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The Best Songs About Planes  

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Flight is a modern miracle, and planes gets plenty of love in popular music. Musicians travel a lot, so they’ve written a lot of songs about airplanes. Some musicians fear flying while others write odes to military aircraft. This list of songs about airplanes covers the entire spectrum of aviation-related tuneage. Lots of airplane songs use planes as a metaphor for running away, or simply suggest them as a very real, practical way of running away. However you feel about planes, you’re sure to find a song on this list that’ll have you flying high in no time.

The Steve Miller Band cover of “Jet Airliner” was a hit song in the ‘70s. It makes sense Miller would be attracted to the tune: His band’s previous single was called “Fly Like an Eagle.” More recently, Far East Movement coined a phrase with "Like a G6," which refers to the Gulfstream G650, a popular private jet.

Maybe the most famous song about flying, “Leaving on a Jet Plane” was written by John Denver and covered by artists including Peter, Paul and Mary, Frank Sinatra, and Liza Minnelli.

Which of these airplane songs send you sky high? Vote for your favorites! If there are any songs about flying you love that aren't here, go ahead and add them to the list!

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Steve Miller Band
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James Falk added Wings, Paul McCartney
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Tom Islava added Don McLean
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Aeroplane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Songs About Planes
Tom Charron added Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Amy Boal added The Box Tops
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Iron Maiden
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James Falk added Elton John
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Peter, Paul and Mary
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Daniel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Songs About Planes
Tom Islava added Elton John
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lowersix added The Beatles
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M.I.A.
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Frank Sinatra
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Drunk on a Plane is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Songs About Planes
Esavi added Dierks Bentley
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Airplane pt.2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Songs About Planes
ilikedogs1234omgarmy added BTS
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Blue Öyster Cult
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Motörhead
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Jefferson Airplane
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kent787 added Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
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John Mellencamp
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James Falk added Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark