I Took a Pill in Ibiza is a hit song that was way ahead of its years. This song sounds like an incredibly electronic party song for you to vibe. However, in actuality, it is a brutally honest and sad song. This contrast is hard to comprehend. Through this song, Mike Posner reflects how fame has left; now, he is empty inside and is unable to find any fulfilment. In the lyrics, Posner did what he did with the pill to impress Avicii, the now late talented Swedsh DJ.
Avicii sadly left us in 2018 after committing suicide three years after the song was released due to drug and alcohol addiction. He wrote this song along with Mike Posner. It was then remixed by the acclaimed production expert duo SeeB from Norway. “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” was released on February 27, 2016, on YouTube and now stands with over 1.4 billion views.
Let us now talk a bit about the context of this song.
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The Song Review
I Took a Pill in Ibiza – the Context
The song refers in title to Ibiza, an island in the Mediterranean. It falls within the Balearic Islands in Spain. The pill is essentially an unidentified drug, and Mike is under the influence of it. Later, he revealed that the drug is MDMA.
In an interview published on Medium in 2015, Mike Posner talked about his inspiration behind the song.
Mike Posner said, “It was sort of a mystery pill. Moreover, I was already under the influence of alcohol at the time. I had written a track with Avicii that week in Sweden called “Stay with You”. And, he was playing in Ibiza, so I said, ‘I will just go there with you,’ because I was already in Europe. I don’t have like a regular 9–5 job … so might as well go to Ibiza, right? I had never been there before.”
Further, he talked about how a guy recognized him at the show. That guy had a bag full of pills. He says, “He holds up a little bag having pills. He goes like, ‘You want one?’ The drunk Mike Posner was like, ‘Eff it, yeah.’ Posner tells he took a pill that he never had before. He felt really good. He adds, “Then when I came down, I felt 10 years older”.
Commercial & Critical Performance
The song peaked in the top ten in around 27 countries. Commercially, it was a success. It stayed in the top for four weeks in the UK Singles Chart. Moreover, the song took the number 1 on Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay Chart.
The song received favourably positive reviews from critics. Mike Posner was highly praised after having another breakthrough. Billboard wrote, “The weirdness of 2016 might be best encapsulated by Mike Posner earning his first Hot 100 Top 10 in nearly six years and ending the year with a Grammy Nomination for Song of the Year – for a song lamenting his status as a singer who already blew his shot.”
In Ibiza – the Music Video & Composition
In the music video, Mike Posner is seen taking a magical pill. After that, his head turns into a big massive paper-made mask that represents himself. Mike Posner then spends time in the nightclub with girls.
In terms of music composition, it is acoustic guitar-based and is a folk-pop song.