Last Train to London

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"Last Train to London"
UK single
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Discovery
A-side "Confusion" (UK)
B-side "Down Home Town" (US)
Released 9 November 1979 (UK)
November 1979 (US)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1979, Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany
Genre Symphonic rock, disco
Length 4:31
Label Jet
Writer(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Don't Bring Me Down"
"Confusion/Last Train to London"
"I'm Alive"
Discovery track listing
Music video
"Last Train to London" on YouTube

"Last Train to London" is the fifth track from the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) album Discovery.

The song was released in 1979 in the UK as a double A-side single with "Confusion". It peaked at number 8 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] However, in the US the two songs charted separately, with "Confusion" in late 1979 followed by "Last Train to London" in early 1980. It peaked at number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] In Spain the single was released with the Spanish title "Ultimo tren a Londres".

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1979/80) Peak
French SNEP Singles Chart 3
Irish Singles Chart[3] 9
UK Singles Chart[1] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 39
US Cash Box Top 100 Singles 36

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1982 Taiwanese singer Frankie Kao (高凌風) had a cover version of this song renamed as 夏天的浪花("The wave of summer").
  • In 2002 British girl group Atomic Kitten sampled the hook of the song in their single "Be with You". The song was released as a double A-side with the song "The Last Goodbye". The single peaked at #2 in the UK.
  • In 2008 Alex Barattini released an extended remix of the original recording for Gardenia Records.


  1. ^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra". Offfical Charts Company. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Electric Light Orchestra - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Retrieved 6 March 2013.  Enter Electric Light Orchestra in the Search by Artist field, then click Search.

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