Mike Posner is a multi-talented artist who has had success in several different areas of the music industry. After co-writing some of the biggest hits for other artists, he decided to start focusing on his own career. Since then, he’s released two hit albums and landed several chart-topping singles. In the years since, Posner has experimented with a variety of different sounds, ultimately settling on R&B-tinged versions of pop, according to the Guardian. Although Mike Posner has been out of the music spotlight for a while now, his songs will always be remembered. With that in mind, these 10 stand out as his best work:
10. Smoke & Drive – Mike Posner
The song depicts how easy it is for anyone – famous or not – to fall victim to the allure of smoking while behind the wheel. According to Genius, the songstress opens up the song with a monologue about how a casual smoke turned into a serious addiction that cost her relationships and nearly her life. Posner follows up with his own personal story about losing a friend who was killed by a drunk driver and how the tragedy made him rethink his own habits.
9. Momma Always Told Me- Mike Posner, Stanaj, YUNG BAE
The song, which features a guest verse from YUNG BAE and the chorus sung by Stanaj, deals with the sacrifices we make for our loved ones. In the song, Posner talks about working multiple jobs to put his mom through school and taking care of his son without help from his baby’s mother. Posner also talks about how his mom tells him to give up his dreams for his own well-being and happiness. He admits that he’s trying, but God has other plans for him.
8. Move On- Mike Posner
The song is about being thankful for what you have and trying to be content with your surroundings. Posner explains that he’s not worried about the future because he knows that everything will work out in the end and he feels fortunate to live his life the way he wants to. He even says that he would rather be a broke but happy person.
7. Bow Chicka Wow Wow- Mike Posner, Lil Wayne
The song is based around Posner’s love of the 80s and his desire to bring back some of the classic hits that people love to dance to. He also talks about dancing with a certain someone and proclaiming her as his “tbow chicka wow wow.”
6. I Took A Pill In Ibiza- Mike Posner
The song is about taking medication while on vacation and how this behavior can be a form of leisure and self-indulgence. Posner raps about taking pills to boost his mood while he’s alone in Ibiza and feels as though the pill is slowly robbing him of his life. The song perfectly captures his blend of smooth vocals and catchy lyrics. He also shows off his ability to compose a nice, relaxing tune that is sure to be a hit with anyone who is listening to it.
5. Jealousy- Mike Posner, black bear
The song is about a guy who is jealous that his best friend is getting all the attention from the ladies, which leads him to question his own chances of getting with her. The chorus also features some of his smooth vocals and a soft rap verse from Posner as well as a lovely beat and provides some nice dance vibes.
4. Cooler Than Me- Mike Posner, Big Sean
The song talks about how Posner isn’t interested in being one of the people who care what other people think, he wants to be seen as the “cooler” option that everyone wants to be around and he’ll do whatever it takes for him to maintain his reputation. The song also features some of Posner’s rapping skills, which is becoming a regular feature in his songs in recent years. Although the song features Flo Rida and isn’t the most original track you’ll ever hear, it has one of the best music videos of all time.
3. Please Don’t Go- Mike Posner
The song is about a guy begging his girl not to break up with him. He explains how he knows that she’s not happy and that the two of them are just going through the motions, but he wants her to stay with him for as long as possible because he still loves her. It’s definitely a sad, but relatable song for anyone who has ever been in a long-term relationship with someone they didn’t love anymore.
2. Cooler Than Me- Mike Posner, Gigamesh
The song is about a guy who is “cooler” than his potential lover’s current partner. He points out that he’s got a lot more money, fame, and success than her boyfriend, so she should take him up on his advances. The song also features guest vocals by electronic artist Gigamesh and the combination of their two different sounds makes for an incredible track.
1. I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix)- Mike Posner, Seeb
The song is based around Posner singing, which is hard to keep going when you’re rapping, but he makes the transition look pretty effortless. The singer pays tribute to his favorite holiday while also showing off his smooth vocals. Being one of the best remixes by Mike Ponser, the song featured on the 2010’s Hit Essentials.