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This is the moment when Lynne takes your breath away, by delivering one of the most gorgeous and perfectly constructed pop ballads of the decade. It’s also the moment when he announces to the world that he deserves to be ranked among the best songwriters in pop music history.
When Jeff Lynne joined Roy Wood's British band the Move in
1970, it was with the condition that the group blend their basic rock moves with classical music, in a nod to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. After recording two final albums with the Move, Lynne and Wood formed Electric Light Orchestra, realizing Lynne's dream of pairing classical instruments (cello, violin, french horn, oboe, etc.) with rock 'n' roll riffs. The band's 1971 debut is a clunky attempt to get some footing with this new hybrid. By their fourth album, Wood was long gone and Lynne steered ELO away from the classical pretensions (a drawn-out cover of Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven," originals like "10538 Overture") and toward strings-assisted rock songs with huge pop riffs. The tracks on our list of the Top 10 Electric Light Orchestra Songs come from the five-year period in the mid-to-late-'70s when they were one of the most reliable bands on the planet.)
returnofrock.com)The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1970 by songwriters-multi-instrumentalists Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood with drummer Bev Bevan. Their music is characterized by a fusion of Beatlesque pop, classical arrangements, and futuristic iconography. After Wood’s departure in 1972, Lynne became the band’s sole leader, arranging and producing every album while writing nearly all of their original material. For their initial tenure, Lynne, Bevan, and keyboardist Richard Tandy were the group’s only consistent members. ELO was formed out of Lynne’s and Wood’s desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones. It derived as an offshoot of Wood’s previous band, The Move, of which Lynne and Bevan were also members. During the 1970s and 1980s, ELO released a string of top 10 albums and singles, including two LPs that reached the top of British charts: the disco-inspired Discovery (1979) and the science-fiction-themed concept album Time (1981). In 1986, Lynne lost interest in the band and disbanded the group. Bevan responded by forming his own band, ELO Part II, which later became the Orchestra. After a brief reunion from 2000–01, ELO remained largely inactive until 2014, when Lynne re-formed the band again with Tandy as Jeff Lynne’s ELO. During ELO’s original 14-year period of active recording and touring, they sold over 50 million records worldwide and collected 19 CRIA, 21 RIAA, and 38 BPI awards. From 1972 to 1986, ELO accumulated twenty-seven Top 40 songs on the UK Singles Chart and fifteen Top 20 songs on the US Billboard Hot 100. The band also holds the record for having the most Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits (20) without a number-one single of any band in US chart history. In 2017 the ELO line-up of Wood, Lynne, Bevan, and Tandy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here are all ELO songs ranked. (Source: