Best ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) Songs

The top 10 best songs from the symphonic rock band Electric Light Orchestra.

The Top Ten

1 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.

Literally musical perfection. The lyrics are so upbeat, the instrumental parts flawless, and the ending is very calm and relaxing. I love this song so much; it got me into the music of the sixties through eighties and after hearing MANY older generation songs, none have quite beaten the quality of Mr. Blue Sky. This is my favorite song of all time and it will remain for ever. -Kw6sTheater

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2 Don't Bring Me Down

Fell in love with the beat the first time I heard it in Super 8.

That back beat has got to be one of the catchiest ever. And the rhythm guitar riff is absolutely awesome! Much edgier than the rest of Discovery.

The best. Check out its cover by the symphonic metal band Northern Kings - man, their version is on steroids. - Metal_Treasure

I can't believe that song was used on that Emoji Movie trailer.

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3 Telephone 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

Don't bring me down doesn't even compare to this. Not sure how this song isn't #1. It should be way more well known than it is. The lyrics are also easily the best in music history.

Mr. Blue Sky may have introduced me to ELO, but Telephone Line made me fall in love.

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4 Livin' 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

Great arrangement. The strings are amazing. I'm voting on this to at least give it a chance to overtake "Don't Bring Me Down", which currently stands at #2, and is in my eyes, a vastly inferior song. - Ned964

Really brilliantly used for the end credits of Boogie Nights! This really exciting amd catchy song, personally either my 1st or 2nd favorite by ELO, really concluded the movie terrifically!

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5 Evil Woman

This song has the best intro you will ever hear!

It's a great break up song

It's impossible not to sing along with.

"E-evil woman…" - PetSounds

6 Sweet 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.

Harmony - Ned964

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7 Turn 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')"

Best song to have ever been made.

My personally favorite. This song is insanely catchy and infectious! - trevorscholl

Really great song one of their top 3.

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8 Hold 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!

Lovely memories of fun fair hot summer and being with life long friends

The most wonderful rocking song ever

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9 Can'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

I love every thing about this song! From the amazing chorus to the orchestra, this song couldn't be any better!

Love all of ELO

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10 Xanadu

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

11 Twilight

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!

Special song, hard to understand it not being top ten.

It just can't be outside of the top 5

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12 All Over the World

I listen to this song and it is so refreshing to see "all" these people dancing, smiling, singing, enjoying life with hearing a song with a beat/rhythm! Something we need to feel and not all the negativity society has these days. Thanks ELO!

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.

Xanadu soundtrack, true hidden gem

13 Shine a Little Love

Greatest fusion of rock, hard core disco and classical strings that has ever been released. No wonder life seemed to be so much nicer back in 1979.

Personally, this is my favorite! So fresh! So timeless!

14 Do Ya

The BEST song they've made. Catchy guitar riff and amazing chorus. Should be #1 - TheOnlyLabz

No idea what lyrics Jeff Lynne is screaming out, but this song demands to be blasted on 11. Killer.

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

just great

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15 Last Train to London

Not as many people know this song because it isn't highlighted in best-of albums. I agree it is one catchy song. I would gladly trade out "All Over the World" or "Hold On Tight" for this one. But most of all, I'd want to kick out this song's album-mate, "Don't Bring Me Down".

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

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

Not many people know this song but still was one of the best song I have ever heard in my whole life

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16 Confusion
17 Strange Magic

One of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. When I hear it, I never want it to end. An overall classic!

One of my favorites. Strange it is so low, must be some sort of magic.

Great strings and harmony. Hmm, that's a pretty common theme with Jeff Lynne. - Ned964

My favorite song. Magnificent!

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18 Rock 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.

Seriously love this song, ever since the first time I heard it, it's a song I've been able to rock out to.

Loved watching my mom and grandfather jive to this classic!

19 10538 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!

Truly underrated song! I still wonder why more people don't know about his hidden gem. Maybe it's safer that way!

Ist great only

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20 Wild 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.

18? Come on people this is top 3.

21 Calling America

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

Definitely in the top 5!

Fab fab fabulous

22 Stranger On a Quiet Street
23 Showdown

Laugh out loud 23 You got to be kidding me. Armatures!

Crazy. This is there best song easily.

There's so many great ELO songs to choose from. Yeah, this would be very close to my personal favorite, but given it has little chance of moving up, I should probably use my vote elsewhere. - Ned964

That song just made me feel good and still does.

Truly wonderful arrangement. - Ned964

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24 Roll Over Beethoven

Wow!? This song is pure gold, Guarantee you will be tapping your feet to the beat.

25 Tightrope

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.

I'm amazed Tightrope is so low, by all definitions, musically, lyrically, and instrumentally, it's The Electric Light Orchestra at their absolute best.

This song when ELO open a set, sends shivers down my Spine. The strings in this sound amazing, I would rate this much much higher.

I love this song! This is a fan favorite, but not well known for some reason. I blame singles obsessed society and their damn MP3s.

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26 The 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.

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.

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27 Rockaria!

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.

Their best ever. Plain and simple. This song rocks.

Number 1 for me, hands down, listen to it again!

28 Ticket to the Moon

Love this takes me back to teenage years

29 Getting 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.

30 Here 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. - standelange

This is like a synth/punk smorgasbord. Dig in and enjoy!

Amazing song. Up there with 10538 Overture.

31 Fire on High

There's an indoor scrambler called the Astrosphere at an amusement park that I've been to several times. It's got strobe lights, lasers, loud music, etc. Well, this is the song that's played in the ride. That was where I first heard it. Anyways, this song is a great opener. One of their best. - Metarock

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?

A brilliant, kick ass opener. easily top 3

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32 Big Wheels

It's a close tie between this, "Strange Magic" and "Shangri-la". The thing this has that those don't have, is a buildup as powerful and emotional as this.

Best song of this EPIC band, I challenge everyone to have the lyrics in hand and and allow the story to unfold. Its about Love and Love lost but the Big Wheels in the sky keep turning

I remember the dead of night, the lonely light that shines upon the window, I see it all so clear the tenderness the silent tears, out there in the pouring rain the cold dark rainy days I see you standing there, I see the big Wheels turning on and on they go. Masterpiece

33 Hello 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.

34 Midnight Blue

I can't believe I didn't see this song in the list!

One of the best ELO songs ever!

35 Ma-Ma-Ma Belle

Pure Rocker. Just badass.

36 One Summer Dream

Hypnotic. This song taps into the space-time continuum putting the listener into a trippy dream like trance.

Definitely a stand out track from their catalogue

Tears in my eyes every time I hear te song. Great song.

37 Sweet Is the Night

This is an awesome track!

38 Shangri-La

Fabulous song

How is this so low? Shangri-La is one of the high points of the album. It brings everything together beautifully with the reuse of the orchestrated parts of Telephone Line, as well as Opera lady from Rockaria! Perhaps the strongest album-closer in ELO's entire disgocraphy

Just another uniquely Jeff Lynne creation. Having been influenced by Beatlesque/Sgt. Pepper's loneliness and broken hearted cries for help. I learnt to play this on my 12 string and get shivers from stem to stern singin' the lyrics. How Jeff, Mr. Lynne, has been able to go on after having these sort of feelings, well; I'll never know.

Music is the highest form of comunication when lyrics like these are added, and the emotion(s) performed by the ELO crew it must be like bleedin' all over the stage!

Then finally the fade out... never heard any recordin' fade away like that. It makes me envious. But mostly it pulls me in through it's shrinking singularity right till I can hear Jeff Lynns wailing, heart breaking vocals na more. I swear he's still singing it out, even now, and every time I've played it. Stuck in some forelorne world out there.

I keep wondering to myself every time I hear them play- has Mr. Lynne set up camp right behind my heart, sopping up my breaking ...more

39 Endless 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

40 Poker
41 Nellie Takes Her Bow

Jeff Lynne's story songs are amongst the best ever written.

Brilliant song. Improves with age.

Love this one. One of my favorites.

42 Alright

Love this song

43 Long Black Road

Best Song from ELO :-) Must be higher in the list!

44 Yours Truly, 2095
45 Kuiama

Anyone who says otherwise is wrong

46 The Way Life's Meant to Be

Awesome song, definitely in they're top ten

Jeff Lynne's best piece of production.

47 Jungle

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

48 Eldorado

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."

49 Moment 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!

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!

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.

This song sings glory.

50 Boy 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".

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