Best ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) Songs

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21 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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22 Stranger On a Quiet Street
23 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.

Not only is this the best Electric Light Orchestra song of all time, it's quite possibly the best song of all time, period.

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24 Showdown

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

That song just made me feel good and still does.

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

Truly wonderful arrangement. - Ned964

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25 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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26 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.

27 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

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28 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!

29 Fire 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?

A brilliant, kick ass opener. easily top 3

By far the best

30 Ticket to the Moon

Love this takes me back to teenage years

31 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.

32 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.

33 Roll Over Beethoven
34 Ma-Ma-Ma Belle

Pure Rocker. Just badass.

35 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.

36 Midnight Blue

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

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37 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

38 Poker
39 Alright

Love this song

40 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

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