500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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

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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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