So you’re heading off on a journey. Whether you’re nervous, excited, bored or hoping to get a bit of shut-eye on the plane, one of the best ways to wind down and keep yourself amused is with a spot of music.
Earlier this year, music streaming service Spotify put together their own list of the best songs to listen to in-flight based on what would be the most calming for a nervous flyer. Commenting on the study, Spotify’s Angela Watts remarked:
“we all have a strong personal and emotional connection to music so its power when it comes to anxiety control is no surprise.”
But what about those amongst us that aren’t nervous flyers? We just want something to keep us entertained and get us in the mood for holidays. We’ve put together the ultimate feel-good playlist to listen to in-flight…
Leaving on a Jet Plane (John Denver)
When all your bags are packed and you’re ready to go, standing there outside the door, this emotive classic will leave you thinking wistfully of the ones you’ve left behind. In the cold. Whilst you jet off to the Algarve… #winning.
Fly Me to the Moon (Frank Sinatra)
Many may argue ‘Come Fly with Me’ would be a more apt Sinatra song for a spot of in-flight entertainment, but for us it just conjures images of ITV’s ‘Airline’, a classic late 90s tv series following the tumultuous journeys of EasyJet passengers. Far too many flashbacks of headaches, tears and tantrums we think.
So, we’ve taken the crooner’s ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ for our playlist. Sit back, relax, and let the master carry you across the sea.
Space Oddity (David Bowie)
Because who doesn’t spend at least a moment or two pretending they’re being blasted into space during those first couple of minutes after take-off?
Fly You To The Moon & Back (Savage Garden)
Darren Hayes has a ticket to a world where you belong. So just say you’ll be his baby, sit back and order a G&T.
I Believe I Can Fly (R Kelly)
Spotify included R Kelly’s more recent hit ‘Ignition’ on their playlist, due to its low tempo and harmonious tones. But we think the 1996 classic is a more apt number when coasting over the sea at 30,000 feet.
Beautiful Day (U2)
We can think of worse songs to be serenaded with when soaring through clear blue skies to some far-off foreign climes.
Fly (Nicki Minaj)
Because you caaaaame to fly, after all.
Rocket Man (Elton John)
Ah the master at his finest. But beware: if you’re on a long haul, you may get sick of being reminded that it’s probably going to be a long, long time.
Urban Spaceman (Bonzo Do Doo-Dah Band)
Any song accompanied by such a cacophony of wind instruments can only be an astute choice whilst breezing through fluffy white clouds at high altitude.
Airplanes (B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams)
One for a night flight; can we pretend that aeroplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars? Yes Hayley. Yes, we can.
So next time you find yourself with a long-haul stretch in front of you, stick these on your in-flight system, sit back and enjoy the journey.
Words by Jennifer Bowden, a music and entertainment writer