Though the awards for this year’s best cultural achievements won’t be handed out until the calendar turns over, this week has built up a bunch of buzz for statuettes. The Grammy Awards announced their nominations on Wednesday night, and though there are a few strange moments on that list, it has kept everybody excited for the work of Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. Meanwhile, today sees the release of “Up in the Air,” the new film directed by Jason Reitman (“Juno,” “Thank You for Smoking”) and starring George Clooney. The film — which centers around the life of a frequently-flying consultant who is brought in to lay people off — is already scoring a bunch of awards and is an early contender for a bevy of Oscars.
In order to properly prepare yourself for the funny, melancholy movie (which also stars Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Danny McBride and Zach Galifianakis), we present the “Up in the Air” video playlist, featuring some of the best songs about flying and airports that pop music has to offer. Ben Folds offers up the sad-eyed “Landed,” Jim Jones reminds everybody that “We Fly High,” Gary Allen enjoys “Watching Airplanes” and the Red Hot Chili Peppers call music their “Aeroplane.”
Check out the playlist below, which also features entries from Hilary Duff, Stone Temple Pilots, Maxwell, Chingy, Young Dro and Cobra Starship. But first, kick things off with what is perhaps the best airplane-related music videos of all time: Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly,” featuring a guest appearance by the guys in Tenacious D.