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

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