"Do You Believe in Magic" was the first hit for the Lovin' Spoonful, reaching the Top Ten in 1965. Not only did that establish them as one of the first and most important folk-rock groups, but the song itself has also lasted as one of the very best rock songs to celebrate rock'n'roll itself. Although it, and the Lovin' Spoonful, have been classified as folk-rock, "Do You Believe in Magic" also owed a lot to pop, soul, and the British Invasion in its magical blend. The folk elements, perhaps, were in the jug band sense of fun that was a Lovin' Spoonful specialty, as well as singer and composer John Sebastian's autoharp, an instrument mostly associated with folk music. The autoharp could be heard on the catchy opening series of chords, which owed something to the British Invasion in its cheery mix of cheery major and minor chords. Sebastian has said, though, that the chord progressions of the song were largely based on some of the ones being used by Motown in the mid-1960s. It was a catchy tune, as many mid-1960s hits were, but it was different from much else in the hit parade in its veneration of rock'n'roll as an almost spiritual healing force. This reflected, of course, the joy of dancing to rock'n'roll experienced by the teenagers that were the group's primary fan base. But it also, if only indirectly, also reflected the joy that folkies such as those in the Lovin' Spoonful were discovering when they were led back to rock'n'roll by the Beatles and other British groups. That's not to diminish the quality of the music itself, highlighted by almost countryish flecks of electric guitar responding to the lyrics throughout; a brief but memorable low, almost growling guitar solo; and hauntingly bittersweet backup harmonies by the group during the last parts of the verses.