Sofi Needs a Ladder

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"Sofi Needs a Ladder"
Single by Deadmau5 featuring SOFI
from the album 4×4=12
ReleasedNovember 1, 2010
October 31, 2010 (iTunes exclusive)[1]
FormatDigital download
  • Joel Zimmerman
  • Sofia Toufa
Deadmau5 singles chronology
"Animal Rights"
"Sofi Needs a Ladder"
"Raise Your Weapon"

"Sofi Needs a Ladder" is a song by Canadian electronic music producer Deadmau5, featuring vocals from German singer SOFI. It was released as the third single from deadmau5's fifth studio album, 4×4=12.


The song was originally an instrumental track, "You Need a Ladder", which Deadmau5 previously performed, but vocals were added on afterward to allow the song to be published and avoid any copyright infringement (the song previously included an intro and outro featuring a slightly remixed version of "Overworld theme" from the NES game The Legend of Zelda). The song was first played on the radio by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 on October 22, 2010.[2] The song won a 2011 Juno Award for Best Dance Recording.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

The single is featured on the soundtrack to the video game Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. During the finals of the seventh season of British show The X Factor, contestant Cher Lloyd performed a variation of the first verse of the song mashed up into "What a Feeling". "Sofi Needs a Ladder" is also played in the background during a club scene in the film, The Hangover Part II, and was featured in a 2011 Virgin Mobile commercial. Sofi Needs a Ladder is also featured in the hit series Entourage during the season 8 house party for Vinnie Chase.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[4]
1."Sofi Needs a Ladder"6:41
Digital download - Original Mix[5]
1."Sofi Needs a Ladder" (Original Mix)6:41
Digital download - MosDam Remix[6]
1."Sofi Needs a Ladder" (MosDam Remix) (Deadmau5 Ultimate Remix Challenge Winner)9:12


Chart (2010) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 73
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 68
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[9] 10


  1. ^ "iTunes Music - Some Chords - Single by deadmau5". iTunes Store. November 7, 2010. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  2. ^ deadmau5 - Sofi Needs A Ladder on YouTube date October 22, 2010
  3. ^ "2011 JUNO Gala Dinner & Award Winners | The JUNO Awards". March 26, 2011. Archived from the original on August 11, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  4. ^ "Sofi Needs a Ladder - Single by deadmau5 on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  5. ^ "Sofi Needs a Ladder (Original Mix) - Single by deadmau5 on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  6. ^ "Sofi Needs a Ladder (MosDam Remix) [Deadmau5 Ultimate Remix Challenge Winner] - Single by deadmau5 on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  7. ^ "deadmau5 Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.