"Happy Days Are Here Again
" is a song copyrighted in 1929 by Milton Ager
(music) and Jack Yellen
(lyrics) and published by EMI Robbins Catalog, Inc./Advanced Music Corp. The song was recorded by Leo Reisman
and His Orchestra, with Lou Levin, vocal (November 1929), and was used in the 1930 film Chasing Rainbows.
The film was about Drunks, Bootlegging and Prohibition and the song was the finale, celebrating the imminent repeal of Prohibition
Today, the song is probably best remembered as the campaign song for Franklin Delano Roosevelt's
successful 1932 presidential campaign. Since Roosevelt's use of the song, it has come to be recognized as the unofficial theme of the Democratic Party
. The lyrics suggest optimism and buoyancy.
Matthew Greenwald described the song as " true saloon standard, a Tin Pan Alley
standard, and had been sung by virtually every interpreter since the 1940s. In a way, it's the pop version of Auld Lang Syne
The song is #47 on the Recording Industry Association of America
's list of "Songs of the Century
, 76 commercially released albums include versions of the song.
Movies in which the song appears