The 28 best birthday songs of all time
These birthday songs will get you in the mood, whether you’re celebrating or trying to stop the passing of time
Go you, it’s your birthday! Yes, it’s your special day, and you can do whatever you want; sleep in, stay home, start a new exercise routine, make yourself a cocktail, binge watch a bunch of the best movies of all time. Or, you could take a moment to listen to our gift to you: the definitive list of the very best birthday songs.
A simple Happy Birthday won’t cut it—you’ll need a spot-on birthday playlist. Not into celebrating the passing of time? There are songs for that kind of birthday too. These are the best tracks to celebrate your day, however you feel about it. Pick a few that suit your approach to wrapping up another year, and blast them as you face the next one.
Best birthday songs of all time
As if they weren’t busy enough laying the groundwork for the next 60 years of pop music, the Fab Four also tossed off this bowtied b-day nugget.
As Leslie reminds, it’s your birthday so do whatever you damn well please.
Stevie penned this birthday tune for Martin Luther King Jr., as part of the campaign to get the day recognized as a national holiday. And it worked!
Go shawty, you recognize which day of the year it is.
Save this Beyoncé & Co. tune for when it’s time to slow things down, post-cake and ice cream.
The quick-tongued wordsmith breaks it down for your special day.
Nothing says “Happy birthday” like a rambunctious polka about the end of the world.
Loretta wishes a happy birthday (and a fond farewell) to her ex beau. Efficient!
“You’re older than you’ve ever been / and now you’re even older.” Happy birthday!
Unsurprisingly Morrissey isn’t super into birthdays.