#1 Song July 31 1980

3 min read Jun 11, 2024
#1 Song July 31 1980

The #1 Song on July 31, 1980

"Magic" by Olivia Newton-John

On July 31, 1980, the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart was "Magic" by Olivia Newton-John. This song was a hit single from the soundtrack of the film Xanadu, in which Newton-John starred alongside ELO (Electric Light Orchestra).

The Song's Success

"Magic" was written by John Farrar, who was also Newton-John's longtime music producer and songwriter. The song was a huge commercial success, staying at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for four weeks. It also reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #2 on the Country Singles chart.

The Film Xanadu

Xanadu was a musical fantasy film that starred Newton-John as Kira, a mythical being who falls in love with a mortal, Sonny Malone (played by Michael Beck). The film was a commercial failure, but its soundtrack was a huge success, thanks in part to "Magic" and other hits like "Xanadu" (a duet with ELO) and "All Over the World".

Olivia Newton-John's Career

Olivia Newton-John's music career spanned over five decades, with numerous hit songs and albums. She is a four-time Grammy Award winner and has sold over 100 million records worldwide. Some of her other notable hits include "Physical", "You're the One That I Want" (her duet with John Travolta from the film Grease), and "Have You Never Been Mellow".

Legacy of "Magic"

"Magic" remains one of Olivia Newton-John's signature songs, and its enduring popularity is a testament to her lasting impact on popular music. The song's catchy melody and Newton-John's soaring vocals have made it a beloved classic of the 1980s.

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