"The Way Life's Meant To Be" is a song written and performed by Electric Light Orchestra.
The song was recorded at the ABBA Studios in Stockholm unlike the majority of the album at Musicland Munich.
The song is track five on the 1981 album Time and was the last track to be released as a single from the LP in the UK. It starts with gentle violins, and continues with flamenco-like guitar playing, and castanets. The south Mediterranean sound continues throughout the vocal and choiring on the refrain. It was the first single since "Nightrider" in 1976 that failed to chart in the UK. The b-side was "Wishing" taken from the Discovery album