope
Writer(s) E. Jeffers, K. Dean, S. Garrett[1]
Producer(s) Swizz Beatz
Eve chronology
"Like This"
"Give It to You"
Alternative cover
The cover for the UK CD and vinyl editions of "Tambourine"

"Tambourine" is a hip hop song written by Eve, Swizz Beatz, and Sean Garrett. The song samples "Blow Your Whistle" from The Soul Searchers. It was released in 2007 (see 2007 in music), becoming Eve's first charting single as a lead performer in over four years.[2] In the week of April 19, 2007, the song debuted at number 73 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it continued to gain momentum.[2] The song has also been made available for purchase as a single on iTunes. In the United Kingdom, "Tambourine" debuted at number 38, two weeks before the song's physical release. The song has so far peaked at number 18 there and is her fifth consecutive top twenty solo hit there. The B-side to "Tambourine" is "Dancefloor" featuring Mashonda. The song features uncredited vocals by the song's producer Swizz Beatz (he is not credited as a featured performer).

The track is also featured in the movies Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Meet the Spartans, Wild Child, Bride Wars and in television series Skins (season 3, episode 2) and Girls (season 2, episode 3). This song was #68 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[3] The song was also #70 on MTV Asia's list of Top 100 Hits of 2007.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video directed by Melina Matsoukas premiered on the night of May 24, 2007, after Eve's episode of BET's Access Granted which featured the making of the video. Eve stated that she wanted the scenes in the video to be colorful. Swizz Beatz and Ya Boy make cameos in the video. The video starts off with four maids dancing and knocking on Eve's door. Upon entering, they begin to shower Eve with things, which she rejects, then they start dancing while imitating a tambourine. Then the video cuts to Eve tanning and getting ready for a party. Throughout the video, Swizz Beatz is seen as cameos. Then Eve gets into a car driven by Swizz Beatz and they arrive at a party where there is dancing and a woman spitting out beer.


The official remix features new verses by rappers Swizz Beatz, Missy Elliott, Fabolous, & Eve herself. [1]

Track listing[edit]

US vinyl:

  1. "Tambourine" (clean)
  2. "Tambourine" (dirty)
  3. "Tambourine" (instrumental)
  4. "Tambourine" (a cappella)

US vinyl:

  1. "Tambourine" (Remix) (radio) (featuring Fabolous & Missy Elliott)
  2. "Tambourine" (Remix) (instrumental)
  3. "Tambourine" (Remix) (LP) (featuring Fabolous & Missy Elliott)


  1. "Tambourine" (radio edit)
  2. "Dance Floor" (featuring Mashonda)

UK vinyl:

  1. "Tambourine" (radio edit)
  2. "Tambourine" (album version)
  3. "Tambourine" (instrumental)
  4. "Dance Floor" (featuring Mashonda)


  1. "Tambourine" (radio edit)
  2. "Tambourine" (instrumental)
  3. "Tambourine" (album version)
  4. "Tambourine" (video)


Chart (2007) Peak
Canadian Hot 100 49
German Singles Chart 78
Irish Singles Chart 16
UK Singles Chart 18
US Billboard Hot 100 37
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 17
US Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 10
US Billboard Pop 100 46


  1. ^ "Allmusic". May 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Billboard Chart Beat". April 19, 2007. 
  3. ^ No byline (December 11, 2007). "The 100 Best Songs of 2007" Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-12-21
  4. ^ MTV Asia, "Top 100 Hits List". Retrieved 2007-12-27

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