Magic (Pilot song)

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Magic by Pilot.jpg
Single by Pilot
from the album From the Album of the Same Name
B-side"Just Let Me Be"
Released20 September 1974 (1974-09-20)
Format7-inch single
Producer(s)Alan Parsons
Pilot singles chronology
"Just a Smile"

"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 band members Billy Lyall and David Paton for their debut album, From the Album of the Same Name.

It charted most successfully in Canada, where it topped the RPM national singles chart on 19 July 1975,[2] and received a gold certification.[3] It climbed as far as number 11 on the UK Singles Chart and reached number five during the summer of 1975 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100.

According to David Paton, he was in a place in Edinburgh, Blackford Hill and he purchased a house there. The hills and the sunrise at 6 AM inspired him to write the song.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Other versions[edit]

Selena Gomez version[edit]

Gomez's version peaked at No. 61 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, at No. 80 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart, at No. 5 on the Norwegian Singles Chart and at No. 90 on the UK Singles Chart. It has sold 563,000 copies in the United States.[15] Selena Gomez covered "Magic" for the soundtrack of the Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place, released as a single on 21 July 2009; it was marked with an asterisk (*) as "Magic*" due to two other songs on the album having identical names (the other two performed by Meagan Martin and Honor Society). The song was featured in the television film Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie. Her music video premiered on Disney Channel on 24 July 2009. The video was directed by Roman Perez.

Single by Selena Gomez
from the album Wizards of Waverly Place
Released21 July 2009 (2009-07-21)
FormatDigital download
GenrePop rock
LabelWalt Disney
Selena Gomez singles chronology
"Whoa Oh! (Me vs. Everyone)"
"Come & Get It"
Music video
"Magic" on YouTube
Chart (2009) Peak
Brazil (ABPD)[16] 47
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[17] 80
Norway (VG-lista)[18] 5
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[19] 72
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 90
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 61

Sally Boyden version[edit]

"Magic" was covered by Sally Boyden on her 1976 album The Littlest Australian.[22] 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.[23] It has also been covered by Patrick Juvet.[24]

Usage in other media[edit]


  1. ^ "Top 100 Glam Rock singles of all time". Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada".
  3. ^ "Gold Platinum Database". Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  4. ^ Pilot - Magic ( Original Footage & Short Interview With David Paton Australian Countdown 1975 )
  5. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Archived from the original on 2 June 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  6. ^ "RPM - Library and Archives Canada - RPM - Bibliothèque et Archives Canada".
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Magic". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
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  9. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  10. ^ [Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002]
  11. ^ "Cash Box Top Singles - 1975".
  12. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 24, No. 14, December 27, 1975". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Bijzondere lijst: Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 1975".
  14. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1975/Top 100 Songs of 1975".
  15. ^ Trust, Gary (14 May 2017). "Ask Billboard: Selena Gomez's Career Album & Song Sales". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. 6 October 2001. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  17. ^ "Selena Gomez Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 22, 2009.
  18. ^ " – Selena Gomez – Magic". VG-lista. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
  19. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
  20. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
  21. ^ "Selena Gomez Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
  22. ^ The Littlest Australian by Sally Boyden : Reviews and Ratings. Rate Your Music.
  23. ^ Barenaked Ladies performing musical montage, starting with Oh, Oh, Oh It's Magic. YouTube (8 August 2010).
  24. ^ Patrick JUVET – MAGIC. YouTube (17 April 2010).
  25. ^ Beth Snyder Bulik (1 August 2018). "Novo Nordisk channels '70s 'Magic' in first TV ad for blockbuster-in-waiting Ozempic". FiercePharma. Retrieved 6 April 2019.

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