The Magic Number

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"The Magic Number"
Buddy single.jpg
Single by De La Soul
from the album 3 Feet High and Rising
Released 11 December 1989
Format CD single
12" single
Recorded 1988
Genre
Length 3:16
Label Tommy Boy
Songwriter(s) P. Huston, K. Mercer, D. Jolicoeur, V. Mason, B. Dorough
Producer(s) Prince Paul, De La Soul, Chad Jackson (Remix)
De La Soul singles chronology
"Say No Go"
(1989)
"The Magic Number"
(1989)
"A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays""
(1991)

"Say No Go"
(1989)
"The Magic Number"
(1990)
"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, with the chorus based on a segment from the children's show Schoolhouse Rock!, written by Bob Dorough. In the song, the trio state that the number three is the magic number.

The song heavily samples songs and vocal samples originally sampled in "Lesson 3" by Double Dee and Steinski, as well as sampling "Lesson 3" itself. The song also samples "The Crunge" by Led Zeppelin, "Three is a Magic Number" by Schoolhouse Rock, "Five Feet High and Rising" by Johnny Cash, "Different Strokes" by Syl Johnson, and "Is this the Future?" by the Fatback Band.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Magic Number" – 3:14
  2. "Buddy (Native Tongue Decision Version – Edit)" – 5:15

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Position
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 18
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 27
UK Singles Chart 7