50 Pop, Rock and Country Songs About Magic
Make a Little Magic with These Songs
It's a Magical World
I'm married to a engineer — calculating, logical, precise. He sees magic in nothing, although he does know enough to say that being married to me is magical (wink, wink). I choose to see magic nearly everywhere.
Magic to me is that inexplicable spark between two people. Magic resides in a child's hug and in snuggling tender kittens. I experience it as reverence for nature and wonder in art. And magic exists, too, in the talent of a surgeon or any expert who operates at the peak of his or her performance.
I hope you have a sheer abundance of magic in your life. Why not make a Magic Playlist to celebrate everything in your life that is mysterious and enchanting? We have a long list of pop, rock, and country songs to start you off with.
1. Don't Kill the Magic by MAGIC!
The narrator in this 2014 song feels his partner pulling back from him, and he's begging her, "Don't kill the magic." He offers anything she might want: space, change, a little time, to sleep apart. The desperate man just wants to salvage their relationship.
What's the most magical thing you've ever experienced?
2. "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars
This 2016 pop song captures all the flash and braggadocio that Bruno Mars is known for. Its narrator is a player who has allowed his wealth go to straight to his head.
He's flashing his "24 karat magic" pinkie ring and all his other gaudy possessions in public, hoping to attract lots of female attention. I say that if you're working that hard, it's not magic at all.
3. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by The Police
Sting wrote this song years before he was with The Police, and the group ended up dubbing over his demo tape. This 1981 hit song is about a man who is smitten with a woman he cannot have. To him, "every little thing she does is magic" and enchanting, but he can't bring himself to reveal his true feelings.
4. "Abracadabra" by Steve Miller Band
The man in this 1982 song is feeling mighty overheated because his lady friend is working him over with some sexy magic. In response to her magic spell he
- feels like he's spinning
- begs for her kiss
- wants to grab her (careful now, buddy) and
- is emotionally out of control.
Someone throw some water on this guy!
5. "Magic" by Olivia Netwon-John
This optimistic song from 1980 expresses support and encouragement for following your dreams. There's magic in being the master of your own fate:
You have to believe we are magic
Nothin' can stand in our way.
You have to believe we are magic
Don't let your aim ever stray
And if all your hopes survive
Your destiny will arrive
I'll bring all your dreams alive
6. "This Magic Moment" by Jay and the Americans
Aww, the young man in this 1969 song is feeling all magical and tingly. It's a new experience that has taken him by surprise, and he has his summer love to thank.
7. "Magic" by Colbie Caillat
In this 2007 song, the woman is mesmerized with the magic in her lover's touch. He has magic in his fingertips and his lips awaken her in more ways than one. Just a look makes her feel weak. (Now just watch him wave his magic wand.)
8. "Magic" by Coldplay
The heartbroken protagonist in this 2014 song longs for his former sweetheart. He still considers her magic and doesn't want anyone else but her. That lady's cast one heck of a spell on him, don't you think?
9. "Make A Little Magic" by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
He may think he's being super smooth, but the dude in this 1980s country song needs to polish his approach. The narrator isn't getting the many signals that his love interest isn't all that into him.
- gives excuses
- runs for cover when he gets too close
- talks about other men and
- changes the subject.
But our Mr. Sexy Pants still proposes that they make a little magic before the night is through. He even insults her: "A boy could get pneumonia sitting next to you." Yep, that's a sure-fire way to light her fire. No wonder he's single.
10. "You Can Do Magic" by America
The guy in this 1982 song was once a realist, but that was before he met the magic lady who cast a love spell on him. She has hypnotized him and dried his tears. This alluring woman can work him like putty in her hands if she wants to.
11. "Magic" by Smashmouth
This 2012 alternative rock song tells the story of the narrator who becomes instantly attracted to a woman he meets on a plane. When she visits him, however, he discovers that his magical lady has a talent for disappearing acts, like Houdini or David Copperfield. Understandably, he starts to feel used. Perhaps he should check his wallet and credit cards to make sure they're still there, too?
12. "The Magic Hour Is Now" by Hellogoodbye
In photography, the "magic hour" (or golden hour) is the period when the sun sits on the horizon shortly after sunrise or before sunset). During this time, the light is soft and diffused rather than harsh, like at other times during the day.
Analogizing love to the sun, this 2013 indie rock song is about the inevitability of love:
Every time you run away it gets closer
You can't escape its raw power
It's coming up
The magic hour is now.
5 Magic Words in English
Purpose of Word
Used to humbly and politely make a request of someone
Used to express appreciation for someone's time, effort, or materials/information given
Used to get someone's attention, request that someone move, interrupt or politely disagree with someone, or express embarrassment
Used to express remorse and sympathy with someone else's distress or circumstances
Used to request that someone repeat what they just said or to express embarrassment
13. "Magic" by The Cars
The narrator is working his moves on a woman in this 1984 pop song, and he's confident it's magic he's making. (How's that for confidence?)
He thinks he's got a hold on her and can see it in her eyes. Is he right, or is it just some mystical thinking on his part?
14. "Do You Believe in Magic" by The Lovin' Spoonful
This catchy song from 1965 is timeless because it captures the essential truth of music: Music is sheer magic because it sets you free. A great song can make you smile and start tapping your feet. Then, before you know it, you'll be dancing late into the night.
15. "Love Sex Magic" by Ciara (featuring Justin Timberlake)
The two people in this 2009 song just need to get a room:
So let me drive my body around you, I bet you know what I mean
Cause you know that I can make you believe in love and sex and magic.
The woman suggests she'll wear nothing but shoes, and the man wants her to grab him by the neck and engage in sexy talk. Well, that's magical, I guess.
16. "Strange Magic" by Electric Light Orchestra
Although the lyrics are repetitive and simple, this 1975 song is catchy. It's about a guy whose magic relationship is about to end, even though he doesn't want it to.
The protagonist claims he's "got a strange magic." Over and over and over. Could his lack of variety in conversation be fueling her desire to leave?
17. "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder
Between the number "13" and broken mirrors, the narrator in this 1972 classic warns against investing too much attention in superstitions. Practical and level-headed, he explains that "when you believe in things that you don't understand, then you suffer."
What superstitions do you believe in? Some of the most common include:
- lucky charms
- picking up a penny on heads for good luck
- not walking under ladders
- making sure black cats don't cross your path and
- aversion for the numbers 13 and 666.
18. "Magic Bullet" by Jacob Whitesides
If you don't know what a magic bullet is, don't worry. I didn't either. (No, it isn't that "Kitchen Magician" appliance they sell on late night infomercials!)
In this 2015 upbeat song, the type of magic bullet the narrator refers to is a mysterious, highly prized remedy with valuable healing properties. He tells his girlfriend that he wants to be her lover as well as her best friend. Seeking "all in" commitment, the guy asks her to hit him with her magic bullet because he can take it.
19. "All The Magic" by Natalie Imbruglia
Having had her heart broken in the past, the tentative woman in this 2007 has rediscovered love. Her new partner has brought the magic back to her heart. As a result, she feels like she is waking for the first time. Promises finally have meaning again because of the magical healing that has taken place.
20. "Summer Is Magic" by Playahitti
This 1994 Eurodance song is about the magic of summer love — carefree and happy. Summer love: sing it, dance it, and enjoy it while it lasts. The song was a hit in the rest of the world but barely made a dent on the American pop charts.
Even More Songs About Magic
21. Love Potion No. 9
22. I Put A Spell On You
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
23. Is The Magic Still There
24. Me Wise Magic
25. Magic In Your Eyes
26. The Magic Is Working
27. Could This Be Magic
28. Magic Road
30. Magic Man
33. A Kind of Magic
34. The Magic
35. Magic Man
36. December Will Be Magic Again
37. A Cloak of Elvenkind
38. Bring Back The Magic
39. Black Magic Woman
40. I Feel The Magic
41. Creole Woman
42. Blue Magic
43. Magic Touch
46. Devil Woman
47. Magical Mystery Tour
48. Little Magic Glasses
50. So Magical
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