Magic (Pilot song)

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Not to be confused with Magic (Olivia Newton-John song).
Single by Pilot
from the album From the Album of the Same Name
B-side "Just Let Me Be"
Released 2 November 1974
Genre Pop rock, soft rock, funk rock
Length 3:06
Label EMI
Writer(s) William Lyall, David Paton
Producer(s) Alan Parsons

"Magic" is a popular 1974 song by Scottish pop rock band Pilot, and was the first hit single for the group. It was written by William Lyall and Pilot's David Paton for their debut album, From the Album of the Same Name.

It charted most successfully in Canada, where it reached No. 1, topping the RPM national singles chart on 19 July 1975,[1] and received a gold certification.[2] It climbed as far as #11 on the UK Singles Chart and reached No. 5 during the summer of 1975 in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100.

Other versions[edit]

"Magic" was covered by Sally Boyden on her 1976 album The Littlest Australian.[3] The song was sampled by Girl Talk on his 2006 release Night Ripper on the track "Summer Smoke". The song is also heavily sampled in a song titled "It's Magic" by rap artist J.R. Writer. It was then sampled again by rapper Flo Rida in 2009. The alternative rock band Barenaked Ladies has been known to sometimes close live shows by playing the song as part of a medley.[4] It has also been covered by Patrick Juvet.[5]

Use in advertising/other[edit]

The song featured in a long-running series of advertisements for Magic Kingdom in Lansvale, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, during the 1980s.

Commercials for AT&T used a re-sung verse sung as "Oh, Oh...It's Magic" at the end of its commercials for the 00 number.

In 1991 the song was used in an advert for Magnet.

It was also used in a Pillsbury Company commercial in 2007.

Pilot's version is heard in a 2010 TV commercial for Chase.

The song is also used in Indonesian Yamaha Mio J commercial in 2012.[6]

The song is featured as the Free Games bonus song in the slot machine Cash Wizard made by Bally Technologies.

The song used in the films Happy Gilmore, Herbie: Fully Loaded, The Magic Roundabout, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

"It's magic, you know, its going to be ten in a row" is sung by supporters of Celtic FC during periods of league success.

"It's Carrick, you know, hard to believe it's not Scholes" is sung by supporters of Manchester United FC as a praise for Michael Carrick by comparing his performance to the great Paul Scholes.

The video game Sleeping Dogs features this song on the Sagittarius FM radio station.

Selena Gomez version[edit]

Promotional single by Selena Gomez from the album Wizards of Waverly Place
Released 21 July 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:49
Label Walt Disney
Writer William Lyall, David Paton
Producer Ted Bruner, Trey Vittetoe

Selena Gomez covered "Magic" for the soundtrack of the Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place, was released as a single on 21 July 2009. The song was featured in the television film Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie.

Chart performance[edit]

The song peaked at No. 61 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 109 chart. Elsewhere, the song peaked at No. 81 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart, and at No. 5 on the Norwegian Singles Chart. It has sold over 541,000 copies.

Music video[edit]

The music video premiered on Disney Channel on 24 July 2009.


Chart (2009) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 81
Norway (VG-lista) 5
UK Singles (Offical Charts Company) 90
US Billboard Hot 100 61


Preceded by
"Listen to What the Man Said" by Wings
Canadian RPM number-one single
19 July 1975 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"The Hustle" by Van McCoy