The Best Airline Boarding Music: Here Are My 9 Picks

The Best Airline Boarding Music: Here Are My 9 Picks

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As an aviation geek, I don’t just think about my favorite airlines while flying, but also when I’m at home. One of the most consistent ways that I integrate my favorite airlines into my daily life is by listening to airline boarding music. Yes, the concept of listening to airline boarding music while at home might sound wild to some, but when you hear some of these tracks, maybe you’ll understand why…

The best airline boarding music

I know I’m a weirdo, but I really have a thing for airline boarding music. I tend to think we associate a lot of memories with music, either based on what we were listening to when something happened, or just because different music sums up different moods.

As someone who is obsessed with flying and associates a lot of memories with it, I can’t help but notice the boarding music that airlines use. To me it’s a small touch that can help set the tone for a flight.

Almost without exception, I remember the boarding music (or lack thereof) that airlines use. For many people boarding is a stressful time, so I think a good soundtrack can help set the tone for a relaxing flight.

I wanted to make an updated list with my favorite airline boarding music for a couple of reasons:

  • For those “working from home” since the start of the pandemic, I feel like some kinds of music really help with productivity, and for the most part airline boarding music music is great in that regard; it’s intended to be relaxing without being distracting
  • For many of us this is such a nice way to be reminded of our favorite airlines

With that out of the way, here’s a list of my favorite airline boarding music (interestingly there’s a significant overlap between this list and my list of the best airline brands):

1. Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways only introduced this boarding music a few years ago (to coincide with the introduction of Qsuites), but I find it to be so incredibly relaxing and calming… ah! It even highlights a local Qatari composer, Dana Al Fardan.

2. Etihad Airways

Next on my list is Etihad, because the Abu Dhabi-based airline actually has two “generations” of amazing boarding music. Personally Etihad’s boarding music from several years back is my preferred one of the two, and this is my go-to track to listen to while working.

The more recent track is great as well, though.

3. Qantas

While Qantas isn’t an airline I’ve ever had a major emotional connection to, the Australian flag carrier does have some spectacularly soothing boarding music, and I don’t think there’s a better track to relax or work to. The soundtrack was created by Australian composer Haydn Walker and guitarist Nathan Cavaleri.

4. Emirates Airline

I love Emirates’ old boarding music, though unfortunately the carrier doesn’t play it anymore. Now Emirates just plays radio hits, which to me just can’t compare. There was something so familiar about stepping onto an Emirates A380 and hearing the below music.

5. All Nippon Airways

When I listen to the below track I close my eyes and imagine myself boarding ANA first class, with endless “thank you for waiting” and “so sorry” apologies. Gosh I miss Japan…

6. Oman Air

Yep, the Gulf carriers seem to get boarding music right. I love flying with Oman Air in general, and in particular love the Muscat-based carrier’s boarding music.

7. Turkish Airlines

Okay, this isn’t actually boarding music, but I can’t talk about any airline music without mentioning Turkish Airlines’ ridiculously addictive (and probably not in a good way) hold music.

PSA: LISTEN AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION, because the music may be stuck in your head for weeks.

In all honesty, Turkish’s actual boarding music isn’t half bad either.

8. Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines’ music is simply beautiful. There’s something about it that doesn’t feel quite as upbeat as some of the other boarding music out there, but it doesn’t get more calming than this.

9. Japan Airlines

This isn’t necessarily the best music to work to (given the vocals), but it’s a pretty cool song anyway. Japan Airlines has a theme song played during boarding that’s called “I Will Be There With You.” It was produced by Katharine McPhee and David Foster in 2008, and its introduction coincided with Japan Airlines launching 777-300ER flights to the United States.

Bottom line

I’ve been listening to airline boarding music at home for years. It’s fantastic music to work to, because it’s relaxing without being distracting. There are so many great tracks out there, and I’d say on the average day Im listening to this for at least a couple of hours while working.

I’d love to hear what other boarding music OMAAT readers enjoy! Ideally include links to the songs, because I’d love to add more music to my rotation.

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  1. Guest Guest

    I am very fond of the British Airways boarding music but I also like the Emirates one.

  2. alan Guest

    Don't you wish that the US based airlines would stop make obnoxious announcements during boarding about putting away your bags and hurry up and get to your seats so we can take off on time. These along with the boarding process create stress....

  3. Sherman Guest

    Don't worry you are not alone. I am obsessed with boarding music as well. :)

    The QR one is amazing, but I heard they have just released a new one. I am waiting for a high quality version online, but from the trip report videos, the new one is great too. Yet, apart from that, I actually like the three generations of boarding music prior to Dana as well. The one immediately precede Dana's, a...

    Don't worry you are not alone. I am obsessed with boarding music as well. :)

    The QR one is amazing, but I heard they have just released a new one. I am waiting for a high quality version online, but from the trip report videos, the new one is great too. Yet, apart from that, I actually like the three generations of boarding music prior to Dana as well. The one immediately precede Dana's, a specific piece written for QR by Marco Iodice is so good! The previous 2 generations weren't particularly written for QR, but I like their modern/chill/upbeat Arabian vibes - which is luxurious but not old-fashioned.

    Not sure when did SQ use this one that you featured in your article, because last time I flew with them it was already a collection of hotel-jazzy type of music. And I think they have just released 3 new pieces written specially for SQ: one for boarding, one for landing and one for the lounge. They are fantastic! It's available on SQ official Spotify.

    The JL one actually has an instrumental version - love it! It reminds me of the lovely time onboard, esp onboard their 8-abreast 787 and 9-abreast 777! What a pleasant experience.

    The TK one you featured (not the Globally Yours lol) was their boarding music in somewhat 2018/19 period if I am not mistaken. Since 2020ish till recently, they are back to be like in the old days when they have selected a few Turkish instrumentals to be played onboard. The most iconic is Dandelion by Manuel Galvin, which is quite relaxing. I think they have it as the first song in their database onboard, so that's what you will hear when you are among the first onboard, or certainly upon touch-down.

    One of the most impressive ones I find is AF, but not the recent ones but the two after they changed their logo like 10 years ago. "The world can be yours" by telepopmusik and "Between us / Between the miles" by Aswefall. Its so elegantly French. They used it in their ad campaign which was very well done as well.

  4. Omar Guest

    I love the second Etihad theme.. it’s like starting a magical fairy tale ride on a manic carpet!

  5. Ismail Guest

    There are some great boarding music, but the one I like most is the old Qatar boarding music titled: "Exotic Journeys by Kenzo"

    Here is the link. Hope you remember and like it.

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DNU_5Ex8U7YA&ved=2ahUKEwirqqbq0fH1AhWRj3IEHRjpCTQQwqsBegQIBBAB&usg=AOvVaw1vurlRESxJxk_VIfWLbJYj

  6. Manmohan Singh Guest

    I thought only I was hooked on to Qatar Airways boarding music. It's great to see someone share the same feeling too.
    QA boarding music is truly a an experience to behold. It's been a year since I travelled but the sound still lingers in the back of my head and brings back those memories I cherish now.
    Props to Dana Al Fardan, you have created a masterpiece that continues to reverberate over...

    I thought only I was hooked on to Qatar Airways boarding music. It's great to see someone share the same feeling too.
    QA boarding music is truly a an experience to behold. It's been a year since I travelled but the sound still lingers in the back of my head and brings back those memories I cherish now.
    Props to Dana Al Fardan, you have created a masterpiece that continues to reverberate over the years to come. For an audiophile like me, I have special place for well-crafted scores like this which is way beyond well-crafted.

    Too bad I can't seem to find the Original version anywhere, all available ones have a minor static in the back.

  7. pylon101 New Member

    Since 2020, Turkish Airlines is my favorite.
    TH new boarding music compilation is truly amazing.
    I used to fly Turkish from Washington, D.C. via Istambul to Moscow.
    And this music makes the experience fantastic. It has nothing Turkish, or American.
    But it gives a sensation of being elsewhere at the same time.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmtsXM75rcg

  8. Matt Guest

    I loved the Thai Airways landing music. Very calm and soothing.

  9. loop276 Guest

    So you really make an article about boarding music and do not mention the master of boarding music, Austrian Airlines:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFERBp9vEbU

    Austrian Airlines - An der blauen Donau

  10. NoorGhdr Guest

    Thank you for this topic
    The worst boarding music I would say is Ethiopian Airlines one which so noisy and repetitive beat

  11. Carrie Guest

    For many Australians, we flew home from the far corners of the earth on QF to the following and it was delicious watching how many of us were in tears:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWhPtaFXnvA

    I loved this post .... memories of long lost travel.

  12. jtc Guest

    Ethiopian Airlines -- Tezeta (nostalgia), and similar subdued Ethiopian jazz. It's beautiful.

  13. iamhere Guest

    Nobody chooses an airline based on their boarding music. Unnecessary post.

  14. henare Diamond

    Now *this* is how you know that Ben is having a slow day...

  15. Dar Guest

    I was recently on UA1575 from HNL to SFO and they played a new track instead of Rhapsody in Blue. Some of the passengers apparently knew the lyrics and sang along to it but I never got the name of the song. I found it to be especially soothing to listen to and it also fit the destination really well.

  16. DCS Diamond

    Maybe someone beat me to this, but I'd pick the rendition of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" over all nine listed!

  17. Daniel Guest

    Emirates does still play the old music. I had it on both flights from JFK-DXB and back recently.

  18. Vancouver - Char Gold

    An interesting article on one of the many details supporting worthwhile air travel that echoes how investment in details drive longer-term, sustainable growth

  19. Joshua Guest

    Perhaps it’s a little cliche, but I have always enjoyed hawaiian airlines local music when boarding. Starts off the vacation on a nice relaxing note and let’s you hang onto the aloha for a few more minutes before heading back to the mainland.

  20. Aldyzest Guest

    Garuda Indonesia boarding music got my vote

    https://youtu.be/4W-gGDHK8uw

    Or in gamelan version
    https://youtu.be/4W-gGDHK8uw

  21. JB Guest

    I also fondly remember Emirates old safety video. When I was a kid, we would always fly Emirates to see family and I loved traveling and planes. Every time I heard their boarding music, it meant it was time to travel far away. And the safety video music (and that toned down alarm sound in particular, if anyone knows what I'm talking about) has always stayed with me.

  22. Murad Guest

    Did you hear SAUDIA one? https://youtu.be/9XRDf9uEGpg

    1. VT-CIE Gold

      Saudia’s music is truly such an underrated gem. Listen to this hourlong version if you can. It’s beautiful for an airline always dwarfed by EK and QR. https://youtu.be/pCMStj_n9tE

  23. kq747 Guest

    I dont think you're a weirdo...I love airline boarding/ theme music as well (or maybe I am just also a weirdo?). I would add BA's and KQ's themes

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbKJTx1XeVw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDM4w3-lSnk

  24. VT-CIE Gold

    The Singapore Airlines music brings tears to my eyes every time I listen to it. It is THAT emotionally stirring for me. Another favourite of mine is Saudia, whose boarding and landing music I love. Other top favourites would be Air Serbia (criminally underrated!), Norwegian and Finnair, as well as Turkish’s recent boarding music, aside from the airlines already on the list. Agree with @Paddle Your Kanoo about Finnair; it’s very calming.

  25. K.M. Guest

    I've only rode airplanes with a few airlines but out of every airline, by far my favorite is ANA. Love the boarding song!

  26. Ray New Member

    Lucky, Singapore Airlines actually released an official boarding music track on Spotify recently (as well as a lounge music and a landing music thread). The one in the post hasn’t been in use for a long time.

    Furthermore, JAL has been using an instrumental version of “I Will be There with You” for awhile now. Fun fact: they also have an official landing soundtrack. It’s called 明日の翼 (tomorrow’s wings) by Joe Hisaishi. You can find it on youtube.

  27. Paddle Your Kanoo New Member

    Finnair never made the cut?! I know, I know, it is very repetitive but it's brilliant for having in the background when you're trying to work. One of my favourites.

    1. Ray New Member

      It’s really catchy but gets tiring after awhile... a bit like listening to the Flower Duet on the BA telephone line

  28. Kent Guest

    I like your list with one that would be in my top five - the Vistara boarding theme.

    It's a wonderful mix of soothing and energizing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bygFnQAwt1Q

  29. Emily Guest

    Jet Ariways' boarding music tops my list.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzygtLx5QAg

  30. Ryle Guest

    My list (in no order)
    1.Singapore Airlines
    2.Cathay Pacfic
    3.Japan Airlines
    4.ANA
    5.Emirates
    6.Qatar
    7.Turkish Airlines
    8.Etihad

  31. Shaijal Guest

    Am just adding some of the wonderful boarding music which others skipped..please go through it..you will love it...

    Turkish airlines
    This is their old boarding music and one of my favourite ever...

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qL7alMf_jC0

    Qatar airways
    This is my favourite qatar airways boarding music when compared to their other musics, but i guess only very few notice this..

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bEnzVPS4_2Q

    Video lan airlines (now LATAM airlines)

    One of my favourite

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn9MM4dGe-g

    Spicejet

    Old version (indian...

    Am just adding some of the wonderful boarding music which others skipped..please go through it..you will love it...

    Turkish airlines
    This is their old boarding music and one of my favourite ever...

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qL7alMf_jC0

    Qatar airways
    This is my favourite qatar airways boarding music when compared to their other musics, but i guess only very few notice this..

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bEnzVPS4_2Q

    Video lan airlines (now LATAM airlines)

    One of my favourite

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn9MM4dGe-g

    Spicejet

    Old version (indian instruments)

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=q1_HrWv1_to

    There is a very beautiful new version but unfortunately its no where available..i heard and recorded it while travelling with them many times but its not that clear to upload...

    Air India

    This is my favourite, air india's old boarding music...music courtesy to bhakti yoga, kiran murti...Very soothing... someone wrongly marked to delta airlines in youtube though... (indian instruments)

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=drKVXOHuhqQ

    Finnair boarding music

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6g-R_wx20W0

    And other favourites are quantas, which already mentioned...

  32. Fiji Guest

    Has anyone heard Fiji Airways boarding music. It's so soothing. I tried searching but can't find any links to it.

    1. Ray New Member

      https://youtu.be/gF9vuSZ24pI

      This is the closest thing I’ve found to FJ’s boarding music.

      -lowercase ray

  33. Heather Guest

    Several years back, a coworker played a chill/meditation type playlist for me. It was either a remixed version of/inspired by an Asian airline (I can't remember the country). The artist had a real love for boarding music from the 1970s & incorporated boarding calls & in-flight announcements in the mixes. I cannot find it online anywhere- does anyone here know who the heck the artist was?

  34. KK Member

    Back in the 90s, SQ used Amigos Para Siempre for their boarding music. It was hard not to hum or sing a few bars along. As for a proper composition, Rhapsody In Blue has got my vote.

  35. Sultan Guest

    For some reason these tunes on Air Astana flights are pretty relaxing - it's good that they are trying to incorporate national heritage as part of on-product service
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDgb1RtshoI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fSwhdk-FaA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0tbiIZK2eQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E81-Fx-WFc8&t=43
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGgngTbM9Sk
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxEin-TuzP8

  36. Danielle NAY Guest

    Hi Lucky. Have you ever discovered In-Flight Entertainment, a compilation of retro 60s music curated by the brilliant Karminsky Brothers from London? It's rather fabulous. Listen up here.
    https://www.amazon.com/Flight-Entertainment-Karminsky-Experience/dp/B000006UA1

  37. Richard Guest

    I was flying Singapore airlines on March 12 realizing it would probably be the last time for a while. Their landing music called “the romance of travel” has stuck with me.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=RDBlXU8kxX4_Q&feature=share&playnext=1

  38. Izz Member

    Garuda is a great one too

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrgJ1emKt30

    Must listen.

  39. Izz Member

    Lucky thanks so much for posting this!

    Just flew NH F in January and this song made my day.

  40. Rr Guest

    Garuda Indonesia is good since they do not have the same boarding music that bor3d you if you fly too often with them. It is a classical intrepretation of Indonesia's folksong

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qs-9gsWyn0&list=PL4BEasiMHlzAytyksPRz5E3jHO2Anmhry&index=8

  41. UnitedEF Guest

    @cargocult

    I believe I heard it on PS service and SFO-HKG back in the day.

  42. Wasim Guest

    The week before Covid changed the world, i was on an Alaska Airlines flight, where they were playing one of my favourite songs from the 80's - High & Dry by ABC.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr2AmpkUTn4

  43. Andrew jay Guest

    Ben how in the world do u not have British Airways boarding music on this list

  44. Jason New Member

    JAL's landing music is also perfect! just too hard to find for English speakers on the Internet
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3PuAkYgdUQ&t=23s

  45. Chennie Guest

    I really like EVA Air’s Boarding Music (Taiwan Folk Songs)

    https://youtu.be/DbbbGHdGuH0

  46. Jetbridge Journal New Member

    Nice list! Another one I love is Qatar Airways' old (2016) boarding music:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcdWm-M_PWc

    1. arandano New Member

      Thank you for sharing this amazing music! I loved it so much that it actually brought tears to my eyes.

    2. arandano New Member

      Ben, thank you so much for making this post. It brings back great memories of travel during these troubling times.

      Here are my favorites:

      Japan Airlines boarding music (instrumental, this is the one that they actually play onboard):
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuhxrPc28u8

      Japan Airlines landing music:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3PuAkYgdUQ

      Qatar Airways boarding music from 2016 (I really love this one):
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcdWm-M_PWc

      Qatar Airways boarding music from 2016 (night version):
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35-etUJQOeI

      The Emirates boarding theme that you...

      Ben, thank you so much for making this post. It brings back great memories of travel during these troubling times.

      Here are my favorites:

      Japan Airlines boarding music (instrumental, this is the one that they actually play onboard):
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuhxrPc28u8

      Japan Airlines landing music:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3PuAkYgdUQ

      Qatar Airways boarding music from 2016 (I really love this one):
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcdWm-M_PWc

      Qatar Airways boarding music from 2016 (night version):
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35-etUJQOeI

      The Emirates boarding theme that you shared is also quite nice.

  47. Marco Guest

    I am so blessed to have featured all of these in my travel videos on board these airlines, with the exception of Qatar Airways which I have yet to travel on. Saving the best for last one could say . The old Etihad Airways music was the best.

  48. DollarGecko Guest

    TK boarding music is wrong, that's the music they play once the plane has landed. This is their boarding music:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7gOpNLG5HE&t=56s

  49. DollarGecko Guest

    @Ben, you put the wrong song for TK, that's the song they used the play once they landed. This is their actual boarding music, brings back memories of the old-IST airport:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7gOpNLG5HE&t=56s

  50. Max Guest

    Apparently there is a 10-hour version of Turkish Airlines' hold music
    Thank/blame me later

    https://youtu.be/nmaqN97JO_Q

  51. Charlie Guest

    This might be before your time, but American Airlines had some great boarding music for its international flights in the 1990s. They combined it with relaxing videos that played on all the screens.

    If you're looking for something to listen to at home that will remind you of prior trips, try listening to the 4-5 second jingle that the French railway SNCF uses before announcements in the stations. The Spanish railway Renfe also has a memorable pre-announcement jingle.

  52. UAPremierGuy Member

    American had a series of indie music songs just after the merger with US Airways that I got hooked on. I can't recall any of my recent AA flights having any sort of boarding music. Here is what I'm talking about:

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFwOd3zlaaNEDXgFrk2Ev6sHOCWlWPeQ8

    And of course, the Austrian boarding music gets me every time:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFERBp9vEbU

  53. Ryan Guest

    Absolutely timely post now that majority of us are all on lockdown. Thai Airways released a new landing song (about 2 years back) which was sung by a famous Thai music group Room39; also Thai Airways collaborated with another Thai singer Violette Wauttier. I have heard both songs on board during boarding and landing both of which I find are rather soothing as well. I have attached the links below if anyone wants to give...

    Absolutely timely post now that majority of us are all on lockdown. Thai Airways released a new landing song (about 2 years back) which was sung by a famous Thai music group Room39; also Thai Airways collaborated with another Thai singer Violette Wauttier. I have heard both songs on board during boarding and landing both of which I find are rather soothing as well. I have attached the links below if anyone wants to give it a listen!

    Fly With Me (Be My Love) - ทอม Room39 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rU3B_5VKuA
    ปลายทางคือคุณ (Sound of Places) - Violette Wautier - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SotY-NN2dEY

  54. Kai Guest

    The new Qantas Boarding Music is truly exceptional! 100% worth a listen! More contemporary and less classical like some of the others.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o25pr69xl4Y&t=1194s

  55. tuotuo Member

    What a GOOD (BAD) post.
    I'm crying like a idiot when I'm typing this.I miss the time everyone can fly.I miss it so much.

  56. Qantas Guest

    QANTAS Boarding Music https://youtu.be/o25pr69xl4Y

  57. Norwegian Guest

    Norwegian Airlines official sound identity https://youtu.be/-RkaQK19Y3A

  58. 747_BRANIFF_PLACE Guest

    Do old theme songs count?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_4_3ft8W_w

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qy9vOkvur8o (Even though it's referenced as 1974, it was produced in 1980)

    747_BRANIFF_PLACE

  59. Christian Guest

    Did you know that Etihad has changed their beautiful boarding music to a generic jazzy one about a year ago?
    I was shocked and saddened by the 'elevator music' they play now

  60. Rob New Member

    Love this! I’m also looking at things like this to make up for the trips that I would otherwise be doing!

    Perhaps next you could look at airline ads. This one, from the early 90’s, absolutely fried ,y imagination. I must have been about 14 at the time and I remember it so vividly!

    https://youtu.be/P2gKHSGjpHE

  61. Dar Guest

    Cathay Pacific plays "Awake" by Tycho as pre landing and "See" by Tycho as boarding music. Both are excellent.

  62. YULtide Gold

    Is it just me or does the Etihad music sound like a Harry Potter soundtrack? In a nice way, of course.

  63. Marc Guest

    I listened to the Qantas boarding music half the flight from DFW to Sydney. Very relaxing.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=o25pr69xl4Y

  64. Manuheit New Member

    For me it’s definitely OS ! Their boarding music fits so good with their brand and origin country! https://youtu.be/gFERBp9vEbU

  65. Gio Member

    @JL the Eva air boarding music is distinctly Taiwanese and always brings a sense of nostalgia! https://youtu.be/DbbbGHdGuH0

    I also love etihad's older version, and the current Emirates boarding music.

  66. Emmanuel Ruiz Guest

    Many Thanks Man! This is really nice. Appreciate it very much especially during this time of uncertainty and confusion...........

  67. Dr. Stan Guest

    My favorite is the boarding track used by COPA. Latin and international tones mixed.

    https://youtu.be/I-8JQBlANyY

  68. JD Member

    @lucky, have you heard of Amazon Music and Pandora?

  69. Hiro Gold

    Nobody is mentioning Ethiopian???

    I like it, always brings me excitement that I'm closer to Africa.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5liBibBhvI

  70. JD Member

    @sanity. You took the words right out of my mouth.

  71. Johnny T Guest

    I echo JLs opinion on Eva. I found their music very soothing and relaxing and it calms me down (I have anxiety). The other good one is STARLUX - the new Taiwanese airlines. They even have their music available on Spotify

  72. K. BYRD Guest

    This was an awesome posting. Thoroughly enjoyed and brought back so many great memories.

    Now if only had tech skills or to food someone to combine them to listen to as one.

    I so enjoy your blog - B471ST

  73. Shake Guest

    The current Turkish airlines boarding music is not the one posted but its this actually https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmtsXM75rcg. Love it!

  74. cargocult Guest

    @JoePro and @UnitedEF

    When does United actually use "Rhapsody in Blue" during boarding? I only recall hearing it as hold music or in commercials and safety videos. During boarding one is usually subjected to awful Top 40 dreck from Maroon 5 and the like.

    VietJet plays this mawkish tune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5STqIl-7kc
    Maybe it has a prophylactic effect against coronaviruses. It certainly repels me.

    1. henare Diamond

      I only ever hear Rhapsody in Blue when I'm boarding a large UA aircraft. For the past few years I've lived in a small outpost and when I am on a USA-labeled flight it's actually operated by one of their partners and there is no boarding music.

  75. Ray Guest

    Makes me want to go somewhere.

  76. Nick New Member

    Thank you, Ben! This is awesome! The Qatar boarding music is hypnotic and I love it!

  77. Eileen Kerrigan Member

    This gets my vote for Post of the Week <3 Just sent it to Daughters #1 and #3 so they could relive our October 2019 trip to Japan in ANA First :-)

  78. vlcnc Guest

    I didn't realise this but was surprised tp learn the corny Turkish hold music song is actually sung by Sertab Erener who is quite a big pop star and won the Eurovision Song Contest for the country in 2003! I just played it and my partner immediately recognised her voice, and upon googling sure enough it's her! Amazing!

  79. Real Alpha Male Guest

    Finnair boarding music is pretty relaxing as well.

    Reminds me of these Nordic frozen landscapes with attractive blue-eyed ladies starring at you while radiating your strong masculine presence

  80. gigglyhappy New Member

    Turkish's Motif 313 is my fav!!!

    https://youtu.be/V7gOpNLG5HE

    Alongside Etihad's mystical arabian starry desert song.. very Harry Potter esque...

    This post just golden! Thanks Ben!

  81. Eric Pleiss New Member

    The old NW boarding music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH7RGbmB7WU

  82. Tim Gold

    Qatar is great. For very brief moments Delta and AA had good boarding music many moons ago!

  83. The nice Paul Diamond

    @ Dave @David

    Although it’s the most often heard, BA doesn’t just use the lovely Delibes duet.

    I used to hear this sparkling Dvorak serenade (though not for at least a year now):
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OPfO97EpLRk

  84. Dominic Guest

    For me it’s Qantas. Heard the Qantas boarding music hundreds of times but always enjoy it

  85. Phil Guest

    Korean Air is the best ! always makes me feel nostalgic for the bygones.

    https://youtu.be/OUmjUbTxqCE

  86. JamesP Guest

    Duuude
    You're losing it
    Hard

  87. Michael New Member

    I love this post, as I'm so with you Ben! After listening to EK's boarding music on YouTube a few weeks back, I tried my best to recreate their Arabic mezze for lunch, while wearing my EK pajamas :)

  88. EKPilot Guest

    SQ boarding music for me!

  89. Taher Guest

    Love Qatar’s previous boarding music too!

    https://youtu.be/KcdWm-M_PWc

  90. airoli Guest

    When it first launched from the ashes of SR, LX used this as boarding music:
    https://youtu.be/bpA_5a0miWk

    Now, every time I hear it, I am thinking back to boarding that MD-11 and kicking back....

  91. François Member

    Love the NH boarding music!!

  92. Dennis Guest

    @JL Agreed about the EVA music
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XHOagL7FbU

  93. Terry Guest

    JAL is the best IMO.

    Instrumental version while on board and there’s the Katharine McPhee vocal version which is powerful.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=X-_r9VXwkP8

  94. Luke Vader Diamond

    The newer/recent Etihad track sounds like it could have been used in a Harry Potter movie.

    (Although United's reputation is suffering serious damage in my eyes,) concur with the likes for Rhapsody in Blue. But was that piece actual boarding music, or just in the TV ads for United?

  95. John Guest

    The JAL boarding theme is also amazing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuhxrPc28u8

  96. James Guest

    Finnair:
    https://youtu.be/n1epRAIt8t0

    JAL:
    https://youtu.be/ZuhxrPc28u8

    Lufthansa:
    https://youtu.be/-1yX81fs17o

    Ryanair:
    https://youtu.be/-RtWUKIf7ow

    Singapore:
    https://youtu.be/_HNiu6jNknU

  97. Leonard Guest

    Thanks for the article, I’d love to find an album work all of them together!
    I seem to remember that that, back in 2009, EK used to play “it’s a wonderful works” before landing.
    More modern in style, I love late Joon’s incidental music
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cW3oPI4EXPE
    I have actually downloaded it into my ITunes library.

  98. Bart Guest

    Cathay Pacific's (not sure if older or newer one) is one of my favorite!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PEdwilvUGw&t=268s

    Also Garuda Indonesia's "The Sound of Indonesia" was amazing for me:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qs-9gsWyn0&list=PL4BEasiMHlzAytyksPRz5E3jHO2Anmhry&index=8

    Great post! Could I ask for a request post? Seeing that you also collect Airline memorabilia, would you consider creating a list/post of which airlines have those "Special Edition Teddy Bears" I really want to collect as much as I can but currently only have ANA...

    Cathay Pacific's (not sure if older or newer one) is one of my favorite!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PEdwilvUGw&t=268s

    Also Garuda Indonesia's "The Sound of Indonesia" was amazing for me:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qs-9gsWyn0&list=PL4BEasiMHlzAytyksPRz5E3jHO2Anmhry&index=8

    Great post! Could I ask for a request post? Seeing that you also collect Airline memorabilia, would you consider creating a list/post of which airlines have those "Special Edition Teddy Bears" I really want to collect as much as I can but currently only have ANA and EVA. Thank you!

  99. Johannes Guest

    The best for me is still Air Serbia’s “The wings of Europe”! Very relaxing.

  100. @sanity Guest

    You all are not well... not well... at all...

  101. David Guest

    BRITISH AIRWAYS should be on the list! Don’t you agree? Cheers

  102. Dave Guest

    Can't forget the BA music!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UvEcfjJboE

  103. Pete Guest

    ANA has been a favorite for years!

  104. Moe Guest

    Bookmarked this page. Great post. Love the Qatar Airways boarding music.

  105. JL Guest

    Eva Air always has my vote. I'm biased though, since I'm Taiwanese. They have boarding and landing music. Personally I like the landing music which is orchestral versions of two traditional Taiwanese songs 雨夜花 and 望春風. I think they are particularly distinctive examples of classic Taiwanese compositions that never fail to remind me of Taiwan. I think airline music should try to emphasize the airline brand and the destination and I feel Eva Air does that very well.

  106. Chris S. Guest

    Another really enjoyable tune is the old LAN music. Especially coupled with the images of seemingly obscure destinations that accompanied it.
    https://youtu.be/Bn9MM4dGe-g

    It’s hard to decide whether this music is actually good or just evokes nostalgia. For the LAN music, I’m guessing the latter. But the Etihad music is SO FREAKING GOOD.

  107. Ryan New Member

    The 13-minute Etihad track is in my work rotation.

    It generates a nostalgic (tho maybe somewhat orientalist) Gulf State vibe for me.

  108. Icarus Guest

    Rhapsody in Blue is of course Gershwin which is always good

  109. Turco Guest

    Don’t you have anything better to do???? If you have no content it’s ok to not post

    1. kq747 Guest

      If you have nothing helpful to say is also okay not to post...

  110. Martin Guest

    Not boarding music but I like it!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPwjbRkrH0s

  111. Niko New Member

    No Lufthansa Symphony of Angels?

  112. Maarten Guest

    I tend to play CNN's old weather intro's from the nineties and early 2000's...
    When playing this my memory goes back to Singapore and an early morning in-room breakfast looking at the skyline, enjoying the view and joyful feelings!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPwjbRkrH0s

    1. John Guest

      Thank you Maarten. It's not airline music, but I'll always associate CNN's 'old' weather music and amiable weatherman Guillermo Arduino from the early 2000s with international travel. Straight after checking in to my hotel whether it was Honolulu, Brisbane, Port Moresby, Singapore or Bangkok, on came CNN in the background and that soothing weather music.....miss those days and feelings too. Incidentally, Singapore was also my very first international destination and holds special memories too.

      Thank you Maarten. It's not airline music, but I'll always associate CNN's 'old' weather music and amiable weatherman Guillermo Arduino from the early 2000s with international travel. Straight after checking in to my hotel whether it was Honolulu, Brisbane, Port Moresby, Singapore or Bangkok, on came CNN in the background and that soothing weather music.....miss those days and feelings too. Incidentally, Singapore was also my very first international destination and holds special memories too.

  113. Ray Guest

    We are Turkish Airlines...We are globally yours...

    1. henare Diamond

      That sounds like a social disease...

  114. UnitedEF Guest

    Sorry UA Rhapsody campaign has my vote.

  115. JoePro Gold

    I know we're not too thrilled with United right now, but Rhapsody in Blue puts me back on a plane every time.

  116. Cliff Guest

    Ben, here you are!
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rWz6RsJDr4A

    1. Ben (Lucky) OMAAT

      @ Cliff -- Thank you! Updating post to add that. Awesome.

  117. Eric New Member

    I love this post - sometimes I think you're reading my mind!

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Johnny T Guest

I echo JLs opinion on Eva. I found their music very soothing and relaxing and it calms me down (I have anxiety). The other good one is STARLUX - the new Taiwanese airlines. They even have their music available on Spotify

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Dennis Guest

@JL Agreed about the EVA music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XHOagL7FbU

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JL Guest

Eva Air always has my vote. I'm biased though, since I'm Taiwanese. They have boarding and landing music. Personally I like the landing music which is orchestral versions of two traditional Taiwanese songs 雨夜花 and 望春風. I think they are particularly distinctive examples of classic Taiwanese compositions that never fail to remind me of Taiwan. I think airline music should try to emphasize the airline brand and the destination and I feel Eva Air does that very well.

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