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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

    Kids Pop

    Kids Pop
    1 song

    '00s Pop

    '00s Pop
    1 song

    Christian Rock

    Christian Rock
    2 songs

    Lite Hits

    Lite Hits
    2 songs

    Love Songs

    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.   Hello Seattle
  7.   My Everything
  8.   The Bird and the Worm
  9.   Swimming in Miami
  10.   Vanilla Twilight
  11.   Strawberry Avalanche
  12.   Peppermint Winter
  13.   Shine Your Way by Yuna
  14.   Beautiful Times by Lindsey Stirling
  15.   Shooting Star
  16.   Waving Through a Window
  17.   Back Home
  18.   Dreams and Disasters
  19.   Gold
  20.   Fuzzy Blue Lights
  21.   Hospital Flowers
  22.   Dental Care
  23.   On the Wing
  24.   Alligator Sky by Shawn Chrystopher
  25.   Super Honeymoon
  26.   Tokyo by SEKAI NO OWARI
  27.   I'm Coming After You
  28.   Plant Life
  29.   Cave In
  30.   I Found Love
  31.   Kiss Me Babe, It's Christmas Time
  32.   Wolf Bite
  33.   This Isn't the End
  34.   Hey Anna
  35.   Kamikaze
  36.   Angels
  37.   The Technicolor Phase
  38.   I Hope You Think of Me
  39.   Live It Up
  40.   January 28, 1986
  41.   If My Heart Was a House
  42.   The Tip of the Iceberg
  43.   This Is the Future
  44.   The Saltwater Room
  45.   Can't Live Without You
  46.   Thunderstruck
  47.   Light of Christmas by TobyMac
  48.   Silhouette
  49.   Embers
  50.   Lonely Lullaby
  51.   The Yacht Club
  52.   The Real World
  53.   Butterfly Wings
  54.   Tidal Wave
  55.   Umbrella Beach
  56.   Captains and Cruise Ships
  57.   Early Birdie
  58.   Rainbow Veins
  59.   Unbelievable
  60.   Metropolis
  61.   Speed of Love
  62.   Take It All Away
  63.   Honey and the Bee
  64.   Dreams Don't Turn to Dust
  65.   Rugs From Me to You
  66.   Designer Skyline
  67.   West Coast Friendship
  68.   I'll Meet You There
  69.   Air Traffic
  70.   Sky Diver
  71.   Panda Bear
  72.   Bird With a Broken Wing
  73.   Up All Night
  74.   Deer in the Headlights
  75.   Sunburn
  76.   The Airway
  77.   Dementia
  78.   Meteor Shower
  79.   Dear Vienna
  80.   Galaxies
  81.   Hot Air Balloon

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