The Late Movies: "Xanadu"

Chris Higgins

Tonight let's take a look back at the 1980 film Xanadu starring Olivia Newton-John, Michael Beck, and Gene Kelly. Newton-John was nominated for a Grammy for her performance of "Magic," though she didn't win. The film was also nominated for seven Razzies (in the Razzies' first year) and won one (Worst Director, Robert Greenwald). Despite generally poor reviews from film critics, the film's soundtrack was a huge hit, spawning five Top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

First up, the title track "Xanadu" performed by Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra (ELO):

"Xanadu" Theme

"Xanadu" Trailer

"The most dazzling, romantic musical fantasy in years." Starring Michael Beck, "who thrilled you in The Warriors." Ahem.

"Xanadu" Dance Mix

Clips from the movie and a soundalike singer make this, um, electrifying dance mix:

"Magic" Music Video

"Xanadu" Performed Live

That's a real sparkly purty dress, Ms. Newton-John.

"Xanadu" Re-recorded in 2000 by Jeff Lynne


"Xanadu" Karaoke/Cover

YouTube user wimpy1267 sings the hell out of "Xanadu" in this webcam performance. As I post this, the video has only 90 views...I suspect she'll get a lot more now! (Also, check out her version of "Magic," another song from the film.)

"Xanadu" Karaoke Version

Want to sing the lead? Try this karaoke version....