Bird watchers are popularly perceived as somewhat eccentric… the image of a lone man wearing a Tilley hat and tiptoeing through boreal forests with binoculars glued to his face is what probably springs to mind. But who knew bird watchers were also rock-and-roll fans?
That’s the only conclusion one can draw from a poll conducted by Birds & Blooms Magazine, which asked its readers to vote for the best-ever song about birds. Stand up and take a bow Steve Miller Band, whose “Fly Like an Eagle” (wait for it) is perched in the top spot.
“We’re not at all surprised by the popularity of Steve Miller’s ‘Fly Like An Eagle’ with our readers,” Birds & Blooms editor Stacy Tornio says in a press release picked up by Ultimate Classic Rock. “It’s an iconic song for the iconic American bird.”
The best-of list, which was ranked according to votes from 2,200 survey respondents, also includes Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s “Free Bird,” the Beatles’ “Blackbird,” Prince‘s “When Doves Cry,” Nelly Furtado’s “I’m Like a Bird,” the Trashmen’s “Surfin’ Bird,” “Birdhouse in our Soul” by They Might Be Giants and, uh, Rick Dees’ 1970s novelty hit “Disco Duck.”
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