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 Free Birthday Songs (1 Albums, 140 Tracks)


Greg Harrison
LOCATION:Jersey City, NJ

The Free Music Archive wanted to wish Creative Commons a Happy 10th Birthday with a song. But there's a problem. Although "Happy Birthday To You" is the most recognized song in the English language and its origins can be traced back to 1893, it remains under copyright protection in the United States until 2030. It can cost independent filmmakers $10,000 to clear the song for their films, and this is a major stumbling block hindering the creation of new works of art. The 1987 PBS Civil Rights documentary, Eyes on the Prize is but one notable example.

While this has made for many inspiring creative alternatives in film and restaurant chains alike, we felt it was time to dethrone that old ditty and create a new national repository of alternate Birthday song compositions. All submissions are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license so that they may be freely incorporated into new works of art as long as the artist and the Free Music Archive are properly attributed. 

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andrea on 01/05/13 at 06:03AM
Good Question! Don't worry about those details for now. It was too cumbersome for us to build that web form. As long as we have your e-mail somewhere, it's cool Furchick!
Black Lake on 01/10/13 at 05:08AM
I uploaded a song, Happy Birthday Celebrate, but I do not see it. Did it upload?
andrea on 01/10/13 at 09:50PM
@BlackLake -- Yes, it uploaded! It usually takes a couple hours for us to get to a computer and approve uploads. Thanks for your patience.
EJGreenberg on 01/13/13 at 05:56PM
Hi. This is a terrific idea.
Just want to make sure our song uploaded. is there a way to check?
Thanks for your efforts
andrea on 01/13/13 at 06:24PM
@EJGreenberg - did you just subit your song? I just approved a song without an artist name, and added your name to the entry. Please look at the entries at the top of the list and let me know if you see yours.

Questions can be sent to "contact at freemusicarchive dot org".
Black Lake on 02/21/13 at 12:42AM
Wondering about this contest. Are there winners?
andrea on 02/21/13 at 08:00PM
Our winners have been announced here:

Their songs appear under "Disc 1" up top.
milanamarty on 06/21/13 at 05:14PM
Great album! Great music!
jamesbrunner on 06/25/13 at 12:18PM
Sounds not totally foreign, yet not totally familiar, guess that's what "fusion" really means.
AppleBerry Blues on 08/05/16 at 03:37PM
Thanks for having this contest and compiling this great list of birthday songs. I look forward to seeing if one of these becomes popular enough to overtake the popularity of "Happy Birthday to You" And thanks to all the artists who took the time to compose these songs.
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