Looking for some musical inspiration to buy that plane ticket? You've come to the right place - here are 10 songs that will get you in the mood for air travel.
1. Pearl Jam – Given to Fly, 1997
I had to mention this song first because it comes from the album Yield – which of course is a great link to Yieldr. This 1997 hit was written by Eddie Vedder, who said “The music almost gives you this feeling of flight…” It starts off slow, but once you get to the 3:00 mark, it's all high flying.
2. M.I.A. – Paper Planes, 2008
This Grammy Award-nominated track by British rapper M.I.A. packs a punch. Sure, the words "planes", "border" and "visas" are used in the lyrics, but the song isn't really about flying. Even if you overlook the political meaning, you can't deny the song's catchy beat and memorable chorus.
3. Sugar Ray – Fly, 1997
This song will take you on a nostalgic trip back to the 90s. It was the first hit for the American band Sugar Ray. Despite the sad subject matter, Fly has a bouncy beat that will make you want to sing along. And lucky you, here's a bit of trivia: Mark McGrath the singer, stars in Sharknado 2 - and the film's opening scene is set on a plane.
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Aeroplane, 1996
From what is arguably one of the band's most underrated albums, One Hot Minute, the song Aeroplane became one the most performed song during the tour of that album. Look out for that slap bass line, the words "Music is my aeroplane" and backing vocals from Flea's daughter and her classmates at the end of the song.
5. Angus and Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane, 2010
The Australian brother/sister duo created a beautiful song about wanting to travel with someone you've fallen for. The guitar riff will stay in your head and the violin may get you all kinds of emotional. Play it while you're flying with (or towards) a loved one. "Gonna take her for a ride on a big jet plane..."
6. Foo Fighters – Learn to Fly, 1999
The song is great but the official music video is pretty amazing too. It features band members Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel and Taylor Hawkins playing a range of characters in a parody of Airplane!. It also won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.
7. Carolina Deslandes – Avião De Papel, 2018
Carolina Deslandes came in third place in the 2010 season of the Portuguese Idol. The sweet song, sung in Portuguese, is about the idea that paper planes made out of love letters can protect someone from pain. Avião De Papel also features vocals from well-established Portuguese rock and blues singer Rui Veloso.
8. Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away, 1998
Even after 20 years, this song just doesn't get old. It earned Kravitz a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Performance in 1999 - an honor he got to repeat for the next 3 years. Play it during take off so that when Lenny sings "I want to fly," you'll still be rising up in the air.
9. David Bowie – Space Oddity, 1969
Want to go beyond a plane's reach and into outer space? This psychedelic rock song by the musical genius that is David Bowie (rest in peace) is about a fictional astronaut called Major Tom. It was released 5 days before the launch of Apollo 11. In 2013, Space Oddity went on to become the first music video shot in space.
10. Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens – Top Gun Anthem, 1986
I couldn't write this article without referencing Top Gun. The film's anthem has it all - a sweet electric guitar solo, a key change, a beautiful piano build-up, an epic crescendo and Billy Idol's guitarist - well, all except lyrics. But who needs words when you have an epic instrumental like this?