Magic (Olivia Newton-John song)

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MCA Records release cover
Single by Olivia Newton-John
from the album Xanadu
B-side "Fool Country" (MCA)
"Whenever You're Away from Me" (with Gene Kelly) (Jet)
Released May 23, 1980
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:25
Label MCA, Jet Records
Writer(s) John Farrar
Producer(s) John Farrar
Certification Gold (US)[1]
Olivia Newton-John singles chronology
"I Can't Help It"
Alternative cover
Jet Records release cover

"Magic" is a 1980 song performed by Olivia Newton-John, from the soundtrack to the film Xanadu. The song was number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks beginning on August 2, 1980. It was her 25th American chart hit, and her 10th of 12 records which went Gold or higher.

"Magic" was also her biggest pop hit until "Physical" ruled the Hot 100 for ten weeks beginning in November 1981. Billboard magazine ranked "Magic" as the third most popular single of 1980, behind only "Call Me" by Blondie and "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II" by Pink Floyd. In Canada, the song spent two weeks at number one. It also reached number 4 in Australia and number 32 in the UK.

The song became Newton-John's biggest Adult Contemporary hit to date, spending five weeks at the top of the American chart, and also topped the Canadian AC chart for a week.[2]

John Lennon commented about "Magic" shortly before his death in the "complete Newsweek interview from September 1980". The only 2 songs he specifically mentions that he likes are "Magic" and "All Over the World" both on the album "Xanadu".[3]

The B-sides vary, depending on the label: "Fool Country" (also from Xanadu but not on the OST) is the B-side of the MCA release; "Whenever You're Away from Me" (with Gene Kelly) is the B-side of the Jet release.[citation needed]

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • MCA vinyl single
  1. "Magic" – 4:25
  2. "Fool Country" – 2:29
  • Jet vinyl single
  1. "Magic" – 4:25
  2. "Whenever You're Away From Me" – 4:22

Chart performance[edit]

2011 version[edit]

"Magic (Peach & Murphy remix)"
Single by Olivia Newton-John
Released May 22, 2011
Format Digital download
Genre Electropop, dance-pop
Length 3:37
Writer(s) John Farrar
Producer(s) Dan Murphy, Steve Peach
Olivia Newton-John singles chronology
"Help Me to Heal"
"Magic (Peach & Murphy remix)"

"Magic (Peach & Murphy remix)" is a remix of the 1980 song. In May 2011, the song was remixed by two Australians, DJ Dan Murphy and Steve Peach, to create a dance version. Olivia went back to the studio to re-sing the vocals. The version was sponsored by WACCI, a humanitarian group.

Everybody who worked on the project volunteered their time, with all proceeds being donated to Olivia's charity, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.

Olivia was presented the world premiere of the song on Australian Dancing with the Stars on Sunday May 22, 2011. The song was released exclusively on Australian iTunes, also on Sunday May 22.

Music video[edit]

A video was shot for the new remix in Sydney in an attempt to break the Guinness Book World Record for largest cast in a music video by featuring 350 people. Newton-John does not appear in the video, which was directed by DJ Dan Murphy.


Chart (2011) Peak
Australia (ARIA) Singles Chart 79
Australia (ARIA) Australian Singles Chart 10
Australia (ARIA) Dance Chart 19


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