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A Bunch of Ways to Sing Happy Birthday


Fun Versions of the Birthday Song

Here are a lot of ways to sing Happy Birthday songs!

Sometimes it's fun to spice up the traditional party tune, Happy Birthday to You. You've probably heard or added some little extras when singing Happy Birthday, like "you look like a monkey, and you smell like one too" and the long-loved "and many more." For a while the kids would go on for what seemed like forever with "and many more, on channel four, and Scooby Doo on channel two..."

I went on a search looking for different variations on the traditional Happy Birthday and the results are here. I hope you enjoy the Happy Birthday videos! Some are pretty traditional, some are totally unique, and some are wild and crazy.


Photo and Hello Kitty Cake by Stacie, Whimsy Cakes

Photo and Hello Kitty Cake by Stacie, Whimsy Cakes

Traditional Happy Birthday Lyrics

Most people know this part of the Birthday Song:

Happy Birthday to You

Happy Birthday to You

Happy Birthday Dear (name)

Happy Birthday to You.

But did you know there is another verse? It goes:

From good friends and true,

From old friends and new,

May good luck go with you,

And happiness too.

The Most Recognized Song in the English Language

From Wikipedia.com:

"Happy Birthday to You", also known more simply as "Happy Birthday", is a song that is traditionally sung to celebrate the anniversary of a person's birth. According to the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records, "Happy Birthday to You" is the most recognized song in the English language, followed by "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" and "Auld Lang Syne".[1] The song's base lyrics have been translated into at least 18 languages.[2],

1. The Guinness Book of World Records 1998. p. 180

2. Brauneis, Robert (2008-03-21). "Copyright and the World's Most Popular Song". http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id... Retrieved 2008-05-08, p. 17

Fun Birthday Party Song Poll Question

Happy Happy Birthday - Emperor's New Groove

If you've ever had people sing to you in a restaurant, you will find this is hysterical. If you have never seen the movie and need some good laughs, I highly recommend the animated film The Emperor's New Groove. This clip is a "restaurant" scene. Our family now sings the traditional Happy Birthday song with the cake, and this one usually pops up after that, or at some time during the day. Clapping along is part of the fun.

Justin Bieber Singing Happy Birthday - American Cancer Society - Here's to More Birthdays ad

The Beatles Birthday Song & Lyrics - From the White Album

The Beatles Birthday song Lyrics

You say it's your birthday

Well it's my birthday too yeah

They say it's your birthday

We're gonna have a good time

I'm glad it's your birthday

Happy birthday to you

Yes we're going to a party party

Yes we're going to a party party

Yes we're going to a party party

I would like you to dance (birthday)

Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (birthday)

I would like you to dance (birthday)


I would like you to dance (birthday)

Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (birthday)

I would like you to dance (birthday)


You say it's your birthday

Well it's my birthday too yeah

You say it's your birthday

We're gonna have a good time

I'm glad it's your birthday

Happy birthday to you

(See video: Sir Paul McCartney Live! Awesome!)

The Chipmunks - Happy Birthday to You!!! - Jazzed up with Harmonies, then Traditional

Happy Birthday Song from Madegascar - Movie Clip Video - + LYRICS FOR FUNNY VERSION

Fairly traditional, with a comedic twist, from the animated film, Madegascar


Happy Birthday to You

You live in a zoo

You look like a monkey

And you smell like one too.

Happy Birthday Kittens - Do you speak Meow?? - Short and Sweet!

Also see some great Teen Birthday Party Ideas!

Comments? - It's party time!

GalaxyRat on June 14, 2017:

My dad once did, "Happy birthday the first one, the next one, that one and the last one"... referring to my 3 siblings and I.

JJNW (author) from USA on August 29, 2013:

@LadyDuck: I love unbirthdays!! Great idea!

LadyDuck on August 29, 2013:

I also like to make an unbirthday party as in the Disney cartoon Alice in Wonderland. We play the song "a very happy unbirthday". This is nice because you have not to wait your birthday day, just do it when you like it.

anonymous on April 19, 2013:

I want Bono to sing Happy Birthday to me! I have one on a page that I love from YouTube...just Google Reggae Happy Birthday.....and get ready to smile! I gal I knew always added the line " And may the Lord bless and keep you another year through", I always thought that was just so sweet. :)

moonlitta on April 15, 2013:

I've heard a variation or two, and it seems a good idea. I'm very tired of hearing one and the same thing every time:)

JJNW (author) from USA on March 08, 2013:

@TanoCalvenoa: How cool. You can't go wrong with Jimi!

TanoCalvenoa on February 06, 2013:

I heard a Jimi Hendrix birthday song I thought was good, I think it was live in concert. I don't know if he totally made it up or was basing it on something that already existed.

JJNW (author) from USA on January 26, 2013:

@birthdaybluepri: Great question! These are USA versions, to be sure! Thanks.

birthdaybluepri on January 25, 2013:

We did an article on happy birthday songs from around the world. I know we're located stateside, but what other renditions might be available in the itunes store from across an ocean...or two?

JJNW (author) from USA on August 21, 2012:

@GypsyOwl: Thank you! It was happy!

JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on August 20, 2012:

Great songs for wishing loved ones well! I think the Beatles one is my favorite.

Deb Bryan from Chico California on August 16, 2012:

Happy Birthday! <3 Love the lens!! Love all the Happy Birthday Videos

WriterJanis2 on June 25, 2012:

So adorable. Love the kitties video. Blessed!

SharpLee on June 02, 2012:

How fun! I love music, and this lens is great!

Johann The Dog from Northeast Georgia on April 22, 2012:

How fun!!! I howl happy birthday, BOL!

RazzbarryBreeze on March 09, 2012:

What a fun page. It definitely put a smile on my face! As always your lens is awesome! Have an amazing day!!! : )

KimGiancaterino on August 14, 2011:

Fun page. I do speak meow ... those party kittens are too cute!

WebIsFun on June 01, 2011:

Very silly!

howdoyouspellst on April 26, 2011:

Awesome!! These are such great versions of this song.

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