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I Want to Be Happy

"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 appearancesEdit


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

Other recordings include:

Other VersionsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Jazz Standards Songs and Instrumentals (I Want to Be Happy)". Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  2. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 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. ^ "". Retrieved December 5, 2017.