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7 of the Best Happy Birthday Songs (Traditional and Funny)

I search endlessly to find you the best, funniest and greatest "Happy Birthday" songs for all ages (plus fun birthday facts).

"Happy Birthday to You" is a classic, but it's not the only song you can sing at a birthday party. Check out these great song options!

"Happy Birthday to You" is a classic, but it's not the only song you can sing at a birthday party. Check out these great song options!

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! In most English-speaking countries, it's traditional to sing "Happy Birthday to You" to honour the person celebrating a birthday. In fact, the "Happy Birthday" song is thought to be the most frequently sung melody in the world. It's not the only option, though. Below are some of the best birthday songs in existence.

The Top 7 Birthday Songs

  1. "Happy Birthday to You" (Traditional)
  2. "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" by Marilyn Monroe
  3. "Happy Birthday" by Stevie Wonder
  4. "Happy Birthday" by Altered Images
  5. "Happy Birthday We Love You" by Daniel Dancer
  6. "Happy Birthday" by the Chipmunks
  7. "The Happy Happy Birthday Song" by The Arrogant Worms

1. "Happy Birthday to You!" (Traditional)

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 the most popular song ever written, and it's also played in many different countries and languages around the world.

Fun Facts

  • 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.

2. "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" by Marilyn Monroe

On May 19, 1962, Marilyn Monroe made an appearance at Madison Square Garden 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. He was born on May 29).

After Monroe's performance, JFK joined her on stage and said, "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.

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.

Fun Facts

  • Marilyn Monroe's real name was Norma Jeane Mortenson.
  • Her birthday was on May 21, 1926.
  • She was an award-winning American actress, singer, icon and sex symbol. Marilyn's well-known films include Some Like It Hot, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blonds and Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend.

3. "Happy Birthday" by Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder's 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 has performed this song for many notable figures, including King Carl XVI Gustaf and Oprah Winfrey (for her 50th birthday).

Stevie Wonder singing "Happy Birthday."

Stevie Wonder singing "Happy Birthday."

Fun Facts

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

4. "Happy Birthday" by Altered Images

This is an alternative "Happy Birthday" song by the 1980s Scottish post-punk rock band Altered Images. This song was their biggest hit at the time. Their other hits include "Don't Talk to Me About Love" and "See Those Eyes."

Fun Facts

  • Lead singer Clare Grogan celebrates her birthday on March 17.
  • Clare also starred in the Scottish romantic comedy film Gregory's Girl and the science fiction comedy series Red Dwarf.

5. "Happy Birthday We Love You" by Daniel Dancer

When Daniel Dancer's daughter turned 11 in 2004, he realised he was tired of the same old birthday song, so he decided to write another one. The video above is a recording of the song with images to go with the words.

Fun Facts

This song has become a special feature of Dancer's 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 share the song. Everyone always loves it!

6. "Happy Birthday" by the Chipmunks

This birthday song, sung by the squeaky-voiced Chipmunks, is especially popular with children.

Fun Facts

  • The Chipmunks band was "born" in 1958.
  • The animated cartoon premiered in 1961.

7. "The Happy Happy Birthday Song" by The Arrogant Worms

This is a good choice for a hilarious birthday song, with lyrics like the following:

Happy birthday!
Now you're one year older!
Happy birthday!
Your life still isn't over!
Happy birthday!
You did not accomplish much
But you didn't die this year
I guess that's good enough

Fun Facts

  • This song was released in 1995.
  • It appeared on the album C'est Cheese.
If you're sad about getting older, don't despair! Cheer up with these funny birthday jokes.

If you're sad about getting older, don't despair! Cheer up with these funny birthday jokes.

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 or women born on your birthday? No, only babies.
Some birthdays have special significance, especially the multiples of 10.

Some birthdays have special significance, especially the multiples of 10.

Special and Traditional Birthdays

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 and 100.

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

Traditional Birthday Gifts by Age

Just like weddings, birthdays are traditionally celebrated with gifts which vary in different countries. The following traditions are for both the UK and the USA, unless otherwise noted.

  • 1st birthday: Cotton, UK; paper, USA
  • 5th: Wood
  • 10th: Tin
  • 15th: Crystal
  • 20th: China
  • 25th: Silver
  • 30th: Pearl
  • 35th: Coral, UK; jade, USA
  • 40th: Ruby
  • 45th: Sapphire
  • 50th: Gold
  • 75th birthday: Diamond

More Fun Birthday Facts

  • If you're the Queen of England or another notable figure, you might celebrate your birthday 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 Third 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 you gifts in celebration of the blessed event. It is also customary for people to treat you very special on your birthday.. Of course, some would rather have a quiet time on their birthdays.
  • Celebrating one's birthday is not universal. Jehovah's Witnesses don't celebrate birthdays because they consider the origins of this celebration to be pagan festivals, much like Christmas and Easter.
Remember to sing one of the great birthday songs listed above to your pet!

Remember to sing one of the great birthday songs listed above to your pet!

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—a rendition of "Happy Birthday." If you don't know your pet's exact birthday, make one up.

© 2008 Compu-Smart

Comments

Umm on March 03, 2020:

Boris Johnson said we should "sing Happy Birthday twice whilst washing your hands to ensure you have exposed your hands to soap and water for long enough to kill the Coronavirus/Covid-19 germs", But which version was he taliking about!!?? LOL

Nell Rose from England on June 18, 2019:

They are great! love the Chipmonks! lol!

Compu-Smart (author) from London UK on June 12, 2019:

Hi Brenda, just send them this link. https://holidappy.com/party-planning/The-Best-Birt...

Brenda Mclaren on May 19, 2019:

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David on June 16, 2014:

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Earth Mother on April 22, 2014:

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Kos on March 14, 2014:

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

Jano on March 06, 2014:

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.

b-boy on February 10, 2014:

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Buggsy on January 10, 2014:

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

Mercedes Londono on January 03, 2014:

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

Tone/KOS on December 31, 2013:

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 :)

Sarah B. on December 20, 2013:

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.

jay on December 18, 2013:

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conor on December 17, 2013:

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pretty little gleek on December 15, 2013:

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Cindy2001 on October 20, 2013:

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

Ziggy on October 18, 2013:

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

Luke Davies on October 18, 2013:

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!! : )

Larry on September 28, 2013:

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

olivia on September 26, 2013:

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HolidayGiftIdea on August 23, 2013:

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sneha on June 22, 2013:

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nazim on November 17, 2012:

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kavi on October 22, 2012:

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

Mahzia on August 28, 2012:

Happy b day little sis she is 6 now

me on July 01, 2012:

happy birthday to u

u stepped in some poo

dont waste it just tate it

happy birthday to u

lol

alex on June 30, 2012:

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?

barbara on May 31, 2012:

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

brian on February 09, 2012:

I really like this song

Ned on February 07, 2012:

Ok we get it

Keke on January 20, 2012:

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

chini on January 08, 2012:

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

BOTH ARE CORRECT

ITS REALLY FALTU..

Patrick Mediana on December 28, 2011:

Happy Birthday ....!!!!

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

Onnesha Akhter Nova on November 24, 2011:

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

Augusto on November 07, 2011:

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

COWS on November 05, 2011:

COOOOL I LOVE MO?nERGKB

Mishka on October 30, 2011:

Happy Birth Day

faith on September 27, 2011:

funny

AVINASH on September 26, 2011:

HAPPY BIRTH DAY ARCHANA & YOGESH ..

Kutie_pie512@yahoo.com on September 23, 2011:

Your birthday is hear

Lets all give a cheer

i hope its a hit...

Cause your Older Than S%#@ :)

Emaill me :D

- Torii

Andromeda Smith on August 26, 2011:

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

lina on May 13, 2011:

happy birthday lina

Cindy Bernard on April 13, 2011:

Happy Birthday to Me!

ewin on March 14, 2011:

coolio!

tae ann on January 29, 2011:

oh love it

jean dolfo on December 12, 2010:

wow nice songs......

k@ri on December 09, 2010:

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

William F. Torpey on December 09, 2010:

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.

JE$$!E on December 08, 2010:

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

dakota austin on October 19, 2010:

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Joelle on September 30, 2010:

Happy birthday to you:~)

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on July 31, 2010:

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.