Aeroplane (Red Hot Chili Peppers song)

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Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album One Hot Minute
Released March 14, 1996 [1]
Format CD
Recorded 1995
Genre Funk rock, alternative rock
Length 4:45 (Album Version)
4:10 (Single Edit)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Dave Navarro, Chad Smith
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"My Friends"
"Shallow Be Thy Game"
Music video
"Aeroplane" on YouTube

"Aeroplane" is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers from their 1995 album One Hot Minute. It was the third single released from the album and a music video accompanied its release. Although the song was left off the band's Greatest Hits album, the music video was included on the accompanying DVD. On February 6, 2016, at Pier 70 in San Francisco, the song was performed for the first time since 1997. The song was performed again on April 24th 2016 at the New Orleans Jazz Fest.


Despite its dark lyrical themes it is regarded as the most accessible and upbeat song on One Hot Minute, with a funk slap bass line and child choral vocals from Flea's daughter Clara and her classmates. The second verse of the song refers to American band Mazzy Star's song "Into Dust" and its lead singer Hope Sandoval with the lyrics "Hey girl, I'm turning into dust again/My melancholy baby/The star of Mazzy must/push her voice inside of me".[citation needed]

On the CD single, the live B-sides "Backwoods" and "Me and My Friends" incorrectly list John Frusciante and Chad Smith as co-writers of the songs. Both songs were written with Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons before John Frusciante and Chad Smith joined the band.

The single peaked number 8 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart where "My Friends" hit number 1 and "Warped" hit number 7. It was the only crossover hit from the album hitting number 30 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart where the other 2 singles failed to do. It was also the highest charting single in the UK from the album, peaking at number 11.

Track listing[edit]

CD single 1
  1. "Aeroplane" (Clean Edit)
  2. "Backwoods" (Live) (contains intro tease of "Come As You Are")
  3. "Transcending" (Live) (contains intro tease of "Hey Joe")
  4. "Me And My Friends" (Live)
  • Live tracks recorded in Rotterdam, Holland on October 16, 1995 by Veronica (Kink FM)
Limited Edition CD single 2
  1. "Aeroplane" (Album Version)
  2. "Suck My Kiss" (Live)
  3. "Suffragette City" (David Bowie) (Live)
  • Live tracks recorded in Rotterdam, Holland on October 16, 1995 by Veronica (Kink FM)

Chart positions[edit]

Charts Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 35
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 48
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 1
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 12
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 8
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 30
UK Singles Chart 11


  1. ^ "RHCP Timeline". 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 

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Preceded by
"Zero" by The Smashing Pumpkins
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 number-one single
April 1, 1996
Succeeded by
"Big Bang Baby" by Stone Temple Pilots