Slacker Logo


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
Read More Read Less

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

    Late Night Mix

    1 song

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

Artists Related to Owl City