When ELO first surfaced in America, I have to admit that I wasn't overly impressed. The song that got the airplay was an old Chuck Berry tune, Roll Over Beethoven. I think the addition of traditionally classical instruments to the world of rock & roll was noble and much needed to spice up the genre, but still it didn't do much for me.
But then, they came out with this song, a favorite of the late John Lennon. Here is a live stage version of their hit, Showdown:
The following two songs from the Face The Music LP effectively launched them into "supergroup" status. Here is Evil Woman:
And Strange Magic:
Then, there is one of my favorite ELO songs of all time (at least one that can be found on You Tube). Here is Mr Blue Sky: