Mike Posner's 8 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

Mike Posner, 2016
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Mike Posner performs onstage during 103.5 KTU's KTUphoria 2016 presented by Aruba at Jones Beach Theater on June 4, 2016 in Wantagh, New York. 

Mike Posner knows how to craft a hit.

The Michigan native struck gold on his very first studio album -- 2010's 31 Minutes To Takeoff -- with the summer juggernaut "Cooler Than Me," an addictive diss track that notched him a No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. And that same smart, tongue-in-cheek take on the party-hard lifestyle that characterized his first hit has earned Posner a number of chart-climbers since, from the earnest dance-pop hit "Please Don't Go" to the surprisingly deep, Grammy-nominated "I Took a Pill in Ibiza."

Dance it out to these hits and more as Billboard Dance runs down our eight favorite Mike Posner songs, below. 

8. Mike Posner - "Looks Like Sex"

It may not have made a dent in the Hot 100, but Posner’s 2011 “Looks Like Sex” is a hidden gem. Beneath its NSFW title, the track is a slinky, impossibly cool dance-pop vibe that combines witty lyricism with a crackling beat and an addictive, almost reggae-sounding hook.

7. Mike Posner feat. Big Sean - "Top of the World"

The bromance is real on this motivational Mike Posner song, where the singer joins forces with friend and fellow Detroit native Big Sean. Beginning with an inspiring voiceover stressing “that we always return home,” the bouncy track is as heartwarming as it is instantly danceable.

6. Mike Posner feat. Lil Wayne - "Bow Chicka Wow Wow"

Another stellar release off Posner’s debut album, “Bow Chicka Wow Wow” combines a sexy electric guitar riff with smooth vocals, Lil Wayne rhymes and the sounds of popping bubbles -- and even a cartoonish boing! We can always count on Posner to bring the unexpected, and this full-hearted ode to a lover is no exception, coming in at No. 30 on the Hot 100 back in 2011.

5. Mike Posner - "Be As You Are"

If you listen carefully to hyper Posner dance tracks like “I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” you’ll notice some pretty emotive, even profound, lyrics. But the piano ballad “Be As You Are” brings Posner’s lyricism to the forefront. Don’t miss the track's equally intimate music video, which features characters from all walks of life holding signs that display negative stereotypes before ripping up those signs and skinny-dipping in the ocean.

4. Mike Posner - "Drug Dealer Girl"

Our list wouldn’t be complete without throwing it back to Posner’s 2008 debut mixtape, A Matter of Time, and its standout track “Drug Dealer Girl.” Featuring ‘90s-style electronic effects, lighthearted lyrics and Posner’s signature raspy vocal, the cheeky track ruminates on Posner’s latest campus crush, who is exactly what the title implies.

3. Mike Posner - "Please Don't Go"

Co-produced and co-written with Benny Blanco, the hit Mike Posner song “Please Don’t Go” peaked at No. 16 on the Hot 100. It’s hard to resist the singer’s pleading chorus, and the glitchy, surging dance beat is one of Posner’s most infectious yet.

2. Mike Posner - "Cooler Than Me"

Of course, Posner’s explosive “Cooler Than Me” has an honorary spot on our list. The track soared to No. 1 on the Dance Airplay charts, reaching No. 6 on the Hot 100, and it's not hard to understand why. You can almost see Posner’s smirk as he croons about posers who think they’re “cooler than me,” and you have to give the artist props for poking fun at the DJ persona of the very genre he subscribes to.

1. Mike Posner - "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" (SeeB Remix)

Originally recorded as an acoustic guitar track, “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” was transformed into an electro-pop, tropical house smash hit by Norwegian duo SeeB. Not only did this Mike Posner song peak at No. 4 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 on Dance Airplay, but it also snagged a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year in 2016. The track is everything a dance classic should be -- upbeat, heavy-hitting and with an iconic hook that never gets old. But at the same time, the track employs witty lyricism to completely flip expectations, musing on loneliness, drug use and the pitfalls of partying.


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