Can't Get It Out of My Head

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"Can't Get It Out of My Head"
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Eldorado
B-side"Illusions in G Major"
ReleasedJanuary 1975[1] (UK)
November 1974[1] (US)
Format7" single
Recorded1974 De Lane Lea Studios
GenreSoft rock[2]
Length4:23 (Album version)
3:07 (Single edit)
LabelWarner Bros. (UK)
United Artists (US)
Songwriter(s)Jeff Lynne
Producer(s)Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Ma-Ma-Ma Belle"
"Can't Get It Out of My Head"
"Boy Blue"
Eldorado track listing

"Can't Get It Out of My Head" is a song written by Jeff Lynne and originally recorded by Electric Light Orchestra (also known as ELO).

First released on the band's fourth album Eldorado in September 1974, the song is the second track on the album and follows "Eldorado Overture." The song was released in November the same year as a single.

The song became the band's first top 10 single in the United States, reaching number 9,[3] and helped boost public awareness of the band in the U.S.; however, back in the UK the single and LP failed to chart. In 1978, it was included as the lead song on the four-track The ELO EP (UK release), reaching number 34 on the UK charts. The song has appeared on many ELO compilation albums.

Chart performance[edit]

Jeff Lynne version[edit]

"Can't Get It Out of My Head"
Song by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
Released8 October 2012 (UK)
9 October 2012 (US)
Recorded2001–2012 Bungalow Palace
Songwriter(s)Jeff Lynne
Producer(s)Jeff Lynne
Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra track listing

Jeff Lynne re-recorded the song in his own home studio. It was released in a compilation album with other re-recorded ELO songs under the ELO name.[12]

Other appearances[edit]


  • Hard rock band Silent Rage recorded a version on their 1989 album Don't Touch Me There, but changed a few lyrics and renamed it to "Can't Get Her Out of My Head".
  • A live cover version by Fountains of Wayne appeared as a B-side on the 1997 single "Sink to the Bottom" and later on the 2005 album Out of State Plates.
  • In 2006, the teenage drama The OC featured a cover version of the song in an episode and also commissioned the indie artist John Paul White to cover the track for Music from the OC: Mix 6 "Covering Our Tracks".
  • The song was covered by the hard rock group Velvet Revolver on their 2007 album Libertad.
  • Telekinesis covered the song on the 2010 American Laundromat Records release Sing Me to Sleep - Indie Lullabies.
  • Progressive rock band Transatlantic covered the song on their 2014 album Kaleidoscope, featured on disc 2 of the special edition.
  • Patty Pravo covered the song in Italian as "Come un Ponte Sull'Acqua Che Va" on her album Incontro (1975).
  • The Silent League covered the song on the bonus disc of their 2010 album But You've Always Been the Caretaker.


  1. ^ a b "Jeff Lynne Song Database - Electric Light Orchestra - Can't Get It Out Of My Head song analysis". Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  2. ^ Farley, Keith. "Various Artists – Songs You Know by Heart: Songs of Love". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  6. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Electric Light Orchestra". Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  7. ^ Hawtin, Steve. "Song artist 171 - Electric Light Orchestra". Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  8. ^ "ELO". Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Charts". Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Archived from the original on 6 October 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  11. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1975/Top 100 Songs of 1975". Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Releases : elo - Mr. Blue Sky - The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra". 5 October 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2013.

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