Songs 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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301 165
Flying High is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Songs About Flying
The Arcana

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Steve Miller Band

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119 87
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Lynyrd Skynyrd, Flashback!

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120 101
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The Beatles

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129 86
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Tom Petty, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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72 58
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54 34
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Wings, Paul McCartney

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117 100
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Foo Fighters

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112 77
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Pink Floyd

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91 61
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Kenny Loggins

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53 47
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Tom Islava added Bette Midler

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70 68
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84 87
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69 47
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Steve Miller Band

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61 42
Somewhere Over the Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs About Flying
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Judy Garland

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46 39
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Ozzy Osbourne

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60 56
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Tom Islava added Tony Bennett

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43 27
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REO Speedwagon

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29 18
Leaving On a Jet Plane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Songs About Flying

Peter, Paul and Mary

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18 7
Somewhere Over the Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs About Flying

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33 37
Fly Away is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Songs About Flying

Lenny Kravitz

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19 20
Flying is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Songs About Flying

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39 49
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Nelly Furtado

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27 23
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Johnny Cash

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20 14
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IdaBorovac added Iron Maiden

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22 34
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Peabo Bryson, Regina Belle

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44 46
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25 37
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Pearl Jam

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22 22
Flying is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Songs About Flying
Kassie Lanzarotta added

The Beatles

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28 51
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Red Hot Chili Peppers

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24 26
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Led Zeppelin

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8 4
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AustinBenson added Queen

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29 46
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Red Hot Chili Peppers

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28 33
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Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young

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25 30
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The Rolling Stones

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21 25
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Starland Vocal Band

37
20 24
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Willie Nelson

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19 23
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REO Speedwagon

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14 16
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Peter Frampton

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16 19
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REO Speedwagon

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8 8
Sky Pilot is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Songs About Flying
PaigeKnaughtfund added Eric Burdon and the Animal

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9 19
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edward1111100 added Elton John

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20 26
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Enuff Z'Nuff

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21 31
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Buffalo Springfield

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17 26
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Neil Young

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15 23
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Tom Jones

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26 40
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M.I.A.

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14 33
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Tom Islava added Peabo Bryson, Regina Bell

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2 3
Fly to the Angels (Slaughter) is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs About Flying

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16 25
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Sammy Hagar