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71 Songs About Aviation and Flying

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You don't have to be a pilot or frequent flier to celebrate planes, jets, and aviation. This playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about flying will get your propeller spinning.

You don't have to be a pilot or frequent flier to celebrate planes, jets, and aviation. This playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about flying will get your propeller spinning.

You’re flying! It’s amazing! Everybody on every plane should just constantly be going: 'Oh my God! Wow! You’re flying! You’re sitting in a chair, in the sky!'

— Louis C.K., American comedian

The Everyday Miracle of Flight

I agree with comedian Louis C.K. that flying is an everyday miracle. A crowd of strangers elbows each other out of the way for overhead storage. They stuff their oversized behinds into forward-facing seats, breathe each other's recycled air from the confined cabin space, and trust that the plane won't fall out of the sky. There are even pretzels if you're lucky, a toilet if you're desperate, and alcohol if you're nervous. Amazing, right?

For some, however, airplanes aren't just a means of travel. They are a passion. If you're such a flying enthusiast, then this playlist of pop, rock, and country songs about flying is for you. The idea for this article came from fellow writer Robert Sacchi, who often writes about military and commercial aircraft, including articles about Presidential Aircraft and Airforce One.

1. "Fly Away" by Lenny Kravitz

This simple 1998 rock song, later used in commercials for Southwest Airlines, describes a narrator's wish to fly away, high into the sky. The man wishes to escape and travel over the seas like a dragonfly. When he flees, he'll fade into the sun and visit Mars and additional otherworldly destinations. The catchy tune was an international hit and a Grammy Award winner, and it changed Kravitz's career trajectory.

2. "Come Fly with Me" by Frank Sinatra

This classic 1958 pop tune was written specifically for The Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra. It became part of his act over a spectacular career that spanned five decades. The song features a narrator who invites his ladylove to steal away with him by plane to exotic locations like Bombay, Peru, and Acapulco Bay.

"Come Fly with Me" was used by the American Petroleum Institute for its 2018 television advertisements promoting natural gas. Sinatra also sang the 1954 flying song, "Fly Me to the Moon."

3. "Aeroplanes" by B.o.B. (Featuring Haley Williams)

Do you ever wish you could dial back time? The guy in this 2010 pop song does. He's been through a wild night of partying, and his ritzy lifestyle all seems so inauthentic. He stops and considers how he could use a wish, a dream, a genie—but will settle for wishing on an airplane—so that he could return to a simpler time.

Once the narrator rapped for mere tips in the subway and the sheer love of the music. That was back before the fame, the money, the music industry politics, and the struggle to stay relevant as an artist. He could use a wish right now, even if he has to wish on an airplane in the sky above. What are you wishing on?

4. "Learning to Fly" by Pink Floyd

"How can I escape this irresistible grasp?"

Standing in windswept fields and drawn inextricably to the skies above, the protagonist in this song sets off as a fledgling aviator. He's learning to fly, and it's pure bliss. At least two Pink Floyd members are licensed pilots, including this tune's singer/songwriter David Gilmour. The 1987 rock tune is a metaphor for embarking on a new endeavor. At the time, Gilmour had recently assumed leadership of Pink Floyd and was in essence learning to fly himself.

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5. "Drunk on a Plane" by Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley is a pilot in real life, but in this lively country ditty from 2014, he's a would-be groom who was left at the altar. Unable to get a refund on his honeymoon tickets to Cancun, the heartbroken fella boards the 737 to Mexico, tapes the photo of his ex to her vacant seat, and starts drowning his sorrows in a river of alcohol. He shares his woes with the rest of the people on the flight then buys everyone rounds as if it's Mardi Gras in the skies. The country song crossed over to the mainstream pop charts and made the Billboard Top 40.

6. "Turbulence" by Bowling for Soup

We all need support, particularly when we're facing turbulence in our lives. (Some of us have rougher flights through life than others.) This 2011 alt-rock ballad features a guy who reassures his friend that the trouble they are facing is temporary and the promise of brighter skies lie ahead:

Take a look around you
Look how far you've come
Your whole life in front of you
You've only just begun
We've all got our problems
But they're just bumps in the road
If you only keep on fighting
There's no where you can't go.

7. "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler

What a tear-jerker this 1989 pop number is! The iconic songstress Bette Midler took home two Grammy Awards for this song (the theme some for the film, Beaches). It expresses heartfelt appreciation to a loved one for their steady and uplifting guidance and support. While the narrator flew in the sun, their loved one stood patiently in the shadows, focusing all of their efforts on ensuring the narrator's success:

I can fly higher than an eagle,
For you are the wind beneath my wings.

If you have someone who has helped you to fly, why not thank them today?

8. "Fly Away" by TheFatRat (Featuring Anjulie)

If you've never heard of Christian Friedrich Johannes Büttner, the German record producer who goes by the pseudonym "TheFatRat," that's okay. You can catch up now. This phenomenally popular YouTuber has made important inroads on the Billboard charts with his electronic dance music.

This 2017 release has an Asian flair that adds to its glitchy electronic effect. The narrator invites her sweetheart to fly away with her where they'll ascend into the sky together then soar unafraid above the sea. She proclaims they were meant to make this change, to take this high flying journey with one another where the moon and water meet, eventually reaching out and touching the edge of space.

9. "747 (Strangers in the Night)" by Saxon

Imagine that the lights are out in New York City below and you're aboard a plane that needs to land urgently. This 1980 heavy metal song is based on the true story of such a critical air safety incident. A disaster was barely averted.

The Great Northeast Blackout of 1965 was a power disruption that impacted the northeastern United States and parts of Canada for up to 13 hours. With no lights to assist planes in landing, some were forced to remain in the air. A Scandinavian flight with 89 passengers plus the crew aboard was detoured to JFK airport in the dark. Because there were no reserve fuel tanks at that time, the plane came perilously close to using up all of its fuel.

Although the song refers to Scandinavian flight #101 and a 747 plane, it was actually flight #911 and probably a Douglas DC-8. The 747 jumbo jet wasn't introduced into commercial service for four more years. As a result of this dangerous incident, there were significant safety upgrades.

10. "On the Wings of Love" by Jeffrey Osbourne

Thanks to his sweetheart, the man in this 1982 romantic pop ballad is soaring on the wings of love. Together they are inseparable, flying high above the clouds. It definitely must be early in their relationship. Just give them a little time, and they'll come in for a landing. The song was an international hit, and it was the most successful of Jeffrey Osbourne's career.

11. "If I Had an Airplane" by SayWeCanFly (Featuring Emily James)

The girl who is at the center of this 2018 pop love ballad is experiencing anxiety, and the narrator, her kind-hearted lover, is intent upon helping her. He presents a number of imaginary scenarios to show the lengths he would go to alleviate her tension. One of these situations involves an airplane:

If I had an airplane
I'd fly it high up into space
Just to show you that it's ok
To be by yourself in the dark.

12. "Airplane" by Plain White T's

From a statistical standpoint, flying is the safest way to travel. One's chance of being in an airline accident is 1 in 11 million. But facts won't help the 6.5 percent of the population with aviophobia, or fear of flying.

If you're afraid of flying then you should be able to identify with this slow, poignant rock tune from 2010. The song's narrator, with the innocence of a child, eerily addresses the airplane he is boarding. He asks the plane to cradle him so that he is cozy, then to lull him to sleep without dropping him from the sky. The man also requests that the aircraft take him to a new, better place and arrive there on time because he has important things to do.

13. "Leaving on a Jet Plane" by Peter, Paul & Mary

This 1969 song was a chart-topper for '60s folk group Peter, Paul, and Mary. It was both their biggest hit and their last, although their friend, singer-songwriter John Denver actually wrote it. Although the song isn't about a soldier boarding a plane for war, military personnel during the Vietnam War era adapted the meaning of this song and others to fit their situation.

The bittersweet tune describes a traveling musician who is preparing to leave for the road once again. With the taxi waiting outside, the song's narrator talks to her sleeping lover in the emerging daylight. She acknowledges having previously fallen short in her fidelity. However, she pledges that when she returns on the plane it will be different because her heart sincerely belongs to him.

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." - Henry Ford, American entrepreneur

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." - Henry Ford, American entrepreneur

14. "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" by The Royal Guardsman

Inspired by the comic strip Peanuts, this 1966 novelty song describes Snoopy imagining himself to be a heroic World War I fighter pilot. Snoopy engages his foe— German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, the infamous Red Baron—in a deadly dogfight in the sky. Although 80 pilots before him had failed, Snoopy prevails. Their epic dogfight ends with the Red Baron's plane spiraling to his demise.

Although Snoopy was just a cartoon character, the Red Baron was indeed a real German fighter pilot revered by his countrymen and respected by his enemies. He was given a full military funeral by his foes.

15. "Watching Airplanes" by Gary Allan

The narrator's girlfriend has left him, and now she's 30,000 feet up in the air on one of the airplanes overhead. Dejected, he sits on the hood of his truck running through all the coulda-woulda-shouldas of their relationship. He ruminates, unable to figure out why she's up on that plane and he's left behind. Too late, buddy! This 2007 country song was a moderate pop crossover success.

16. "Airline Agent" by James McMurtry

Any musician who has attempted to fly with their guitar has undoubtedly tangled with an airline agent about carrying the instrument onboard. That's the situation in this 1998 country ditty. The man is traveling to his next show, and the airline agent is unfairly hassling him.

Although he's a frequent flier, the guy maintains he's being mistreated because he has long hair and is a musician. He wouldn't receive such judgment if he were a businessman in a three-piece suit. Before telling the agent he's had enough, here's what he says as a warm-up:

Mr. Airline Agent, won't you understand
I'm a frequent traveler and a patient man
But I've been mistreated a time or two
I've stood about all I'm gonna stand from you
I got my ticket in my hand just like everybody else
I paid my money in advance so I could use a little help
You're making such a fuss
You're holding up the line
Just get me on the plane everything will be fine.

17. "Turbulence" by Steve Aoki & Laidback Luke (Featuring Lil Jon)

Climb aboard Flight 900. It's on a wild journey to bring down the house. Raise your hands in the air to this 2012 electronic dance number and initiate emergency procedures. The flight has hit turbulence. The song was a modest hit in Australia, but apparently, it crashed and burned before making the trip around the global music charts. (That's too bad because it's a fun song.)

18. "Plane" by Jason Mraz

The guy in this expressive alt rock song from 2005 is involved in a long-distance love relationship. As he boards his plane then flies away from his girlfriend, his heart is still on the ground with her. He imagines that if the plane goes down, at least he had found love.

19. "I'll Fly Away" by Joey+Rory

Knowing about the background of this talented husband-wife music duo makes this 2016 hymn about flying away upon death all the more meaningful. The couple found success as a country music act when they appeared on the CMT talent show, Can You Duet. They released eight albums together, but then came the devastation of 2014.

Within a span of several months, their lives were rocked by the discovery that their newborn daughter had Down Syndrome, husband Rory's mother died, and wife Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Joey died two years later at age 40. Their last project was a Grammy-winning album of hymns that included a cover of this beautiful tune about dying. It describes flying away one bright morning very soon to a land where one's joy will never end.

20. "Amelia" by Joni Mitchell

Amelia Earhart was the trailblazing pilot who became the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Mysteriously she perished during her 1937 attempt to circumnavigate the globe. In this 1976 folk ditty, a woman traveling solo across the country draws parallels between her failing romantic relationship and the fated voyage of the famous pilot:

A ghost of aviation
She was swallowed by the sky
Or by the sea, like me she had a dream to fly
Like Icarus ascending
On beautiful foolish arms
Amelia, it was just a false alarm.

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” - Leonardo da Vinci, Italian polymath

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” - Leonardo da Vinci, Italian polymath

Even More Songs About Aviation and Flying

Know a song about aviation or flying that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below!

SongArtist(s)Year Released

21. "Given to Fly"

Pearl Jam

1997

22. "Learning to Fly"

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

1991

23. "Aviation"

Lana Del Rey

2012

24. "Take Me to the Pilot"

Elton John

1970

25. "Lady Pilot"

Neko Case

2002

26. "Jet Airliner"

Steve Miller Band

1977

27. "I Believe I Can Fly"

R. Kelly

1996

28. "This Plane Don't Go There"

Jason Aldean

2016

29. "Aeroplane"

Red Hot Chili Peppers

1996

30. "Into the Night"

Benny Mardones

1980

31. "Time for Me to Fly"

REO Speedwagon

1978

32. "Outbound Plane"

Suzy Bogguss

1991

33. "Born to Fly"

Sara Evans

2000

34. "First Flight Home"

Jake Miller

2014

35. "Flying Without Wings"

Westlife

1999

36. "747"

Lady Antebellum

2014

37. "Wheels Ain't Coming Down"

Slade

1981

38. "Carry On"

Jake Miller

2013

39. "How It Feels to Fly"

Alicia Keys

2009

40. "Learn to Fly"

Foo Fighters

1999

41. "Punch a Hole in the Sky"

Nazareth

2014

42. "The Zephyr Song"

Red Hot Chili Peppers

2002

43. "Is This Any Way to Run an Airline?"

Tom Paxton

1966

44. "Volare"

Dean Martin

1958

45. "Red Staggerwing"

Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris

2006

46. "Free to Fly"

Meghan Trainor

2011

47. "Wheels of Steel"

Saxon

1980

48. "Aces High (Powerslave)"

Iron Maiden

1984

49. "Fly with Me"

Jonas Brothers

2009

50. "I'm Gonna Fly"

Paul Brandt

2001

51. "Death from Above"

Anthrax

1984

52. "Flight"

Lifehouse

2015

53. "Rocket Man"

Elton John

1972

54. "99 Luftballoons"

Nena

1984

55. "Baggage Claim"

Miranda Lambert

2011

56. "Mighty Wings"

Cheap Trick

1986

57. "Airplane"

Indigo Girls

1992

58. "Fly Like an Eagle"

Steve Miller Band

1976

59. "Paper Airplane"

Alison Krauss & Union Station

2011

60. "Up, Up and Away"

The 5th Dimension

1967

61. "Sky Pilot"

Eric Burdon & The Animals

1968

62. "L.A. International Airport"

Susan Raye

1971

63. "Fly Over States"

Jason Aldean

2010

64. "Up and Flying"

Reba McEntire

1998

65. "ME 262"

Blue Öyster Cult

1974

66. "Boeing 707"

Roger Miller

1969

67. "Big Jet Plane"

Angus & Julia Stone

2010

68. "Paper Plane"

Status Quo

1972

69. "Fly Me to the Moon"

Frank Sinatra

1954

70. "Silver Wings"

Merle Haggard

1969

71. "Iron Eagle"

King Kobra

1986

© 2019 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 16, 2020:

Chris Fabian - Thanks for this addition!

Chris fabian on June 15, 2020:

iron Eagle by King Cobra?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 14, 2020:

Staci - Long live The Hagg

Staci Johnson on May 12, 2020:

The late, great Merle Haggard....Silver Wings

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 21, 2020:

Peggy - I'm glad you found some tunes you enjoy. Have a good weekend indoors with your family.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 21, 2020:

There are many good ones here. "Wind beneath my wings" is a favorite of mine.

Robert Sacchi on February 09, 2020:

Yes, I'm doing well. Hope you are also.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 09, 2020:

Bob - Thanks for that. I hope you're doing well!

Robert Sacchi on February 07, 2020:

Robert Calvert cut an album, "Captain Lockheed and the Starfighter", It was released in 1974. The album revolved around the misfortunes of the F-104 Starfighter.

Robert Sacchi on December 27, 2019:

Yes, that was a fun song, and a very funny movie.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 27, 2019:

Anonymous - Thanks for the suggestion. Happy New Year.

Anonymous on December 27, 2019:

Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines .Theme song from 1965 movie by that name. Fun song with melody that sticks in your head.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 19, 2019:

Christopher Nowak - Thank you for the suggestion which was added.

Christopher Nowak on December 19, 2019:

FLY ME TO THE MOON???!!!

Although Frank Sinatra sang it, BART HOWARD composed it.

It was originally called IN OTHER WORDS.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 19, 2019:

Graham Dyde - Thank you for this song suggestion which I am adding. Although I would not have thought of it, that's the beauty of reader comments! You're awesome.

Graham Dyde on September 18, 2019:

May I suggest Paper Plane by Status Quo. An English Rock Band that are still actively touring despite being founded in 1962 ! Paper Plane reached #8 in the UK charts in November 1972

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 25, 2019:

Bob - Thank you. Many of the students in her engineering program are space nerds, so it was appropriate.

Robert Sacchi on August 24, 2019:

That seems a fantastic subject for a song list.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 24, 2019:

Bob - Thanks for the suggestion. I have another small account, that helps out my daughter's engineering high school (she has graduated now), and it's on the playlist called Songs About Stars, Planets, and Space.

Robert Sacchi on August 21, 2019:

Does "Ground Control to Major Tom" by David Bowie fit this category?

Robert Sacchi on August 17, 2019:

Yes, some dark humor about aviation.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 17, 2019:

Bob - That's some hair-raising stuff watching those videos!

Robert Sacchi on August 16, 2019:

Fun tune, in the same vane as the one about the busy control tower, Büchel-Tower being one version.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 16, 2019:

Carl - I hadn't heard that one, and the YouTube video was half funny and half frightening, not being a pilot myself. Jeepers!

Carl on August 16, 2019:

You forgot "You can always go around", its a true masterpiece! And nice list by the way...

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 13, 2019:

AudsiAudsi - What a wonderful story! Flying is much safer than driving or crossing the street, activities that we do all the time. I'm so glad you overcame your fears and were able to see the silver living in the clouds above. I hope you have many other successful airplane flights! Thank you for sharing your account and how that song registered with you.

AudsiAudsi on August 13, 2019:

This is a great list!!

I’ve only flown once. It was a little stormy that day & Im a big chicken, so naturally, I was terrified!!!

As we left the ground, I tried to keep my composure, but I’m pretty sure the other passengers could hear me praying.. haha.

Then the most amazing thing happened..

we broke thru the clouds and it wasn’t raining or stormy or gloomy at all..

The sun was shining!!!

I couldn’t keep from crying as all my fear melted into awe.

For the rest of the flight, I was singing the song “Behind The Clouds” from the “Cars” movie soundtrack by Brad Paisley.

I’m not a country music fan, but every time I think of flying, I think of that song & sometimes when I get discouraged, I still think of that flight & the moment I realized that no matter how dark life seems from my perspective, that the sun is still shining, just behind the clouds.

When you're feeling lonely, lost and let down

Seems like those dark skies are following you around

And life's just one big shade of gray

You wonder if you'll see the light of day

Behind the clouds, the sun is shining

Believe me even though you can't quite make it out

You may not see the silver lining

But there's a big blue sky waiting right behind the clouds

I've heard it said that this too shall pass

Good times or bad times, neither one lasts

But thinking that your luck won't ever change

Is like thinking it won't ever stop once it starts to rain

Behind the clouds, the sun is shining

Believe me even though you can't quite make it out

You may not see the silver lining

But there's a big blue sky waiting right behind the clouds

Yeah, there's a big blue sky waiting right behind the clouds

Robert Sacchi on August 05, 2019:

You're welcome. Your lists would make for a great database.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 05, 2019:

Bob - I've made a note of this song for an upcoming playlist of songs about birds. Thanks for the suggestion!

Robert Sacchi on August 03, 2019:

Consider "Una Paloma Blanca" - Jonathan King. Title translates, "The White Dove".

Robert Sacchi on March 18, 2019:

You too have a wonderful week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 18, 2019:

Bob - Thank you for that addition! Have a terrific week!

Robert Sacchi on March 17, 2019:

You're welcome.

There is "Boeing Boeing 707" by Roger Miller.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 17, 2019:

Bob - Thanks for these suggestions. I added one and am keeping another for a related playlist on songs about birds. Have a great week ahead!

Robert Sacchi on March 17, 2019:

Thank you for that great shout out. Wow! Great list, great memories.

"Me 262" by Blue Oyster Cult; it's also in the category of a song that won't fly today. Pun intended.

"Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer" by Anne Shelton: ancient one, 1943.

"Una Paloma Blanca" by George Baker: translation "The White Dove".

Thanks again.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 12, 2019:

Shannon - Thanks for that addition!

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 11, 2019:

I was listening to an older Reba album the other day and was reminded of one of my favorite songs of hers. It was never released as a single, but I thought she sings it well enough that it should've been. Not sure if it quite fits here since it mentions being "swept up like a feather in the air," but it is about getting back up and flying after a heartbreak.

Reba McEntire - Up and Flying

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 11, 2019:

Devika - Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

DDE on March 11, 2019:

A unique song list. Great voices but I don't remember much of these songs

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 06, 2019:

Peg - You have stories to tell based on your days as a flight attendant!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on March 06, 2019:

Right up my alley (or Airport terminal) with this collection of flying songs. Listening now to Old Blue Eyes. His voice is timeless.

I so agree with the amazement of being in the sky, watching the clouds soar past, seeing cities like miniature models on the ground. It is truly incredible to fly.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 05, 2019: