fun. is an American indie pop band based in New York City, New York that was formed by Nate Ruess, formerly of The Format. After the 2008 breakup of The Format, Ruess left Arizona to develop his career in New York City. Ruess then formed fun. with Andrew Dost of Anathallo and Jack Antonoff of Steel Train.
fun. recorded their debut album, “Aim and Ignite” in August 2009 with producer Steven McDonald and arranger Roger Joseph Manning, Jr., the former keyboardist of Jellyfish. The first single, “At Least I'm Not As Sad (As I Used To Be)” was made available as a free download.
Their second album, “Some Nights” was released in February 2012. “We Are Young” was released as the lead single from the album and bolstered the band to mainstream success with the aid of television and advertising. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for six weeks and the Alternative Songs chart for two weeks, with over six million digital downloads. The band later won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, and “We Are Young” won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.