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Top 10 Flying-Themed Songs

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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.

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