Travel-themed Playlist for Long-Haul Flights

“Without music, life would be a mistake” – Friedrich Nietzsche 

And so would getting onboard a long-haul flight without a travel-themed playlist. Because let’s be honest, music makes everything better. And in some cases, bearable. Even the long waiting hours, endless time on a flight, crying babies, chatty neighbours, and the buzzing sound in your ears is tolerable when you have music to your rescue.  

Whether you’re flying in economy class, premium economy, first class or business class, the journey would be incomplete without good music. And that is why we’ve put together a travel-themed playlist for you. The playlist with 16 tracks is a perfect mix of the classics and the latests to get you in your ‘world traveller‘ zone. Get a sneak peek into the lyrical beauty of the songs and maybe even find a caption for your next travel post from the caption-worthy verses we’ve picked out for you.

Best Travel-themed Playlist for Long-Haul Flights

Track 1: Leaving, on a Jet Plane by John Denver 

Lyrical (Sneak) Peak: All my bags are packed  

I’m ready to go 

I’m standin‘ here outside your door 

I hate to wake you up to say goodbye  

But the dawn in breakin‘  

It’s early mornin‘  

Caption-Worthy Verse: Tell me that you’ll wait for me 

Track 2: What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong 

Lyrical (Sneak) Peak: I see skies of blue   

And clouds of white  

The bright blessed day  

The dark sacred night  

And I think to myself  

What a wonderful world  

Caption-Worthy Verse: And I think to myself, what a wonderful world  

Track 3: I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers 

Lyrical (Sneak) Peak: When I wake up, well I know I’m gonna be,  

I’m gonna be the man who wakes up next to you  

When I go out, yeah I know I’m gonna be,  

 I’m gonna be the man who goes along with you  

Caption-Worthy Verse: I’m gonna be the man who goes along with you  

Track 4: Island in the Sun by Weezer 

Lyrical (Sneak) Peak: When you’re on a golden sea  

You don’t need no money  

Just a place to call your own  

As we drift into the zone  

Caption-Worthy Verse: On an Island in the sun 

Track 5: Around the World by Daft Punk

Lyrical (Sneak) Peak: Around the world, around the world  

Around the world, around the world  

Caption-Worthy Verse Around the world  

Track 6: Come Fly with Me by Frank Sinatra 

Lyrical (Sneak) Peak: Once I get you up there 

Where the air is so rarefied  

We’re gonna glide  

Absolutely starry-eyed  

Caption-Worthy Verse: Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away   

Track 7: Roam by The B-52s

Lyrical (Sneak) Peak: Fly the great big sky  

See the great big sea  

Kick through continents  

Busting boundaries  

Take it hip to hip, rocket through the wilderness  

Around the world, the trip begins with a kiss  

Caption-Worthy Verse: Roam if you want to, roam around the world 

Track 8: On the Road Again by Willie Nelson   

Lyrical (Sneak) Peak: And I can’t wait to get on the road again  

On the road again  

Goin’ places that I’ve never been  

Seein‘ things that I may never see again  

And I can’t wait to get on the road again  

Caption-Worthy Verse: On the road again 

Track 9: Blowin‘ in the Wind by Bob Dylan  

Lyrical (Sneak) Peak: Yes, and how many years must a mountain exist  

Before it is washed to the sea?  

And how many years can some people exist  

Before they’re allowed to be free?  

Caption-Worthy Verse: The answer, my friend, is blowin‘ in the wind  

Track 10: Paris by The Chainsmokers

Lyrical (Sneak) Peak: If we go down, then we go down together  

They’ll say you could do anything  

They’ll say that I was clever 

If we go down, then we go down together  

We’ll get away with everything  

Caption-Worthy Verse: We were staying in Paris  

Trach 11: Livin‘ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi  

Lyrical (Sneak) Peak: Woah, we’re halfway there 

Woah, livin‘ on a prayer  

Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear  

Woah, livin‘ on a prayer  

Livin‘ on a prayer  

Caption-Worthy Verse: We’ve got to hold on to what we’ve got 

Track 12: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrel

Lyrical (Sneak) Peak: 

‘Cause baby, there ain’t no mountain high enough 

Ain’t no valley low enough, ain’t no river wide enough  

To keep me from getting to you, baby 

Caption-Worthy Verse: ‘Cause baby, there ain’t no mountain high enough 

Track 13: Paradise by Coldplay

Lyrical (Sneak) Peak: When she was just a girl, she expected the world  

But it flew away from her reach  

So she ran away in her sleep  

Dreamed of para-para-paradise  

Caption-Worthy Verse: This could be para-paradise  

Track 14: Havana by Camila Cabello  

Lyrical (Sneak) Peak: Havana, ooh na-na 

Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh na-na-na, ah 

He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na, ah  

Oh, but my heart is in Havana  

Caption-Worthy Verse: Half of my heart is in Havana  

Track 15: I’ve Been Everywhere by John Cash

Lyrical (Sneak) Peak: I’ve been everywhere, man 

Crossed the desert’s bare, man 

I’ve breathed mountain air, man 

Of travel, I’ve had my share, man  

I’ve been everywhere 

Caption-Worthy Verse: I’ve been everywhere, man 

Track 16: Take Me Home, Country Roads by John

Lyrical (Sneak) Peak: Country roads, take me home  Denver  

To the place I belong 

West Virginia, mountain mama 

Take me home, country roads 

Caption-Worthy Verse: Country roads, take me home 

Many, many more songs can be added to this playlist. 

For now, our long-haul flight music recommendations should be enough for creating the perfect playlist for a long-haul flight. Don’t you think?  

Also, if you’d like some movie suggestions for more in-flight entertainment options, read Travel-Centric Movies That Will Fuel Your Wanderlust 

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