I'm Alive (Electric Light Orchestra Song)
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I'm Alive Electric Light Orchestra Song

"I'm Alive"
ELO I'm Alive single cover.jpg
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Xanadu
"Drum Dreams"
ReleasedMay 24, 1980 (UK)
May 1980 (US)
Format7" single
Recorded1980, Musicland Studios, Munich
GenrePop rock
LabelJet (UK)
Jeff Lynne
Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Confusion/Last Train to London"
"I'm Alive"

"I'm Alive" is a song by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released as a single in May 1980. It is featured in a sequence near the beginning of the feature film Xanadu. The song also appears on the soundtrack album Xanadu.

In the film the song is heard as the Muses emerge from a graffiti-like portrait; Olivia Newton-John, playing Kira (Terpsichore), emerges last. The film's version of the song contains a fairly lengthy instrumental introduction, a small segment of which is used for the album version.

The song has been recently covered in the version of Xanadu on Broadway.

Included in the song's closing coda is Morse code which spells out "E.L.O."[]; they did something similar to this on two of their other songs, "Ocean Breakup" from 1973's On the Third Day and 1983's "Secret Messages".


Chart performance

Chart (1980) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart[1] 27
Canadian RPM Top Singles 7
Dutch GfK chart[2] 38
French SNEP Singles Chart 9
German Media Control Singles Chart[3] 16
Irish Singles Chart[4] 10
New Zealand Singles Chart[5] 32
Norwegian Singles Chart[6] 3
South African Singles Chart[7] 9
UK Singles Chart[8] 20
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 16
US Cash Box Top 100 Singles 14
US Record World Singles[10] 14
US Radio & Records (R&R)[11][12] 12



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  11. ^ "ELO". Wweb.uta.edu. Retrieved .
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