The Best Songs About Planes And Flying

On 21 January 1976, Concorde began its first commercial service as a supersonic airline. Radio X takes a look at some of the greatest ever songs about flying, planes and travelling at the speed of sound.

Plane in the sky with Big Dave Grohl as a pilot

Oasis - Supersonic

For Liam to actually travel at supersonic speed, he'd need to get a shift on and move at 768 miles per hour. "I'm feeling supersonic, give me gin and tonic," sings Mr Gallagher. The trolley service will be with you in a moment!

 

White Lies - Death

A tad morbid, you say? Nah, if you study the lyrics you'll actually find that Harry McVeigh is what we call a "nervous flyer": "If we suddenly fall, should I scream out?" And, in fact, White Lies were originally known as Fear Of Flying.

 

Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly

"I'm looking for the sky to save me, looking for a sign of life…" One of Big Dave's best videos, in which he plays not just the captain of a jet, but a number of other wacky characters too. The rest of the Foos join in.

M.I.A. - Paper Planes

Not actually about planes per se, but more about the sordid subject of money and immigration: "I fly like paper, get high like planes… If you catch me at the border, I got visas in my name." But hey, it's got "planes" in the title and it's an awesome track, so let's have it.

Coldplay - Speed Of Sound

"And birds go flying at the speed of sound…" Has Chris Martin ever achieved Mach 1? It's entirely possible, he's quite a live-wire.

Editors - The Racing Rats 

Tom Smith tells a tale a song about flying into an airport and seeing the tiny wee people below him on the ground.

 

Fatboy Slim - Sunset (Bird Of Prey)

Norman Cook samples Jim Morrison of The Doors for this blissed out track from 2000. Lots of Cold War-era plane imagery in the video, too.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Aeroplane

Suitably funksome offering from 1995's One Hot Minute.

Download the Radio X app