A member of the Electric Light Orchestra is seen in this slow shutter speed as fans watch their kick off tour at Oracle Arena in Oakland. A member of the Electric Light Orchestra is seen in this slow shutter speed during their kick off tour at Oracle Arena in Oakland. And matter how you cut it, some true gems are going to get left off the list. Then just try and rank them in terms of greatness. Still, I decided to embrace this ambitious mission, mainly because it gave me yet another reason to spend multiple hours listening to ELO. So, here are my picks for the top 10 ELO songs of all time. Show times are 8 p. This is the moment when Lynne takes your breath away, by delivering one of the most gorgeous and perfectly constructed pop ballads of the decade.
'Don't Bring Me Down'
The band used a clever title for their third record called On The Third Day. Electric Light Orchestra released thirteen studio albums over the course of their career. The record was released in
'Can't Get It Out of My Head'
The album sleeve art features a letter written by the band's co-founder and leader, Jeff Lynne , describing the '73—'78 period and the recording of each of the songs. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Electric Light Orchestra. Jet CBS. Retrieved 24 February — via robertchristgau. The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5th edn. London: Omnibus Press. Record Mirror. Offfical Charts Company. Retrieved 12 March
When Jeff Lynne joined Roy Wood's British band the Move in , it was with the condition that the group blend their basic rock moves with classical music, in a nod to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. After recording two final albums with the Move, Lynne and Wood formed Electric Light Orchestra , realizing Lynne's dream of pairing classical instruments cello, violin, french horn, oboe, etc. The band's debut is a clunky attempt to get some footing with this new hybrid. By their fourth album, Wood was long gone and Lynne steered ELO away from the classical pretensions a drawn-out cover of Chuck Berry 's "Roll Over Beethoven," originals like " Overture" and toward strings-assisted rock songs with huge pop riffs. The tracks on our list of the Top 10 Electric Light Orchestra Songs come from the five-year period in the mid-to-late-'70s when they were one of the most reliable bands on the planet. The closing track on ELO's eighth album is their highest-charting single in the U. Propelled by a marching drum loop, " Don't Bring Me Down " was the group's last classic cut. The following year they recorded the Xanadu soundtrack with Olivia Newton-John; in , they made the snoozy concept album Time. The band's first Top 10 single and first moment of greatness.