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Owl City

Owl City is the musical brainchild of Adam Young, who launched the project in 2007 while living at his parents' home in Owatonna, Minnesota. Troubled by insomnia, Young began spending his evenings in the household basement, where a computer and several instruments provided a diversion from his sleeping patterns. He eventually combined those diversions into a blend of electronica and emo-pop, using little more than his computer and various keyboards to record the material. Songs were uploaded to MySpace upon completion, and Young began attracting a surprising amount of attention on the networking site. Of particular note was "Hello Seattle," a fabricated ode to the Emerald City whose viral popularity earned Young a record contract with Universal Republic. Ocean Eyes, his first album for the label, was released in 2009, coinciding with the launch of Owl City's first national tour. While on the road, Young watched as "Fireflies" became one of the year's most popular singles, eventually topping the charts in several countries (including the U.S.) and selling more than three million copies. A deluxe edition of the album appeared in 2010, featuring seven bonus tracks as well as the original track list, and Universal Records capitalized on the buzz by also reissuing Maybe I'm Dreaming and Of June, both of which had been self-released several years earlier. An Airplane Carried Me to Bed, an album of acoustic pop songs that predated the Owl City project, followed in 2010. Technically a side project, the album was released under a different moniker, Sky Sailing. Young returned to Owl City in 2011 with All Things Bright and Beautiful, his first collection of new material in years. The Midsummer Station followed in 2012. A highly collaborative affair, the album featured production assistance from big-budget producers like Stargate and Robopop as well as cameos from Blink 182's Matt Hoppus and rising mainstream pop radio star Carly Rae Jepsen. The Midsummer Station -- Acoustic EP, which featured unplugged versions of three of that album's songs plus two previously unreleased tracks, arrived in 2013. That year, Owl City songs appeared on the soundtracks to The Croods, The Smurfs 2 and the VeggieTales Christmas movie Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas. Young also provided the music for Oreo Cookies' 2013 television commercial "Wonderfilled." The following year, he covered "Listen To What the Man Said" on the Paul McCartney tribute The Art of McCartney, and released the singles "Beautiful Times" and "Kiss Me Babe, It's Christmas Time" as well as the Ultraviolet EP. Featuring the Aloe Blacc collaboration "Verge," Mobile Orchestra appeared in July 2015.~ Andrew Leahey
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Stations Featuring
Owl City

    Christian Rock

    Christian Rock
    2 songs

    Kids Pop

    Kids Pop
    1 song

    '00s Pop

    '00s Pop
    1 song

    Lite Hits

    Lite Hits
    2 songs

    Love Songs

    1 song

    Late Night Mix

    1 song

Albums by
Owl City

Top Songs by
Owl City

  1.   Song
  2.   Fireflies
  3.   Good Time by Carly Rae Jepsen
  4.   You're Not Alone
  5.   Verge
  6.   My Everything
  7.   Hello Seattle
  8.   The Bird and the Worm
  9.   Swimming In Miami
  10.   Vanilla Twilight
  11.   Strawberry Avalanche
  12.   Peppermint Winter
  13.   Beautiful Times by Lindsey Stirling
  14.   Shine Your Way by Yuna
  15.   Shooting Star
  16.   Alligator Sky by Shawn Chrystopher
  17.   Galaxies
  18.   Dreams and Disasters
  19.   Wolf Bite
  20.   On the Wing
  21.   Unbelievable
  22.   Gold
  23.   Tidal Wave
  24.   Cave In
  25.   Angels
  26.   Back Home
  27.   Speed of Love
  28.   The Saltwater Room
  29.   Dental Care
  30.   Can't Live Without You
  31.   I Found Love
  32.   Tokyo by SEKAI NO OWARI
  33.   Rainbow Veins
  34.   Meteor Shower
  35.   Umbrella Beach
  36.   Deer in the Headlights
  37.   Thunderstruck
  38.   Fuzzy Blue Lights
  39.   This Isn't the End
  40.   Silhouette
  41.   I'm Coming After You
  42.   Lonely Lullaby
  43.   Honey and the Bee
  44.   If My Heart Was a House
  45.   Dear Vienna
  46.   Hot Air Balloon
  47.   Butterfly Wings
  48.   The Real World
  49.   Sky Diver
  50.   Up All Night
  51.   Light of Christmas by TobyMac
  52.   Embers
  53.   Plant Life
  54.   The Tip of the Iceberg
  55.   I'll Meet You There
  56.   Super Honeymoon
  57.   Rugs From Me To You
  58.   This Is the Future
  59.   The Technicolor Phase
  60.   Air Traffic
  61.   Early Birdie