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Fly” is a song by rock band Sugar Ray. It appears on their 1997 album Floored twice: one version with reggae artist Super Cat (Track 4) and the other without (Track 13). The former was more prominent on the radio, but the more soft-rock format stations chose to play the latter.

The song became the band’s first hit, holding the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart for six consecutive weeks and also reaching the top of the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. (It was kept from the Billboard Hot 100 because guidelines at the time prevented non-singles to chart.) “Fly” was notable for not sounding anything at all like the rest of the tracks on the album. As a result of the success of “Fly”, Floored sold extremely well and was certified double platinum. However, by the end of 1997, critics skeptical that Sugar Ray could put out another successful song labeled them a one-hit wonder. This assumption was noted and accepted by the band, who in a playful retaliation, named their next album 14:59 in an obvious reference to Andy Warhol’s15 minutes of fame“; that album became certified triple-platinum and outsold its predecessor.


Sugar Ray – Fly

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