Waiting for Magic

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"Waiting for Magic"
Waiting for Magic (Ace of Base single - cover art).jpg
Single cover
Single by Ace of Base
from the album Happy Nation/The Sign
ReleasedMay 1993
  • 5:14 (Album version)
  • 3:31 (Radio edit)
Songwriter(s)Buddha; Joker
Producer(s)Buddha; Joker
Ace of Base singles chronology
"Happy Nation"
"Waiting for Magic"
"The Sign"

"Waiting for Magic" is a song recorded by Swedish pop group Ace of Base from their debut album, Happy Nation. The song was released in Scandinavia in May 1993 as the fourth single from their album. It reached number 1 in Israel and the top-10 in both Denmark and Finland. The original version of the song appears only on the original release of Happy Nation. The song is replaced with its remix on the album's re-release and on The Sign. "Waiting For Magic" was promoted through a number of live performances, including one at the Miss Universe Denmark pageant.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Music & Media wrote about the song: "The Swedish chartbusters drop the conventional reggae beat in favour of a more modern dance cadence. The sing-along factor has remained intact though."[2]


Snow White is used as an allegory in this song for waiting for "the prince" to come ("Kiss me baby, I am Snow White sleeping in my coffin waiting for you").

Track listing[edit]

Sweden Maxi-CD

  1. Waiting For Magic [Radio Version] 3:31
  2. Waiting For Magic [Total Remix 12"] 6:34
  3. Waiting For Magic [Total Remix 7"] 3:51
  4. Waiting For Magic [Album Version] 5:14


  • Vocals by Linn Berggren, Jenny Berggren, Jonas Berggren, and Ulf Ekberg
  • Written by Jonas Berggren and Ulf Ekberg
  • Produced by Jonas Berggren and Ulf Ekberg
  • Total Remix by Ulf Ekberg and Stonestream
  • Recorded at Tuff Studios


Chart (1993) Peak
Denmark (IFPI)[3] 2
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[4] 84
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[5] 5
Israel (Israel Top-30)[6] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 19


  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4M89dr7ZMI
  2. ^ "Music & Media: New Releases" (PDF). Music & Media (1993-06-12, page 11). Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  3. ^ "Top 10 Denmark" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100" (PDF). Music & Media.
  5. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
  6. ^ Israel Top-30: 1 week at No. 1 (18.05.1993)
  7. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Ace of Base – Waiting for Magic". Singles Top 100.

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