My Top 16 Electric Light Orchestra Songs of All Time

When the greatest bands are mentioned in general conversation – many of the obvious pop up. The Beatles. The Stones. Zeppelin. And those are three of my absolute favorites, make no mistake about it.

Yet there’s another one that doesn’t get mentioned as often and in this blogger’s mind, they really should. I give you the absolute genius of Electric Light Orchestra, Jeff Lynne’s exquisite group of pop/rock perfection that has given us gem after gem. For a number of years now, they’ve easily maintained a place in my top 5 favorite bands.

They’ve been on my mind lately after touring the United States for the first time in several years. ELO (as they’re commonly referred to) played three nights at the Hollywood Bowl last weekend and play two shows at Radio City Music Hall tonight and Sunday.

For those unfamiliar with their sound — their amazing sound with the greatest strings section in the history of rock and roll — I give you my personal top 16 (for 2016, you know? ELO songs of all time. And it was not easy getting it to just 16…

16. “Can’t Get It Out of My Head” from Eldorado (1974)

15. “The Lights Go Down” from from Time (1981)

14. “Confusion” from Discovery (1979)

13. “Don’t Bring Me Down” from Discovery (1979)

12. “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” from Out of the Blue (1977)

11. “All Over the World” from Xanadu (1980)

10. “Telephone Line” from A New World Record (1976)

9. “Livin’ Thing” from from A New World Record (1976)

8. “Wild West Hero” from Out of the Blue (1977)

7. “The Diary of Horace Wimp” from Discovery (1979)

6. “Shine a Little Love” from Discovery (1979)

5. “Last Train to London” from Discovery (1979)

4. “Strange Magic” from Face the Music (1975)

3. “Evil Woman” from Face the Music (1975)

2. “Turn to Stone” from Out of the Blue (1977)

1. “Mr. Blue Sky” from Out of the Blue (1977)


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