Do You Believe in Magic (song)

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"Do You Believe In Magic"
Single by The Lovin' Spoonful
from the album Do You Believe in Magic
B-side "On the Road Again"
Released August 1965
Format 7" single
Recorded 1965
Genre Folk rock,[1] sunshine pop[2]
Length 2:06
Label Kama Sutra
Writer(s) John Sebastian
Producer(s) Erik Jacobsen
The Lovin' Spoonful singles chronology
"Do You Believe In Magic"
"You Didn't Have to Be So Nice"

"Do You Believe In Magic" is a song written by John Sebastian and released by his group, The Lovin' Spoonful.

Song history[edit]

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. Session drummer Gary Chester played on the track.[3]

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 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".

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 Return to Never Land, a sequel to Disney's 1953 classic 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".

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, enter New York City for the first time.

Do You Believe in Magic was featured in The Parent Trap, American Pie, Date Movie, Temple Grandin, and Rolie Polie Olie.

It was covered by Aly & AJ for the 2005 film Now You See It..., and it appeared on their debut album Into the Rush. It also made an appearance on the soundtrack to Wizards of Waverly Place.

The original version was the theme song for the short-lived TV series State of Grace.

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.

The Lovin' Spoonful's version was ranked #216 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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"
Single by Aly & AJ
from the album Into the Rush
Released February 15, 2005
Format Promo single, Radio Disney single
Recorded 2004
Genre Pop
Length 2:14
Label Hollywood
Writer(s) John. B. Sebastian
Producer(s) Matthew Gerrard
Aly & AJ minor singles chronology
"Do You Believe in Magic"
"No One"
Alternative cover
UK/digital cover

Track listings[edit]

Promo CD/CD single[4]
No. Title Length
1. "Do You Believe in Magic"   2:17
2. "Do You Believe in Magic" (instrumental) 2:17
Total length:

Release history[edit]

Date Country Format Label
February 15, 2005 United States CD Hollywood Records
June 5, 2006 Belgium
United Kingdom Digital download EMI

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Singles Sales[5] 2
Canadian Singles Chart 23


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