Ultimate Happy Birthday Playlist: 53 Popular Songs to Celebrate Your Special Day

Happy Birthday! Let’s Celebrate YOU
When it comes to birthdays, there are two types of people: those who celebrate the occasion with gusto and those who are so low-key they barely recognize the special event. I hope you’re more of the first type. After all, birthdays are the day that YOU entered the world. Your birth instantly transformed this world (or at least a small corner of it). Parents worried more and slept less because of you. They probably still do. ์นด์ง€๋…ธ์‚ฌ์ดํŠธ

If you have a special friend or loved one with an upcoming birthday, why not mark the occasion with a special gift, a custom playlist that celebrates their existence? Here is a long list of songs to get you started.

  1. “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart
    A birthday is the perfect occasion to provide encouragement and express support for someone you love. This 1988 song does just that, as the protagonist offers best wishes for a lifetime that is filled with

sunshine and happiness
good fortune
unconditional love and
a true and dignified presence.

  1. “Birthday” by Katy Perry
    In this uptempo, R-rated hit from 2014, Katy Perry promises to dance and party all night with the birthday boy:

We’re living the life
We’re doing it right
You’re never gonna be unsatisfied
If you wanna dance
If you want it all
You know I’m the girl that you should call.

  1. “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby” by The Tune Weavers
    Even if you were born decades after this song’s 1957 release, you’ve probably heard the tune. A heartbroken young woman phones her ex-boyfriend on his birthday. She tells him that even though he’s moved on to a new sweetheart, she recalls the good old days, today and every day. Sounds like somebody’s stuck in the past! ์•ˆ์ „ํ•œ์นด์ง€๋…ธ์‚ฌ์ดํŠธ
  2. “Your Song” by Elton John
    Although not considered a traditional birthday song, this tender ballad from 1970 is a heartfelt way to say to celebrate the mere existence of someone special: “How wonderful life is while you’re in the world.”
  3. “16 Candles” by The Crests
    This 1958 song features a love stricken young man who wishes his 16-year-old girlfriend, his “teenage queen,” a happy birthday. He compliments her bright eyes and her beauty.
  4. “Never Grow Up” by Taylor Swift
    If only we could freeze time at the best moments. An ode to innocence and the carefree bliss of childhood, this 2010 song captures the bittersweet struggle between wanting to be independent and maintaining the cocoon of childhood. As the protagonist offers advice to a child she loves, reality hits her: “I just realized everything I have is someday gonna be gone.”
  5. “Here’s To Never Growing Up” by Avril Lavigne
    At some point, we’ve all believed we were invincible and ageless. We celebrated the wild abandon of youth. This 2013 song captures the rebellion of late adolescence and the belief that “we don’t ever stop, and we’re never gonna change.”
  6. “Happy Birthday To You” by New Kids On the Block
    Talk about a song that will make the birthday person feel valued! This song from 1990 gives the assurance that age is just a number, so you might as well live it up:
  7. “Happy Birthday” by Carly Simon
    There comes a time in adulthood when you have to give up vices or at least cut back. After all, you’re not getting any younger. In this 1990 song, the protagonist rattles off all of the things that growing older have cost her: caffeine, desserts, sunbathing โ€ฆ .

She laments, “We’re too good to be happy, too straight to be sad, so just blow out the candles, Happy Birthday.”

  1. “Happy Birthday” by The Click Five
    Have you ever been a day or more late in wishing someone special a happy birthday? This 2007 song is about belated birthday wishes that come from a friend who is traveling. He phones belated birthday wishes and an apology, all wrapped up in one.
  2. “Raise Your Glass” by Pink
    Offer up a toast to the special birthday person with this 2010 R-rated song by Pink. She celebrates the loud crowd, the underdogs and urges everyone to “raise your glass” and dance into the morning.
  3. “As Good As I Once Was” by Toby Keith
    Celebrate a milestone birthday or just have a good laugh with a the birthday person using this fun 2005 country song. It recounts that while

I ain’t as good as I once was,
(That’s just the cold, hard truth โ€ฆ huh)
I still throw a few back,
Talk a little smack,
When I’m feeling bullet proof โ€ฆ .

It’s a tribute to those who grow old but refuse to grow up.

  1. “It’s Your Birthday!” by R. Kelly
    In this song from 2004, R. Kelly promises his birthday girl a special night out on the town dancing. He promises that “your gift will be something you will remember for the rest of your days” and says there will be “nothing but VIP.”

14.”Trip Around the Sun” by Jimmy Buffett and Martina McBride
For those who slept through science class, one trip around the sun is an entire year, and it’ll earn you one more candle on that birthday cake. This 2004 song acknowledges that although some years can be challenging, it’s important to just appreciate your ride around the sun. ์นด์ง€๋…ธ์‚ฌ์ดํŠธ ์ถ”์ฒœ

  1. “Birthday Morning” by The Association
    This song from 1968 is ethereal. It celebrates dawn and everything that is right about the anniversary of your birth.

Got the feel of sunrise in her hair
God unwinds her halo
To the stairway
To the moon
Just for this morning
A birthday morning
God bless the morning.

Celebrate Another Year Of Life
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey, American television host

  1. “Birthday” by Destiny’s Child
    Setting up a special night for her birthday boyfriend, the protagonist in this 1998 song is putting all the moves on her lover. Forget sending out the invitations, because she’s planning a party for two, filled with birthday hanky-panky.

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