"Learning to Fly" was released as the first single from Into the Great Wide Open and reached #28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also became his most successful single on the BillboardAlbum Rock Tracks chart, reaching the top of the chart and remaining at the summit for six weeks. "Learning to Fly" earliest charting was in the United Kingdom, debuting at #65 on June 29. The next week it rose to #46, and stayed on the UK chart for two more weeks before slipping off entirely.
Bonnie Tyler released Learning To Fly as a single from her 2003 album Heart Strings. The single gained no chart success. Lady Antebellum did a cover of this song in their 2010 digital EP "iTunes Session".