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The Best Electric Light Orchestra Albums of All Time 

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List Rules Studio albums only; if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

This list of the best Electric Light Orchestra albums includes pictures of the album covers. Electric Light Orchestra, better known as ELO, is one of the best classic rock bands of all time. Led by the extraordinarily talented Jeff Lynne, the Beatles-influenced band was known for their melodies and - once they got big, and they were quite big in the late '70s - their intricate stage sets when playing live. This Electric Light Orchestra discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Electric Light Orchestra albums (as voted by you, the people) can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included ELO singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Electric Light Orchestra album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. 

If you want to know the best Electric Light Orchestra album of all time or the top Electric Light Orchestra albums, this list will answer your questions. Classic ELO albums include Time, Balance of Power, and Out of the Blue. This list of popular Electric Light Orchestra CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. 

Out of the Blue is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Electric Light Orchestra Albums of All Time
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1. Turn to Stone
2. It's Over
3. Sweet Talkin' Woman
4. Across the Border
5. Night in the City
6. Starlight
7. Jungle
8. Believe Me Now
9. Steppin' Out
10. Standin' in the Rain
11. Big Wheels
12. Summer and Lightning
13. Mr. Blue Sky
14. Sweet Is the Night
15. The Whale
16. Birmingham Blues
17. Wild West Hero

Release Date: 1977

Artist: Electric Light Orchestra

Tracks: Jungle, Starlight, It's Over, + more

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Rock music, Pop rock, Art rock, Power pop, + more

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A New World Record is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Electric Light Orchestra Albums of All Time
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1. Tightrope
2. Telephone Line
3. Rockaria!
4. Mission (A World Record)
5. So Fine
6. Livin' Thing
7. Above the Clouds
8. Do Ya
9. Shangri-La
10. Telephone Line
11. Surrender
12. Tightrope
13. Above the Clouds
14. So Fine
15. Telephone Line

Release Date: 1976

Artist: Electric Light Orchestra

Tracks: Above the Clouds, Livin' Thing, Shangri-La, + more

Genres (Music): Rock music, Art rock, Symphonic rock

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Time is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Electric Light Orchestra Albums of All Time
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1. Prologue
2. Twilight
3. Yours Truly, 2095
4. Ticket to the Moon
5. The Way Life's Meant to Be
6. Another Heart Breaks
1. Rain Is Falling
2. From the End of the World
3. The Lights Go Down
4. Here Is the News
5. 21st Century Man
6. Hold On Tight
7. Epilogu

Release Date: 1981

Artist: Electric Light Orchestra

Producer: Jeff Lynne, Bill Bottrell, Reinhold Mack

Tracks: Epilogue, Twilight, Another Heart Breaks, + more

Length (mins): 00:44:03

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Electronica, Rock music, New Wave, Electronic dance music, + more

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#1,488 of 3,542 The Greatest Albums of All-Time #136 of 403 The Greatest Album Covers of All Time

Eldorado is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Electric Light Orchestra Albums of All Time
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1. Eldorado Overture
2. Can't Get It Out of My Head
3. Boy Blue
4. Laredo Tornado
5. Poor Boy (The Greenwood)
6. Mister Kingdom
7. Nobody's Child
8. Illusions in G Major
9. Eldorado
10. Eldorado Finale
11. Eldorado Instrumental Medley
12. Dark City

Release Date: 1974

Artist: Electric Light Orchestra

Tracks: Illusions in G Major, Eldorado, Nobody’s Child, + more

Length (mins): 00:39:12

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Art rock, Symphonic rock, Concept album

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