Airplanes 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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54 27
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James Falk added Wings, Paul McCartney

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70 40
Aeroplane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Songs About Planes
Tom Charron added Red Hot Chili Peppers

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55 29
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39 19
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Tom Islava added Don McLean

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42 25
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Amy Boal added The Box Tops

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44 29
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M.I.A.

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31 19
Drunk on a Plane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Songs About Planes
Esavi added Dierks Bentley

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29 18
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James Falk added Elton John

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30 20
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Iron Maiden

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38 30
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Frank Sinatra

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23 16
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Peter, Paul and Mary

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12 7
Daniel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Songs About Planes
Tom Islava added Elton John

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16 12
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Blue Öyster Cult

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19 16
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15 12
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Jefferson Airplane

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12 9
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Howlin' Wolf

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21 19
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Far East Movement, Dev, The Cataracs

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20 18
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Motörhead

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4 2
Airplane pt.2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Songs About Planes
ilikedogs1234omgarmy added BTS

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7 6
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7 6
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6 5
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kingbee63 added The Three O'Clock

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6 5
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John Mellencamp

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lowersix added The Beatles

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12 12
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New York Dolls

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10 10
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Butthole Surfers

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10 10
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8 8
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Brad Paisley

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3 3
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r_abdahllah added Radiohead

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kent787 added Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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8 9
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5 6
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Jimmy Buffett

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11 13
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The Black Keys

36
2 3
Airplane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Songs About Planes
ilikedogs1234omgarmy added J-hope (BTS)

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9 11
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Hüsker Dü

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9 11
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James Falk added Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

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8 10
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The Everly Brothers

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8 10
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0 1
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ArthurJordan added Primal Scream

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7 9
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Céline Dion

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7 9
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James Falk added Chantal Kreviazuk

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6 8
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The Replacements

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5 7
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Elenel added Yusuf Islam

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5 7
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The Cramps

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5 7
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4 6
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Art Garfunkel

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11 14
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Celine Dion

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11 14
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System of a Down