(Disclaimer: This is the opposite of news, most of these songs have been around a long time.) One of my favorite musicians of the last decade or so is Jonathan Coulton. His tunes are clever, infectiously catchy, piercingly beautiful at moments and funny. They are also beautiful snapshots of various pop genres.

For some reason he’s made a slew of songs about monsters, often from the monster’s point of view and these are some of his best work. They also seem to speak of the horror in ordinary life in a way that is chilling and witty.

Chiron Beta Prime –   https://youtu.be/B3DyxaCYlfg

The best new Christmas carol in many years.

Skullcrusher Mountain – https://youtu.be/9jn1Gf4AGdY

An evil scientist’s love ballad. “Isn’t it enough to know that I ruined a pony making a gift for you?”

 Still Alive – https://youtu.be/Y6ljFaKRTrI

This song accompanies the ending credits to the brilliant video game, Portal. Singing is GlaDOS, a passive/aggressive sociopathic computer who starts by seeming like a helpful guide promising cake as a reward and turns out to have already murdered everyone at this evil research corporation but you. Turns out you didn’t really manage to kill her.

RE: Your Brains –  https://youtu.be/v04H7_fFC90

Your office manager and most of the staff have turned into zombies.  They want to come in and he won’t stop talking in manager buzzwords.

I crush everything. – https://youtu.be/oJAlFyKHp_M

A sad introspective ballad about change, hope and loss sung by a giant squid.

 Blue Sunny Day –   https://youtu.be/PNuTEUUUZ4k

A vampire contemplates suicide