My birthday was last week.

So, you know, happy birthday to me! (I’m still celebrating it. I’m taking the whole month, really.)

Anyway, we’ve all heard “Happy Birthday to You,” the most recognized song in the English language. But if you’re feeling like some new tunes to celebrate (or mourn, depending on how old you’re feeling this year), I’ve got you covered.

Any of these could be jammed when the cake and candles come out. Listen to them all (plus a few extras) at

“Birthday,” The Beatles

Forget the traditional happy birthday song. The Beatles’ is better.

“It’s Your Birthday,” Luke

2 Live Crew’s Luther Campbell had a bit with this jam, which we’ve all adopted. “Go (insert name here)! It’s your birthday!”

“It’s My Party,” Lesley Gore

You are allowed to cry at your party, especially if you’re feeling old and sad and bitter. (Or, like in the song, your boyfriend leaves with someone else.) But then, you know, wrap it up. There’s cake and people are here for a good time.

“Older,” They Might Be Giants

As the song says, time is marching on. “You’re older than you’ve ever been, and now you’re even older ...” And repeat. Maybe don’t play this one if you’re feeling old.

“Six Feet Under,” No Doubt

Someday you’ll be dead. Not a happy one.

“Still Crazy After All These Years,” Paul Simon

For that feeling when you still feel like you’re young but your good times now are mostly recounting old good times.

“Forever Young,” Rod Stewart

For after you’ve listened to “Still Crazy After All These Years” and are feeling kind of down about it. Crank this up.

“Never Grow Up,” Taylor Swift

As a parent, I can relate to this one.

“Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah),” Andy Grammer

It’s your birthday. Celebrate yourself.

“Happy Birthday,” Altered Images

Remember the movie “Sixteen Candles”? This is the blindingly poppy happy birthday song that you hear once and get stuck in your head forever. Good luck getting it out of there.

“16 Candles,” The Crests

A classic, especially when you’re feeling like a queen, the prettiest, loveliest girl anyone has ever seen.

“Unhappy Birthday,” The Smiths

As usual, The Smiths are super dour. “You’re evil and you lie and if you should die, I may feel slightly sad but I won’t cry.” Jeez.

“Birthday Sex,” Jeremih

I mean, celebrate your birthday however you feel is appropriate.

“In Da Club,” 50 Cent

The song is about being in the club, but that “Go shorty, it’s your birthday” line is burned in our brains.

“Birthday Cake,” Rihanna

I think she’s using the cake as a metaphor for something else.

“Happy Birthday,” Stevie Wonder

Stevie was really happy about somebody’s birthday. Has a more celebratory song every been written?

“Birthday Dethday,” Dethklok

The metal band from Cartoon Network’s “Metalocalypse” has a birthday song. It’s as absurd as it sounds.

“What’s My Age Again?” Blink-182

If you’re feeling juvenile, really, the entire Blink-182 catalog is there for you. This one in particular.

“Thirteen,” Big Star

Do you remember being 13 years old?

“When I’m Sixty-Four,” The Beatles

A whimsical look at getting older. I’ll take it, including the birthday greetings and the bottle of wine.

“Three Year Old,” Eric Church

As you get older, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking life advice from a toddler. They live life in a very free manner.

“As Good as I Once Was,” Toby Keith

For when you may not be in your prime, but you still feel pretty dang good.

“It Was a Very Good Year,” Frank Sinatra

Good old Frank recalls the good years slowly and one at a time, until he realizes there have been quite a few of them indeed.

“Touch of Grey,” The Grateful Dead

Hey man, you might be seeing a little gray in the temples, but you’ll survive.

“Was It 26,” Chris Stapleton

This isn’t a song about having no regrets. It’s about the blurry times you wish you could redo, especially when bad times make the years meld together.

“Somewhere in the Middle,” Cody Jinks

It’s a song about looking back at the years that have passed and looking forward “with a young man’s brain, with an old man’s heart and restless soul.”

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Kevin Coffey is the entertainment editor and critic, covering music, movies, video games, comic books and lots more. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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