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Fit to be king
Lilli Dellheim, Special to the Hawk • July 13, 2024

Birthday beats 

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Birthdays are a time to celebrate getting older and indulge in your favorite type of cake. Whether you are turning 12 or 82, the opportunity to celebrate should never pass you by. With many artists ready to wish you a happy birthday, here are six songs from The Hawk to help you celebrate your big day. 

“Happy Birthday” – Stevie Wonder

For many people, birthdays are the perfect time to commemorate all the wonderful things that make the celebrant special. “Happy Birthday” is a staple birthday hit that recognizes the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King as a date that should be celebrated as a national holiday. This song has a groovy melody, and acknowledges the history behind America working to celebrate an important birthday. 

“Birthday Song” – Don McLean

Many people try to find the perfect birthday gift for the ones they love the most, ranging from expensive to sentimental. “Birthday Song” by Don McLean captures a more personal birthday wish, giving a song to the singer’s love for their special day. A peaceful and old-fashioned tune, “Birthday Song” is the perfect pick for those who prefer simple gestures.    

“teenage dream” – Olivia Rodrigo

As much as we all would like our birthdays to be one of the happiest days of the year, that is not always the case. “teenage dream” reflects on the other side of what birthdays bring: aging and growing old. While this emotional piece may not be great for your party playlist, it is a perfect listen to help process those fears that getting older may bring.

“Ratchet Happy Birthday” – Drake

While birthdays can be a fun time to hang out with your loved ones, sometimes you do not get that golden opportunity. Drake’s “Ratchet Happy Birthday,” a complex piece and a mellow tune, encourages listeners to celebrate their big day without tying themselves to those they think they should. 

“Trip Around the Sun” – Jimmy Buffett and Martina McBride 

One good thing about birthdays is the opportunity to live and learn with each passing age. 

“Trip Around the Sun” focuses on the aspects of life that might be crazy but are worth experiencing in the end. This song pushes listeners to look back at the year that’s passed and learn to make the most of what lies ahead. A relaxing country collaboration with Jimmy Buffet and Martina McBride, this song is a great way to start your next trip around the sun. 

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