Big Jet Plane

"Big Jet Plane" is a song written by Australian singer/songwriter Angus Stone, and originally recorded by Stone, under the name "Lady of the Sunshine", on his 2009 album Smoking Gun. It was then re-recorded by Stone and his sister Julia, as the duo Angus & Julia Stone, and released on their 2010 album Down the Way,[1][2][3] as well as their 2010 EP Big Jet Plane.

"Big Jet Plane" was named Australian Recording Industry Association's Single of the Year for 2010 at the ARIA Music Awards of 2010, while Down the Way was named Album of the Year. The song featured on both Nova 100 and Triple J radio playlists and after winning Single of the Year was added to the playlists of stations such as Fox FM in Melbourne. On 26 January 2011, the song was voted number 1 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2010.

The song has received a gold accreditation, having sold over 35,000 copies in Australia.

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".

Big Jet Plane EP

Big Jet Plane
EP by Angus & Julia Stone
Released 7 May 2010
Genre Folk, acoustic
Label EMI (Australia), Independiente

"Big Jet Plane" was recorded by Angus & Julia Stone and released by the duo in 2010 as part of an EP, also titled Big Jet Plane. The EP includes four tracks.

The album cover photography features a Trans Australian Airlines Convair CV-240 piston-powered airplane, as established from the identification characters "VH-TAP" located on the empennage's vertical stabilizer; this aircraft is itself not a jet plane.

Track listing

  1. "Big Jet Plane" – 3:42 (on album Down the Way)
  2. "Living On a Rainbow" – 4:48
  3. "My Malakai" – 3:05 (on album Memories of an Old Friend)
  4. "You're the One That I Want" – 3:14 (cover from the film 'Grease')

Chart performance

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. After the song was voted number 1 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2010, the song reached #6 on Australia's iTunes songs chart, and re-entered the ARIA Charts at #32.

Cover versions

Papa vs Pretty covered the song at the 2011 Apra Music Awards.[4] Goodwill and Hook N Sling remixed the song and renamed it "Take You Higher".

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.[5] Tuka's cover was voted at 81 in the Triple J Hottest 100, 2015.


Chart (2011) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 21
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[7] 40
France (SNEP)[8] 40

Appearances in media

The song can be heard in TV series such as 90210,[9] One Tree Hill,[10] Parenthood,[11] and Suits.[9] 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.[12] The song is featured in the film The Edge of Seventeen.

The duo performed the song on French television show Taratata on 19 May 2010.[13]

The song is heard in a Maybelline Fit Me commercial.


  1. Lady of the Sunshine on MySpace; however the title "Big Jet Plane" is not mentioned on these web pages dedicated by Angus Stone to his personal production under this alias Lady of the Sunshine (one song is titled "Lady Sunshine"), most probably for legal or marketing reasons; in any case copyrights for both albums Down the Way and Smoking Gun are managed by the same company (Nettwerk Records).
  2. "Lady of the Sunshine" by (Australian blog dedicated to music) on 19 May 2009 (article about the genesis of the album Smoking Gun)
  3. "Angus Stone Prepares to Release Lady of the Sunshine Album" by (Australian news web site) 30 March 2009
  4. Elleson, Liz (22 June 2011). "Live Video: Papa Vs Pretty cover "Big Jet Plane" at APRA Awards 2011". The AU Review. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  5. Okine, Matt (6 November 2015). "Like A Version: Tuka - Big Jet Plane". Triple J. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  6. " – Angus & Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. " – Angus & Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane" (in French). Ultratip.
  8. " – Angus & Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane" (in French). Les classement single.
  9. "90210 Music - Season 3, Episode 8". The CW. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  10. "One Tree Hill Music #8.22 - "This Is My House, This Is My Home"". Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  11. "Parenthood Music - EPISODE 316: TOUGH LOVE". NBC. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  12. "Angus & Julia Stone - "Big Jet Plane" ["Les Émotifs Anonymes" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]". Youtube. 9 November 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  13. "Angus & Julia STONE : Big Jet Plane". 7 June 2010. Archived from the original on 17 August 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
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