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User currently offlineTharanga From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1847 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 11544 times:

I didn't see a thread in the last couple years on the same topic; if there is, please delete.

I'm wondering if there is any song-airline connection as strong as Rhapsody in Blue-UA. A branding connection so strong that people who aren't aviation geeks recognise it.

I can think of Flower Duet - BA as being comparable.

I don't mean chimes and tones, like Southwest's ding, or a short jingle. I mean an actual musical composition of some length.

Any ideas?

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User currently offlineWestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2125 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 11540 times:

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User currently offlineJQFlightie From Australia, joined Mar 2009, 940 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 11529 times:

Peter Allen's 'I Still Call Australia Home' is QF Theme, although briefly when the first A380 (nacy bird walton) was delivered, Land Down Under was the theme music, which is a iconic aussie song  Smile


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User currently offlineSparkingwave From South Korea, joined Jun 2005, 668 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 11499 times:

My favorite theme was the jingle that Piedmont Airlines used in the late 1970s. I think the title was the refrain of the song, "Piedmont is Flying You There". If anyone knows where I can find it online, let me know and I'll give you a high respect rating!  Smile


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User currently offlineJQFlightie From Australia, joined Mar 2009, 940 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 11500 times:

2009 I Still Call Australia Home
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAXjB08aPJg
The First part of this TV Advert is sung in Aboriginal Dialict.

I Still Call Australia Home.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiAJXAYtyWI


Land Down Under:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDWqGS71n04



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User currently offlineTharanga From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1847 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 11407 times:



Quoting JQFlightie (Reply 4):
2009 I Still Call Australia Home
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAXjB08aPJg
The First part of this TV Advert is sung in Aboriginal Dialict.

I Still Call Australia Home.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiAJXAYtyWI


Land Down Under:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDWqG...71n04

Thank you for that. Didn't know about it.


User currently offlineRampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3067 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 11348 times:



Quoting Sparkingwave (Reply 3):
jingle that Piedmont Airlines used in the late 1970s. I think the title was the refrain of the song, "Piedmont is Flying You There".

The question was, not a jingle, but an actual pre-existing song:

Quoting Tharanga (Thread starter):
I don't mean chimes and tones, like Southwest's ding, or a short jingle. I mean an actual musical composition of some length.

Here's one, a nostalgic one: I think it was United, but someone can correct me, used "Up, Up, and Away (in my Beautiful Balloon)" by The 5th Dimension. I remember hearing that one when I was a kid.

If Braniff didn't, they should have used Frank Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me".

Quote:
..."we'll float down to Peru. In llama land there's a one man band, he'll toot his flute for you, come fly with me, come fly, let's get away [Nelson Riddle orchestra continues with jazzy strings and brass section]...

-Rampart


User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 11333 times:

Virgin Atlantic- Relax (admittedly they've only been using it this year)

Air Canada- You and I


User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3049 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 11300 times:



Quoting 1stfl94 (Reply 7):

Air Canada- You and I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKRX6zGoUK4

Love Celine

 yes 



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24061 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 11282 times:

Quoting Rampart (Reply 6):
If Braniff didn't, they should have used Frank Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me".

It would have been more appropriate for TWA since the cover artwork on Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me" album features two TWA Lockheed L1649A Starliners (called "Jetstream" by TWA). The original 12-inch vinyl LP (I have one) includes the following in small print on the back:

Cover produced in cooperation with Trans World Airlines and featuring the TWA Jetstream Super Constellation



[Edited 2009-09-14 11:45:38]

User currently offlineNWOrientDC10 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1404 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 11282 times:
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Quoting Rampart (Reply 6):
Here's one, a nostalgic one: I think it was United, but someone can correct me, used "Up, Up, and Away (in my Beautiful Balloon)" by The 5th Dimension. I remember hearing that one when I was a kid.

I remember this one as well, it was used as an advertising jingle by TWA and Trans Australia Airlines.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Up,_Up_and_Away_(song)

Good Day  Smile

Russell



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User currently offlineJU068 From Serbia, joined Aug 2009, 2579 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 11259 times:

What about the 'On the beautiful blue Danube' (Not sure about the actual translation) which is always played when you board OS...

Last time I flew LH they played Duffy...could we count that  Yeah sure


User currently offlineRampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3067 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 11238 times:



Quoting NWOrientDC10 (Reply 10):
I remember this one as well, it was used as an advertising jingle by TWA and Trans Australia Airlines.

TWA, that's it! Not United. Thanks!

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 9):



It would have been more appropriate for TWA since the cover artwork on Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me"album features two TWA Lockheed L1649A Starliners

Yes, I agree. I loved that cover, I should have remembered.

-Rampart


User currently offlineJetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 11226 times:

United and George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue".


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User currently onlineUnited1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5815 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 11148 times:



Quoting Rampart (Reply 12):
TWA

At the end TWA also used "simple gifts"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simple_Gifts



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User currently offlineSalMonela From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 11109 times:

Althougth they didn't stick with it long enough to truly make it their signature song, IMO the Adiemus tune that DL ran with for a couple of years was probably the most stylish commericial they ever did:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRpixqTRejs


User currently offlineAirman99o From Canada, joined Aug 1999, 975 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 11089 times:

Air Canada, yes the " You and I " also, " Hello Hello " by Paul Mc Cartney. When AC went from Crown corp to Private, when they went from the red tails to the Dark Green tail. Also " Ismya Vova " by Elsie Velle.


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User currently offlineDTW757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1526 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 11081 times:

This is the official theme for American Airlines

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rts3ezaXQBs



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User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 11056 times:

Go-Fly used to have the 70s porno style theme tune, it even used to play on the trains at STN when you go to board the flight  Smile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvpyjI5Zf94&feature=related

Go-g-go-go-go!

Grrrrrrr that song gets in your head  Smile


User currently offlineHuaiwei From Singapore, joined Oct 2008, 1099 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (4 years 7 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 10979 times:

Not sure if you consider this a "theme" or a "jingle" but here's two from Southeast Asia:

Malaysia Airlines has an official theme "We Fly":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7WKuRZ4R70

And Singapore Airlines has this "theme" which many people talked about but no one seems to know the name (even the airline doesn't know!), nor was it easy to find the theme in its entire length. We often get snippets of it in the ads, and the instrumental version can be heard in its safety demo video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXbN5H7KBLA

Some examples in ads:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud3rfB4BSkM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5q1aevfOOA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tz2vg6rwRuU



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User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3697 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (4 years 7 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 10710 times:

Delta used Adiemus quite a bit in the '90s. I even heard it played over the PA system after landing at least once.

Original song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7zJ0yVSSvE&feature=related

Delta commercial:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXUpW1KqOl4

[Edited 2009-09-15 20:42:49]


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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4892 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (4 years 7 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 10686 times:

Northwest used a techno version of Yo La Tengo's "You Can Have it All" before some Southerners conquered them.

Cathay Pacific use[d/s] "I Can Fly" (In House?)

Korean Air used "Our Smile" (In House?), but it's in Korean.

United is obsessed with Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"

Midwest Airlines uses their own jingle, which was the last few measures of the song in their commercial in their early days sans lyrics (which were nothing more than "The best care in the air, Midwest Express")

US Airways uses their own jingle (the "Swoosh" theme song, some people call it), which seems to be an adaptation of what America West used.



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User currently offlineSANAV8R From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 7 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 10601 times:

Philippine Airlines had a song "Love at Thirty Thousand Feet", I've seen it on YouTube. But they also used "Shining Through" (it had a couple of versions 1987, 1992) [If the 1987 Version was instrumental, it reminds me of the boarding music on CS] [And the 1992 version reminds me of the old theme song of the television show 'Bold & Beautiful']

America West had "What We Serve is You". In the most seen version is the a very 80s rock arrangement. But their Nagoya service has a Japanese stringed musical instrument arrangement.

PSA had Catch Us! and other themes Even had a Spanish version. They wrote it in 1976 with the intent "that it would reach 98% of all adults in PSA's market area an average of 16 times."

From videos on YouTube, I've noticed that Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways use many songs in advertising but no one theme. They also put the artist/song info in the corner. ANA even used "Love Lift Us Up Where We Belong" in an ad introducing 767s! JAL used Janet Jackson's "Escapade" for new Executive Class seats with IFE (this was around 1989, innovative then).

Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 21):
Cathay Pacific use[d/s] "I Can Fly" (In House?)

They had a couple of versions of "I can fly." Haven't seen any new versions in awhile.
Duet Version
Solo Chinese Version
Solo English Version

Cathay Pacific used Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra "Love's Theme" in its Commercials years ago as well.

[Edited 2009-09-16 03:27:32]

[Edited 2009-09-16 03:29:48]

User currently offlineATAflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 7 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 10544 times:

Does anyone remember the tune "On ATA You're on Vacation"??

And the original Frontier Airlines had a theme song called "Denver is a Frontier Town", and "Discover the New Frontier".

Continental had " We really Move our Tails for You"...caused a big stir with the Flight Attendants. HA!

The "Fly Eastern" theme from the '70's was a favorite as well.

Keep 'em flying!



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User currently offlineFWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3634 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (4 years 7 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 10518 times:

Northwest had "Some People Just Know Know To Fly" from 1992 until the mid-90s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrOBfRHG5jg

It was played on TV commercials, airplanes, whiloe you were waiting on the phone with res, and (as one NW/now DL captain remembers) even on the Crew Scheduling hotline.

Prior to that was:
"Our Job Is Helping You Do Yours" (1989-92, no jingle)
and
"Look To Us" (1986-89-post Republic merger) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZkuOby-lsc

And who couldn't forget the 1950s "Fly the best when you fly Northwest" jungle (aka the gong jingle)? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7D6F8Awbek

[Edited 2009-09-16 06:10:20]

[Edited 2009-09-16 06:22:18]


I don't work for FWA, their tenants, or their ad agency. But I still love FWA.
25 Post contains links OtnySASLHR : How about British Caledonian's Caledonian Girls - based on California Girls http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA5E1fPvWQY Rgds Tony
26 Post contains links DJMEL : Virgin Blue's theme song at the moment is by the Cat Empire its called Panama and here is the ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDu38zRPl2U and the f
27 Post contains links PRFLYER : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjNyknzSNQA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ss-d8Hf498
28 Cessna172RG : The "NWA Anthem" of late is rather addicting. Too bad it's a thing of the past.
29 Post contains links HarrisonRuess : You can check out a bunch of Piedmont's old commercials here: http://www.jetpiedmont.com/commercials/ Actually it's kind of a neat site all around. J
30 Airstud : " target=_blank>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rts3e...aXQBs That is an utterly SUPERB piece of advertising.
31 Post contains links Q120 : What about the Ryanair theme song .. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9hpdinTTG8 most likely one of the most well known songs for all European traveler
32 Post contains links SANAV8R : Emirates has "Keep Discovering", a new age-ish song with a vocal (yet non-word) accompaniment. Keep Discovering: Snow Keep Discovering: Helicopter Kee
33 Post contains links NWADC9 : Yes, it is indeed! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KJvWzVhSY4 I don't know what's worse, that or the fictitious Skyhigh Airlines "theme song" http://
34 Post contains links 797 : Impressive you've not mentioned the Lufthansa theme song "Symphony of Angels". Every time I watch it I get goose bumps in my skin! I love it!!! http:/
35 Isitsafenow : Its nice to have your personnal favs. The pros went another direction. About 15 years ago ad agencys picked the top five jingles of all time. Number t
36 Fabo : As OS playing Am Schonen Blauen Donau has been told, it is worth mentioning CSA plays Smetanas The Moldau on arrival to Prague.
37 Post contains links DeltaRules : USAir Begins With You. Those were the days. This is the best clip I could find, but there was a full commercial featuring the song: http://www.youtube
38 Post contains links Tommy767 : I have a youtube account under the anet user name and have some great 80s airline commercials favorited... 1982: American Airlines "Doing what we do b
39 Post contains links TymnBalewne : Pan Am, we fly the world the way the world want's to fly. http://www.panamair.org/multimedia/Track%2005.mp3
40 Post contains links Airstud : DeltaRules, I think the full-song commercial you were thinking of (surely the one >>I
41 Babybus : Back in the late 70s/80s Lufthansa had a theme tune of their own. They gave it out on very thin, plastic 45 singles. I did have one but it got knicked
42 Post contains links JU068 : The best commercial for me is this one by Delta! Just beautiful..! Does anyone know which song that is? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1_Znz_prfw
43 Post contains links Seamefly : This might not be Garuda's theme song but I think this what most Indonesians remember of their flag carrier. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCzw6be621
44 Post contains links Je89_w : The theme song for Japan Airlines is "I Will Be There With You" by David Foster, sung by Katharine McPhee. During boarding/after landing, the instrume
45 Imag : Slightly off topic, but last night we were at the Tower Festival in London. It was heavily sponsored by Continental (who fly "London to New York, non
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