In retrospect, the coming of OneRepublic might as well be considered as an overnight sensation. That is because they rose from relative obscurity very quickly with the pop-crossover success of their lead single, “Apologies. It has been a long road for this band, considering the last album they released (before “Human”) was in 2016, but they are back on the scene with another hit for the books. In a pop music world that is often criticized for being too uniform and without lyrical substance, OneRepublic stands out amongst the rest. With high-power ballads to more lighthearted songs about love, the band boasts an array of genres in their work. To prove this point, here are 10 of the best OneRepublic songs of all time.
10. If I Lose Myself (from the “Native” Album — 2013)
“If I Lose Myself” was written by Ryan Tedder with the help of Benny Blanco. Tedder said his long-held fear of flying inspired the song. Tim Bergling (Avicii) would produce it, and the rest is history. The song incorporates elements of contemporary electronic dance music while still managing to keep a pop edge. The American filmmaker, Michael Muller, shot the video and even said he drew its inspiration from the “Matrix” and “12 Monkeys” movie scenes.
9. Future Looks Good (from the “Oh My My” Album — 2016)
“Future Looks Good” was one of the singles released on OneRepublic’s fourth studio album, “Oh My My.” The song lyrically talks about how times are changing, and no matter what happens, each person can always find something good to look forward to. Future Looks Good was co-written by Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, and Zachary Charles. It was produced by Kutzle Tedder and has a danceable groove to it, with lush synthesizers and a catchy hook.
8. Let’s Hurt Tonight (from the “Oh My My” Album — 2016)
“Let’s Hurt Tonight” is the third track off the group’s fourth studio album, “Oh My My,” released on 6th December 2016. Co-written by Ryan Tedder and Noel Patrick Zancanella, the song was the theme track to the 2016 film “Collateral Beauty,” starring Will Smith. The music video was released on 7th December 2016 and stars actors Will Smith and Keira Knightley. The lyrics revolve around acts of kindness that people can do for each other when they are down, encouraging them and making life a little better.
7. Wild Life (from the “Human” Album — 2021)
From their latest studio album, Human, “Wild Life” is a track that focuses on the struggles of life and the plans we make. It discusses the importance of living for today rather than planning things that can easily fall apart. That is why it felt like a perfect fit to have the incredible dancers Matthew Gibbs and Courtney Scarrappear in the music video. They reflect the two halves of the same mind. The song itself intertwines breezy pop with Caribbean-tinged percussion, making it an easy summer jam.
6. Good Life (from the “Native” Album — 2013)
“Good Life” is a little upbeat compared to the other tracks on the album. It has a very easy-going sound, with a strong dance beat that sticks in your head. It was one of the single releases of OneRepublic’s third studio album, “Native” (2013). Co-written by Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, and Eddie Fisher, it ended up peaking at #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, eventually becoming certified multiplatinum. The song has been featured in a list of film trailers, including “Eat Pray Love,” and Tv shows advertisements such as “Cougar Town,” “Gossip Girl, and “One Tree Hill.” Ultimately, it would end up selling three million copies.
5. All the Right Moves (from the “Waking Up” Album — 2008)
Leading off their sophomore album, “All the Right Moves” is one of OneRepublic’s signature songs. The synth-heavy track was written by Ryan Tedder, who also produced it alongside Andy Prickett and Brent Kutzle. It peaked at #6 on the US Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and ranked in the Top 40 of six other countries. The song has been described as “hypnotic, soulful, and unique.” All of these words are accurate in their description. Wayne Isham produced the music video, which follows the band on stage playing for a masque-themed party.
4. Stop and Stare (from the “Dreaming Out Loud” Album — 2007)
It was released as the album’s second single on 27th November 2007. The song peaked at #33 on the US Billboard Hot 100, later becoming certified platinum. It has topped the charts of countries like Australia, Hungary, and Chile and reached #3 in New Zealand. Ultimately, the song has sold over 2 million copies in downloads. The song starts with a guitar riff, accompanied by ringing background fills from an electric guitar. The two continue throughout the song, gradually building up as bass and drums join, bringing the track to an explosive chorus.
3. Love Runs Out (from the “Native” Album — 2013)
The song was one of the more popular songs on the album. It received a lot of airplay from different radio stations, peaking #67 on the US Billboard Hot 100, spending nine weeks on the chart. It also hit #1 in Scotland. The song was co-written by Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, Zack Filkins, and Drew Brown. Tedder produced it. The music video for the song was directed by Sophie Muller. In one of their interviews, the group said it cost them a whopping $180 000 to produce the video. The video tries to reference Sade’s music video, “Solder of Love.” Overall, it’s the group’s fifth most-watched music video, with over 160 million views on YouTube.
2. Counting Stars (from the “Native” Album — 2013)
It was released as the first single from their third studio album, “Native.” It became a massive hit around the world, peaking at #1 in many countries. In Australia and New Zealand, it spent nine weeks atop of the chart. In America, it reached #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100, spending several weeks in the chart. The song was written by Ryan Tedder, and produced by Tedder and Noel. It drew comparisons to OneRepublic’s earlier work, demonstrated in their “Dreaming Out Loud” album (2007). The song is notable for its catchy, singable chorus and electric beats.
1. Apologize (from the “Dreaming Out Loud” Album — 2007)
The song was a massive worldwide hit, peaking at #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and remaining there for 22 weeks. The single has been certified six times platinum in America and four times platinum in Australia. Overall, it’s OneRepublic’s biggest hit to date. The group released the track as the lead single to their debut album. In 2007, Timbaland would remix it for his “Shock Wave” album, also produced by Greg Wells with new backing vocals, an extra line of percussions, and added sound samples. It ended up being the biggest radio airplay in history, registering over 10 000 airplay in a week. Leona Lewis would later break the record with her hit single, “Bleeding Love,” also written by Tedder.