Magic (Pilot 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|
|Writer(s)||William Lyall, David Paton|
"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, and received a gold certification. 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.
Uses in popular culture
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, as well as the trailer for Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. The song was used in a scene cut from Guardians of the Galaxy; the scene is included on the home media release of the film. Manchester United supporters sing a different version of the song regarding Michael Carrick. The lyrics are as follows: 'Its hard to believe its not Scholes. Its Carrick you know.'
Wolverhampton Wanderers fans recently adopted the song as a chant in tribute to forwards Nouha Dicko, Benik Afobe and Bakary Sako changing the lyric "Never believe it's not so." to the three's respective surnames.
Weekly singles charts
"Magic" was covered by Sally Boyden on her 1976 album The Littlest Australian. 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. It has also been covered by Patrick Juvet.
Selena Gomez version
|Promotional single by Selena Gomez from the album Wizards of Waverly Place|
|Released||21 July 2009|
|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.
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.
The music video premiered on Disney Channel on 24 July 2009. The video was directed by Roman Perez.
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||81|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||90|
|US Billboard Hot 100||61|
- Library and Archives Canada. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?brws_s=1&file_num=nlc008388.3989a&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=ccntousk30frf6h4jsn237nm12
- Music Canada, Gold Platinum Database. http://www.musiccanada.com/GPSearchResult.aspx?st=Magic&ica=False&sa=Pilot&sl=&smt=0&sat=-1&ssb=Artist
- The Littlest Australian by Sally Boyden : Reviews and Ratings. Rate Your Music.
- Barenaked Ladies performing musical montage, starting with Oh, Oh, Oh It's Magic. YouTube (8 August 2010).
- Patrick JUVET – MAGIC. YouTube (17 April 2010).
"Listen to What the Man Said" by Wings
|Canadian RPM number-one single
19 July 1975 (1 week)
"The Hustle" by Van McCoy