Suddenly (Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard song)

"Suddenly" is a duet performed by Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard from the soundtrack album Xanadu, and is the love theme from the 1980 film of the same name. It was written and produced by John Farrar.

Picture sleeve of UK vinyl single
Single by Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard
from the album Xanadu
  • "You Made Me Love You"
  • (Olivia Newton-John)
ReleasedOctober 24, 1980
StudioMusicland (Munich, Germany)
Songwriter(s)John Farrar
Producer(s)John Farrar
Olivia Newton-John singles chronology
Cliff Richard singles chronology
"A Little in Love"
Music video
"Suddenly" on YouTube

"Suddenly" was released on Jet Records and reached number 15 in the UK charts in October 1980 and number 20 in the US in January 1981.[1] It was also a major adult contemporary hit, reaching number four.[2] The video shows them in a penthouse singing the song to each other taken from her ABC TV special "Hollywood Nights" that aired before the Academy Awards on March 31, 1981.


Track listings

7" single[3]

  1. "Suddenly" – 4:03
  2. "Olivia Newton-John – You Made Me Love You" – 3:04

Chart performance

Chart (1980–81) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 37
Canada (RPM Top Singles)[5] 60
Canadian Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 14
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 30
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 15
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 20
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[10] 4
US Cash Box Top 100 [11] 19

Cover versions

The song was covered by Filipino singers Sam Milby and Toni Gonzaga on their gold album Love Duets, released February 20, 2009, also released as a single.


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