Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hits List: ELO

ELO had a style all their own, though of course the Beatles were a huge influence.  Blending elements of classical and rock into their songs, they have received major airplay for going on 40 years.

Note:  U.S. data reflects the top position in the trade magazines.




1972:  "10538 Overture" (#9 U.K.)
1973:  "Roll Over Beethoven" (#31, #6 U.K.)
           "Showdown" (#51, #12 U.K.)
1974:  "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" (#22 U.K.)
           "Daybreaker" (#61)
           "Can't Get It Out of My Head" (#9)
1975:  "Boy Blue"
           "Evil Woman" (#9, #6 Canada, #6 U.K.)



1976:  "Nightrider"
           "Strange Magic" (#14, #20 Canada, #38 U.K.)
           "Showdown" (reissue) --#59
           "Livin' Thing" (#10, #4 Canada, #4 U.K.)
1977:  "Rockaria!" (#9 U.K.)
           "Do Ya" (#16)
           "Telephone Line" (#4, #9 Canada, #8 U.K.)
           "Turn to Stone" (#9, #1 Canada, #8 U.K.)
1978:  "Mr. Blue Sky" (#27, #6 U.K.)
            "Wild West Hero" (#6 U.K.)
            "Sweet Talkin' Woman" (#17, #6 Canada, #6 U.K.)
            "It's Over" (#75)
            "The ELO EP" (#34 U.K.)

1979:  "Shine a Little Love" (#7, #1 Canada, #6 U.K.)
            "The Diary of Horace Wimp" (#8 U.K.)
            "Don't Bring Me Down" (#3, #2 Canada, #3 U.K.)
            "Confusion" (#37, #8 U.K.)
            "Last Train to London" (#36, #8 U.K.)



1980:  "I'm Alive" (#14, #7 Canada, #20 U.K.)
            "Xanadu" (with Olivia Newton-John) --#4, #6 Canada, #1 U.K.
            "All Over the World" (#8, #3 Canada, #11 U.K.)
            "Don't Walk Away" (#21 U.K.)
1981:  "Hold On Tight" (#8, #3 Canada, #4 U.K.)
            "Twilight" (#38, #30 U.K.)
1982:  "Rain is Falling"
            "Here is the News"/"Ticket to the Moon" (#24 U.K.)
            "The Way Life's Meant to Be"
1983:  "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" (#19, #4 Canada, #13 U.K.)
            "Secret Messages" (#48 U.K.)
            "Four Little Diamonds" (#86, #84 U.K.)
            "Stranger"
1986:  "Calling America" (#18, #28 U.K.)
            "So Serious" (#77 U.K.)
            "Getting to the Point" (#97 U.K.)
1990:  "Destination Unknown"
2001:  "Alright"
            "Moment in Paradise"
2006:  "Surrender" (#81 U.K.)
2007:  "Latitude 88 North"



Thus, ELO has had 33 hits in the U.K. with nearly half (16) of those going Top 10 and one #1.  The United States has given them 26 hits with 11 Top 10.  No official #1's in the U.S., but I can tell you from being in radio that "Don't Bring Me Down", "All Over the World" and "Telephone Line" were #1 at numerous top radio stations.  In Canada, ELO has had 13 hits, 12 Top 10's and 2 #1's.

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