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Nightrider single.jpg
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Face the Music
A-side" Do Ya"
B-side"Daybreaker" (Live)
Released19 March 1976 (UK)
February 1977 (US)
Recorded1975, Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany
Genre Art rock
Length4:25 (Album version)
3:45 (UK single edit)
Label Jet (UK)
Jet/ United Artists (US)
Songwriter(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s)Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
" Strange Magic"
" Livin' Thing"
Face the Music track listing
8 tracks
Side one
  1. " Fire On High"
  2. "Waterfall"
  3. " Evil Woman"
  4. " Nightrider"
Side two
  1. "Poker"
  2. " Strange Magic"
  3. "Down Home Town"
  4. " One Summer Dream"

"Nightrider" is a song from Electric Light Orchestra's (ELO) album Face the Music.

The song's title is a titular tip of the hat to Lynne's first major band, The Nightriders. This was the third single released from the album after " Evil Woman", in 1976. The B-side on the single was a live version of "Daybreaker" taken from the 1974 live album The Night the Light Went On in Long Beach. [1] Despite ELO's rising popularity, the song failed to chart. The song was also included as the B-side on the US hit single " Do Ya". [2]

Between 3:16 and 3:19, the song features a string crescendo which was reused (played backwards, from 2:40 to 2:44) on another of the album's tracks, "Evil Woman".

"I took the high string part of Nightrider that climbs up to a climax, and used it backwards in Evil Woman as a big effect. I was amazed when it slotted in seamlessly." - Jeff Lynne (Face the Music remaster liner notes)

During live performances, Jeff Lynne and Kelly Groucutt would swap vocals during the song.


  1. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra - Nightrider (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra - Do Ya (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 7 March 2013.