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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

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

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