7 of the Best Happy Birthday Songs Ever

Updated on November 11, 2019
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I Search Endlessly To Find You The Best, Funniest And Greatest Happy Birthday Songs For All Ages - Plus Fun Birthday Facts.

The Top 7 Birthday Songs

  1. Traditional - Happy Birthday To You

  2. Happy Birthday Mr. President - Marilyn Monroe

  3. Happy Birthday - Stevie Wonder

  4. Happy Birthday - Altered Images

  5. Happy Birthday - School Children

  6. Happy Birthday - Chipmunks

  7. Happy Birthday - Hilarious

The History of the "Happy Birthday" Song

The "Happy Birthday" song was written by the sisters Patty and Mildred Hill who were both American composers and teachers. This song was written in 1893 and initially called "Good Morning to All" for kindergarten children to sing. Now, it has become thee most popular song ever written and also played by numerous different countries and languages around the world.

1. Happy Birthday to You! - Traditional

  • The music publishing company "Warner Chapel Music Incorporation" owns the copyright to the song "Happy Birthday to You".
  • "Happy Birthday to You" is the highest earning song of all time.

About Birthdays

There's one thing in life that we all have in common, and that's a birthday! A day to celebrate once a year whether we like it or not. If you're the Queen of England or other notable figures, you would celebrate this special day on more than one occasion. The Queen's official birthday is on April 21st which is marked by a 2nd public celebration in June and celebrated in London by a ceremony called "Trooping the Colour," also known as the "Queen's Birthday Parade."

Many adults avoid celebrating their birthday because it reminds them how old they're getting. Some people cannot afford to have any celebrations at all, and there are some people in deprived and 3rd world countries who have no idea what date their actual birthday is, or how old they are!

On the day of your birth, you're generally thrown a party by family and friends who give gifts in celebration of the blessed event. It is also customary for people to treat you very special on that day, whereas others would rather quiet time, feeling too old to be celebrating.

Celebrating one's birthday is not universal. Jehovah's Witnesses don't celebrate this day because they consider their origins to be pagan festivals along with Christmas and Easter.

In most English speaking countries it's traditional to sing "Happy Birthday to You" to honour the person celebrating a birthday. The "Happy Birthday" song is thought to be the most frequently sung melody in the world. Below are some of the best happy birthday songs in the world.

2. Happy Birthday Mr. President by Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe whose real name was Norma Jeane Mortenson. She was an award-winning American actress, singer, icon and sex symbol. Her birthday is on the 21st May, 1926.

Marilyn's well known films include "Some Like It Hot", How To Marry A Millionaire", "The Seven Year Itch", "Gentlemen Prefer Blonds" and "Diamond's Are A Girls Best Friend".

On May 19, 1962, she made an appearance at Madison Square Garden's in New York, USA especially to sing "Happy Birthday Mr. President" for President John F. Kennedy..... although technically, it was not his actual birth-date. His was on May 19. After her performance J.F.K joined her on stage and said, quote "I can now retire from politics after having had Happy Birthday sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way,". The dress that she wore to the event was sold for a world record 1.26 million dollars.

A rare image of Marilyn Monroe on her 30th birthday in the back of a car.
A rare image of Marilyn Monroe on her 30th birthday in the back of a car.

3. Happy Birthday by Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder, whose real name is Stevland Hardaway Judkins celebrates his birthday on May 13th, 1950. He is a blind American singer-songwriter, mufti-instrumentalist and record producer who has recorded numerous hits and won many awards for his work.

Hit songs include "You Are the Sunshine of My Life", "Superstition", "I Just Called to Say I Love You" and of course, "Happy Birthday" which he wrote himself. He also performed this song for many notable figures including King Carl XVI Gustaf, and Oprah Winfrey's 50th birthday.

Stevie Wonder singing Happy Birthday
Stevie Wonder singing Happy Birthday

4. Altered Images - Happy Birthday

Altered Images - Happy Birthday

An alternative Happy Birthday song by the 1980's Scottish post-punk rock band, Altered Images. Lead singer Clare Grogan celebrates her birthday on the March 17. This song was their biggest hit at the time. Clare also starred in the Scottish romantic comedy film, Gregory's Girl and the science fiction comedy series, Red Dwarf. Other hits include, "Don't Talk to Me About Love", and "See Those Eyes".

5. News! Happy Birthday - We Love You

We Love You

When Daniel Dancer's daughter turned 11 in 2004, he realised he was tired of the same old birthday song that he decided to write another one. The video above is a recording of the song with images to go with the words. The song has become a special feature of his popular “Art For the Sky” artist in residency program (see: artforthesky.com) that he leads at schools across the country. At the final assembly, before revealing the school’s creation in the project film, he invites kids who had a birthday that week, to come up on stage and receive the song. Everyone always loves it!

Special and Traditional Birthdays

When the most significant date-of-birth digit changes, for example, one's 1st, 10th, 20th, 30th, 50th, or 100th birthday, and certain "coming of age" years are often accompanied by more legal privileges and responsibilities. In Western nations, these traditionally happen at the ages of 12, 15, 16, 18, 19 and 21, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100.

In most legal systems, one becomes a legal adult on a particular birthday, one's 18th or 21st, and at different ages gains more rights and responsibilities, such as voting, being able to purchase alcohol or tobacco. To legally buy lottery tickets and get married, Being eligible for the military draft, voluntary enlistment, or obtain a vehicle driving license..

6. Traditional Happy Birthday Song (Chipmunk Version)

Notable Birthday Anniversaries

Just like weddings, birthdays are traditionally celebrated with gifts which vary in different countries 1st birthday. Cotton, UK. Paper, USA. The following are UK & USA - 5th birthday. Wood. 10th. Tin. 15th. Crystal. 20th. China. 25th. Silver. 30th. Pearl. 35th. Coral, UK. Jade, USA. 40th. Ruby. 45th. Sapphire. 50th. Gold, and 75th birthday. Diamond.

7. A Hilarious Happy Birthday Song

Funny Birthday Jokes

  • The most effective way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once.
  • The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and always lie about your age.
  • Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened.
  • Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.
  • It's nice to be here. At my age, it's nice to be anywhere.
  • Forget about the past, because you can't change it. Forget about the future, because you can't predict it. Forget about the present, because I didn't get you one!.
  • A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
  • Were any famous men born on your birthday? No, only babies.

Don't Forget Your Pet's Birthday!

Pets don't know when their birthday is, but they'll soon know it's a very special day for them, especially when you give them their favourite treats, extra attention, a new toy to play with, and of course, singing happy birthday to them. If you don't know your pets exact birthday, make one up.

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      • Nell Rose profile image

        Nell Rose 

        4 months ago from England

        They are great! love the Chipmonks! lol!

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        Compu-Smart 

        5 months ago from London UK

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        Brenda Mclaren 

        5 months ago

        How can I get this happy birthday song from altered images for a friend to send on messanger

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        Any of them you choose it 

        24 months ago

        Happy birthday music started for the happy birthday to you

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        jasmine 

        5 years ago

        ya to birthday song lagaty hi nhi ha toba toba

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        David 

        5 years ago

        Happy birthday Abby Elliot! You're such a beautiful and great actress. xoxo

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        Earth Mother 

        5 years ago

        Today is Earth Day. Happy Earth Day to you ALL!.

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        Kos 

        5 years ago

        Happy birthday to the best and nicest girl in the whole wide world. Her name is Helen Louise Manning and I miss her so much. I just hope she still remembers me and is having a wonderful time today. Sorry I can't be with you.

        Kos X

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        Jano 

        5 years ago

        Happy birthday and congratulations to Japan's Misao Okawa who was born on 5th March 1898 and is the world's oldest living person.

        She celebrated her 116th birthday yesterday.

        She said the secret to a long life is eating sushi daily and getting at least eight hours sleep each day.

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        b-boy 

        5 years ago

        2day is my birthday and i got a new iphone AND ipad and im sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo APPY:)

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        Buggsy 

        5 years ago

        APPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BEAUTIFUL BUNNY RABBIT, TRUMP. I LOVE YOU LOADSSSSSSSS :)

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        Mercedes Londono 

        5 years ago

        Happy birthday to you my dear lovely brother, Paulo. Missing you loads. X

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        Tone/KOS 

        5 years ago

        Happy Birthday to thee one and only, Helen Louise Manning {Davies}, along time friend whoim I miss and would love to see again someday very soon!! HAPPY NEW YEAR Too!! XOXO :)

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        Sarah B. 

        5 years ago

        Happy Birthday, my beautiful sky. apologies for the loss of your beloved pet bandit. You are such a beautiful person and positive person. Im so proud of you.

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        jay 

        5 years ago

        happy birthday to my all time best friend "nawaf" and may all your wishes and dreams really come to live dearie xoxoxoxo

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        conor 

        5 years ago

        happy birthday granddad. i just want to tell you i love you so much. your the BEST!!!!

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        pretty little gleek 

        5 years ago

        today is't my birthday again but im still back to still listen to these! 8 best happy birthday songs!

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        sharifa 

        5 years ago

        HI. AM SHARIFA. HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY BIRTHDAY TO ALL MY DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV V IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL FRIENDS

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        Cindy2001 

        6 years ago

        Omg,,the chimp monks are so adorable. I gonna ask my mom to buy me one,,or two,,or three lol!!

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        Ziggy 

        6 years ago

        Happy Birthday Barry, aka smurfy. I hope you have at least 100 more :)

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        Luke Davies 

        6 years ago

        TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY AND I LOVED ALL THE VERY FUNNY JOKES AND SONGS. OHH, AND DONT FORGET TO BUY ME A PRESENT IF YOU KNOW ME!! : )

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        Larry 

        6 years ago

        Happy belated birthday to Google who has just turned 15:)

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        olivia 

        6 years ago

        Yàaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaàaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa I agreeeeeeeeee

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        HolidayGiftIdea 

        6 years ago

        This is a great hub. Keep them original.

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        sneha 

        6 years ago

        bakwaas

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        uf 

        6 years ago

        faltoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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        nazim 

        6 years ago

        call this number bangladesh 01814708354

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        kavi 

        7 years ago

        happy bufday to all if you born as human n on your birthday............

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        Mahzia 

        7 years ago

        Happy b day little sis she is 6 now

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        me 

        7 years ago

        happy birthday to u

        u stepped in some poo

        dont waste it just tate it

        happy birthday to u

        lol

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        alex 

        7 years ago

        My brother's birthday is coming up and im goin to show it to him..... wonder if he will understand it since he is 3?

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        barbara 

        7 years ago

        LOVE IT .. THAT IS A GREAT BIRTHDAY CARD ,,,

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        brian 

        7 years ago

        I really like this song

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        Ned 

        7 years ago

        Ok we get it

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        Keke 

        7 years ago

        My birthday is tomorrow. I will b thirteen!!!!!!

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        chini 

        7 years ago

        ARSLAN [1ST ONE] AND PRIYANKA[LAST ONE]

        BOTH ARE CORRECT

        ITS REALLY FALTU..

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        Patrick Mediana 

        7 years ago

        Happy Birthday ....!!!!

        Reanza Veanica Mediana !!!!!!!!!!!

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        Onnesha Akhter Nova 

        7 years ago

        thank u vry much!!! i have loved the songs!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        Augusto 

        8 years ago

        My bday is todayyy novemmber 7th yay...guess it was yesterday but it still counts cuz I didn't sleep.

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        COWS 

        8 years ago

        COOOOL I LOVE MO?nERGKB

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        Mishka 

        8 years ago

        Happy Birth Day

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        faith 

        8 years ago

        funny

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        AVINASH 

        8 years ago

        HAPPY BIRTH DAY ARCHANA & YOGESH ..

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        Kutie_pie512@yahoo.com 

        8 years ago

        Your birthday is hear

        Lets all give a cheer

        i hope its a hit...

        Cause your Older Than S%#@ :)

        Emaill me :D

        - Torii

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        Andromeda Smith 

        8 years ago

        i remember i made one up while my school was singing happy bday to you to some people.

        It goes like this;

        Happy birthday to you

        you live in a loo

        you look like a monkey

        and you smell like poo poo

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        lina 

        8 years ago

        happy birthday lina

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        Cindy Bernard 

        8 years ago

        Happy Birthday to Me!

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        ewin 

        8 years ago

        coolio!

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        tae ann 

        8 years ago

        oh love it

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        jean dolfo 

        8 years ago

        wow nice songs......

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        k@ri  

        8 years ago

        Cute hub, I liked the song by Altered Images. I never heard that one before.

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        William F. Torpey  

        8 years ago

        Nice hub. I remember watching Marilyn Monroe singing "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy. The anti-Kennedy crowd raised questions about the event and creating rumors that Kennedy and Marilyn had an affair.

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        JE$$!E 

        8 years ago

        that wassss sooooooo entertaining great job!!!!! :)

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        dakota austin 

        9 years ago

        Hi,my name is Dakota and i whet to the fair on 10/18/2010 and i had fun.And my conson whet to.

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        Joelle 

        9 years ago

        Happy birthday to you:~)

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        Denise Handlon 

        9 years ago from North Carolina

        Hi, I came across this hub while researching material for a hub on the internet. Great job. Very entertaining. Loved the footage of M.M. w/ the Pres.

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