"Fireflies" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Upbeat song about insomnia is odd but inoffensive.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 67 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

This track gives an honest account of what it's like to have problems sleeping.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Owl City singer Adam Young is a relative newcomer on the music scene, and so far, he's steered clear of questionable behavior.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that though the lyrics in this song are somewhat nonsensical, they contain no real show-stoppers in the way of profane language, sexual references, or other adult themes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17-year-old Written byMickey11 January 7, 2011
serously i think its for like ages 0 and up cause nothing wrong so what eve!
Parent of a 17-year-old Written byPirate fan February 15, 2010

perfect for anyone

This song is pretty good.Ive listened to it and there is no cursing, drugs smoking or drinking or bad content in this song. Its not the best song but its not ba... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byBrainierRain June 9, 2020


Really anyone can listen to it. Not bad or good. I think the sounds mixed into the song sounds cool.
Teen, 15 years old Written byCooltiger37 September 5, 2018

Hit song is G-rated, but incredibly boring

While there's nothing even remotely offensive in this song to worry about, it's really boring and annoying. The only violent thing about this song is... Continue reading

What's the story?

FIREFLIES is the incredibly popular electropop single from Owl City -- a Minnesota-based band that actually consists of just one guy, singer Adam Young. The tune is based entirely on Young's insomnia, with the artist using the track to chronicle his long-time problems falling asleep. None of the song's lyrics are explicit; they're simply a clean description of Young's sleeping problems: "Leave my door open just a crack ... 'cause I feel like such an insomniac ... why do I tire of counting sheep ... when I'm far too tired to fall asleep."

Is it any good?

Heavy on the electro, light on the pop, this synth-infused tune has a lighthearted hook that belies the seriousness of Young's insomnia -- and the singer's child-like vocals add to the misleadingly bright tone. The overall effect may be a little sticky-sweet, but it has undeniable appeal. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the song's theme. Can insomnia be a sign that something else is wrong in your life?

  • When you're finding it hard to sleep, what are five things you can try to make it easier?

Music details

  • Artist: Owl City
  • Release date: November 20, 2009
  • Label: Universal
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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