Happy Birthday Memes

Happy Birthday Memes

Updated Jan 14, 2021 at 06:35AM EST by Y F.

Added Aug 17, 2018 at 02:48PM EDT by Sophie.

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Happy Birthday Memes are image macros, animated GIFs [3][4] and other online media used to wish someone a "happy birthday".


Wishing friends or family a "Happy Birthday" is a fairly universal concept worldwide across many cultures, and Happy Birthday To You is the most sung song worldwide.[7] IMDB has over 648 instances of Happy Birthday To You being sung in a movie or TV scene.[8]

While the exact origin of "Happy Birthday" memes is unknown, the images bear many similarities to ecards. In December 1994, The Electric Postcard database was created by Dr. Judith Donath at the MIT Media Lab, which allowed users to create ecards with customized messages to send to a recipient's email address.


On November 17th, 2013, Redditor Tyzh submitted a photoshop of Doge resembling the character Rainbow Dash captioned with a "happy birthday" message to /r/mylittlepony[6] (shown below).

Happy birthday meme of My Little Pony's Rainbow Dash saying so rain bow many face uch 20% wow cide much fast very hero happy birthday in a doge style way

On October 1st, 2014, YouTuber GreatBirthdayIdeas uploaded a video ecard of a dog singing the song "Happy Birthday," which gained over 4.01 million views and 160 comments over the next four years (shown below, left). On January 4th, 2015, YouTuber Juggernaut Pint uploaded another birthday video ecard featuring a dancing orangutan followed by the message "Happy Birthday" (shown below, right). Over the next several years, the video received upwards of 2.8 million views and 70 comments.

On September 14th, 2016, Redditor ilovetheflowergirl submitted a birthday meme referencing the song "All Star" to /r/mildlyinfuriating[5] (shown below).

happy birthday meme with picture of Smashmouth with lyrics mimicking the tone of All Star that read SOMEBODY ONCE TOLD ME TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY, SO GET YOUR GAMEON, GO PLAY

On June 19th, 2018, the internet humor site Smosh[2] highlighted a collection of birthday-related memes in a post titled "These Birthday Memes Are Something to Celebrate."

On August 18th, a listicle titled "24 Happy Birthday Memes to Share With Your Friends or Enemies" was published on Ebaumsworld.[1]

Various Examples

happy birthday, Happy Birthday GIF of Ace ventura PET DETECTIVE, played by a young Jim Carrey, in which the door is a neon sign in a comical font saying Happy Birthday, and completely disappearing from view when he "opens" the door Happy birthday GIF meme of Stephen Colbert doing his nipple dance with the words Happy Birthday flashing as text HAPPM BIRTHDAY! ERMAHGERD HAPPY BIRTHDAY GOTU DERGS Happy birthday meme GIF of Nicloas Cage Freaking out and yelling as happy birthday flashes overlayed

Big Many Tyrone Videos

YouTuber Big Man Tyrone has uploaded birthday message videos for people born on each month of the year (examples shown below).

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