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 hit 1980 song performed by Olivia Newton-John, from the soundtrack to the film Xanadu. The song was #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts for four weeks beginning on August 2, 1980.

"Magic" became Newton-John's biggest Adult Contemporary hit to date, spending five weeks at the top of that chart. It 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. The song also reached #4 on the Australian charts and #32 in the UK.

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]

Weekly singles charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
Australia (KMP) Singles Chart 4
Austrian Singles Chart 20
Canadian Singles Chart 1
German Singles Chart 36
Japanese (Oricon) Singles Chart 43
New Zealand Singles Chart 4
Swedish Singles Chart 12
UK Singles Chart 32
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[2] 1
US Cash Box Top 100 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
Canada 10
US Billboard Hot 100 3

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 new remix of the 1980 song. In May 2011, the song was remixed by two Australians, DJ Dan Murphy and Steve Peach, to create a brand new dance version of the song. Olivia went back to the studio to re-sing the vocals; the new version is uplifting and very radio-friendly. The version was sponsored by WACCI, a humanitarian group.

Everybody working on this project has volunteered their time and talent, all proceeds are 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 22 May.

Music video[edit]

A video was shot for the new remix in Sydney, Australia, 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


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "American single certifications – Olivia Newton-John – Magic". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 182. 
  3. ^ Stimulator signs deal with Macy's for their "Find Your Magic" campaign

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