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In 1965, Sebastian's group, The Lovin' Spoonful, released the song as the first single from their debut album Do You Believe in Magic. The song was well-received by the public and became a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #9. According to the lyrics, the magic referenced in the title is the power of music to supply happiness and freedom to both those who make it and those who listen to it.

The song became a top forty Hot 100 hit again in 1978 when Shaun Cassidy released his remake as a single. Other notable artists who have remade the song include John Mellencamp, who released his version as a track on his 1976 album Chestnut Street Incident, Bud Shank, and Randy VanWarmer.

A cover from the song was used in the Super Mario Bros. Super Show episode "Mighty McMario and the Pot of Gold".

In a 2007 DVD entitled "The Lovin' Spoonful with John Sebastian - Do You Believe in Magic," author Sebastian illustrates how he sped up the three-chord intro from Martha and the Vandellas' "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" to come up with the intro to "Do You Believe in Magic."

Indie pop/rock band, The Format released a cover of the song on their popular compilation album B-Sides & Rarities

In 1992, McDonald's used a rewritten version of the song for one of their commercials, replacing all of the lyrics except for the first line with ones pertaining to their talking Happy Meal items and Ronald McDonald.

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Label: Kama Sutra
Release Date: August 21, 1965

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