Do You Believe In Magic" is a song written by John Sebastian. It was first recorded and released by his group, The Lovin' Spoonful in 1965. The single peaked at number 9 on the Billboard chart. In 1977, Billboard Hot 100 Shaun Cassidy scored a top 40 hit with his cover version of "Do You Believe in Magic". The song has been recorded by various artists including a 2005 version by the pop duo Aly & AJ.
The Lovin' Spoonful version [ edit ]
Song history [ edit ]
1965, the group The Lovin' Spoonful released the song as the first single from their debut studio album . The single was well received by the public and became a top ten hit on the Do You Believe in Magic , peaking at number 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. Session drummer Billboard Hot 100 Gary Chester played on the track. The Lovin' Spoonful's version was ranked number 216 on [3 ] s list of Rolling Stone' The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
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".
The song is also significantly featured in the
Jim Sheridan movie , as an Irish-immigrant family, having entered the U.S. on false pretenses, enter New York City for the first time. In America
"Do You Believe in Magic" was featured in
, The Parent Trap , American Pie , Date Movie , and Temple Grandin . The original version was also the theme song for the short-lived TV series Rolie Polie Olie . State of Grace
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 [ edit ]
"Do You Believe in Magic" was covered by American
pop rock duo Aly & AJ. Their version of the song was for the 2005 film , and it also appeared on their debut studio album Now You See It... . It also made an appearance on the 2009 soundtrack to Into the Rush . The duo consists of sisters Wizards of Waverly Place Alyson "Aly" and Amanda Joy "A.J." Michalka.
Track listings [ edit ]
"Do You Believe in Magic"
"Do You Believe in Magic"
Release history [ edit ]
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Other versions [ edit ]
The song became a top forty hit again in
1977 when Shaun Cassidy released his cover as a single. Cassidy's version reached number 31 on the . Billboard Hot 100 Other notable artists who have remade the song include
John Mellencamp on his 1976 album , Chestnut Street Incident Bud Shank, and Randy VanWarmer. A cover from the song was used in
episode "Mighty McMario and the Pot of Gold". The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! In the 1987 show
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. Barbie and The Rockers
Indie pop/rock band The Format released a cover on their compilation album B-Sides & Rarities, 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 2002, the song was later recorded by
BBMak for the score of , a sequel to Disney's 1953 classic Return to Never Land . Peter Pan In 1989,
Steve Tyrell performed a cover for the film . Second Sight On September 4, 1993 when
Jim Abbott of the New York Yankees pitched a no-hitter, the song was played after Twisted Sister song, " We're Not Gonna Take It". In 2010 a few bars were used as background music to a television commercial for the Chase Bank iPhone app which allows remote check deposits using the iPhone camera.
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