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[[caption-width-right:350:He'd like to make himself believe that planet Earth turns slowly.]]

Owl City is [[IAmTheBand Adam Young with a synthesizer]], originally created as a way for Young to deal with his insomnia. After gaining a small cult following in the 2000s with his internet-released albums ''Of June'' and ''Maybe I'm Dreaming,'' he snagged a smash hit in 2009 with "Fireflies," a sweet little song about insomnia and the [[GrowingUpSucks loss of childhood innocence]].

Owl City's music is generally characterized by [[EarWorm bubbly synth melodies]] combined with [[WordSaladLyrics oddball lyrics]] about [[SillyLoveSong cutesy romance]], nostalgia, [[MindScrew ethereal musings]] and puns. ''[[HurricaneOfPuns Lots]]'' [[HurricaneOfPuns of puns]]! Depending on who you ask, these songs are either [[SweetDreamsFuel endearing]] or [[TastesLikeDiabetes sickening]]. Nevertheless, the Young has otherwise enjoyed a reasonably successful career (though has yet to top [[OneHitWonder his first big hit]]), particularly with providing theme songs to several animated features.

* ''Of June EP'' (2007)
* ''Maybe I'm Dreaming'' (2008)
* ''Ocean Eyes'' (2009)
* ''All Things Bright and Beautiful'' (2011)
* ''Shooting Star EP'' (2012)
* ''The Midsummer Station'' (2012)
* ''The Midsummer Station (Acoustic EP)''
* ''Ultraviolet EP'' (2014)
* ''Mobile Orchestra'' (2015)
* ''Cinematic'' (2018)
!!This musician provides examples of:

%%* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy And His Synthesizer]]
* ActualPacifist: He said so on his blog, and it could be implied in the song "Dental Care":
-->"I'd rather pick flowers instead of fights."
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal : In "How I Became The Sea":
--> The wide windy waves washed in.
* {{Adorkable}}: If you ever wanted to know what this trope ''sounded'' like.
* AfterTheEnd: The setting of the "Alligator Sky" video.
* AndIMustScream: In "Wolf Bite", "I'm dyin' but I can't scream".
* ArcWords:
** The phrase "tired eyes" has occurred in "I'll Meet You There," "Lonely Lullaby," and "Shooting Star."
** Fire in "Shooting Star", "Embers" and "Silhouette"
* AudienceParticipationSong: When "Fireflies" is performed live, there's usually at least one chorus sung solely by the audience.
* BookEnds: "The Real World" and "Strawberry Avalanche" begin and end with the same set of lyrics.
* CallBack: "Metropolis" has one to "Vanilla Twilight":
--> "Vanilla Twilight": I'd send a postcard to you dear, 'cause I wish you were here.
--> "Metropolis": Like hundreds of postcards, that say 'I wish you were here'.
* TheCameo:
** [[spoiler:Shaquille O'Neal]] in the video for "Vanilla Twilight."
** [[spoiler:Music/{{LIGHTS}}]] in the video for "Deer in The Headlights."
* CasanovaWannabe \ DoggedNiceGuy: The narrator in "Deer in The Headlights." The poor sap is supposedly so creepy girls pepper spray him ''for just saying hello'', but still believes he has a shot with women.
* ChristmasSongs: He has several, one of which is actually called "Christmas Song." He's released one nearly ever December as a single since 2011, including "Peppermint Winter," "Kiss Me, Babe, It's Christmas Time" and "Ba, Humbug,"
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: ''All Things Bright and Beautiful'' has given us a song ''based on this''. "The Real World" pretty much runs with this concept in quite a nice way:
-->"Reality is a lovely place, but I wouldn't wanna live there."
* ColonyDrop: Possibly referenced in "Kamikaze".
-->Oh comet, come down / kamikaze over me.
** For reference, think about the meaning of 'kamikaze' in WWII context.
* ColorfulSong: "Technicolor Phase."
* CueTheSun:
** While not actually the sun, the [[BuffySpeak Aurora-cloud thing]] in the "Vanilla Twilight" video glows more colorfully and brightly when Adam starts the last verse, and the onlookers react quite happily. It is, of course, fitting the lyrics:
--->When violet eyes get brighter, and heavy wings grow lighter, I'll taste the sky and feel alive again.
** A straighter example hinting the beginning of a journey is mentioned in "To the Sky":
--->Travel light, let the sun eclipse you\\
'Cause your flight is about to leave\\
And there's more to this brave adventure\\
Than you'd ever believe...
%%* DatingCatwoman: ''I'm Coming After You''
* DarkerAndEdgier: "This Isn't The End" is far darker and more melancholy than the usual Owl City fare, dealing with a father who committed suicide, and how it affected his daughter. [[spoiler: Ultimately, however, the song does end on an optimistic note.]]
* DepravedDentist: Referenced in one verse of "Dental Care."
-->"Have a seat," he says pleasantly\\
As he shakes my hand and practically laughs at me\\
"Open up nice and wide," he says peering in\\
And with a smirk he says, "Don't have a fit\\
This'll just pinch a bit," as he tries not to grin.
* DoubleEntendre:
** When you look back on it, this line from "Sunburn": "The lantern died that night '''but we didn't need to see'''..."
** From "If My Heart was a House": "Chills run down my spine as ''our fingers intwine'' / And your sighs harmonize with mine."
** "We'll turn out all of the lights and set this ballroom aglow" is a bit more subtle, but it's still there.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "Christmas Song." Go on, guess what it's about.
* GrowingUpSucks: "Fireflies" is partially about losing your childlike sense of wonder and imagination as you grow up.
* HauntedHouse: The setting of "Plant Life."
* IAmTheBand: Owl City is just one guy.
* IncrediblyLamePun: ''Good god.''
** "Dental Care" is loaded with these:
---> "I've been to the dentist a thousand times / so I know the drill."
---> "Golf and alcohol don't mix / and that's why I don't drink and drive."
---> "''When hygienists leave on long vacations / That's when dentists scream / And lose their '''patience'''.''"
** "Cave In" had:
--->"If the bombs go off the sun will still be shining" /
--->"Cause I've heard it said that every MUSHROOM cloud has a silver lining"
** IncrediblyLamePun and LyricalDissonance at the same time.
** Adam's particularly fond of {{Incredibly Lame Pun}}s on his Website/{{Twitter}}. Just check a backlog, and you'll see. Here's one:
--->'''Me:''' Whale you be my valentine?\\
'''You:''' Dolphinitely.
** In "Cave In," one line is "Riding a dirtbike down a turnpike/always takes its toll on me."
** 'Honey and the Bee has a [[Film/BackToTheFuture classic]] one:
--->"I would make like a tree and ''leave''."
** "Plant Life" has this:
--->Your spirit is sweet, so pull off your sheet/and give me a ''ghost'' of a smile.
** And this:
--->Show me your teeth, 'cause you're a teddy beneath / so just grin and ''bear'' it a while.
** "Take to the Sky" was played in ''The Guardians of Ga'Hoole.'' While exploring the ''owl city.''
** From "Bombshell Blonde":
--->"Bad news, I'm a fuse and I've met my ''match'' / so stand back, it's about to go off."
--->"That blonde, she's a bomb/she's an atom bomb." An ''Adam'' bomb, geddit?
** The segue into the first and second choruses of "The Bird and the Worm" set up and complete an awesomely lame one.
--->With fronds like these, well, who needs anemones?
--->And this gem- "We'll take a long walk through the cornfield, and I'll kiss you between the ears." [[DontExplaintheJoke As in "ears-of-corn"]].
** There are tons of others to be found throughout his songs.
* TheLostWoods: Described in great [[SceneryPorn detail]] in "Plant Life" as a dream nonetheless:
-->I'd rather waltz than just walk through the forest/the trees keep the tempo and they sway in time...
* LyricalDissonance: He has this odd habit of inserting the creepiest lyrics into otherwise innocent, peppy synth-pop. See [[NightmareFuel/OwlCity the nightmare fuel subpage]] for more. Adam might have [[http://www.ayoungblog.com/post/72830307834/spoiler-owl-city-is-95-sad-lyrics-over-uplifting said it best]] himself.
--->"Spoiler: Owl City is 95% sad lyrics over uplifting chords."
* MeaningfulEcho: Between "Alligator Sky" and "Plant Life" of all things:
-->I'm scared to death that I'll never be afraid.\\
Cause I don't feel dead anymore, and I'm not afraid anymore.
* MindScrew: Arguably, "The Real World." Is Adam talking about some dream world he never wants to leave, or our world?
-->"Reality is a lovely place, but I wouldn't wanna live there..."\\
"I'd never leave if it were up to me..."
* NostalgiaFilter: The basis for "Unbelievable" from ''Mobile Orchestra'', talking about how awesome everything was as a kid.
* NotChristianRock: Adam is a Christian, as is obvious from a quick look through his [[http://www.ayoungblog.com/ blog]]. While many of his songs aren't focused on God, there are quite a few that do have Christian themes. These include "Meteor Shower", "Tidal Wave", "Kamikaze", and "Galaxies", though, like most Owl City songs, it can be hard to figure out what exactly the song is about on the first few listens. Additionally, he mentions Jesus in "Christmas Song", has done a [[http://owlcityblog.com/2010/10/25/my-hope-is-found/ cover]] of "In Christ Alone", and one album ("All Things Bright and Beautiful") is named after a hymn.
* ParentalLoveSong: "Not All Heroes Wear Capes" is a child-to-parent example.
* ProductPlacement: The video for ''Good Time'' (featuring Music/CarlyRaeJepsen) features a Fiat FIAT 500 prominently.
* SceneryPorn: "The Real World" has some very neat examples:
-->"From the green belt balcony, the wildfires look so pretty."\\
"To the ruby redwood tree, and to the velvet climbing ivy, painted all mahogany, I'd never leave if it were up to me."\\
"With a starry brush, paint the dusk venetian blue, because in the evening hush, you'll never believe the view'.
* ShoutOut:
** ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': "With fronds like these, who needs anemones?"
** ''Literature/{{Airborn}}'': "If my heart was a compass, you'd be North..." Adam is apparently a big fan of the series.
*** One of his albums in Adam's Port Blue project is ''The Airship'', which is based on the on Literature/{{Airborn}}. Some of the song titles refer to different parts of the novel, or just general ideas from the book.
** Almost the entire music video to "Deer in the Headlights" was a shout out to ''Film/BackToTheFuture''.
** From ''The Midsummer Station'', [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Metropolis]]. Not just the name, the words 'speeding bullet' are actually used in the lyrics. It's actually possible to interpret that whole section of the chorus as one, 'hijacked plane' to the famous 'is it a bird, is it a plane', 'runaway train' to the 'more powerful than a locomotive' and 'speeding bullet' to 'faster than a speeding bullet'.
** Possibly one to the Literature/TheBoxcarChildren in "Umbrella Beach".
--> "Home is a boxcar"
** "Bombshell Blonde" has two in two consecutive lyrics:
--> ''"And I'm Franchise/JamesBond/Live to [[Film/DieAnotherDay die another day]]"''
* SillyLoveSongs:
** "The Bird and the Worm," "Tip of the Iceberg," "Explorers", "On the Wing," "The Saltwater Room," "If My Heart Was a House..." The list goes on.
*** Interestingly, many of the songs on ''Ocean Eyes'' manage to be silly love songs without ever actually using the word "love."
** ''All Things Bright and Beautiful'' brings a more traditional, but no less awesome and sweet example, "Honey and the Bee." Made more sweet dream-y by the beautiful chorus, including the following fuzzies-inducing lyric:
--->"But if I reached for your hand would your eyes get wide?"
%%* SnowMeansLove: "Tip of the Iceberg."
* TheSomethingSong: "Christmas Song".
* TheStarsAreGoingOut: Referenced in a lyric from "Honey and the Bee":
-->"Cause when the stars silhouette me I'm scared they'll forget me and flicker out..."
** Also in "Shooting Star":
-->"When the sun goes down and the lights burn out it's time for you to shine"
* SubvertedRhymeEveryTime: Happens in "Rugs From Me To You":
-->"And by the way, I just gotta say, / Thank the Lord I'm not going ''bald''
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: ''Explorers'' is about this trope.
-->'''Phineas Flynn''': But the tide came in
-->And we found ourselves in the sea
-->Deep under water
-->'''Isabella Garcia-Shapiro''': We both found that we could still breathe
-->So we spent the day submerged
-->And we swam the evening away
* UpdatedRerelease: Several songs in ''Ocean Eyes'' can be found on earlier albums with slight changes. For example, "The Saltwater Room" was originally on the ''Maybe I'm Dreaming'' EP.
* VocalEvolution: His vocals on ''Of June'' are half-whispered and have an implacable AutoTune-esque effect on them. He starts projecting more with each successive release, although his slightly raspier voice on his more recent songs imply that a few years of improper singing techniques have taken their toll on him
* WithFriendsLikeThese: "...well, who needs enemies?" ("The Bird and the Worm")
* WordSaladLyrics: [[CaptainObvious Pretty much any given point of any of his songs]]. In fact, it wouldn't be surprising to see someone compile a list of increasingly silly unconnected words to be used in just one of his songs.
** [[http://akriloth2160.deviantart.com/art/Possible-Owl-City-Lyrics-184411846 Believe it or not, it has happened]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roL2gMmxwyo Apparently]] that is a way he comes up with possible song titles.
** During his Livestream listening party for his new album, ''The Midsummer Station'', he says that "Hello, Seattle" was the first song he wrote, and that he wrote it by writing down the first things that came to mind. If it rhymes, it goes.
%%* WorldOfPun:
%%** "Dental Care." Just... "Dental Care."
%%** Same thing with "Rugs from Me to You," even in the ''title''.
->''How close to the ending? Well, nobody knows,''\\
''The future's a mystery and anything goes,''\\
''Love is confusing and life is hard,''\\
''You fight to survive 'cause you made it this far...''