Who doesn't love a soaring tune? Thanks to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust, people in need of urgent medical support can be reached in minutes. To celebrate our Air Ambulances, and the fantastic pilots who fly them, here is a countdown of our top 10 flying-themed songs! Which would you add to the list?
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10. Jet Airliner – Steve Miller Band
Jet Airliner was released in 1977, and is still one of the most popular songs by the
Steve Miller Band. This rock song is timeless, and deserves a place on our list.
9. Eight Miles High – The Byrds
Eight Miles High was released in 1966, and was popular in both the UK and the US.
The lyrics describe the band’s flight to London, and it is often cited as one of the first
psychedelic rock songs.
8. O (Fly On) – Coldplay
O (Fly On) is the final track on Coldplay’s recent album Ghost Stories, released in
2014. The track is actually split into two songs, a piano ballad (Fly On) and an
ambient piece (O). This beautiful ballad may not have received the attention it
deserved at the time, but it’s being recognised on our list. Even Chris Martin stated
that O (Fly On) was his favourite piece of music made by Coldplay.
7. Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz
With its catchy blend of modern rock and funk, Fly Away hit number one in the UK
Singles Chart following its release in 1998, and was also successful in the US. Even
today, this song doesn’t fail to get your foot tapping.
6. The Zephyr Song – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
The Zephyr Song was released in 2002, reaching a position of 11 in the UK Singles
Chart. Over a decade later, it continues to be a popular choice for radio DJs, and
represents everything great about the freedom of flying. Besides, how can you skip
one of the most famous songs by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers?
5. Learning To Fly – Pink Floyd
Learning To Fly was primarily written by David Gilmour, a licenced pilot, and
describes his passion for flying: “there's no sensation to compare with this”. Despite
not appearing in the UK Top 40 Singles Chart after its release in 1987, it is
considered to be one of Pink Floyd’s best songs, and shouldn’t be overlooked!
4. I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly
I Believe I Can Fly is a truly iconic, inspirational song. It has had huge success
across both the UK and the US since its release in 1996, and has been covered
numerous times. With powerful lyrics and impressive vocals, it isn’t hard to see why-
this will probably remain a classic for years to come.
3. Learn To Fly – Foo Fighters
Although it shares a similar name, Learn To Fly is quite different from Learning To
Fly by Pink Floyd. Learn To Fly was released in 1999, and remains one of Foo
Fighters’ most popular songs of all time. It’s not hard to see why. Fun fact: in 2015,
1000 musicians joined together to perform the song, in an effort to persuade Foo
Fighters to play a concert in the Italian city Cesena.
2. Flying Without Wings - Westlife
Flying Without Wings is a true classic from our beloved boy band Westlife. Released
in 1999 (over 15 years ago- can you believe that?), it became an instant hit, and
spent 13 weeks in the charts. This was Westlife’s third UK number one single, and
remains one of their best-selling songs. Amazingly, according to Wayne Hector, the
lyrics were written in only half an hour!
1. Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
First recorded in 1957, Come Fly With Me is now almost 60 years old. It was
originally written for Frank Sinatra, but has since been performed by numerous
music artists, such as Michael Bublé and Robbie Williams. Regardless of which
version you prefer, Come Fly With Me is a true classic, and deserves to be number 1
on our list.
There you have it, those are our top 10 flying-themed songs! Think we’ve missed
something out? Let us know in the comments! If you love your music, then why not
check out our events, for some great music nights and live bands.