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

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