Big Jet Plane

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"Big Jet Plane" is a song written by Australian singer and songwriter Angus Stone. Angus Stone originally recorded the song under the name "Lady of the Sunshine" for his 2009 album Smoking Gun. It was then re-recorded by Stone and his sister Julia, as the duo Angus & Julia Stone.

Angus and Julia Stone version[edit]

"Big Jet Plane"
Angus & Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane.jpg
Single by Angus & Julia Stone
from the album Down the Way
Released7 May 2010
GenreFolk, acoustic
LabelEMI (Australia), Independiente
Songwriter(s)Angus & Julia Stone
  • Angus & Julia Stone
  • Govinda Doyle
Angus & Julia Stone singles chronology
"Black Crow"
"Big Jet Plane"
"For You"

"Big Jet Plane" was re-recorded by Angus & Julia Stone and released in May 2010 as the third single from the duo's second studio album Down the Way. The song peaked at number 21 in Australia and has been certified platinum. Additionally, the song has peaked inside the 40 in New Zealand, France and Belgium.

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2010, "Big Jet Plane" won the ARIA Award for Single of the Year. On 26 January 2011, the song was voted number 1 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2010. On 14 March 2020, the song was voted number 9 on the Triple J Hottest 100 of the 2010s.

It gained additional success, especially in Europe, when it was remixed in 2011 as a house track by Australian DJs Goodwill and Hook N Sling, under the title "Take You Higher".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Big Jet Plane" – 3:42
  2. "Living on a Rainbow" – 4:48
  3. "My Malakai" – 3:05
  4. "You're the One That I Want" – 3:14

Chart performance[edit]

The week following the ARIA Music Awards of 2010, the song made a massive leap from #47 to #21 on the ARIA Chart, giving the song its peak position in its 22nd week of release. In total the song has spent 33 weeks in Australia's ARIA Charts.


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2010–12) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 21
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[2] 36
France (SNEP)[3] 23
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 20

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
Australian Singles Chart[5] 69
Australian Artist Singles Chart[6] 7
Chart (2011) Position
Australian Artist Singles Chart[7] 13


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[8] Platinum 70,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Cover versions[edit]

Papa vs Pretty covered the song at the 2011 Apra Music Awards.[9] Goodwill and Hook N Sling remixed the song and renamed it "Take You Higher". Also in 2011, Jan Blomqvist covered and recreated an electronic version of the song.

In November 2015, Australian rapper Tuka and Thelma Plum covered the song for Triple J Like a Version, modifying the song with substantial additional verse lyrics.[10] Tuka's cover was voted at 81 in the Triple J Hottest 100, 2015.

Alok and Mathieu Koss Version[edit]

"Big Jet Plane"
Single by Alok and Mathieu Koss
Released7 December 2017 (2017-12-07)
LabelSpinnin Records
Songwriter(s)Angus & Julia Stone
Alok singles chronology
"Alien Technology"
"Big Jet Plane"
"Paga de Solteiro Feliz"
Mathieu Koss singles chronology
"Big Jet Plane"
"Best Is Yet To Come"
Music video
"Big Jet Plane" on YouTube

In September 2017, Brazilian DJ and producer Alok and French DJ/producer Mathieu Koss made a cover of the song. This new Dance version reached the 1st place in the top100 on iTunes and Shazam in Brazil. It will be placed in many national airplay charts: in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Russia and many more.[11][12][13] This version as gained more than 200 million streams on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube. In 2018 Big Jet Plane was nominated for the Best Video Clip of the Year in the MTV Millennial Awards.


Chart (2018) Peak
Billboard Brasil Hot 100 (BRA) 76
Ultratop (BEL)

Appearances in media[edit]

The song was used in TV series including 90210,[15] One Tree Hill,[16] Parenthood,[17] and Suits. It also appears on the soundtrack of French film Romantics Anonymous. A music video featuring scenes from the film was released on 9 November 2010.[18] "Big Jet Plane" was also used in the films Easy A and The Edge of Seventeen.

The duo performed the song on French television show Taratata on 19 May 2010.[19]

The song is heard in a Maybelline Fit Me commercial.


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  6. ^ "2010 ARIA AUSTRALIAN ARTIST Singles CHART". ARIA Charts. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  7. ^ "2011 ARIA AUSTRALIAN ARTIST Singles CHART". ARIA Charts. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  8. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2010 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 10 August 2020.
  9. ^ Elleson, Liz (22 June 2011). "Live Video: Papa Vs Pretty cover "Big Jet Plane" at APRA Awards 2011". The AU Review. Archived from the original on 4 October 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  10. ^ Okine, Matt (6 November 2015). "Like A Version: Tuka - Big Jet Plane". Triple J. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  11. ^ "EarOne | Classifica Airplay Dance Settimanale". EarOne. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  12. ^ "SPANISH DANCE CHARTS (20/01/2018) Week 3 - Todo sobre música Dance,". Todo sobre música Dance, Retrieved 19 July 2018.
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  14. ^ "Discographie Mathieu Koss". Ultratop. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  15. ^ "90210 Music - Season 3, Episode 8". The CW. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  16. ^ "One Tree Hill Music #8.22 - "This Is My House, This Is My Home"". Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  17. ^ "Parenthood Music - EPISODE 316: TOUGH LOVE". NBC. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  18. ^ "Angus & Julia Stone - "Big Jet Plane" ["Les Émotifs Anonymes" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]". Youtube. 9 November 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  19. ^ "Angus & Julia STONE : Big Jet Plane". 7 June 2010. Archived from the original on 17 August 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2012.