We begin with Melvin and the Chipmunks singing their own Hanukkah song:
Followed by the all-celebrity edition of “The Eight Nights of Hanukkah (My Bubby Gave to Me…)”
Now, listen up: The hottest Hanukkah song this year is “Candlelight,” performed by the Yeshiva University a capella group The Maccabeats (with apologies to Taio Cruz and his very popular “Dynamite,” which is now topping the charts in UK, Canada and elsewhere):
Let’s continue with more of the Maccabeats, here doing a rockin’ medley of more traditional Hanukkah songs:
And the newest star on the Hanukkah Horizon is the very hilarious Gladys Finkelstein (a.k.a. Brian Robinson), here doing her version of Tom Lehrer’s “Hanukkah in Santa Monica.” (For Tom Lehrer himself singing his scandalous “Christmas Carol,” click here.
For a hot Latin version of the Ladino classic Ocho Kandelikas, my fave is Kenny Ellis (though you might prefer this version by Daddo & the Latin Voice).
This generation’s Hanukkah standard, of course, is Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah Song.” (And, hey, check out Bon Jovi’s version of Sandler’s Hanukkah, here.):
… followed closely by Brandon Harris Walker’s “I Eat Chinese Food on Christmas” (Because There Ain’t Much More To Do on Christmas … When You’re a Jew…):
Now we get serious. Here is “I Have a Little Dreidl,” played on the ukelele, in a fabulous video submitted to the Bushman World Ukelele Contest.
The P.S. 122 Chorus performs “Maoz Tsur”:
A lovely choral rendition of “Mi Yemalel” from the 2006 Shoham concert:
And last but not least, Chaim Nachman Bialik’s “Lichvod Chanuka”:
Jonathan Jeremy “J.J.” Goldberg is editor-at-large of the Forward, where he served as editor in chief for seven years (2000-2007).