Electric Light Orchestra discography

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Electric Light Orchestra discography
Releases
Studio albums 13
Live albums 5
Compilation albums 37
EPs 1
Singles 45
Video albums 12
Music videos 31
Soundtracks 1
Box sets 8

Below is the complete Electric Light Orchestra discography including imports, videos, and hit singles. ELO's back catalogue is unusual since their compilation albums far outweigh their studio output in number, owing to the large number of hit singles primarily written by Jeff Lynne. From 1972 to 1986, ELO accumulated more combined UK and US Top 40 hits than any other band in the world, and also generated the third most UK and US separate Top 40s.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Below is a table outlining ELO's studio album output.

Notes: The peak chart listings are accurate but incomplete because of the limited availability of past chart information regarding other countries. All of the RIAA and BPI certifications and/or re-certifications listed are out of date, the majority being decades old. The fact that some albums are listed as non-certified does not necessarily mean those albums have not reached certification sales levels. Record companies that own the manufacturing and distribution rights to a particular record have to pay the RIAA, BPI and related bodies to research, audit and certify that record, whether it be an album, single or compilation.

Year Details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1]
AUT
[2]
AUS
[3][4]
DEU
[5]
JPN
[6][7]
NLD
[8]
NOR
[9]
NZ
[10]
SWE
[11]
US
[12]
US Year-End
1971 The Electric Light Orchestra (UK) / No Answer (US) 32 - 54 196
1973 ELO 2 (UK) / Electric Light Orchestra II (US)
  • Released: February 1973 (1973-02)
  • Label: Harvest (UK), United Artists (US)
35 62
On the Third Day
  • Released: November 1973 (1973-11)
  • Label: Jet (UK), United Artists (US)
10 289
[A]
52
1974 Eldorado
  • Released: September 1974 (1974-09)
  • Label: Jet (UK), United Artists (US)
40 299
[A]
4 30 16 31
1975 Face the Music
  • Released: September 1975 (1975-09)
  • Label: Jet (UK), United Artists (US)
30 251
[A]
11 41 8 11
1976 A New World Record
  • Released: 11 September 1976 (1976-09-11)
  • Label: Jet (UK), United Artists (US)
6 9 1 7 60 2 9 4 1 5 6
1977 Out of the Blue
  • Released: October 1977 (1977-10)
  • Label: Jet (UK), United Artists (US)
4 3 6 32 3 3 6 2 4 18
1979 Discovery
  • Released: May 1979 (1979-05)
  • Label: Jet (UK), Columbia (US)
1 3 1 7 31 6 1 2 2 5 74
1980 Xanadu
  • Released: August 1980 (1980-08)
  • Label: Jet, MCA
2 1 1 1 6 1 1 8 1 4
1981 Time
  • Released: July 1981 (1981-07)
  • Label: Jet (UK), Columbia (US)
1 2 2 1 36 2 2 10 1 16
1983 Secret Messages
  • Released: June 1983 (1983-06)
  • Label: Jet (UK), Columbia (US)
4 11 19 6 35 7 5 13 11 36
1986 Balance of Power 9 29 49 18 22 20 4 3 49
2001 Zoom
  • Released: 12 June 2001 (2001-06-12)
  • Label: Epic
34 51 49 16 36 46 18 35 94[B]
Notes
  • A ^ In Japan, these albums entered the chart for the first time when Sony Music Japan released remastered CD during the mid-2000s.
  • B ^ Also peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Top Internet Albums chart.

Live albums[edit]

Year Details
1974 The Night the Light Went On in Long Beach
  • Released: May 1974 (1974-05)
  • Label: Warner Bros.
1998 Live at Wembley '78
  • Released: 28 March 1998 (1998-03-28)
  • Label: Eagle
Live at Winterland '76
  • Released: 30 March 1998 (1998-03-30)
  • Label: Eagle
1999 Live at the BBC
  • Released: 28 June 1999 (1999-06-28)
  • Label: Eagle
2013

Electric Light Orchestra Live

  • Released: 19 April 2013 (2013-04-19)
  • Label: Frontiers

Compilation albums[edit]

Chart and Certificated compilations
Year Details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1]
AUT
[2]
AUS
[4]
DEU
[5]
NLD
[8]
NOR
[9]
NZ
[10]
SWE
[11]
US
[12]
1976 Olé ELO 32
1977 The Light Shines On
1978 Three Light Years 38
1979 ELO's Greatest Hits 7 17 13 2 30
1985 A Perfect World of Music 53
1987 All Over the World 50 29
1989 The Very Best of The Electric Light Orchestra 23 22
1992 ELO's Greatest Hits Vol. 2 11
1994 The Very Best of the Electric Light Orchestra 4 15
The Very Best of ELO 1 23
The Very Best of ELO 2 23
1997 Light Years, The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra 60 10
The Swedish Collection, The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra 7
2001 The Ultimate Collection 18 63
2005 All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra 6 35 71 29 18 6 128[C][21]
2012 Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra 8 78 118
Notes
  • C ^Charted Week of 1 September 2012 after the London Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies featured "Mr. Blue Sky"
Complete list

Box sets[edit]

Year Album details Notes
1978 Three Light Years
  • Released: December 1978
  • Label: Jet
  • Format: 3 LPs
1980 Four Light Years
  • Released: 1980
  • Label: Jet
  • Format: 4 LPs
1980 A Box of Their Best
  • Released: 7 August 1980
  • Label: Epic (PZX 36966)
  • Formats: 4 LPs/1 7" single
  • The box set compiles A New World Record, Out of the Blue and Discovery in their entirety along with Lynne's first ever solo single "Doin' That Crazy Thing". This single, a single-sided single that was marked as a promo, was not in all releases of the box.
1990 Afterglow
  • Released: 15 June 1990
  • Label: Epic (E3K 46090)
  • Formats: 3 CDs and cassettes
  • The box set features songs from all Electric Light Orchestra albums with the exception of Xanadu, as well as rare b-sides and unreleased tracks from Time, Secret Messages originally intended double album and Balance of Power.
1990 3-PAK
  • The box set compiles Face the Music, A New World Record and Discovery in their entirety.
2000 Flashback
  • Released: 21 November 2000
  • Label: Epic/Legacy (3K 85123)
  • Formats: 3 CDs
  • The box set features songs from all Electric Light Orchestra albums with previously unreleased tracks.
2010 Original Album Classics
  • Released: 25 October 2010
  • Label: Epic/Legacy/Sony Music (88697787342)
  • Formats: 5 CDs
  • The box set compiles On the Third Day, Face the Music, A New World Record, Discovery, and Time in their entirety, including bonus tracks.
2011 The Classic Albums Collection
  • Released: 22 November 2011
  • Label: Sony Music/Epic/Legacy/EMI (88697873262)
  • Formats: 11 CDs
  • The box set compiles all Electric Light Orchestra studio albums from The Electric Light Orchestra to Balance of Power (excluding Xanadu) in their entirety, including bonus tracks.

Singles[edit]

  • Note: Entry boxes containing " - " may pertain to any of the following:
    • A single not being released in the territory
    • Various charts listed had ceased to exist before particular singles were released
    • Accurate but incomplete information
    • Failure to chart
Year Title Album Chart positions
UK
[1]
AUS[3][4] AUT[2] CAN NLD[8] FRA GER[5] IRE
[22]
JPN
[23]
POL
[23]
US
[24]
US Cash-
box
US Record
World
[23]
ZAF[25] US Billboard Year-End American Top 40 Year-End
1972 "10538 Overture" The Electric Light Orchestra / No Answer 9 5
1973 "Roll Over Beethoven" ELO 2 6 53 19 22 42 48 31
"Showdown" On the Third Day (US versions only) 12 25 53 51
1974 "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" On the Third Day 22
"Daybreaker" 87 61
"Can't Get It Out of My Head" Eldorado 59 20 5 9 14 23 81 [K]
1975 "Boy Blue"
"Evil Woman" Face the Music 10 23 6 21 2 10 10 9 9 70 [K]
1976 "Nightrider"
"Strange Magic" 38 85 20 10 14 15 20
"Showdown" (reissue) Olé ELO 59 75
"Livin' Thing" [L] A New World Record 4 2 3 8 4 9 5 6 13 10 10 1 77 79
1977 "Rockaria!" 9 10 7 23
"Do Ya" 42 24 16 25
"Telephone Line" [D] 8 10 9 10 32 7 4 7 15 22
"Turn to Stone" [M] Out of the Blue 18 17 1 23 9 32 13 11 9 17 94 [K]
1978 "Mr. Blue Sky" 6 87 8 27 28 35 27 33
"Wild West Hero" 6 9
"Sweet Talkin' Woman" 6 38 27 6 24 6 17 18 23 86 [K]
"It's Over" 75
The ELO EP Three Light Years 34 15
1979 "Shine a Little Love" Discovery 6 14 23 1 17 2 30 4 8 7 8 16 71
"The Diary of Horace Wimp" 8 48 52 10
"Don't Bring Me Down" [D] 3 6 2 2 5 5 6 4 4 3 9 81
"Confusion" [E] 8 5 5 6 6 9 37 47 10
"Last Train to London" [E] 3 39 36
1980 "I'm Alive" [D] Xanadu 20 27 7 38 9 16 10 16 14 14 9
"Xanadu" (Feat. Olivia Newton-John) 1
[26]
2 1 6 1 3 1 1 8 9 4 20 93
"All Over the World" 11 78 3 10 4 27 12 13 14 8
"Don't Walk Away" 21 52 7
1981 "Hold on Tight" Time 4 5 2 3 10 2 3 10 8 10 4 81 75
"Twilight" 30 93 15 18 10 17 18 38 38 39
1982 "Rain Is Falling" 101 [F]
"Here Is the News"/"Ticket to the Moon" 24 4 61 17
"The Way Life's Meant to Be" 85 30
1983 "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" Secret Messages 13 13 16 4 8 17 4 2 19 22 7
"Secret Messages" [I] 48 14 5
"Four Little Diamonds" 84 86
"Train of Gold" 16
"Stranger" [J] 15 105 [F]
"Buildings Have Eyes" 9
1986 "Calling America" Balance of Power 28 47 22 10 31 16 2 18 26
"So Serious" 77
"Getting to the Point" 97
"Sorrow About to Fall" 10
1990 "Destination Unknown" [G] Afterglow
2001 "Alright" Zoom 87 33
"Moment in Paradise" 27 41
2006 "Surrender" [H] A New World Record
(30th Anniversary Edition)
81
2007 "Latitude 88 North" [H] Out of the Blue
(30th Anniversary Edition)
Number-one songs 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Top-ten hits 15 6 6 11 8 18 5 13 0 5 7 7 9 6 0 0
Notes
  • D ^ Single awarded gold record in the US from the RIAA
  • E ^ "Confusion" and "Last Train to London" were released as a double A-side in UK and Ireland.
  • F ^ Actually charted in the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
  • G ^ Promo DJ single.
  • H ^ Single available as a digital download and promo 7" format.
  • I ^ B-side "Buildings Have Eyes" peaked at number 9 in Poland.[23]
  • J ^ B-side "Train of Gold" peaked at number 16 in Poland.[23]
  • K ^ Used Billboard Year-End.
  • L ^ Though released in November 1976, it actually became a charting hit for the year 1977.
  • M ^ Though released in November 1977, it actually became a charting hit for the year 1978.

Peak positions on other US Billboard charts[edit]

Year Title Album US
Mainstream Rock

[24]
US
Adult Contemporary

[24]
1980 "Xanadu" Xanadu 2
1981 "Hold on Tight" Time 2
1983 "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" Secret Messages 19 36
"Stranger" 33
1986 "Calling America" Balance of Power 22 20

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director[27]
1972 "10538 Overture" Unknown
1973 "Showdown" Unknown
1974 "Can't Get It Out of My Head" Unknown
1975 "Evil Woman" Unknown
1976 "Tightrope" Unknown
1976 "Telephone Line" Unknown
1976 "Rockaria!" Unknown
1976 "Livin' Thing" Unknown
1976 "Do Ya" Unknown
1977 "Turn to Stone" Mike Mansfield
1977 "It's Over" Unknown
1977 "Sweet Talkin' Woman" Mike Mansfield
1977 "Mr. Blue Sky" Mike Mansfield
1977 "Wild West Hero" Unknown
1979 "Shine a Little Love" Unknown
1979 "Confusion" Unknown
1979 "Need Her Love" Unknown
1979 "The Diary of Horace Wimp" Unknown
1979 "Last Train to London" Mike Mansfield
1979 "Midnight Blue" Unknown
1979 "On the Run" Unknown
1979 "Wishing" Unknown
1979 "Don't Bring Me Down" Mike Mansfield
1981 "Twilight" Unknown
1981 "Ticket to the Moon" Unknown
1981 "Here Is the News" Unknown
1981 "Hold on Tight" Mike Mansfield
1983 "Secret Messages" Unknown
1983 "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" Unknown
1986 "So Serious" Peter Christopherson
1986 "Calling America" John Beug & Jane Simpson

Tours[edit]

  • Electric Light Orchestra/No Answer Tour (1972)
  • Electric Light Orchestra II Tour (1973)
  • Do It with the Light On/On the Third Day Tour (1973–1974)
  • Eldorado Tour (1974–1975)
  • Face the Music Tour (1975–1976)
  • A New World Record Tour (1976–1977)
  • Big Night/Out of the Blue Tour (1977–1978)
  • Time Tour (1981–1982)
  • Balance of Power Tour (1986)
  • Zoom Tour (2001) cancelled

Video albums/concerts[edit]

Year Title Format(s)
1979 Discovery UK Betamax/VHS
1980 Live at Wembley Betamax/VHS
1989 The "Out of the Blue" Tour – Live at Wembley UK VHS
1990 Fusion – Live in London UK VHS
1991 The Very Best of ELO UK VHS
1998 Out of the Blue Tour: Live at Wembley/Discovery DVD/VHS
2001 Zoom Tour Live DVD/VHS
2005 Inside the Electric Light Orchestra 1970–1973 DVD
2006 Out of the Blue: Live at Wembley (remastered) DVD
2006 ELO – Total Rock Review DVD
2010 In Performance DVD
2010 Live: The Early Years DVD

Books[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  Note: This reference gives Australian albums and singles information. It is used for chart peak positions as the early albums were released before ARIA regulated the Australian charts itself in 1989
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  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 19 August 2010.  Note: User needs to enter "Electric Light Orchestra" in the "Search" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field, "Album" in the "Format" field and click the "Go" button.
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  16. ^ a b NVPI "de branchevereniging van de entertainmentindustrie". Retrieved 17 August 2011. Note: User needs to enter "Electric Light Orchestra" in the "Artiest" field and click below "zoek" button.
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  24. ^ a b c "Allmusic - Billboard singles - Electric Light Orchestra". Billboard. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  25. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts 1969 - 1989 Acts (E)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  26. ^ "Chart Stats - Olivia Newton-John And Electric Light Orchestra". chartstats.com. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  27. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra". mvdbase.com. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Face The Music - ELO and related artists information site
  • Jeff Lynne Song Database - Large website dedicated to Jeff Lynne and his large volume of song material.
  • Discovery - Welcome to the show - ELO & Jeff Lynne information page.
  • ELO España - Website en español.
  • www.elo.nu - Features ELO related news, fan club information, links, "ELOclopedia" and some music samples.
  • Strange Magic - Australian fan site with information on Jeff Lynne, ELO and related artists, as well as Australian chart positions.
  • Rockaria - Features a massive memorabilia and record photo gallery, band member biographies, and complete song lyrics.
  • archives - Cash Box Singles.