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.
1 316 175 Flying High The Arcana
2 153 116 Fly Like an Eagle Steve Miller Band
3 129 88 Free Bird Lynyrd Skynyrd, Flashback!
4 124 101 Blackbird The Beatles
5 134 86 Learning to Fly Tom Petty, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
6 73 58 Leaving on a Jet Plane John Denver
7 56 34 Jet Wings, Paul McCartney
8 116 77 Learning to Fly Pink Floyd
9 119 101 Learn to Fly Foo Fighters
10 95 61 Danger Zone Kenny Loggins
11 55 47 Tom Islava added Wind Beneath My Wings Bette Midler
12 73 68 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) The Beatles
13 71 47 Jet Airliner Steve Miller Band
14 65 42 Kassie Lanzarotta added Somewhere Over the Rainbow
15 87 92 I Believe I Can Fly R. Kelly
16 49 39 Flying High Again Ozzy Osbourne
17 63 56 Tom Islava added Fly Me to the Moon Tony Bennett
18 44 27 Time for Me to Fly REO Speedwagon
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20 36 37 Fly Away
21 30 19 Leaving On a Jet Plane
Peter, Paul and Mary
Peter, Paul and Mary