Best ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) SongsThe top 10 best songs from the symphonic rock band Electric Light Orchestra.
The Top Ten
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. -Kw6sTheaterV 26 Comments
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
Gotta dance every time I hear this one...V 3 Comments
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
Nobody else could do this - dark and light at the same time, "...it's like magic! " Jeff Lynne is my generations Bach.V 8 Comments
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 loved this song when it originally came out and rediscovered it by chance on the radio driving one night in 2008, reminding me just how great Jeff Lynne's ELO is and how much I'd missed his sound over the intervening years.
I automatically became an ELO fan after I heard this song
Mr. Blue sky was my introduction to ELO, but it was Telephone Line that made me fall in love with it.V 14 Comments
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
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.V 6 Comments
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 - Ned964V 5 Comments
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!
The most wonderful rocking song ever
Lovely memories of fun fair hot summer and being with life long friendsV 2 Comments
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 greatV 1 Comment
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 ELOV 5 Comments
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.
This is easily in the top 5V 6 Comments
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!V 7 Comments
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!
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.
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 5V 6 Comments
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
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 lifeV 5 Comments
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?
Master pieceV 2 Comments
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.
If all you know of ELO is what's been on the radio, this is THE "deep cut" you'll want to hear. Phenomenal from start to finish.V 9 Comments
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!
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 onlyV 2 Comments
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.
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
Severely underrated. At least top 20 material. I can't believe I had to add it to the list myself. - N7Khajiit
Love to crank it up when I here this song.
A travesty that this single didn’t chart anywhere. The best song on the Face The Music album. Just as an aside for the people that wonder why some of their favourites aren’t higher in the charts...if it wasn’t a single or a hit the odds are that many don’t even know it.
Love this takes me back to teenage years
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.V 1 Comment
Pure Rocker. Just badass.
NO WAY THIS TRACK COULD BE THIS LOW IN THE SURVEY.
Upbeat great song never tire of this song still sounds great typical seventies sound doesn't get played enough
Wow!? This song is pure gold, Guarantee you will be tapping your feet to the beat.
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.
I love ELO and, for some reason, this song just captures all that joy that is Electric Light Orchestra for me more than any other!
Their best ever. Plain and simple. This song rocks.
Number 1 for me, hands down, listen to it again!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
My favorite from Out of the Blue--the popular ones lose their luster after too many plays.
This is an awesome track!
Jeff Lynne's story songs are amongst the best ever written.
Brilliant song. Improves with age.
Love this one. One of my favorites.
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."
Anyone who says otherwise is wrong
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
Has a lot of meaning to me, after losing my brother.
Awesome song, definitely in they're top ten
Jeff Lynne's best piece of production.
Love this song
Best Song from ELO :-) Must be higher in the list!
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3. Turn to Stone
2. Telephone Line
3. Can't Get It Out of My Head
2. Don't Bring Me Down
3. Hold on Tight
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