“Abracadabra” is a song by American rock group Steve Miller Band, written by Steve Miller. The song was released as the first single from the 1982 album of the same name the same year (see 1982 in music).
The song became a world-wide hit, charting in ten countries and topping the charts in six countries, and has became one of the band’s biggest hits, along with “The Joker”.
The song is said to have been inspired by the American singer Diana Ross with whom the band met filming TV shows in the 1960s.
This song holds the record for the biggest drop out of the Top 10/Top 40 on the Hot 100. In the fall of 1982, as the song was moving down the chart, “Abracadabra” fell 38 spots from #10 to #48 in one week.
Steve Miller knocked Chicago’s “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” out of the #1 spot, just as Chicago had done to him in 1976 when “If You Leave Me Now” knocked “Rock’n Me” out of the #1 spot.
The song is listed at #70 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of all time.
Cover versions of the song have been performed by Sugar Ray on their album 14:59 and by Mike Chapman Band. A live version by the Belgian band Das Pop appeared on their 2004 DVD-single Love is Fair.
A version lasting 3 minutes and 41 seconds appears on a CD of Songs hand-picked by Guy Fieri titled Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives:Road Songs That Rock.
Another CD that has the single version is from the Time-Life Label Sounds of the Eighties: 1980–1982.