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Less-Common MIKA Songs You Need to Hear

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If you are at least somewhat familiar with MIKA songs (which, honestly, isn’t all that likely if you are a US reader, which means you should check out my last post about MIKA’s best songs), you probably know his definitive hits, such as “Lollipop,” “We Are Golden,” and the now TikTok-famous “Grace Kelly.”

However, unless you’re a die-hard fan, you probably aren’t aware of some of the singer-songwriter’s lesser-known songs. Today, I’m going to list a few of my favorite more-hidden gems from MIKA’s body of work in hopes that you will enjoy them as much as I do.

1. “Rio”

Try to remember not to confuse this masterpiece with the Duran Duran track of the same name, although that song is another favorite of mine. “Rio” is undeniably catchy, with that throwback vibe that pops up in many MIKA songs—particularly from his album No Place In Heaven—and makes them one-of-a-kind.

2. “Step With Me”

“Step With Me” is, in a word, adorable. It’s pure, sweet, romance pop, with very little of the clever bite or heavy themes that many other MIKA songs display. That isn’t a bad thing, it just makes “Step With Me” interestingly different from MIKA’s usual style and one of those songs that fans of mushy pop will love (I am one of them, as long as the mush is done right).

3. “Without Her”

This is a cover of the Harry Nilsson song, but I enjoyed it so much and it seems to get so little attention that I felt it needed to be on this list. At times, MIKA sounds shockingly like Nilsson, while other parts of the live track are undeniably MIKA in sound and style, making it a valid entry to the MIKA repertoire.

4. “Domani”

MIKA performing “Domani” live.

“Domani” is more or less the Italian version of one of my favorite MIKA songs, “Tomorrow,” though the lyrics are not identical at all. These two tunes have taken on a special meaning in my life separate from the heart of the original theme, as I struggle with worrying about the future quite often. In any case, there’s something special about MIKA’s vocals in “Domani” that makes it even more of a must-hear track to me than “Tomorrow” is.

5. “Live Your Life”

No one talks about “Live Your Life” much, but I love it and its music video, which serves as an advertisement for San Miguel Beer. It’s just all-around MIKA fun, and I consider it to be one of the best MIKA songs.

6. “Porcelain”

“Porcelain” is one of MIKA’s puzzling bonus tracks from his fourth album No Place in Heaven. I say “puzzling” because both “Porcelain” and “Promiseland” are masterpieces. This one is particularly haunting; it’s the type of song where we can feel MIKA’s emotions pouring through his vocals.

7. “Tah Dah”

This fun piece was a bonus track on MIKA’s third album, The Origin of Love. It’s yet another bonus track that doesn’t get what it deserves. It offers the listener angry breakup-style emotions as well as piercing heartache. I would LOVE to hear this one live.

8. “Ready to Call This Love”

Here’s a gorgeous duet between MIKA and Jack Savoretti. It shows the importance of going after love when the time is right and not being afraid of the feelings that come with romance.

9. “Lonely Alcoholic”

This one might be underrated because it was a limited release. Fortunately, anyone who does not own the EP Songs For Sorrow can still listen to the track on YouTube at this time. It’s got MIKA’s dark signature bite, so be prepared for something a bit unsettling but worth the emotion.

10. “Platform Ballerinas”

If ever you’ve wanted the ultimate song for self-love, this is it. It’s also a great excuse to dance at any time of the day or night!

Here are some honorable mentions: “Toy Boy,” “Good Gone Girl,” and any of MIKA’s French tracks.

What are your favorite MIKA songs? Let us know below!


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