Happy Birthday To You – Sheet Music, Chords and Tabs

happy birthday to youThe Song Happy Birthday To You is one of the most recognized songs in the English-speaking world and a great song to play on guitar. Everybody has already sung it to celebrate the birthday of a friend or a family member. The song has been translated in at least 18 languages, mostly in the Western world.

Originally, the song has been composed by two US american sisters, Patty Hill and Milfred J. Hill, who were kindergarten teachers. At this time the title of the song was “Good Morning to All” with completely different lyrics. Their aim was to create a song, which is easy to sing for young kids. So, initally the song was rather a nursery rhyme. It’s not known who changed the original lyrics after to the lyrics that we know nowadays. The first time the song has been published with the lyrics “Happy Birthday To You” was in 1912. Today the song is used to sing for somebody’s birthday when putting the birthday cake on the table.

Chords and Lyrics for Happy Birthday

Since the song is really short and easy to sing, it definitely deserves a place in our list of the best guitar songs for kids. For this nursery rhyme we only need three basic chords: C, G and F. And the best: we don’t even have to learn the lyrics because most likely everybody knows them already.


Happy CBirthday To GYou
Happy Birthday To D You
Happy Birthday To You “NFame”
Happy CBirthday GTo YCou

Music Sheet and Tabs for Happy Birthday

If you prefer fingerpicking then you need the music sheet and the tabs of the song. This version is also quite easy since we play it only on 3 strings. It will be available for download very soon.

Happy Birthday To You Printables

Make your guitar lessons and playing more fun for kids! The Ebook Easy Guitar Songs For Kids features printables of the song Happy Birthday To You! Check it out!

learning happy birthday to you guitar

Learn another easy nursery rhyme:

ABC Song
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Brother John
Five little Ducks
Humpty Dumpty
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Mary had a little Lamb
Old MacDonald had a Farm
Row row row your Boat
Twinkle twinkle little Star
Wheels on the Bus
Yankee Doodle