Magic (Pilot song)

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Not to be confused with Magic (Olivia Newton-John song).
Single by Pilot
from the album From the Album of the Same Name
B-side "Just Let Me Be"
Released 2 November 1974
Genre Pop rock, soft rock, funk rock
Length 3:06
Label EMI
Writer(s) William Lyall, David Paton
Producer(s) Alan Parsons
Certification Gold
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 reached No. 1, topping the RPM national singles chart on 19 July 1975,[1] and received a gold certification.[2] It climbed as far as #11 on the UK Singles Chart and reached No. 5 during the summer of 1975 in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100.

Uses in popular culture[edit]

The song was used in the films, Happy Gilmore, Herbie: Fully Loaded, The Magic Roundabout, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, as well as the trailer for Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. The song was used in a scene cut from Guardians of the Galaxy; the scene is included on the home media release of the film. Manchester United supporters sing a different version of the song regarding Michael Carrick. The lyrics are as follows: 'Its hard to believe its not Scholes. Its Carrick you know.'

Wolverhampton Wanderers fans recently adopted the song as a chant in tribute to forwards Nouha Dicko, Benik Afobe and Bakary Sako changing the lyric "Never believe it's not so." to the three's respective surnames.

Chart performance[edit]

Other versions[edit]

"Magic" was covered by Sally Boyden on her 1976 album The Littlest Australian.[11] 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.[12] It has also been covered by Patrick Juvet.[13]

Selena Gomez version[edit]

Promotional single by Selena Gomez from the album Wizards of Waverly Place
Released 21 July 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:49
Label Walt Disney
Writer William Lyall, David Paton
Producer Ted Bruner, Trey Vittetoe

Selena Gomez covered "Magic" for the soundtrack of the Disney Channel television series Wizards of Waverly Place, was released as a single on 21 July 2009. The song was featured in the television film Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie.

Commercial performance[edit]

It has sold over 558,000 copies in the United States as of July 19, 2015.[14]

Chart performance[edit]

Gomez's version peaked at No. 61 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, at No. 81 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart, and at No. 5 on the Norwegian Singles Chart. It has sold 558,000 copies in the United States.[15]

Music video[edit]

The music video premiered on Disney Channel on 24 July 2009. The video was directed by Roman Perez.


Chart (2009) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 81
Norway (VG-lista) 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 90
US Billboard Hot 100 61


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Preceded by
"Listen to What the Man Said" by Wings
Canadian RPM number-one single
19 July 1975 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"The Hustle" by Van McCoy