Looks Like Sex

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"Looks Like Sex"
Mike Posner Looks Like Sex.jpg
Single by Mike Posner
from the album The Layover
Released December 2, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Synthpop, R&B
Length 3:24
Songwriter(s) Mike Posner, Mason Levy
Mike Posner singles chronology
"With Ur Love"
"Looks Like Sex"
"Switch Lanes"

"Looks Like Sex" is a song by American recording artist Mike Posner from his third mixtape The Layover, although the version of the song on the tape is merely a snippet. It was released on December 2, 2011 in the US. The song was written by Mike Posner and Mason Levy, but is heavily derivative of "Midnight City" by French act M83.[1] The song did not enter the Billboard Hot 100 but peaked on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart at number 18. A remix version by Internet cartoon band Your Favorite Martian has released on their YouTube channel. Musically, the song contains "slinky electro-pop" characteristics.[2] It was originally intended to be on his second album, then under the name of Sky High, but once Posner stated that his album would be called Pages, he then confirmed that he started over with recording and that the single would not appear on the album.

Critical reception[edit]

Scott Shelter of PopCrush gave the song 4/5 stars stating, "Every Mike Posner song seems to have an unquantifiable layer of cool, thanks to his chilled-out, almost effortless vocal delivery, and ‘Looks Like Sex’ is no exception. The catchy melody makes the track a good choice as the lead single from ‘Sky High.’"[3] Katherine St Asaph of Popdust said the song "sounds great" and explained "as an instrumental, the single’s admirable" but criticized the lyrics, "the chorus consists entirely of “she looks like sex, sex, sex, sex.” This strikes us as a little underwritten, not to mention more than a little shameless."[4]

Music video[edit]

Posner uploaded a lyric music video on Vevo on December 6, 2011.[5] The official music video premiered on January 9, 2012.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
  1. "Looks Like Sex" - 3:24

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011–12) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 42
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[7] 2
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[8] 4
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[9] 18
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[10] 38

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States December 2, 2011 Digital download[11] RCA Records
United Kingdom March 4, 2012 Digital download[11] RCA Records


  1. ^ Mike Posner's Looks Like Sex sample of M83's Midnight City, http://whosampled.com
  2. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (November 29, 2011). "Mike Posner Returns with 'Sex' Single, 2012 Album". Billboard. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ Shelter, Scott (December 1, 2011). "Mike Posner, 'Looks Like Sex' – Song Review". PopCrush. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ Katherine, St Asaph (November 29, 2011). "The Singles Bar: Mike Posner, "Looks Like Sex"". Popdust. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ Mike Posner - Looks Like Sex (Lyric Video). YouTube
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Mike Posner – Looks Like Sex" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mike Posner – Looks Like Sex" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mike Posner – Looks Like Sex" (in French). Ultratip.
  9. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (2011-12-24)" (requires registration). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 19, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Mike Posner – Chart history" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for Mike Posner.
  11. ^ a b "Looks Like Sex: Mike Posner: MP3 Downloads". www.amazon.com/.