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 2002 and achieved success after "Apologize", the lead single from their debut album Dreaming Out Loud, was remixed by Timbaland.

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Principal Members (current members are in italics, founding members are in bold):

  • Ryan Tedder - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, bass guitar, tambourine
  • Zach Filkins - lead guitar, viola, backing vocals
  • Drew Brown - rhythm guitar, piano, backing vocals
  • Jerrod Bettis - drums
  • Tim Meyers - bass guitar
  • Eddie Fisher - drums
  • Brent Kutzle - bass guitar, cello, guitar, piano, backing vocals


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

I'm staring down myself, counting up the tropes:

  • Audience Participation: "Something I Need" and often "Apologize".
  • Album Title Drop: In "Come Home" for Dreaming Out Loud.
  • Animal Motifs: The "Native" album cover features five animals, each one representing a member of the band: Ryan Tedder=fox; Eddie Fisher=puma; Drew Brown=owl; Brent Kutzle=gazelle; and Zach Filkins=bison.
    • Some of these animals appear on the covers for "Counting Stars", "Something I Need" and "Love Runs Out" as well, and in the video of "If I Lose Myself".
  • Badass Boast: Parodied in "Everybody Loves Me".
  • Badass Longcoat: Ryan Tedder wears one in the "Love Runs Out" video.
  • Bait and Switch: At the funeral in the "Something I Need" video, a man walks to the coffin and looks like he is about to cry. No, he is just pulling the book off the dead guy's hands.
  • 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".
  • CamelCase
  • Carpe Diem: The theme around "I Lived".
  • Cheap Heat: The lyrics of "Good Life" are frequently changed. Colorado can be changed to Carolina, San Francisco, Chicago, etc.
  • Concept Video: "Something I Need".
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the video for "Something I Need", the hashtags "#BLESSED" and "#WINNING" appear when the man is being attacked by the dog (and spitting blood in the second instance).
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: "Stop And Stare". "I think I'm moving, but I go nowhere..."
  • Dress Rehearsal Video: "Secrets", "Good Life" and "Counting Stars", albeit having additional sequences other than the band performing the song.
  • Fading into the Next Song: "Preacher" into "Don't Look Down"
  • 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.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: In "Love Runs Out", "Got an angel on my shoulder, and Mephistopheles".
  • Kids Rock: "Made For You" uses a children's choir.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "All The Right Moves" sounds quite happy, but the lyrics are depressing.
    • Also "If I Lose Myself". It is a soothing song about (according to Word of God) being about to die in a falling airplane.
  • 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.
  • Mondegreen: Some lines in "Everybody Loves Me" and "Waking Up" are pretty hard to understand.
  • Money to Burn: "Counting Stars" has "Make that money, watch it burn".
  • Music Video Overshadowing: As aforementioned, "If I Lose Myself" expresses Ryan Tedder's fear of flying and going down in a plane, yet finding comfort in his companion. The song however can be easily interpreted as being about spending the night partying with someone. The footage of the band performing to happy people at a secret club reinforces this impression.
  • Non-Appearing Title: "Au Revoir".
  • 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, and provides the page quote.
  • Repurposed Pop Song: "Counting Stars" and "Good Life".
  • Self-Deprecation: "All The Right Moves", supposedly.
    • In the "Something I Need" MV, the main character rips two OneRepublic posters off a wall and throws them away angrily.
  • Shout-Out: "Everybody Loves Me" references the musician John Sousa and his work, "Désirée".
  • Silly Love Songs: "What You Wanted", "Feel Again", "All This Time", "Passenger", "All We Are".
  • Stylistic Suck: The "sea" in the video for "Love Runs Out" is kind of obviously a giant sheet of plastic. The effect is supposedly intentional, according to the band's official Facebook page.
  • Surreal Music Video: "Love Runs Out". The trippy cloudy backdrop, the old lady playing the piano, the dancers, the plastic sea and the "ninjas" kicking stacks of books may or may not be related to the lyrics.
    • "Stop And Stare" is sort of surreal as well.
  • Talky Bookends: "All the Right Moves" has a short introduction, while "Counting Stars" has a short ending.
  • 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".

"Sometimes there's airplanes I can't jump out
Sometimes there's bullshit that don't work now
We all got our stories, but please tell me
What there is to complain about"