Five is the fifth track on Madhouse's first album 8. Five was written and produced by Prince (credited only to Madhouse), with saxophone and musical input by Eric Leeds.
Basic tracking took place on 29 September 1986 at Prince's Galpin Blvd Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (the day after Baby Doll House, One and Two, the same day as Three and Four, the day before Six and Seven), although it is credited as being recorded at "Madhouse Studios", Pittsburgh, PA, USA (a fictional studio). It is likely that the title was assigned only after the final sequence had been arranged for the album.
The track features sped-up telephone conversation in the background throughout, but it is not known who was involved in this recording.