Free Music Archive: Happy Birthday Song Contest Winners

This article originally appeared in on February 20, 2013

Free Music Arhive: Happy Birthday Song Contest Winners

The votes are all in from our incredible panel of judges, and these these three winning songs took the cake!
At this party everybody gets a present now that we have this dynamic Free Birthday Song Repository available for your projects. If you explore for a while, you’ll find birthday songs that are incredibly touching, starring adorable children, offered in multiple languages, full of every foul word imaginable, and fun to share with your friends. Plus, the special happy birthday song that America just isn’t ready for.
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This winning song by The Blank Tapes was recorded on a cell phone! The group is headed by LA/San Francisco artist Matt Adams. Like this band itself, everything about the song’s sound feels like a secret the West Coast has been keeping from the rest of the country. It was the top pick from our judge Jonathan Coulton who wrote:

“This one’s simple and singable, but also has a pretty melody with a little bit of action in it. I can imagine groups of grownups singing this as they stare through cameras at their children. I can imagine waiters called out of the kitchen in the middle of whatever they’re doing to sing this with some foreign accent in the light of a single candle shoved into a molten chocolate cake. It hits all the marks, while not sacrificing musicality or sentiment.”
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Our money is on the third-place Blank Tapes song, also called It’s Your Birthday!, and we’re not the only ones who liked it. It was Coulton’s top pick, both for being “singable” and because “It hits all the marks, while not sacrificing musicality or sentiment.”


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