Magic (Pilot song)

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Not to be confused with Magic (Olivia Newton-John song).
"Magic"
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]

Uses in popular culture[edit]

The song was 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 was also used in Guardians of the Galaxy in a deleted scene, as well as the trailer for Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
Cash Box Chart [6] 5
Canadian Singles Chart [7] 1
UK 11
WLS survey (Chicago) [8] 2

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1976) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 35
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[10] 16
WLS survey (Chicago) [8] 26

Selena Gomez version[edit]

"Magic"
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. The video was directed by Roman Perez.

Charts[edit]

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

References[edit]

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