The Best Songs for Birthdays

Updated on August 28, 2019
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Barbara. "The Song Hunter," has spent over 40 years writing poetry and lyrics. In her spare time, she loves to find songs that tell stories.

The Best Songs for Birthday Celebrations ranging in message, mood and genre
The Best Songs for Birthday Celebrations ranging in message, mood and genre | Source

This playlist covers music from several decades and genres. You can read a brief summary for each and watch or listen to the related music video. These top birthday songs have been personally selected because of their broad range of messages. You'll find tunes with lyrics about reflection, fun, and aging. The list is suitable for ages ranging from teenagers to senior citizens.

1. "Trip Around the Sun" by Jimmy Buffet and Martina McBride

2. "I Was Here" by Lady Antebellum

3. "Don't Blink" by Kenny Chesney

4. "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts

5. "Perm" by Bruno Mars

6. "Happy" by Pharrell Williams

7. "It's a Great Day to Be Alive" by Travis Tritt

8. "My Next Thirty Years" by Tim McGraw

9. "Young" by Kenny Chesney

10. "I've Had the Time of My Life" by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

11. "Long Live the Night" by The Reklaws

1. "Trip Around the Sun" by Jimmy Buffet and Martina McBride

Album: The Essential Martina McBride

Year: 2012

You're reflective about your birthday and are now at a place where you accept that some things are simply out of your control. Best of all you're ok with that. This song reflects growth, not defeat. It's mood is peaceful, but hopeful. By coming to terms with your limitations as a human being, you've tapped into your power and what's important. You're enjoying another trip around the sun. This is a must for any birthday song playlist.

Essential Lyrics:

I'm just hanging on while this old world keeps spinning
And it's good to know it's out of my control.
If there's one thing that I've learned from all this living
Is that it wouldn't change a thing if I let go

2. "I Was Here" by Lady Antebellum

Album: AT&T Team USA Soundtrack

Year: 2008

You've decided it's your time in life and you're going for it. 'I Was Here' was included on the motivational soundtrack for the USA Summer Olympic Team. Celebrating a birthday is often a time for reflection and re-evaluation. If that's where you find yourself, you'll want to add this inspirational tune to your birthday playlist.

Essential Lyrics:

I wanna do something that matters
Say something different
Something that sets the whole world on it's ear
I wanna do somethin' better, with the time I've been given
And I wanna try to touch a few hearts in this life
And leave nothin' less that something that says I was here

3. "Don't Blink" by Kenny Chesney

Album: Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates

Year: 2007

This poignant song is an ideal choice for a senior celebrating a birthday. The video features a man answering questions about life on his 102nd birthday. He's asked by the interviewer what advice he would give young people today and he said, "to give love and to respect your mother and father, especially your mother". Moving advice for all of us. As we age, our parents are getting older. Hug them, love them because one day, their chair will be empty. I know first hand. I miss my dad. Don't blink, it goes by so fast.

Essential Lyrics:

Don't blink
Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
Don't blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your "better half"
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don't blink

4. "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts

Album: Me and My Gang

Year: 2006

Nothing but the best life has to offer, that's our wish for you. When you're looking for a birthday song that sends hope, love and good fortune, this famous tune works. It's the ideal pick for a young person setting off on their way in the world. 'My wish for you is that this life becomes all you want it to, your dreams stay big and your worries stay small'. What a lovely song to blow out those birthday candles to!

Essential Lyrics:

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish (my wish, for you)

5. "Perm" by Bruno Mars

Album: 24K Magic

Year: 2016

Complete fun. That's what 'Perm' is about. If you're looking for a birthday tune that's all about good times and living life, then add 'Perm' to your playlist. The song itself isn't about a birthday however there's a lyric that says 'it's my birthday' so you'll get away with blasting this one for the big birthday bash.

Essential Lyrics:

It's my birthday
(No, it's not)
But I still look good though
(High comb hot)
I bet you want an autograph
For you and your friends
Gotta do it in the penthouse
That's where I keep my pen

6. "Happy" by Pharrell Wiliams

Album: Happy

Year: 2013

Pure joy, that's what this birthday is! If that's the case include 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams on your birthday playlist. Positive feelings, happiness, and joyous celebration is what a birthday should be about! A birthday party with 'Happy' blasting in the background is a must!

Essential Lyrics:

Huh, because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do

7. "It's a Great Day to Be Alive" by Travis Tritt

Album: Down the Road I Go

Year: 2000

Play this for the senior citizen with a sense of humor! Or play it just because the lyrics say it best, 'it really is a great day to be alive' celebrating another birthday. In fact, this song is my alarm clock song. When my alarm goes off, the first words I hear are, "it's a great day to be alive". This upbeat tune is a must for any birthday playlist!

Essential Lyrics:

And it's a great day to be alive
I know the sun's still shining
When I close my eyes
There's some hard times in the neighborhood
But why can't every day be just this good

8. "My Next Thirty Years" by Tim McGraw

Album: A Place in the Sun

Year: 1999

A great birthday song pick for those celebrating middle age. You've gone through the early struggles, you've faced and conquered your fears and now it's time for more fun and relaxation. This birthday is about looking forward to easier times and a lot more joy. Your maturity has brought you to a place where you understand the value of just being. Sometimes you've had to learn the hard way but are now ready to let 'easy' in your life.

Essential Lyrics:

In my next thirty years I'm gonna have some fun
Try to forget about all the crazy things I've done
Maybe now I've conquered all my adolescent fears
And I'll do it better in my next thirty years

9. "Young" by Kenny Chesney

Album: No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem

Year: 2002

You're getting older and reflecting upon how fast it all went. Just yesterday you were in your 'rock'n roll t-shirts with a mostly bad attitude, and mostly young'. Your birthday reminds you when you wished you were older, and now here you are remembering your youth. This upbeat reflective song is a must for your birthday song playlist.

Essential Lyrics:

We were wanna be rebels who didn't have a clue
In our rock and roll t-shirts and our typically bad attitudes
Had no excuses for the things that we'd done
We were brave, we were crazy, we were mostly young, young

10. "I've Had the Time of My Life" by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Album: Dirty Dancing

Year: 1987

Your years have been memorable, and yes, when you sum it all up, you've had the time of your life. This famous song is a must for any birthday playlist. If your birthday is about counting your blessings then what better way to do it than to honor your friends, family, the love of your life or a higher power.

Essential Lyrics:

Because I've had the time of my life
No, I never felt this way before
Yes I swear it's the truth
And I owe it all to you
Hey baby

11. "Long Live the Night" by The Reklaws

Album: Feels Like That

Year: 2018

Your birthday is all about the party and the fun! If that's your plan, then this upbeat high energy song needs to be on your birthday party playlist. It's all about living life, enjoying the night and having a blast.

Essential Lyrics:

Singing long live the night
It's a song coming on, one that everyone knows
It's a bar, it's a field, it's a see where it goes
It's a guy and girl hoping that sun don't rise
Singing long live the night

Questions & Answers

    © 2018 Barbara Tremblay Cipak

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        Dianna Mendez 

        18 months ago

        Great selection for birthday celebrations. I do enjoy hearing some of these on occasion, even if it is not a birthday.

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        Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

        18 months ago from Toronto, Canada

        Margaret, thanks so much, and thank you for stopping by :)

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        Margaret Schindel 

        18 months ago from Massachusetts

        Barbara, this is such a great selection of songs, and ones I never would have thought of (or, in some cases, known about) on my own! Your commentary on why each song would be a good choice is terrific. Beautifully done! i’ll Be bookmarking this for sure.

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        Mary Norton 

        18 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        Love these songs...they are also poetry. It is wonderful to just play it once in a while even if it is not your birthday, just to remind you how wonderful life is.


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