Evita (soundtrack)

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Cover for the two-disc edition of the album, entitled The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Madonna / various artists
Released November 12, 1996 (1996-11-12)
  • October – November 1995
  • (London, United Kingdom)
Length 107:30 (2-disc)
77:17 (1-disc)
Label Warner Bros.
Madonna chronology
Something to Remember
Ray of Light
Singles from Evita
  1. "You Must Love Me"
    Released: October 21, 1996
  2. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"
    Released: February 4, 1997
  3. "Another Suitcase in Another Hall"
    Released: March 18, 1997

Evita is a soundtrack album by American singer and songwriter Madonna, released on November 12, 1996 by Warner Bros. Records. It was released to promote and accompany the 1996 motion picture, Evita. The soundtrack also includes performances by Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce and Jimmy Nail, but is considered a Madonna album since the majority of the songs are sung by her.[1] The RIAA certified it Gold and Platinum on January 24, 1997 and 5× Multi Platinum on March 29, 1999, recognizing 2.5 million shipments throughout the United States (as it is a double album and exceeds 100 minutes in length, the RIAA counts each unit sale twice).

The soundtrack was released in two different versions: a two-disc edition entitled Evita: The Motion Picture Music Soundtrack featured all the tracks from the film, and Evita: Music from the Motion Picture, a single-disc edition contained a selection of highlights from the soundtrack. The soundtrack includes three singles by Madonna; "You Must Love Me" (#18 in the US and #10 in the UK), "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (#8 in the US, #3 in the UK, and #1 in France) and "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" (#7 in the UK).

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic[1] (Original version) 3/5 stars
Allmusic[2] (1997 Selections) 3/5 stars


The soundtrack was released in two different versions: a two-disc edition entitled Evita: The Motion Picture Music Soundtrack featured all the tracks from the film, and Evita: Music from the Motion Picture, a single-disc edition contained a selection of highlights from the soundtrack. The single-disc version uses the same artwork that was used to promote the film. The album was an international top 10 success, reaching #2 in the US and #1 in the UK, and contains three hit singles; "You Must Love Me" (#18 in the US and #10 in the UK), sung by Madonna; "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (#8 in the US, #3 in the UK, and #1 in France), also sung by Madonna; and "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" (#7 in the UK), in which Madonna sings lead vocals.

"You Must Love Me", specially composed for the film Evita, won both the Oscar and the Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Madonna, herself, took home the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, and the film won the award for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. Later, an instrumental dance interlude of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" was performed on her 2001 Drowned World Tour, and in 2004, Madonna performed "Lament" during her Re-Invention Tour on an electrical chair. In 2008 and 2009, she performed "You Must Love Me" during Sticky & Sweet Tour, accompanied by the Kolpakov Trio, a Russian Roma ensemble. During her concerts at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which were filmed for later broadcast and DVD/Blu-ray release, Madonna also sang "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" after the performance of "You Must Love Me".[3] During The MDNA Tour concerts in Buenos Aires, Madonna sang an acoustic version of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Tim Rice, all music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Evita: The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack – Disc 1
No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "A Cinema in Buenos Aires, 26 July 1952"   John Mauceri 1:20
2. "Requiem for Evita"   John Mauceri 4:16
3. "Oh What a Circus"   Madonna, Antonio Banderas 5:44
4. "On This Night of a Thousand Stars"   Jimmy Nail 2:24
5. "Eva and Magaldi / Eva Beware of the City"   Madonna, Jimmy Nail, Antonio Banderas 5:20
6. "Buenos Aires"   Madonna 4:09
7. "Another Suitcase in Another Hall"   Madonna 3:33
8. "Goodnight and Thank You"   Madonna, Antonio Banderas 4:18
9. "The Lady's Got Potential"   Antonio Banderas 4:24
10. "Charity Concert / The Art of the Possible"   Jimmy Nail, Jonathan Pryce, Antonio Banderas 2:33
11. "I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You"   Madonna, Jonathan Pryce 4:18
12. "Hello and Goodbye"   Madonna, Andrea Corr, Jonathan Pryce 1:46
13. "Peron's Latest Flame"   Madonna, Antonio Banderas 5:17
14. "A New Argentina"   Madonna, Jonathan Pryce 8:13
Evita: The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack – Disc 2
No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada (Part 1)"   Jonathan Pryce 1:28
2. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"   Madonna 5:31
3. "On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada (Part 2)"   Madonna 2:00
4. "High Flying, Adored"   Madonna, Antonio Banderas 3:32
5. "Rainbow High"   Madonna 2:26
6. "Rainbow Tour"   Antonio Banderas, Gary Brooker, Peter Polycarpou 4:50
7. "The Actress Hasn't Learned the Lines (You'd Like to Hear)"   Madonna, Antonio Banderas 2:31
8. "And the Money Kept Rolling In (and Out)"   Antonio Banderas 3:53
9. "Partido Feminista"   Madonna 1:40
10. "She Is a Diamond"   Jonathan Pryce 1:39
11. "Santa Evita"   John Mauceri 2:30
12. "Waltz for Eva and Che"   Madonna, Antonio Banderas 4:31
13. "Your Little Body's Slowly Breaking Down"   Madonna, Jonathan Pryce 1:24
14. "You Must Love Me"   Madonna 2:50
15. "Eva's Final Broadcast"   Madonna 3:05
16. "Latin Chant"   John Mauceri 2:11
17. "Lament"   Madonna, Antonio Banderas 5:17
  • The two-disc edition includes the entire soundtrack to the film, while the single-disc edition includes the highlights from the film soundtrack.
  • "Latin Chant", which appears as a separate track on the 2-CD edition, is incorporated into "Eva's Final Broadcast", hence the longer running time.


  • Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Produced by Nigel Wright, Alan Parker, Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Caddick
  • Mixed by Madonna, David Reitzas and Nigel Wright
  • Engineered by Dick Lewzey, David Reitzas, Robin Sellars and Mark "Spike" Stent
  • Orchestrations by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Additional orchestrations by David Cullen


Chart Peak
Australia Albums Chart[5] 5
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[6] 1
Dutch Albums Chart[5] 6
Finnish Albums Chart[5] 17
French Albums Chart[5] 2
Italian Albums Chart[7] 2
Japanese Albums Chart[8] 21
New Zealand Albums Chart[5] 6
Norwegian Albums Chart[5] 3
Spanish Albums Chart[9] 16
Swedish Albums Chart[5] 5
Swiss Albums Chart[5] 1
UK Albums Chart[10] 1
US Billboard 200[11] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
German Albums Chart[12] 13


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[13] Platinum 60,000*
Australia (ARIA)[14] Platinum 70,000^
Australia (ARIA)[15]
Original complete recording
Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[16] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[17] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[18] Platinum 500,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[19] Platinum 20,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[20] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[21] Platinum 15,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[22] Gold 25,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[9] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[23] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[25] 5× Platinum 2,500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ Allmusic 1997 selections review
  3. ^ http://mixonline.com/mag/audio_vocal_recording_own/
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  7. ^ "Madonna: Discografia Italiana". Federation of the Italian Music Industry. HitParadeItalia. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
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  11. ^ Eviat Original Soundtrack on Billboard.com
  12. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts". GfK Entertainment (in German). offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  13. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – Madonna – Evita". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  16. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Madonna – Evita" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved November 10, 2014.  Enter Madonna in the field Interpret. Enter Evita in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  17. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Madonna – Evita" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Madonna; 'Evita')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  19. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1997". IFPI Hong Kong. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Madonna – Evita" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  21. ^ Scapolo, Dean (2007). The Complete New Zealand Music Charts 1966–2006 (Illustrated ed.). Maurienne House. ISBN 978-1-877443-00-8. 
  22. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Madonna – Evita" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  23. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Madonna; 'Evita')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  24. ^ "British album certifications – Original Soundtrack – Evita". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved November 10, 2014.  Enter Evita in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  25. ^ "American album certifications – Madonna – Evita (Soundtrack)". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 10, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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