The Road to El Dorado is an album released by singer Elton John to accompany the DreamWorks animated motion picture The Road to El Dorado. The songs were mainly composed mainly with John with lyricist Tim Rice, with score contributions by Hans Zimmer and John Powell. John and Rice had previously collaborated on the soundtrack to The Lion King, another animated movie. Zimmer had previously composed the music score to The Prince of Egypt.
In some instances (such as "The Trail We Blaze"), the songs have been altered musically and vocally from the way they appeared in the film. A "Cast & Crew Special Edition" recording of the soundtrack exists, but was never released to the public. It includes the theatrical version of the songs, including "It's Tough to Be a God" recorded by Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh, and several of the score tracks by Hans Zimmer.
Backstreet Boys provided backing vocals on "Friends Never Say Goodbye", but we're uncredited due to record label problems. The group is "thanked" by John following the credits in the CD booklet. Eagles members Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit are credited as background vocalists on the song "Without Question".