Best ELO Songs

The top 10 best songs from the symphonic rock band Electric Light Orchestra. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Mr. Blue Sky
Happiness through sound. I defy anyone to hear Mr. Blue Sky without a smile creeping onto their face. Incredible vocals!
Got this album 35+ years ago, still have it & play it in this modern world... ELO went bit electrica in the 80's but the 70's is outright winner...
Best song of their career, one of my favorite songs of all times. It was inventive and innovative and can pick up my spirits on a really bad day.
[Newest]This Song Has A Strange Magic

2Don't Bring Me Down
Fell in love with the beat the first time I heard it in Super 8.
My favorite ELO song.

3Telephone Line
One of the most legendary love songs ever.

"Ok, so no one's answering, but can you just let it ring a little longer... ? "

It describes the rush of speaking to a lover and then being denied by the same lover in one song. You can't beat that
I automatically became an ELO fan after I heard this song
A natural song. Nothing forced about it.

4Livin' Thing
Amazing topic and tells audience that living is something to be happy for. Me and my family love this song. It's pure.
This song is too good to refuse. I listen to it everyday and it never gets boring or leaves a sour taste in your mouth, unlike the awful trash today such as Eminem, who is only cool because he thinks he is black
Jeff Lynne kept this one simple for someone who could over produce a little, Living thing had perfect construction and beautiful melody.
[Newest]Beautiful, beautiful song with wonderful lyrics

5Sweet Talkin' Woman
I defy you to play this in the car with your friends and it have everyone choose their favorite part (melody/backup) and sing it at the top of their lungs
Very catchy chorus. Might have just officially sold me on picking up some of their material.
Best played loud, when driving. Unbeatable.

6Evil Woman
This song has the best intro you will ever hear!
It's impossible not to sing along with.

"E-evil woman…"


7Hold On Tight
Love it, love it. I even learned the French bit in the middle so I could sing along. Memories of happy days...
No question in my mind a Fab Fab song. I play it up loud in my car. Hold on tight to your Dreams!
I like this song as #1. Just awesome!
[Newest]It is the best 1 by phoebe

8Can't Get It Out of My Head
I have to listen to this beauty over and over on full blast. Outstanding Jeff Lynne acoustics.
I Love This Song.Can't Get It Out of My Head
Just a great song by a fantastic band

9All Over the World
I hum this song when I am going to work or not feeling to go. I think it's one of the best songs Jeff ever wrote. Hum with me!
Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful Song Always brightens my day.

Beautiful melody, beautiful backup, Harmony, creative bridges, soaring voice of Olivia Newton John, space age ending, what is not to love people! ElO's Bohemian Rhapsody
I prefer the re-recorded version with Jeff Lynne on vocals. It's my favourite of their songs.

The Contenders


12Turn to Stone
Hands down best ELO song ever. The 2nd verse lyrics and music, descending chords, so perfectly captures the essence of longing "The dying embers of a night
(A fire that slowly fades till dawn)
Still glow upon the wall so bright
(Turnin', turnin', turnin')"
My personally favorite. This song is insanely catchy and infectious!


Best song to have ever been made.
[Newest]Super, super song. Pop perfection...

I love this one. It's just awesome. The pick instrumental composition is breathtaking.
Amazing song to follow Prologue. The transition is amazing, one of they're best!

14Getting to the Point
I guess a lot of people aren't into this very late era ELO, but I believe Jeff was writing quality songs from the very beginning right through to Balance of Power. To me this is the last ELO album, because Zoom was really more Jeff Lynne than ELO (good as it was), and this was the best track on it.

15Shine a Little Love

16Do Ya
The BEST song they've made. Catchy guitar riff and amazing chorus. Should be #1


Great song! This should be number 1 baby. Great guitar roto this and evil woman are the best if you know rock 'n' roll

17Last Train to London
How the hell this song is not even in the list here?!? It should be in the top 3. It was one of their biggest hits... You better listen to it
Top 3 ELO song. Cause I really want tonight to last forever, I really want to stay with you, let the music play on down the line tonight
I cannot think that in an ideal chart of ELO could miss this fantastic song!

18Calling America
This song got me into ELO at 14.. Twilight and Turn to Stone made them my fave group forever!

19Stranger On a Quiet Street

20Wild West Hero
This is simply the best songs by ELO. Everything in this tune is wonderful. Just listen to the a capella parts. Wow. Just Wow.
First and last lines are exactly the same. Anyone notice this.

21Rock n Roll is King
You gotta be kidding. This is easily in the top three for this amazing band and I am not a grandpa or grandma.
Loved watching my mom and grandfather jive to this classic!

A reminder that there was a time when rock and roll was seen as anti establishment. Classical musicians and politicians would not be seen dead at a rock concert. How times have changed.

Laugh out loud 23 You got to be kidding me. Armatures!
I only got one word. Kingpin
Top 10 at least. pushing top 5. that violin hook is incredible.

24The Diary of Horace Wimp
Guys this song is simply amazing! I really think it's their best song, even better then mr. Blue sky. The lyrics are awesome as well
Totally the best ELO song! How can it be anything else? Don't be afraid! Just knock on the door! Well he just stood there mumbling and fumbling!
Discovery is an album that never fails to by enjoyed every time you play it. Fantastic move by ELO into the the music style of the time without losing their trademark sound. Brilliant.
[Newest]Great song! It really illustrates that sometimes you have to take a chance in life and take a stand! Really one of the most underrated ELO songs of all time.

25Fire On High
It was the right music at the right time. Don't know why this isn't in the top 5
Why isn't this higher?

26Strange Magic
Definitely one of their best. Loved it the first time I heard it!
How is this not higher?! It's upbeat but not too crazy, and it's just a fun song to sing. nooo way this should be #25

27Ticket to the Moon

2810538 Overture
One of their first... And definitely one of the most outrageously original tracks in that era. There's a very good reason this was chosen for the Oscar-winning American Hustle... This is one of the greatest tracks of all time.
If you're a ELO fan and have never listened to this song, don't ignore it! This THE MOST Underrated ELO Song!
Probably the only song in history that makes you want to "air cello". Quite brilliant!
[Newest]How is this not at least in the top ten!

29Big Wheels

Gotta be a top ten song! A genuine undiscovered piece of ELO treasure! A true roller coaster of a song which would do well if it was released today.
Amazing song. One of the best sounds to have ever entered my head. Needs to be number 1!
How is this so low!? It has one of the most artistic intros and then folows up with ELO's best verse and chorus. Simply a masterpiece. VOTE UP!
[Newest]A highly underappreciated ELO song

31Ma-Ma-Ma Belle

32One Summer Dream
Tears in my eyes every time I hear te song. Great song.


34Four Little Diamonds
Grand Theft Auto Vice City memories!

35Endless Lies
This song is absolutely amazing, The vocals are strong and match the likes of the great Alto singers of yesteryear. How it eluded to be on this list before now befuddles me

36Moment In Paradise
One of the most inspirational and beautiful songs I've ever heard. I cannot believe this is so low. It deserves to be in the top 5 at least. As soon as I heard this song, it instantly became my favourite ELO song due to its amazing melodies and its unique sound. Wonderful track... Absolutely magnificent!
This is a beautiful Ballad - Beatles style. It came at a time when ELO had lost momentum (2001), but had it been released in ELOs hey-day, it would have become a massive hit. Every time someone hears it for the 1st time, they are absolutelly impressed.
One of their absolute bests! Zoom is one of their best albums too, just behind Out of The Blue and A New World Record, and this is their best slow and happy song. Should definitely be in the top 5!

37Here is the News
I don't understand why this song is so unknown. I heard it on the radio one day as a tribute to a radio reporter who passed out earlier that week. It blew my mind, never having heard this song before.

Also: Any Dutchman would recognize the intro of the song since it's used as jingle for the VPRO.


This is like a synth/punk smorgasbord. Dig in and enjoy!
Amazing song. Up there with 10538 Overture.

A brilliant melodic sound. The verse, chorus, intro has everything you want it to have. Should be in top ten! Its a piece of art... , it truly is.
Weird but love it, very lively

39Nellie Takes Her Bow
Jeff Lynne's story songs are amongst the best ever written.
Brilliant song. Improves with age.

Love ELO, have for years and years. Mr Blue Sky, Sweet Talking Woman particularly great. So many others, too. But for sheer power and musical transportation (not talking cars, here), you can't beat "Eldorado."

41Latitude 88 North

42Long Black Road


44Mister Kingdom

45Boy Blue
This song is on a whole different level from all others. Nothing else they made compares to this. It probably doesn't even belong in the same genre as the rest of these. It is just amazing
The arrangement and words of this song are beyond belief. The greatest example of what the world knows as "the elo sound".

46It's Over

47The Way Life's Meant to Be
Jeff Lynne's best piece of production.

48The Lights Go Down
One very under rated song

49Don't Walk Away
Great song off the Xanadu album. Possibly their best
Should be Number 1


51Lonesome Lullaby

52Hello My Old Friend
This was an out-take from the planned double album of 1983, which due to the bands record label's lack of backing became the single album "Secret Messages". "Hello my old friend" is a haunting ballad about what happened to the English Midland Black Countries Industrial Heritage following the closure of the the Mills and Factories in the late 1970's and early 1980's due to Thatcherism. It is a beautiful song with straight from the heart lyrics by Jeff, showing how he felt about the desolation of the West Midlands where he was born and grew up in. You will find this song on YouTube. I think this is Jeff Lynne's best composition and a true hidden gem, hope you agree.

David MacGregor.

Halifax, UK.
It is a complex composition to create, only few really gifted artists could do that. It is like Eldorado album in one song. You listen it once, then soon you want to listen it again and again. It is something what is not possible to forget. Should become a classic. Probably this is the best song written since 80s, and one of the best written in the history of music.

53Standin' In the Rain
Best barroque space progresive rock song ever. Perfect all. Sublime Mozart xx century...

54Sweet Is the Night

55On the Run


57Nobody's Child

58I'm Alive

59Down Home Town

60Across the Border

61Secret Messages
The video of this song became the main topic of conversation on YouTube thirty years later. Conspiracy theories, illuminati, aliens and new world order. Just watch it.
As a kid I had this on a 45, which I played non-stop on 33 to better enjoy every little nuance in this wall of sound.

62Night In the City

63Bluebird Is Dead

64Eldorado - Finale

6521st Century Man

66So Fine

67Steppin' Out


69King of the Universe
Perhaps the greatest song in history.

70Queen of the Hours

71Destination Unknown
A really fun song!

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