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50th Birthday Song Suggestions?

We are having a 50th birthday party for my husband in October and I need some suggestions for songs about growing up to go with pictures of his childhood through adulthood.

Always a Tear Jerker

I suggest Forever Young by Rod Stewart. This song is always played at our kindergarten graduation along with a slide montage of all the kids during the year. There isn't a dry eye in the house.

Web Sites to Check Out

To find the greatest hit songs listed by Year, click on Music at:

To find a quotation to go with photos, click on By Topic or Author at:

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Ask his mother about his favorite childhood activities (like collecting baseball cards, fishing with pals, etc.). Then do a more nostalgic-theme party with items that he played with when he was a child. Just set a few things on the table or tie a bit of fishing line around the object and hang it from the ceiling with a thumbtack.

You could also rummage through the attic boxes for some of his old clothes and tack them to the walls for a "remember when you wore that favorite shirt?" effect. As far as music goes, call your local "oldies" station and ask them what songs were on the top ten list when he was born or when he was ten. Then take him for a trip down memory lane.

A Variety of Song Choices

Here are a few songs that I think might work:

  1. Country Roads
  2. Blowing in the Wind
  3. Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
  4. When You Wish Upon a Star
  5. High Hopes


Put the Photos to Song

If you have any children, a great song would be Grandpa from the Judds. I did that with my dad on his 50th and he loved it. Everyone cried and laughed with the photos and the song. It was a big hit!

Make a Treasure Book

Try "I Won't Grow Up, I Don't Want to Grow Up, The World is Getting Older" by Jon Dichter, and Cat's In The Cradle by Harry Chapin. For my grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary, everyone in the family was given one sheet of paper with the instructions to write a favorite memory or two. We then put it into a book for them. They treasured that book and I believe it was their favorite present. Good luck on the birthday party!

Match the Song to the Interests

In order to pick appropriate songs, you need to look at the pictures and get a feel for what kind of events they depict. Is the person a baseball lover? "Take Me Out to the Ball Park" would be perfect. Was he in the military? Then try the "Star Spangled Banner". Your husband may be more whimsical. Then try "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy". Let the pictures direct you to the song.

PowerPoint Presentation

I did a 50th birthday party for my boss a couple of years ago. I scanned in pictures from his childhood, marriage, and his own children. I then used PowerPoint to create a presentation entitled "Seasons in the Sun" (it was after the song by the same name) and pulled in pictures to match the verse on each slide (1 line of the song for each slide). My boss was totally surprised by the presentation and he loved it. We still look at it from time to time.

Reviewed January 2018

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