8 modern Hanukkah songs

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8 modern Hanukkah songs

Source: Metro Canada, 12-18-11

While the songbook for Judaism’s festival of lights still lags well behind Christmas, the holiday has been punching above its weight class in recent years. Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah song, originally performed on SNL’s Weekend Update in 1994, really got the wax spinning on the modern age of Hanukkah tuneage. Get your Hanukkah groove on with one modern track for each night of the celebration.1. CANDLELIGHT by Maccabeats
This clever parody of Dynamite by Taio Cruz has racked up more than 5.7 million views on YouTube. The Maccabeats, an a cappella group composed of students from New York’s Yeshiva University, have performed at Madison Square Garden and The White House.

2. MIRACLE by Matisyahu
The Hasidic reggae star known for his prodigious beat-boxing skills brings us a sweet and spiritual holiday ballad. And in the video, Matisyahu showcases his lighter side by getting hip-checked on a skating rink and having a surreal daydream where he tangles with King Antiochus, some random hockey goons and the Nutcracker.

3. LONELY JEW ON CHRISTMAS by Trey Parker

Kyle Broflovski’s tender yet occasionally potty-mouthed tour de force from South Park’s famous Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo episode from season one. Thanks to Kyle and Mr. Hankey, the denizens of the fictional Colorado town learn that Christmas and Chanukah can coexist.

4. HOW DO YOU SPELL CHANNUKKAHH? by The LeeVees
The holiday is spelled a few ways, with Hanukkah and Chanukah being the most popular. This is the most memorable track off 2005’s Hanukkah Rocks album, a collaboration between Guster’s Adam Gardner and The Zambonis’ Dave Schneider.

5. FEAST OF LIGHTS by They Might Be Giants
These quirky indie rock darlings known for the catchy geek anthems Birdhouse In Your Soul and Malcolm in the Middle theme song Boss Of Me concoct a downbeat ode to the holiday blahs.

6. MEMORIES OF A WINTER’S NIGHT by David Koz
The lone instrumental Chanukah track on our list comes courtesy of butter-smooth saxophone player Koz, the heir apparent to Kenny G. The twinkling piano and vibrant sax solos are very seasonal

7. HANUKKAH BLESSINGS by Barenaked Ladies
One of a trio of Hanukkah tracks on BNL’s Barenaked for the Holidays album from 2004. On this earnest medley, Stephen Page weaves both of Hanukkah’s candle-lighting blessings into the song, adding religious heft to the tune.

8. LOVE YOU BETTER by The Maccabees
While these Brighton-based Brit-poppers claim they picked their band name by randomly skimming the Bible, by adopting the namesake of the heroes of Chanukah, the small yet determined Jewish rebel army who rose up against their Syrian-Greek oppressors, their music is certainly holiday appropriate.

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