Azərbaycan Marşı is the national anthem of Azerbaijan, the original title of which is March of Azerbaijan (Azərbaycan marşı). The words were written by the poet Ahmad Javad, and the music was composed by Azeri composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov. The anthem was adopted in 1918 with the passage of "On the State Hymn of the Republic of Azerbaijan."
A fragment from the national anthem is depicted on the obverse of the Azerbaijani 5 manat banknote issued since 2006.
During the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov wrote two marches. Both of these works were published in the book of the Turkish musicologist Etem Üngör's "Turkic marches" (Türk marşları), published in 1965 in Ankara. The manuscripts were brought to Turkey by composer's brother Jeyhun Hajibeyov. One of the marches called "Azerbaijani national march" (Azərbaycan milli marşı). In 1919, this work received the first award announced by the Government of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic. The manuscript of the march is kept in the house-museum of the Hajibeyov in Baku.
The second march which was the March of Azerbaijan (Azərbaycan marşı), according to Üngör "In those years, when Azerbaijan has not lost its independence, the march chanted by military schools before lessons". Later this march, arranged for choir and orchestra by composer Aydin Azimov and adopted as the national anthem of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
On May 27, 1992, after the breakup of the USSR, the March of Azerbaijan, was re-adopted as the anthem of Azerbaijan.
Regulations for the performance of the national anthem are set forth in the law signed by Heydar Aliyev in 1996. While a performance of the anthem may include only music, only words, or a combination of both, the anthem must be performed using the official music and words prescribed by law. Once a performance has been recorded, it may be used for any purpose, such as in a radio or television broadcast.