Magic Carpet Ride (Steppenwolf song)

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"Magic Carpet Ride"
Magic Carpet Ride.png
Cover of the 1968 Netherlands single
Single by Steppenwolf
from the album The Second
B-side"Sookie Sookie"
ReleasedSeptember 1968 (1968-09)
Format7" single
Length4:25 (album)
2:55 (single)
LabelABC Dunhill
Producer(s)Gabriel Mekler
Music video
"Magic Carpet Ride" on YouTube

"Magic Carpet Ride" is a rock song written by John Kay and Rushton Moreve from the Canadian-American hard rock band Steppenwolf. The song was initially released in 1968 on the album The Second. It was the lead single from that album, peaking at number three in the US, and staying in the charts for 16 weeks, longer than any other Steppenwolf song.[3]

The single version differs noticeably from the album version with a different vocal take by Kay used for the first verse of the song and differing instrumental balances, most notably the introduction feedback. The single version is also much shorter than the album version, with a running time of 2 minutes and 55 seconds. (The album version is 4 minutes and 25 seconds long.)

In 1988, the band rerecorded the song with the hip hop group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. The track appeared on their reunion album On the Strength.

Chart history[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

A 1978 version by the South African group Buffalo spent 12 weeks on the Springbok Radio charts, peaking at number five. Billy Paul on his 1971 album Going East covered the song.


  1. ^ Gary Littman (1 October 2012). In Love. AuthorHouse. p. 3. ISBN 978-1-4772-7660-0. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf - Song Info". AllMusic.
  3. ^ Steppenwolf - Chart history, Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  5. ^ Flavour of New Zealand
  6. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  7. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, December 7, 1968
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada".
  9. ^
  10. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 28, 1968

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