Happy Birthday Dear Heartache

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"Happy Birthday Dear Heartache"
Single by Barbara Mandrell
from the album Clean Cut
B-side "A Man's Not A Man ('Til He's Loved By A Woman)"
Released January 1984
Genre Country
Length 2:27
Label MCA
Writer(s) Archie Jordan, Mack David
Producer(s) Tom Collins
Barbara Mandrell singles chronology
"One of a Kind Pair of Fools"
"Happy Birthday Dear Heartache"
"Only a Lonely Heart Knows"

"Happy Birthday Dear Heartache" is a song written by Archie Jordan and Mack David, and recorded by American country music artist Barbara Mandrell. It was released in January 1984 as the first single from the album Clean Cut. The song reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[1]

The song is a bitter observance of the one-year anniversary of a breakup, set in terms of a birthday celebration. Instead of being in a celebratory mood, however, the woman observes "how big you've (the heartbreak) has grown" and that the guests of honor are "the blues, the memories and the tears." The breakup is so bitter that she observes at the end, "Same time, same place next year."

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 3
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 5


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 213.