Twilight (Electric Light Orchestra song)

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Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Time
B-side "Julie Don't Live Here"
Released 10 October 1981 (UK)
November 1981 (US)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1981 at Musicland Studios, Munich
Length 3:37
Label Jet
Writer(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Hold On Tight"
"Ticket to the Moon/Here Is the News"
Time track listing
Music sample

"Twilight" is a song by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), originally released on their 1981 album Time. The lyrics tell of a man who falls asleep while in a twilight state, where he imagines everything in his life that is going to happen to him. They contribute to the album's overarching theme of time travel.[1]

It was the second single released from the album, peaking at number 30 on the UK Singles Chart and number 38 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

In popular culture[edit]

It appeared, with authorisation and credit, in a 1982 advertisement for the Toyota Celica XX.[citation needed] It was also used as the finale song in the 2009-2010 Burton Snowboards film The B Movie, featuring most of the Burton team snowboarding on a "B" built out of snow.[citation needed]

Daicon IV[edit]

The song was used (without authorisation[2]) as the theme music for the opening animation to the 1983 Daicon IV science fiction convention in Osaka.[3] In 2005, as an homage to the Daicon IV animation, the song was used as the opening theme of the television series Densha Otoko, which features an otaku as the main character.[3] As a similar homage, it served as the opening song for Otakon's AMV contest from 2008 to 2016.[4]


Chart (1981) Peak
Australia Kent Music Report[5] 93
Austrian Ö3 Austria Top 40[6] 15
Dutch GfK chart[7] 18
French SNEP Singles Chart 10
German Media Control Singles Chart[8] 17
Irish Singles Chart[9] 18
UK Singles Chart[10] 30
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 38
US Cash Box Top 100 Singles 38
US Record World Singles[12] 39
US Radio & Records (R&R)[13][14] 25


  1. ^ "Jeff Lynne" (Interview). Innerview. Interview with Jim Ladd. KMET. 1981. 
  2. ^ Eng, Lawrence. "Daicon III and IV Opening Animations : Laserdisc and other Media". Cornell Japanese Animation Society. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Eng, Lawrence. "Daicon III and IV Opening Animations - Trivia". Cornell Japanese Animation Society. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "AMV - Video Information: The Otakon 2008 AMV Contest Intro". Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ "Discographie Electric Light Orchestra". Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Electric Light Orchestra". Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  8. ^ " - Electric Light Orchestra". Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra". Offfical Charts Company. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  12. ^ Hawtin, Steve. "Song artist 171 - Electric Light Orchestra". Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  13. ^ ELO
  14. ^ Charts!

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