I Want to Be Happy

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"I Want to Be Happy" is a song with music by Vincent Youmans and lyrics by Irving Caesar written for the 1925 musical No, No, Nanette.


The song is used several times throughout the musical as a running theme representing the attempts of various people to please others.

It is first sung by the character Jimmy to his ward Nanette.

Film appearances[edit]


“I Want to Be Happy” charted several times over thirteen years:[1]

Other recordings include:

Other Versions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jazz Standards Songs and Instrumentals (I Want to Be Happy)". Jazzstandards.com. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  2. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  3. ^ Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. Oxford University Press. pp. 185–186. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.
  4. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved December 5, 2017.