Cartoonist Hugleikur Dagsson hilariously reinterprets the meaning of some of the world’s most popular songs. Ranging from timeless Christmas carols to chart-topping hits, the Icelandic artist uses them as inspiration for his deceptively simple-yet-clever line drawings. As a result, their biting wit puts a whole new spin on the melodies we thought we knew.
These one-panel cartoons are ripe with parody. Dagsson takes a snippet of a song—such as its title—and builds a whole stick-figure world around it. Often, the humor comes from his literal interpretation of these names and lyrics. Bruce Springsteen’s song Born to Run shows just that: a child sprinting away just moments after birth. Likewise, Céline Dion’s iconic My Heart Will Go On isn’t about love, but a speedy heart transplant.
In addition to word-for-word interpretation, Dagsson also comments on the modern world by reimagining nostalgia. Bing Crosby’s It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas was recorded in 1951, and they surely didn’t imagine the long, never ending checkout lines seen today.
Dagsson sells his framed, original drawings through his website.