The above songs are sorted by the relevancy of their topic to humans flying unassisted by any device, or where a standard flying machine is not specified. Some of the references are very direct, like "You can fly!" while some are indirect, such as "Up where we belong." The "A" songs are clearly about humans levitating, while the "D" songs would take quite a leap of logic to say this.
Basic Sorting Levels:
A = We can fly now, or in the near future
B = About a Being who can fly
C = We Can hopefully fly in the future, or encouraging one to fly
D = Dubious reference to flying, perhaps just a feeling of being "up"
E = Engine assisted flight through the air
F = The word "Fly" is used, but not referring to flight
Description - the sureness that the song is about humans flying
|A+||Direct references to humans flying unassisted, unambiguously about levitation ability, even describing a specific way to do it, asserting that flying is possible now, in the present.||Rick Stanley's TM-Sidhis reference
Loggins: We're Walking In the Air
|A||Definitely about humans flying, but of desiring or learning or wishing to do so. Song is about how we are "born to fly" but for some reason we are not. We can fly in the near future.||Alan Parsons: One Day to Fly
Roxette: I Wish I Could Fly Now
|A-||About someone seeking the ability of human flight, but with no definite time frame.||Sugar Ray: I Just Wanna Fly|
|B+||Songs about a flying humanoid who encourages and teaches ordinary humans to use their untapped flying ability||Yoda, Peter Pan, or the Muse|
|B||About a special or mythical humanoid Being or character who is not someone who we could easily become. Someone who flies but is not a flying instructor.||Superman
|B-||About a special Being who flies but does not teach, and may even be a bit disdainful of those who cannot fly.||Witches, Sabrina, Thor|
|C+||Mentions flying, but does not describe a specific technique is used. Uses a metaphor, such as "I am a bird" or to be a dove, or some flying entity other than human.||Celine Dion: "Be a dove"|
|C||Could be about humans flying, using a simile of "like" or "as", but it is hard to tell..||Boz Scaggs: Fly like a bird|
|C-||Could be about humans flying, but might be singing as if a non-human animal of some kind.||Abba: "I am an Eagle"|
|D||Doubtful reference to human flight. Indirect or vague references, such as being "up" or feeling "higher", or "Fly" meaning to go to a better place, rather than soaring.||Up Where We Belong
Michael Jackson: Fly Away
|E||Engine assisted flight. They are referring to humans flying, but using an airplane, or rocket, or with the assistance of some mechanical device.||Pink Floyd: Learn to Fly|
|F||Just mentions the word "Fly" but not referring to motion through the air, probably irrelevant to this list. This song would be put in the No Fly Zone||Super Fly
* Other factors influencing a song's sequence rating up or down.
Ozzy Osbourne was quite definite in singing that he was flying high now, amongst other impressive capabilities, which would normally give Flying High Again an A+. But this song lost points, rated a B+, as the judges determined he may be referring to a different type of high -- one that diminishes rather than develops optimal brain functioning. This judgment is based on Mr. Osbourne's recorded confession ("I've been a bad, bad boy"), lack of remorse ("no use saying sorry"), and insanity plea ("I'm just a crazy guy"). The prosecutor argued to the Flying Music judges that Ozzie presented a probable "flight risk."
Conversely, Hilary Duff's song did not specifically state that she was flying per se, only encouraged others to do so. But she received additional points from for providing a musical video. It was concluded that she would not encourage others to fly unless she was certain that it is possible.
Emma Townshend also received extra points, for the deepness of her lyrics, such as "things are not always as they seem", "let our spirits be at one" and ridicule of war as an outdated way to "save the world." Plus she earned extra points for being the daughter of Peter Townshend of The Who.
Some of the above songs have the same name, but are different tunes, by different artists. For example there are 6 different "Fly Away" songs and 3 different "Learning to Fly" songs. Over a dozen songs are called simply "Fly" as a title.