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.
1 305 171 Flying High The Arcana
2 151 113 Fly Like an Eagle Steve Miller Band
3 123 87 Free Bird Lynyrd Skynyrd, Flashback!
4 123 101 Blackbird The Beatles
5 132 86 Learning to Fly Tom Petty, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
6 72 58 Leaving on a Jet Plane John Denver
7 55 34 Jet Wings, Paul McCartney
8 115 77 Learning to Fly Pink Floyd
9 118 101 Learn to Fly Foo Fighters
10 93 61 Danger Zone Kenny Loggins
11 54 47 Tom Islava added Wind Beneath My Wings Bette Midler
12 70 68 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) The Beatles
13 86 88 I Believe I Can Fly R. Kelly
14 70 47 Jet Airliner Steve Miller Band
15 49 39 Flying High Again Ozzy Osbourne
16 63 42 Kassie Lanzarotta added Somewhere Over the Rainbow
17 61 56 Tom Islava added Fly Me to the Moon Tony Bennett
18 44 27 Time for Me to Fly REO Speedwagon
19 36 37 Fly Away
20 29 19 Leaving On a Jet Plane
Peter, Paul and Mary
Peter, Paul and Mary