Fly Away (Lenny Kravitz song)

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"Fly Away"
Lenny Fly Away.jpg
Single by Lenny Kravitz
from the album 5
Released December 29, 1998 (1998-12-29)
Recorded 1998
Genre Funk rock, alternative rock
Length 3:41 (album version)
3:00 (radio edit)
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Lenny Kravitz
Producer(s) Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz singles chronology
"I Belong to You"
"Fly Away"
"American Woman"
"I Belong to You"
"Fly Away"
"American Woman"
Alternative covers
UK edition cover
UK edition cover

"Fly Away" is a song by American singer Lenny Kravitz. It was released as the fourth single from his fifth studio album, 5 (1998).

Chart performance

"Fly Away" is one of Kravitz's most successful songs to date. It went to number one on the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom,[1] while in the United States it reached number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100,[2] and topped both the Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts. In New Zealand it peaked at number 8 and was certified Gold. The song also helped to expand the success of his fifth studio album, 5 in Europe and earned Kravitz a Grammy Award in 1999 for Best Male Rock Performance.

Music video

The music video for the single was directed by Paul Hunter. It features Kravitz and his band playing in a club, surrounded by a crowd dancing to the song, with some of them having fun and others making out. Special effects were added to the video to make it look beat up and grainy. The video is featured on the DVD for Kravitz's Greatest Hits album tour edition.

A girl in the crowd is briefly shown topless several times during the video.

Kravitz also appears in a 2010 video in which he joined the Voice of Praise Choir from the First Baptist Church of Lewisville, Texas, as they performed "Fly Away" on a street in New Orleans.[3]

Track listing

  • CD 1
  1. "Fly Away" – 3:41
  2. "Fly Away" (Live Acoustic) – 4:03
  3. "Believe" (Live Acoustic) – 5:14
  • CD 2
  1. "Fly Away" (Single Edit)
  2. "Fly Away" (LP Version)
  3. Call Out Hook

UK edition

  1. "Fly Away"
  2. "Fly Away" (Live Acoustic)
  3. "Believe" (Live Acoustic)


Weekly charts

Chart (1998–99) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[4] 8
Brazil (ABPD)[5] 8
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 3
Dutch Mega Single Top 100 49
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 8
UK Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 Tracks 8
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 7
Chart (2017) Peak
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100) [6] 91

Year-end charts

Chart (1999) Position
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[7] 79
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 29

Year-end charts

Chart (1999) Position
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 5

Use in media

"Fly Away" was played in the commercials for Southwest Airlines, MSN, the Peugeot 206 and one of the first Nissan Xterra ads. It is also featured in the film Coyote Ugly and is the theme song for the Canadian reality television series Ice Pilots NWT.

After the 1999 NBA Finals, NBC used "Fly Away" for their montage.

Internet personality Neil Cicierega made a lyric video of the song with the vocal tracks heavily altered.


  1. ^ UK Singles Chart info Retrieved 8 May 2009.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 353.
  3. ^ Lenny Kravitz crashes the VOP Choir in New Orleans for "Fly Away" Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Australia Singles Top 50". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  7. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 70, No. 8, December 13, 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  8. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Archived from the original on 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 

External links

Preceded by
"Slide" by Goo Goo Dolls
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
November 21–28, 1998
Succeeded by
"Never There" by Cake
Preceded by
"Psycho Circus" by Kiss
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
November 7–21, 1998
Succeeded by
"Turn the Page" by Metallica
Preceded by
"Maria" by Blondie
UK Singles Chart number-one single
February 14, 1999 - February 20, 1999
Succeeded by
"...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears
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