2013 Grammy Winner: Song of the Year (We Are Young), Best New Artist
NPR Music: fun. In Concert
World Cafe: fun. On World Cafe
NPR Music: A Summer With Fun.
All Things Considered: How A Band Called “fun.” Found Its Way To No. 1
What does the success of a record like Some Nights mean in 2012? That it’s finally safe for rock bands to smile on stage again? That the sounds and rhythms once associated with hip-hop have so thoroughly metastasized through pop music that no one genre can claim exclusive domain over them? That young people with guitars can get as excited about their parents’ copy of A Night at the Opera as they can about Nevermind or Loveless or “The Blue Album?” Maybe. But even without all the things that make fun. a conversation piece — the Glee cover, the band’s outspokenness on gay rights, that ridiculous bit of punctuation — Some Nights would be remarkable for its sheer optimism. Rarely does an artist with such plaintive lyrics (“I feel so all alone,” “Why am I the one always packing up my stuff?” and “Everyone I love is gonna leave me”) manage to sound so consistently psyched. (Daoud Tyler-Ameen)