Xanadu (soundtrack)

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Soundtrack album by Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra
Released August 1980
Recorded 1980
Studio Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany
Genre Pop, pop rock, disco, traditional pop, arena rock
Length 41:34
Label Jet Records (UK)
MCA Records (US)
Producer Jeff Lynne, John Farrar
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
A Box of Their Best
Four Light Years
Olivia Newton-John chronology
Totally Hot
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Smash Hits 6/10[2]

Xanadu is the soundtrack of the 1980 musical film of the same name, featuring the Australian singer Olivia Newton-John and the British group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

The original LP release featured on side one the songs of Newton-John, and on side two the songs of ELO. In 2008 the soundtrack album was digitally remastered as a bonus CD as part of the film's DVD release entitled Xanadu - Magical Musical Edition.

Although the film was a critical and commercial disappointment,[3] the soundtrack was a worldwide success and received positive reviews from music critics going double platinum in the US and Canada. The hit singles "Magic" and "Xanadu", peaked at number one in the United States and United Kingdom, respectively. Both singles also went to number one in the Netherlands and Italy, respectively. It was the 5th most popular US soundtrack in 1981.[4]


The soundtrack featured songs on side one by the film's star, Olivia Newton-John, written by her long-time producer, John Farrar. The songs on side two were written and performed by ELO. The title track which closed side two featured Newton-John as lead vocalist.

The Newton-John side also featured Cliff Richard, The Tubes and Gene Kelly.

At the time of the album's release, Olivia Newton-John was signed to MCA Records, while ELO were signed to Jet Records. A compromise was worked out between the two companies in that the album was released on MCA in the US and Canada, and on Jet in the rest of the world.

Track listing[edit]

Side one (Olivia Newton-John)

All songs on side one written by John Farrar.

  1. "Magic" – 4:31
  2. "Suddenly" – 4:02
    Duet with Cliff Richard
  3. "Dancin'" – 5:17
    Duet with The Tubes
  4. "Suspended in Time" – 3:55
  5. "Whenever You're Away from Me" – 4:22
    Duet with Gene Kelly
Side two (Electric Light Orchestra)

All songs on side two written by Jeff Lynne.

  1. "I'm Alive" – 3:46
  2. "The Fall" – 3:34
  3. "Don't Walk Away" – 4:48
  4. "All Over the World" – 4:04
  5. "Xanadu" – 3:28
    Duet with Olivia Newton-John

Electric Light Orchestra personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

Olivia Newton-John personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

Charts and certifications[edit]


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released
Title Year Peak chart positions
"I'm Alive" (performed by Electric Light Orchestra) 1980 27 7 38 16 10 32 20 16[a]
"Magic" (performed by Olivia Newton-John) 4 20 1 13 36 4 12 32 1
"Xanadu" (performed by Newton-John and ELO) 2 1 6 1 1 1 8 3 1 8
"All Over the World" (performed by ELO) 78 3 10 28 12 11 13
"Suddenly" (performed by Newton-John and Cliff Richard) 37 60 6 30 15 20
"Don't Walk Away" (performed by ELO) 52 7 21
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.
  1. ^ Single awarded gold record in the US from the RIAA


  1. ^ Xanadu (soundtrack) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (7–20 August 1980): 28. 
  3. ^ Ewbank, Tim. Olivia: The Biography of Olivia Newton-John Hachette UK, 2008. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  4. ^ Casey Kasem's American Top 40 - The Top 100 of 1981 from 26 December 1981
  5. ^ a b "Discographie Electric Light Orchestra". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "charts.de – Electric Light Orchestra". charts.de. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra". Offfical Charts Company. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu". Music Canada. 
  9. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Elec.Light Orchestra und O. Newton-John; 'Xanadu')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  10. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1981". IFPI Hong Kong. 
  11. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu". Recorded Music NZ. 
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Xanadu in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH