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!
ReleasedJanuary 31, 1994
LabelStrictly Rhythm
Reel 2 Real singles chronology
"Go on Move"
"I Like to Move It"
"Go on Move (reissue)"
Music video
"I Like to Move It" on YouTube

"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 and reached number 5 on the UK Singles Chart. It was a number-one hit in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Zimbabwe. And on the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart it was a number 8 hit.

Uses in the media[edit]

The song appeared in the films The Master of Disguise[1] and Saving Silverman. The song appeared in the American Dad! episode "The Dentist's Wife".

The song has also been used in numerous advertisements and video games.

Madagascar franchise[edit]

Many versions of the song have frequently been used throughout the Madagascar franchise, with many of them with lyrics changed or altered to match with each film's plot. The first film used a version recorded by Sacha Baron Cohen, the second film used a version by will.i.am, while the third film used a mix-up with the original tune "Afro Circus" in the number "Afro Circus/I Like to Move It. The "I Like to Move It" part was sung by Baron Cohen in the film while Danny Jacobs sang it on the soundtrack, in both versions being along with Chris Rock. The original version appeared in the first and last episode of the Madagascar Netflix series All Hail King Julien and the "Afro Circus/I Like to Movie It" tune was played near the start of the Madagascar spin-off film Penguins of Madagascar.

The song was also included in the stage adaptation of the movie, sung again by King Julien.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "I Like to Move It" was directed by Craig K. McCall.[2]


Year Publisher Country Accolade Rank
2011 MTV Dance United Kingdom "The 100 Biggest 90's Dance Anthems of All Time"[3] 53
2013 Vibe United States "Before EDM: 30 Dance Tracks From The '90s That Changed The Game"[4] 23
2018 ThoughtCo United States "The Top 100 Best Party Songs of All Time"[5] 73

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]


  1. ^ "The Master Of Disguise". IMDB. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
  2. ^ "REEL 2 REAL I like to move it". YouTube. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  3. ^ MTV Dance Tuesday 27.12.2011
  4. ^ "Before EDM: 30 Dance Tracks From The '90s That Changed The Game". Vibe. October 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "The Top 100 Best Party Songs of All Time". ThoughtCo. September 10, 2018. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "I Like to Move It", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  7. ^ Belgian peak Archived April 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Canadian dance chart peak
  9. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
  11. ^ "Reel 2 Real singles, German Singles Chart" (in German). musicline. Retrieved April 17, 2010.
  12. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (23.06.1994 - 29.06.1994)" (PDF). Dagblaðið Vísir - Tónlist. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  13. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie Archived June 3, 2009, at WebCite (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Reel 2 Real" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  15. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100 (17 April 1994-23 April 1994 )". officialcharts.com. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  16. ^ Billboard: Hits of the World, June 18, 1994
  17. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  18. ^ a b Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  19. ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: singles chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  20. ^ 1994 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  21. ^ 1994 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at Archived 2010-09-24 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  22. ^ Canada Top 50 Dance Tracks of 1994
  23. ^ 1994 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com Archived 2011-08-20 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
  24. ^ "Single top 100 over 1994" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
  25. ^ 1994 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch Archived 2013-11-05 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  26. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles 1994". ARIA. Archived from the original on 25 October 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  27. ^ "French single certifications – Reel 2 Real – I Like to Move It" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  28. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Reel 2 Real; 'I Like to Move It')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  29. ^ "Dutch single certifications – Reel 2 Real – I Like to Move It" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter I Like to Move It in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  30. ^ "British single certifications – Reel 2 Real ft Mad Stuntman – I Like to Move It". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type I Like to Move It in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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