Magic (Pilot song)

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Single by Pilot
from the album From the Album of the Same Name
B-side "Just Let Me Be"
Released 2 November 1974
Recorded 1974
Genre Pop rock, Power pop

3:06 (Album version)

2:22 (Single edit version)
Label EMI
Songwriter(s) William Lyall, David Paton
Producer(s) Alan Parsons
Pilot singles chronology
"Just a Smile"
"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 #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 #5 during the summer of 1975 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100.

Chart performance[edit]

Other versions[edit]

"Magic" was covered by Sally Boyden on her 1976 album The Littlest Australian.[10] 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.[11] It has also been covered by Patrick Juvet.[12]

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
Songwriter(s) William Lyall, David Paton
Producer(s) Ted Bruner, Trey Vittetoe
Music video
"Magic" on YouTube

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; it was marked with an asterisk (*) as "Magic*" due to two other songs on the album having identical names. (the other two performed by Meaghan Jette Martin and Honor Society). The song was featured in the television film Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie.

Commercial performance[edit]

The song has sold over 563,000 copies in the United States as of May 2017.[13]

Chart performance[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 number 90 on the UK Singles Chart. It has sold 563,000 copies in the United States.[14]

Music video[edit]

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


Chart (2009) Peak
Brazil (ABPD)[15] 47
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[16] 80
Norway (VG-lista)[17] 5
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[18] 72
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 90
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 61


  1. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 
  2. ^ "Gold Platinum Database". Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Archived from the original on 2 June 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  4. ^ "RPM - Library and Archives Canada - RPM - Bibliothèque et Archives Canada". 
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Magic". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  6. ^ [Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002]
  7. ^ "Cash Box Top Singles - 1975". 
  8. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 24, No. 14, December 27, 1975". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1975/Top 100 Songs of 1975". 
  10. ^ The Littlest Australian by Sally Boyden : Reviews and Ratings. Rate Your Music.
  11. ^ Barenaked Ladies performing musical montage, starting with Oh, Oh, Oh It's Magic. YouTube (8 August 2010).
  12. ^ Patrick JUVET – MAGIC. YouTube (17 April 2010).
  13. ^ Gary Trust (May 14, 2017). "Ask Billboard: Selena Gomez's Career Album & Song Sales". Billboard. Retrieved May 14, 2017. 
  14. ^ Trust, Gary (14 May 2017). "Ask Billboard: Selena Gomez's Career Album & Song Sales". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  15. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Selena Gomez – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Selena Gomez. Retrieved December 22, 2009.
  17. ^ " – Selena Gomez – Magic". VG-lista. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
  18. ^ "Archive Chart: 2009-10-11". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2009-10-18" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
  20. ^ "Selena Gomez – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Selena Gomez. Retrieved December 19, 2009.

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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