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I recently had the pleasure of being introduced to the music of Lebanese-British singer-songwriter MIKA (or Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr.). MIKA’s songs are unique and a complete delight to the ear. While he has a number of fantastic tunes for music lovers to enjoy, I am going to share what I consider to be the best MIKA songs so you can get a real feel for his musicality and artistic style.
“Lollipop” might be one of the most widespread and popular MIKA songs. It was even featured in the hit film Pitch Perfect 2. This is a fun and out-of-the-ordinary tune that lovers of sugar-sweet pop with a bite should appreciate. It makes for a great introduction to MIKA’s catalog.
“Dear Jealousy” is a very human, very relatable track that has an irresistible 80’s vibe. If you’ve ever felt jealousy over anyone or anything, this just might be your new anthem. This is one of MIKA’s newest tunes, which is reassuring. It shows that he hasn’t lost his artistry over the years.
“Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)”
This song predates the “All About That Bass” era of celebrating larger body types, which is impressive in and of itself. However, it’s the tune’s uplifting and irresistibly catchy sound that really makes it stand out as one of the best MIKA songs.
“Origin of Love”
“Origin of Love” manages to mix Queen and Enya vibes. I absolutely love it. Its clever lyricism makes excellent use of metaphor and simile to demonstrate the power of love and its many complexities. MIKA explains this track—which I name among the best songs of the 21st century—better than I ever could in the video linked above, so I’ll defer to him on its deeper meaning.
This song is more classic and subdued than many of MIKA’s other tunes, but it is very catchy and enjoyable, nonetheless. I recommend it to anyone that enjoys that throwback, Eric Clapton-style sound in music. I typically don’t, but it works here because MIKA is very talented, and I love it. It seems like it was a precursor to the “oldies” sound on his fourth album, No Place In Heaven, which is interesting to think about.
“Tomorrow” is romantic, harsh, dance-worthy, and uplifting all in one artistic package. It’s another track with an 80’s-type sensibility that gives me the chills. If you only listen to one of the songs by MIKA on this list today, it should be this one.
Here are a few honorable mentions to check out once you’ve decided to listen to more MIKA—although I really recommend that you listen to all of his songs if you like the ones above: “Love Today, ” “Dr. John,” “Blue Eyes,” “No Place In Heaven,” and “Staring at the Sun.”