Unfortunately we don’t have a Fly-in Friday scheduled for today, so I thought I’d share with the community a project @Jummivana and I have been working on together in our free time. We’ve seen a few topics on these forums and other social media sites where players ask for recommendations of music to listen to while flying in Microsoft Flight Simulator. Jayne and I created a playlist of aviation-themed songs you can listen to regardless if you’re completing a long-haul transoceanic flight in a tubeliner or a backcountry bush flight in an amphib or anything in between.
This playlist contains songs from the 1920s to the present day. We tried to represent almost all musical genres, from jazz, blues, big band, classic rock, folk, pop, heavy metal, R&B, country, and more. Given the eclectic nature of this playlist, you almost certainly won’t enjoy every song here, but we hope we included something that appeals to each sim pilot’s individual music taste.
You can listen to this playlist on either Spotify or YouTube, both linked below:
I’ve been binging “Darkstar” from the Top Gun Maverick soundtrack. And while flying, well…the Darkstar. Then once I get up to quiet of the Stratosphere, I fire up “To The Stars” from the soundtrack to Ad Astra.
I’m absolute madman when it comes to film scores, instrumental, or classical. That’s basically all I listen to.
My favorites are, starting with Top 3:
John Williams (Best composer ever. Don’t @ me).
In no particular order:
James Newton Howard
Even some of my favorite videogames:
Jack Wall (Mass Effect)
Johann Soderqvist & Patrick Andren (Battlefield)
Sarah Schachner (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare)
Paul Haslinger (Rainbow Six)
Then the lesser known indie artists:
And yet, I’m still waiting for Asobo to gives me the name(s) of the artist that scores their amazing MSFS trailers. Along with an official full release of said tracks, including the ones that were not released on YouTube. Australia & Nordics to site two examples.
Anyway, back on track. Apologies for trailing off Music is my #1 passion and I tend to get carried away discussing it.
You’ll find alot of songs from the above artists fit extremely well with flight in general.
I also like to “assign” certain soundtracks or songs to different aircraft or aircraft types.
“Epic Tank” or “Sharp Jet” from Battlefield 4 for things like the F-18 or F-35.
“Knights of The Sky” or “I Vow To Thee My Country” (This one will make you cry) from Battlefield V when flying the P-51 or Spitfire.
For GA, something like “Married Life” from “Up”.
Like I said, I’m a HUGE music nerd. Like, real music. I never turn on the radio even my own car. It’s just my YouTube playlists and personal collection.
I think the song “Death” by White Lies is also very fitting. Especially for ‘stunt’ pilots
“I love the feeling when we lift off
Watching the world so small below
I love the dreaming when I think of
The safety in the clouds out my window
I wonder what keeps us so high up
Could there be love beneath these wings?
If we suddenly fall, should I scream out?
Or keep very quiet and cling to
My mouth as I’m crying
So frightened of dying
“Relax,” yes, I’m trying
But fear’s got a hold on me”
Take you away again
Are you flying
Above where we live
Then I look up a glare in my eyes
Are you having regrets about last night
I’m not but I like rivers that rush in
So then I dove in
Is there trouble ahead
For you the acrobat
I won’t push you unless you have a net
Hits much more if you ever have a fling with people working in aviation.
Is there any specific rule where the song has to be about flying / aviation in general?
Otherwise, there is a much older list compiled by folks & friends in other older forums like Airliners.net or Avsim back in early 2000s. It does includes quite a lot of songs / musics used in airline advertisement.
Cathay Pacific used Barry White’s Love’s Theme back then
British Airways and their theme “Aria on Air” by Malcolm McLaren and sung by Yanni
Ansett Australia used Lionel Ritchie’s All Night Long (made into “All Day Long”)
Other fitting theme, but not necessarily about planes:
The soundtracks of Guardians of the Galaxy, especially Redbone - Come and Get Your Love - since they show them adventuring on a space ship, it somehow clicks.
Then there is also Van Halen - Dreams, where the music video is basically USN’s Blue Angels aerobatic team doing their thing.
Music made by musicians who are known aviator, like John Denver or Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, both of them well-known pilots.
Going to add a band here, instead of any particular songs. I listen to alot of trance or ambient music when I fly and one in particular would be best labeled as “space ambient” called Stellardrone. It’s all wordless but it can really give you the impression of flying. You pay what you want for their music so enjoy. Now to go favorite that YT list you made, thanks!!
There is a program called ATC chatter that plays canned random ATC voice messages. You can use it to play any sound files of your own instead of the included thousands which they provide. Like for instance music files.
I play old radio shows from the 30’s and 40s when flying vintage planes. In those days pilots navigated by listening to AM broadcast radio. The call letters the DJ’s mentioned told the pilots where the station transmitter was. A revolving loop antenna provided directions to the transmitters because of the varying signal strength. (Loop antennas are highly directional compared to other antennas). Such as the loop iron bar core antennas in pocket transistor radios. As you revolve the radio the stations will play softer or louder. Only one direction is loudest. Broadside to the transmitter.