Learning to Fly (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song)

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"Learning to Fly"
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Single by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
from the album Into the Great Wide Open
Released 17 June 1991
Genre Heartland rock, jangle rock, country rock
Length 4:05
Label MCA
Songwriter(s) Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers singles chronology
"Yer So Bad"
"Learning to Fly"
"Into the Great Wide Open"

"Yer So Bad"
"Learning to Fly"
"Into the Great Wide Open"

"Learning To Fly" is a song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was written in 1991 by Tom Petty and his writing partner Jeff Lynne for the album Into the Great Wide Open. The entire song is based on only four simple chords, (F, C, A minor, and G). It became a top hit for Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl

  • Side A: "Learning to Fly"
  • Side B: "Too Good To Be True"


Chart history[edit]

"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 Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart, reaching the top of the chart and remaining at the summit for six weeks.[1] "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.

Cover versions[edit]

Bob Dylan covered "Learning to Fly" at his October 21, 2017, concert in Denver, Colorado.[8]

Bonnie Tyler released "Learning to Fly" as a single from her 2003 album Heart Strings. The single gained no chart success.

Lady Antebellum covered "Learning to Fly" on their 2010 digital iTunes Sessions EP.

The Weepies covered the song on their 2015 record Sirens.

In popular culture[edit]

  • "Learning to Fly" was used on the Chicago Bulls' 1991 NBA championship video and featured on the soundtrack of the 2005 film Elizabethtown.[9]
  • It is also the official song of the United States Air Force Academy skydiving team, Wings of Blue.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 490.
  2. ^ australian-charts.com - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Learning To Fly
  3. ^ Hung, Steffen. "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved January 27, 2018. 
  4. ^ swedishcharts.com - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Learning To Fly
  5. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". www.Chartstats.com. Retrieved January 27, 2018. 
  6. ^ https://www.billboard.com/artist/430102/tom+petty/chart
  7. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1991". RPM. Retrieved November 23, 2017. 
  8. ^ Kreps, Daniel (2017). "Watch Bob Dylan Cover Tom Petty's 'Learning to Fly' at Colorado Concert". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 22, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Elizabethtown (2005)". Retrieved January 27, 2018 – via www.IMDb.com. 

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