Blame Harry Potter for this: Top 10 Songs About Magic

by Anne T. Donahue

July 14, 2011

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We don’t need to remind you that as of midnight tonight, the Harry Potter franchise comes to an end. And in case you’ve ignored all the hoopla, hysteria, and twitter takeover, we’re here to force you once more to recognize this major pop culture event and to channel some serious wizardry into your boring old muggle human life. That, and we just really wanted to find 10 songs about magic.

10. Stevie Wonder – “Very Superstitious”

Yeah yeah, superstition isn’t magic. Deal with it.

9. Electric Light Orchestra – “Strange Magic”

The only logical answer to why we’ve felt the need to praise Harry Potter through song.

8. Any of the million covers of “I Put A Spell On You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

The only thing more magical would be a She & Him/Marilyn Manson mash-up. Or the original, I guess.

7. Heart – “Magic Man”

And if you don’t know that Heart is magic, you deserve not to be magical.

6. Crystal Castles – “Magic Spells”

Magic means never having to say (audible) words in a song. Or saying you’re sorry.

5. Steppenwolf – “Magic Carpet Ride”

Inappropriate for targeted Harry Potter audiences.

4. Florence and the Machine – “Cosmic Love”

It was this, or Nicole Kidman’s exorcism scene in Practical Magic.

3. Austra – “Spellwork”

Chimes = magical. Spells = magical. Making you dance whilst sitting at your computer = you’re welcome.

2. Steve Miller Band – “Abracadabra”

Sorry to hear that Harry Potter‘s special effects don’t even compare.

1. The Police – “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”

Sting is the original wizard.

Tags: Music, Lists, Crystal Castles, ELO, florence and the machine, Harry Potter, Marilyn Manson, Steve Miller Band, Stevie Wonder, The Police

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