500 Greatest Songs of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

The Lovin' Spoonful, 'Do You Believe in Magic'

218. The Lovin' Spoonful, 'Do You Believe in Magic'

Writer: John Sebastian
Erik Jacobsen
July '65, Kama Sutra
13 weeks; No. 9

The first single by the Lovin' Spoonful went Top 10 and, in a sense, never went away. While rehearsing the song, Sebastian affixed a contact mike to his autoharp, and in combination with Zal Yanovsky's electric guitar, they hit on a unique sound. Sebastian said "Magic" was rooted in "the chord progressions coming out of Motown at the time."

Appears on: Do You Believe in Magic (Buddha)

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