Magic (The Cars song)

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Single by The Cars
from the album Heartbeat City
B-side "I Refuse"
Released May 7, 1984 (1984-05-07)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1983–1984
Genre New wave, power pop
Length 3:56
Label Elektra 69724
Writer(s) Ric Ocasek
Producer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange, The Cars
The Cars singles chronology
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"Magic" is a song performed by the American rock band The Cars from their fifth studio album, Heartbeat City, released in 1984. It was released as a single and reached No. 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart.[1] The track was written by Ric Ocasek and produced by Robert "Mutt" Lange and The Cars. Ocasek sang lead vocals.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Magic" is set at a pool party attended by an array of bizarre and comically deranged characters. It features Ocasek walking on the water of the swimming pool as the various characters gather to marvel at him. Towards the end of the video, some of the guests (perhaps in their own delusion) attempt to reach Ocasek by stepping onto the pool's surface believing that they too can walk on water, but only end up plunging into the pool. Ocasek remains standing (and dry) because, as the song title suggests, "it's magic".

The Cars shot "Magic" at the Hilton family house in Beverly Hills. Kathy Hilton rented the band her house. A Plexiglass platform sat under the surface of the water. On the first take, the platform collapsed. The platform had to be adjusted to Ric's weight. The house is also the setting for the movie Blind Date starring Bruce Willis & Kim Basinger.


Chart (1984) Peak
New Zealand Singles Chart 50
Canadian RPM 100 14
US Billboard Hot 100 12
US Billboard Top Rock Tracks 1

Cover versions[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song features in the titles and opening sequence of the 2006 film Click, starring Adam Sandler.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 108.

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