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Magic (Olivia Newton-John song)
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MCA Records release cover
Single by Olivia Newton-John
from the album Xanadu
B-side “Fool Country” (MCA)/
Whenever You’re Away From Me - with Gene Kelly (Jet)
Released 1980
Format 7” vinyl
Genre Electronic, Pop
Length 4:25
Label MCA, Jet Records
Writer(s) John Farrar
Producer John Farrar
Certification Gold (US)
Olivia Newton-John singles chronology

“”I Can’t Help It”
(1980) “Magic”
(1980) “Xanadu”
Alternate cover
Jet Records release cover

“Magic” is a hit 1980 song performed by Olivia Newton-John, from the soundtrack to the film Xanadu. The song was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for four weeks, from August 2 through August 29, 1980. It also reached a high of #2 on the Australian charts and #32 in the UK.

“Magic” became Newton-John’s biggest Adult Contemporary hit to date. It also became Newton-John’s biggest pop hit until “Physical” ruled the Hot 100 for ten weeks beginning in November 1981.

Two B-sides exist depending on what label and continent the song was released. “Fool Country” is the B-side of the MCA label release, which also features in the film “Xanadu” but was never released on The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. “Whenever You’re Away From Me” with Gene Kelly is the B-side of the Jet label release. It finally saw its CD debut in 2005 on Olivia’s “Gold” CD. ABC Family star Meaghan Jette Martin remade the song and it will be featured on the Wizards of Waverly Place CD.


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