Olivia Newton John's second most popular song after "Physical", "Magic" was Olivia Newton's first power ballad that stormed the Billboard Hot 100 charts, reaching the no.1 position and staying there for four consecutive weeks, all through the month of August, 1980.
Released as an OST for the 1980 Hollywood flick, Xanadu, the track "Magic" performed better with the audience than the movie itself.As a matter of fact, Olivia Newton earned huge returns for "Magic", while Xanadu failed miserably at the box office.
"Magic" would have never made it to the top of Billboard Hot 100 charts had Olivia not performed at the NBC weekly televised program, The Midnight Special on Saturday, 26th of July 1980.The song was ranked at the 2nd position in the Hot 100 charts and the sales was dropping but everything changed overnight after her scintillating performance on that eventful Saturday night.
Her NBC live performance is still a popular video on YouTube with more than a million views to-date.Considered as one of the best Adult Contemprary songs of all time, "Magic" perfomed well in many countries including Canada were it reached the no.1 spot and also in Australia & New Zealand where it peaked at the 4th position.
For some weird reason, the song never made any inroads in Olivia Newton's native England ,as it faded out of the charts after managing a 32nd spot in the U.K charts.John Lennon the legendary Beatle's singer named "Magic" as one of his all time favorite tracks, just months before his fatal shooting.