Happy (Danny Elfman song)

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Danny Elfman - Happy cover.jpeg
Single by Danny Elfman
ReleasedOctober 29, 2020 (2020-10-29)
Songwriter(s)Danny Elfman[1]
Danny Elfman singles chronology

"Happy" is a song written and performed by American singer, musician, and composer Danny Elfman. It was released by Anti- on October 29, 2020.[1][2] The single is Elfman's first solo pop release since the 1984 album So-Lo.[3]

In a statement, Elfman said, "I originally wrote 'Happy' to perform at Coachella 2020. It was written to be an absurd anti-pop song, designed to begin as a very simple pop tune that degrades into something more subversive. The cynical nature of the lyrics echo how I feel about living in a semi-dystopian world turned upside down."[4]

This should not be confused with Elfman's 1987 song of the same name, which was included on the soundtrack to the film Summer School.[5]


Adapted from Bandcamp:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Happy | Danny Elfman". Bandcamp. October 29, 2020. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  2. ^ "Happy - Single by Danny Elfman on Apple Music". October 29, 2020. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  3. ^ "Hear Danny Elfman's First Solo Pop Song in Nearly 40 Years, 'Happy'". Rolling Stone. October 29, 2020. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  4. ^ Anti- Records (October 29, 2020). "Halloween Is Almost Here: Is Danny Elfman "Happy"?" (Press release). Archived from the original on October 29, 2020.
  5. ^ "Original Soundtrack - Summer School review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 12, 2020.

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