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The Best & Funny Happy Birthday Songs & Birthday Fun Facts

Updated on May 14, 2014
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Below are 7 of the worlds best Happy Birthday songs, plus, some fun stuff for all ages

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.

  • The music publishing company Warner Chappell music Incorporation owns the copyright to the song "Happy Birthday to You" and charges a hefty fee in royalties every-time it's used in films or on TV.

There is one thing in life that we all have in common, and that's a Birthday! We are supposed to celebrate this day once a year whether we like it or not. If you're the Queen of England, or other notable figure, you would celebrate this day on more than one occasion? The Queen of England's official Birthday is now celebrated on the first, second, or third Saturday in June. It is marked in London by a ceremony called "Trooping the Colour," also known as the Queen's Birthday Parade. Other countries have other themes. The Queen is also head of a number of sovereign states (Commonwealth realms) and Commonwealth of Nations and Crown Dependencies.

On the day of your birth, you're generally given 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 that day.

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. Many adults hate celebrating their birthday because it reminds them that they are getting progressively older and some people just cannot afford to have any celebrations at all. There are some people who don't know what date they were born on, or how old they are.

In most English speaking countries it is traditional to sing "Happy Birthday to You" to honor the person celebrating a birthday. The "Happy Birthday" song is thought to be the most frequently sung melody in the world. It has been sung in many styles by many people. Below are a few versions that are very popular, and others that are also popular but not so well known.

Video 1/7. A funky feel good Happy Birthday song.

2/7. Happy Birthday Mr. President By Marilyn Monroe

A rare image of Marilyn Monroe on her 30th birthday.
A rare image of Marilyn Monroe on her 30th birthday.

Marilyn Monroe whose real name was Norma Jeane Mortenson 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 which 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.

3/7. Happy Birthday by Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder singing Happy Birthday
Stevie Wonder singing Happy Birthday

Stevie Wonder, whose real name is Stevland Hardaway Judkins has 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 birthdays.

4/7. Altered Images - Happy Birthday (1981)

Altered Images were a very successful Scottish post-punk rock band from the 80s. The lead singer was Clare Grogan who celebrates her birthday on the 17th March 1962. This song was their biggest hit at the time. Clare Grogan also starred in the Scottish romantic comedy film, Gregory's Girl.

5/7. Traditional Happy Birthday song by some Chipmunks

Special and Traditional Birthdays

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

A champagne birthday, also called a golden birthday, is the day when one's age comes on the same day of the month that one is born. For example, someone born on January 31 would celebrate one's golden birthday when one turns 31.

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 and to buy lottery tickets, becomes eligible for the military draft or voluntary enlistment or obtain a vehicle driving license, etc.

6/7. A Funny Happy Birthday Song

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 favorite treats, extra attention and a new toy etc. If your don't know your pets exact birthday, make one up.!
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 favorite treats, extra attention and a new toy etc. If your don't know your pets exact birthday, make one up.!

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.

7/7. Funny Happy Birthday Song

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      priyanka 6 years ago

      very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very FFAALLLLTTOO

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      Denise Handlon 6 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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      Joelle 6 years ago

      Happy birthday to you:~)

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      dakota austin 6 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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      JE$$!E 6 years ago

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

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      William F. Torpey  6 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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      k@ri  6 years ago

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

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      jean dolfo 6 years ago

      wow nice songs......

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      tae ann 6 years ago

      oh love it

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      sreevidya 6 years ago

      iiiiiiiiiiiiiii lllllllllllllllloooooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu............ [hhhhhhhhaaaaaaapppppppppppppppppyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy bbbbbbbbiirrthddayyyyyyy

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      ewin 6 years ago

      coolio!

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      Cindy Bernard 6 years ago

      Happy Birthday to Me!

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      lina 5 years ago

      happy birthday lina

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      Andromeda Smith 5 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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      Kutie_pie512@yahoo.com 5 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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      AVINASH 5 years ago

      HAPPY BIRTH DAY ARCHANA & YOGESH ..

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      faith 5 years ago

      funny

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      Mishka 5 years ago

      Happy Birth Day

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      COWS 5 years ago

      COOOOL I LOVE MO?nERGKB

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      Augusto 5 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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