“Make It Real” was the group’s fifth (and, to date, final) top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it spent two weeks at number four in late June and early July 1988. On the adult contemporary chart, the song was the group’s second number-one hit (following “You Got It All” from the previous year). On the Hot Black Singles, “Make It Real” reached number twenty-four.
Moana Wolfgramm of the Jets would recall: “‘Make It Real’ was given to us at the eleventh hour [i.e. last minute]. We needed a slow ballad when we were finishing up the last tracks for the ‘Magic’ album. Our manager Don Powell, Linda Mallah and Rick Kelly wrote this song and it was simple yet very catchy. I remember Liz (Elizabeth Wolfgramm) recorded it on the road after one of our shows, I think somewhere in Texas.” One of the two videos for “Make It Real” showed Elizabeth Wolfgramm singing in front of a basic blue screen background: although Elizabeth Wolfgramm was the only group member to sing on the track, still images of the other Jets were shown during the instrumental break. The other video features the entire band performing the song, with Elizabeth Wolfgramm standing in front of the other group members playing their individual instruments, interspersed with close-up shots of individual band members throughout the song