American Idol season 2 winner Ruben Studdard as his debut single in 2003. The single was released on June 10 a couple of weeks after Studdard's victory and charted at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 28 where it stayed for 2 weeks. "Flying Without Wings" also gained attention on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, charting at #13, while it peaked at #27 on the adult contemporary chart. It was also released in New Zealand and reached #2 behind Clay Aiken. The single has sold 751, 000 copies through December 2006."Flying Without Wings" was a song orginally sung by the Irish boy band Westlife and covered by
- "Flying Without Wings"
- The song has also been used by Gareth Gates twice during his audition on Pop Idol in the UK.
- Australian singer Delta Goodrem performed the song with boyfriend and ex-Westlife member, Brian McFadden, on her national Visualise Tour in 2005.
- This version of the song appears on the game Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol.
- Season 12 contestant Burnell Taylor performed this song during the top 10 performance show on March 13, 2013.
- Studdard sang this song as a duet with season 15 contestant Avalon Young on the February 11, 2016 episode of Idol.