eight Best Hanukkah Songs: From Adam Sandler to 'Bohemian Chanukah'


Go forward and rock across the Christmas tree, jingle your bells and deck these halls. While Christmas remains to be three weeks away, Jews all around the world are busy heating up their latkes, placing depraved spin on their dreidels and celebrating the eight loopy nights of Hanukkah proper now. And they're doing it with their very own festive vacation tunes.

So, what higher strategy to honor the vacation than to crank up our eight favourite Chanukah jams?

Adam Sandler, "The Chanukah Song"

The OG of Chanukah hits needs to be Sandler's iconic recitation of all of the well-known of us you didn't understand had been additionally celebrating the vacation, if solely to make these youngsters with Santa envy understand that they've obtained a reasonably deep bench as properly. From David Lee Roth and David Beckham to Mayim Bialik, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maroon 5's Adam Levine, Drake, Seth Rogen, Scarlett Johansson and Rush's Geddy Lee, Sandler reminds you to "Put in your yarmulke, it's time for Chanukah."

Six13, "Bohemian Chanukah"

Surfing on the recognition of the Queen biopic, this a capella group nails the right vacation parody with killer vocals and hilarious lyrics that completely soften the vacation's story into the British group's baroque association. "Is this the eighth evening/ We mild with household?/ Recall with nice satisfaction/ Our escape from Greek tyranny," they open within the video that mimics the unique's look.

Maccabeats, "Hasmonean – A Hamilton Hanukah"

This long-running a capella troupe additionally seemed to popular culture to fry up this distinctive tackle Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash Broadway musical. Instead of plumbing the story of an American president, "Hasmonean"  tells the heroic story of the celebration's heroes in traces similar to: "We should not gonna betray our God/ Hey yo, we don't want permission/ To preserve our traditions/ And we're not gonna betray our God."

Matisyahu, "Happy Hanukkah" 

Everyone's favourite righteous rapper added his personal spin to the Chanukah canon in 2012 with this funky jam. "Happy Hanukkah, I wanna give a present to you/ Light up the nights, my love shine by way of," he croons over a bouncing riddim.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, "eight Days (of Hanukkah)"

The late soul belter and her band had so much to say on this burner from 2015. With a throwback 1970s funk swing, the observe spreads the love whereas additionally instructing those that don't know just a few issues about this factor referred to as Hanukkah. "Day two!/ Time to spin the dreidel/ And hope that gimel exhibits up on my flip," Jones sings over the James Brown-like beat and funky horns.

Erez Cohen, "A One Direction Hanukkah"

Way again in 2015, it felt like One Direction would go on perpetually. But Cohen knew all good issues come to an finish, which is why this boy band-loving tribute to the competition of lights got here proper on time: one month earlier than 1D went on hiatus. "If you want consuming latkes, taking part in dreidel too/ If you want simply getting presents that would refill your room/ This vacation's good," visitor vocalist A.Ok.A. Pella croons to the strains of the 2015 hit "Perfect." 

Maccabeats, "I Have a Little Dreidel"

The 'Beats are again with this distinctive tackle one of the vital beloved Hanukkah songs: the story of the celebration's signature plaything. The 14-member New York group make it their very own by remixing the track in half a dozen types, from huge band and bluegrass to hip-hop, '80s synth pop, blues, classical, reggaeton and gospel.

Six13, "Chanukah (Shake It Off)"

The males of Six13 clearly have their lane on the subject of spot-on parodies of present hits. Their gelt-tastic spoof of Taylor Swift's track hits all of the excessive factors, whereas giving vacation hero Judah Maccabee main props. "Back in 160 B.C.E./ Lived Judah Maccabee/ His military was so weak/ But they nonetheless beat the Greeks/ Supply of oil wasn't nice/ But a miracle befell," they bop within the video whereas flossing with their menorahs.