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Can't Get It Out of My Head
Can't Get It Out of My Head cover
{{{Type}}} by Electric Light Orchestra
Released January 1975[1] (UK)
November 1974[1] (US)
Recorded 1974 De Lane Lea Studios
Genre Soft rock[2]
Length 4:23 (Album version)
3:07 (Single edit)
Label Warner Bros. (UK)
United Artists (US)
Producer Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra chronology
"Ma-Ma-Ma Belle"
"Can't Get It Out of My Head"
"Boy Blue"

"Can't Get It Out of My Head" is a song written by Jeff Lynne and originally recorded by Electric Light Orchestra (also known as ELO).

First released on the band's fourth album Eldorado in September 1974, the song is the second track on the album and follows "Eldorado Overture." The song was released in November the same year as a single.

The song became the band's first top 10 single in the United States, reaching number 9,[3] and helped boost public awareness of the band in the U.S.; however, back in the UK the single and LP failed to chart. In 1978, it was included as the lead song on a four-track ELO EP (UK release), reaching number 34 on the UK charts. The song has appeared on many ELO compilation albums.

Chart performance[edit | edit source]

Weekly singles charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (1974–75) Peak
Australia KMR Singles Chart[4] 59
Canada RPM Top Singles[5] 25
Dutch GfK chart[6] 20
French Singles Chart 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 9
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 Singles 14
U.S. Record World Singles[7] 23
U.S. Radio & Records (R&R)[8][9] 27

Year-end charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (1975) Rank
Canada [10] 185
U.S. Billboard [11] 81

Jeff Lynne version[edit | edit source]

Can't Get It Out of My Head
{{{Type}}} by Electric Light Orchestra
Album Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra
Released 8 October 2012 (UK)
9 October 2012 (US)
Recorded 2001–2012 Bungalow Palace
Length 4:35
Label Frontiers
Producer Jeff Lynne

Jeff Lynne re-recorded the song in his own home studio. It was released in a compilation album with other re-recorded ELO songs under the ELO name.[12]

Other appearances[edit | edit source]


  • In the 1970s, a "Sacred Mushroom Edition" cut of Kenneth Anger's experimental film Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome used the ELO song as its score instead of the original Glagolitic Mass by Czech composer Leoš Janáček.
  • Hard rock band Silent Rage covered this song on its 1989 album "Don't Touch Me There", but changed a few lyrics and renamed it to "Can't Get Her Out Of My Head".
  • A live cover version by Fountains of Wayne appeared as a B-side on its 1997 single "Sink to the Bottom" and later on its 2005 album Out Of State Plates.
  • Also in 2006, the teenage drama The OC featured a cover version of the song in an episode as well as commissioned the indie artist John Paul White to cover the track for Music from the OC: Mix 6 "Covering Our Tracks".
  • The song was covered by the hard rock group Velvet Revolver on its 2007 album Libertad.
  • Telekinesis covered this song on the 2010 American Laundromat Records release Sing Me to Sleep - Indie Lullabies.
  • Progressive rock band Transatlantic covered this song on its 2014 album Kaleidoscope, featured on disc 2 of the special edition.
  • Patty Pravo covered it in Italian as "Come un Ponte Sull'Acqua Che Va" on her album "Incontro" (1975).

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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