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The Best Songs About Flying 

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For those of us to look to the sky and wish we had wings, here's our list of the best songs about flying. Flying is a subject that inspires great lyrical imagery across all music genres. This list of the best songs about flying includes rock songs about flying, folk songs about flying and R&B songs about flying. Some of these great flying songs reference birds and planes, while others compare flying to freedom.

Of course, John Denver's “Leaving on a Jet Plane” made our list. This track mentions flying several times. Don't you think it's ironic that Denver actually died after a plane he was flying crashed in 1997? Another great song about flying is “Free Bird” by Lynryd Skynyrd. This tune is one of the group's biggest hits thanks to it's freeing lyrics and soaring guitar solos.

One of the best songs about flying has got to be R. Kelly's “I Believe I Can Fly.” This flight track appeared on the soundtrack for the film, Space Jam. Other top songs about flying on this list include “Aeroplane” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and “Elevation” by U2.

What is your favorite flying song to listen to? Vote it to No. 1 and share your opinions in the comments section.
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Steve Miller Band
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Flying High is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Songs About Flying
The Arcana
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Lynyrd Skynyrd, Flashback!
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Foo Fighters
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The Beatles
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Wings, Paul McCartney
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Tom Islava added Bette Midler
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Ozzy Osbourne
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Fly Away is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Songs About Flying

Lenny Kravitz

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Nelly Furtado
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Flying is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs About Flying
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Tom Petty, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
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Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Pink Floyd
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Pearl Jam
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Peabo Bryson, Regina Belle
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Kenny Loggins
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Somewhere Over the Rainb... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs About Flying
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Judy Garland

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Steve Miller Band
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REO Speedwagon
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Leaving On a Jet Plane ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Songs About Flying

Peter, Paul and Mary