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"
Released January 1975[1] (UK)
November 1974[1] (US)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1974 De Lane Lea Studios
Genre Symphonic rock, soft rock[2]
Length 4:23 (Album version)
3:07 (Single edit)
Label Warner Bros. (UK)
United Artists (US)
Writer(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 of that same year as a single.

The song became the band's first top ten single in the United States, reaching number 9,[3] and helped boost public awareness of the band in America; however, back in the UK the single and LP failed to chart. In 1978 the song was included on a four-track 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
Released 8 October 2012 (UK)
9 October 2012 (US)
Recorded 2001–2012 Bungalow Palace
Length 4:35
Label Frontiers
Writer(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]

  • In the 1970s, a "Sacred Mushroom Edition" cut of Kenneth Anger's experimental film Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome circulated that used the ELO song as its score instead of the original Glagolitic Mass by Czech composer Leoš Janáček.
  • Hard rock band Silent Rage covered this song 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 their 1997 single "Sink to the Bottom" and later on their 2005 album Out Of State Plates.
  • Also in 2006, the popular Fox teenage drama, The OC, featured a special cover version of the song in an episode, as well as commissioning 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 supergroup Velvet Revolver on their 2007 album Libertad.
  • Telekinesis covered this song on the 2010 American Laundromat Records release, Sing Me to Sleep - Indie Lullabies.
  • Progressive rock band Transatlantic covered this song on their 2014 album Kaleidoscope, on disc 2 of the special edition.
  • Patty Pravo covered it in Italian as "Come un Ponte Sull'Acqua Che Va" on her "Incontro" album (1975).

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