Do You Believe in Magic (song)
|"Do You Believe In Magic"|
|Single by The Lovin' Spoonful|
|from the album Do You Believe in Magic|
|B-side||"On the Road Again"|
|Genre||Folk rock, sunshine pop|
|The Lovin' Spoonful singles chronology|
In 1965, Sebastian's group, The Lovin' Spoonful, released the song as the first single from their debut album Do You Believe in Magic. The song was well received by the public and became a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #9. According to the lyrics, the magic referenced in the title is the power of music to supply happiness and freedom to both those who make it and those who listen to it.
The song became a top forty Hot 100 hit again in 1977 when Shaun Cassidy released his cover as a single. Other notable artists who have remade the song include John Mellencamp, who released his version as a track on his 1976 album Chestnut Street Incident, Bud Shank, and Randy VanWarmer.
A cover from the song was used in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode "Mighty McMario and the Pot of Gold".
In the 1987 show Barbie and The Rockers episode "Out Of This World", Barbie and The Rockers sing a cover of the song as they prepare to do a concert in outer space.
In a 2007 DVD entitled "The Lovin' Spoonful with John Sebastian - Do You Believe in Magic," author Sebastian illustrates how he sped up the three-chord intro from Martha and the Vandellas' "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" to come up with the intro to "Do You Believe in Magic."
In 1992, McDonald's used a rewritten version of the song for some of their commercials, replacing all of the lyrics except for the first line with ones pertaining to their talking Happy Meal items and Ronald McDonald.
In 1989 Kids Incorporated sang "Do You Believe In Magic" in the episode "Stop the Presses".
The song is also significantly featured in the Jim Sheridan movie In America, as an Irish-immigrant family, having entered the U.S. on false pretenses, enters New York City for the first time, and was also the theme song to the ABC Family series State of Grace.
The original version was the theme song for the short-lived TV series State of Grace. In 2010 a few bars from the song was used as background music to a television commercial for the Chase Bank iPhone app which allows remote check deposits using the iPhone camera.
In 2012, the Lovin' Spoonful's version was used in the official "Meet the Pyro" trailer for the first-person shooter video game, Team Fortress 2.
Aly & AJ version
|"Do You Believe in Magic"|
|Single by Aly & AJ|
|from the album Into the Rush|
|Released||February 15, 2005|
|Format||Promo single, Radio Disney single|
|Writer(s)||John. B. Sebastian|
|Aly & AJ minor singles chronology|
|Promo CD/CD single|
|1.||"Do You Believe in Magic"||2:17|
|2.||"Do You Believe in Magic" (instrumental)||2:17|
|February 15, 2005||United States||CD||Hollywood Records|
|June 5, 2006||Belgium|
|United Kingdom||Digital download||EMI|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Singles Sales||2|
|Canadian Singles Chart||23|
- Unterberger, Richie. "Great Moments in Folk Rock: Lists of Aunthor Favorites". www.richieunterberger.com. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
- leggett, Steve. "Do You Believe in Magic/Daydream joint album review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-02-28.
- Aly & AJ "Do You Believe in Magic" Promo CD
- All Billboard Charts