Top 40 songs tend to be a mixed bag of a few decently-written tunes, and a whole lot of mind-numbingly ridiculous drivel. Astoria, New York-based writer and musician Erik Didriksen decided to raise the bar, and since 2014, he has turned 161 popular hits into Shakespearean sonnets. In case you're wondering, yes, it's exactly as amazing as it sounds.

Pop Sonnets started with an Elizabethan take on Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" posted to Tumblr back in April 2014, and quickly grew into a weekly publication with over 50 thousand followers. In 2015, Didriksen even managed to have 100 of his most compelling sonnets published in hardcover by Quirk Books. Whatever your favourite song is, we're pretty sure it sounds a hundred times better in iambic pentameter.

Though the series has unfortunately been on hiatus since March 2016, plenty of current and throwback jams can be found among his impressive portfolio. Scroll down to see some of our favorites - just try not to get the original song stuck in your head while reading!

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Anya O 1 year ago

This is one of the best things I've ever read on bored panda!

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Meowton Mewsk 1 year ago

The best one!

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CelSlade 1 year ago

Love it!

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Hope Floats 1 year ago

This is lovely. ..Love the song and the words above..Brilliant!

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CelSlade 1 year ago

I'm just gonna vote the lot up.

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CelSlade 1 year ago

These are genius :D

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Hayley Lightcap 1 year ago

That's amazing lol

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PyroarRanger 1 year ago

Wow this is like something outta Romeo and Juliet!

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Allen Lane Cook 1 year ago

Awesome!

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PyroarRanger 1 year ago

This is how you get rickrolled in medival times

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JillVille Child Care 1 year ago

This one is amazing!!

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JillVille Child Care 1 year ago

Wonderfully done! Wow!

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Christina Waide 1 year ago

Works for Cookie Monster's version too.

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JillVille Child Care 1 year ago

I laughed aloud whilst reading this to my companion near.

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CelSlade 1 year ago

'more beaus then Hydra's heads' XD

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Arientis 1 year ago

I love this song. It works so well with this.

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Allen Lane Cook 1 year ago

Wow! Nice.

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PyroarRanger 1 year ago

Is it odd I'm reading this on Friday?

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PyroarRanger 1 year ago

Am I the only one who wants to see Ed in a movie about "Romeo and Juliet"?

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Allen Lane Cook 1 year ago

Lol! Love it!