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Music: OneRepublic
From left to right: Eddie Fisher, Ryan Tedder, Zach Filkins, Brent Kutzle, Drew Brown.

"Everything that kills me makes me feel alive!"

OneRepublic is a pop-rock band from Colorado. They formed in 2003 and achieved success after "Apologize", the lead single from their debut album Dreaming Out Loud, was remixed by Timbaland.

  • Dreaming Out Loud (2007)
  • Waking Up (2009)
  • Native (2013, reissued 2014)

Current Members:
  • Ryan Tedder - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, bass guitar, tambourine
  • Zach Filkins - lead guitar, viola, backing vocals
  • Brent Kutzle - bass guitar, cello, guitar, piano, backing vocals
  • Drew Brown - rhythm guitar, piano, backing vocals
  • Eddie Fisher - drums

"I'm holding on your tropes/Got me ten feet off the ground":

  • Audience Participation: "Something I Need" and often "Apologize".
  • Album Title Drop: In "Come Home" for Dreaming Out Loud.
  • Badass Boast: Parodied in "Everybody Loves Me".
  • Book Ends: In "Apologize": "I'm holding on your rope/Got me ten feet off the ground" is repeated at the beginning and end of the song.
  • Breakup Song: They have a few, starting with "Apologize".
  • Cheap Heat: The lyrics of "Good Life" are frequently changed. Colorado can be changed to Carolina, San Francisco, Chicago, etc.
  • Genre-Busting: Quoth Ryan Tedder: "We're no respecter of genre. If it's a good song or a good artist whether rock, pop, indie or hip hop, they've probably influenced us on some level...nothing's new under the sun, we're a sum of a bunch of parts."
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The two instances of "bullshit" in "Good Life" got past some radio stations when the song first came out.
  • Kids Rock: "Made For You" uses a children's choir.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "All The Right Moves" sounds quite happy, but the lyrics are depressing.
  • Lyrics/Video Mismatch: The videos for "Something I Need" and "Love Runs Out" have nothing to do with the songs.
  • Market-Based Title: A minor one; "Apologize" was given the British English spelling "Apologise" in some countries.
  • Masquerade Ball: The video for "All The Right Moves" is set here.
  • Money to Burn: "Counting Stars" has "Make that money, watch it burn".
  • Not Christian Rock: According to The Other Wiki, despite being a Christian, Ryan Tedder does not want to be labeled as a "Christian artist". He has on one arm a tattoo written in old Japanese which he got while he was in Osaka, meaning "God's will" and literally means "God gives and God takes".
  • Rejected Apology: "Apologize" is about this trope.
  • Repurposed Pop Song: "Counting Stars" and "Good Life".
  • Silly Love Songs: "What You Wanted", "Feel Again", "All This Time", "Passenger", "All We Are".
  • Technicolor Fire: In "Apologize": "I loved you with a fire red, now it's turning blue."
  • The Four Chords of Pop: "Apologize" uses this chord progression.
  • Title Track: Waking Up.
  • Unplugged Version: The deluxe version of Native has acoustic versions of "If I Lose Myself", "Burning Bridges", and "What You Wanted".
  • Vine Swing: In "Counting Stars": "I see this life like a swinging vine."
  • Word Salad Lyrics: "Everybody Loves Me" and parts of "Tyrant".

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