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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
    3 songs

    Lite Hits

    Lite Hits
    2 songs

    Love Songs

    1 song

    Late Night Mix

    1 song

    Fresh 40

    1 song

Albums by
Owl City

Top Songs by
Owl City

  1.   Song
  2.   Fireflies
  3.   Good Time by Carly Rae Jepsen
  4.   Verge
  5.   You're Not Alone
  6.   My Everything
  7.   Vanilla Twilight
  8.   Hello Seattle
  9.   The Bird and the Worm
  10.   Strawberry Avalanche
  11.   Swimming In Miami
  12.   Beautiful Times by Lindsey Stirling
  13.   Light of Christmas by tobyMac
  14.   Shine Your Way by Yuna
  15.   Shooting Star
  16.   Galaxies
  17.   Alligator Sky
  18.   Unbelievable
  19.   Dreams and Disasters
  20.   Up All Night
  21.   Angels
  22.   Silhouette
  23.   Gold
  24.   On the Wing
  25.   Thunderstruck
  26.   Wolf Bite
  27.   Tokyo by SEKAI NO OWARI
  28.   Rainbow Veins
  29.   Dreams Don't Turn to Dust
  30.   Back Home
  31.   Speed of Love
  32.   Take It All Away
  33.   This Isn't the End
  34.   Cave In
  35.   I Found Love
  36.   Kamikaze
  37.   Deer in the Headlights
  38.   The Saltwater Room
  39.   When Can I See You Again? by Henry Jackman
  40.   The Tip of the Iceberg
  41.   Dental Care
  42.   Meteor Shower
  43.   Deer In The Headlights
  44.   The Yacht Club
  45.   Plant Life
  46.   Honey and the Bee
  47.   Early Birdie
  48.   Hey Anna
  49.   Live It Up
  50.   Metropolis
  51.   Hot Air Balloon
  52.   Fuzzy Blue Lights
  53.   Captains and Cruise Ships
  54.   This Is the Future
  55.   Dear Vienna
  56.   Kiss Me Babe, It's Christmas Time
  57.   Sky Diver
  58.   Can't Live Without You
  59.   I Hope You Think of Me
  60.   Embers
  61.   Dementia