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Happy Music Monday! In just two weeks we'll be doing a mix full of Christmas songs, but guess what? There's a holiday that comes before that! Right now we're comfortable ensconced in Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, and so we figured that would be a great way to take up space a nice way to pay tribute to our Jewish pals. It took a little work but we actually did find four songs that WEREN'T by Adam Sandler! And, of course, this one:

Adam Sandler - The Hanukkah Song

 

If all his other comedy is forgotten (and some of those movies might just be) Adam Sandler will still be known as the guy who made Hanukkah easy for us gentiles to understand. And also invented the word "marijuanakkah" to boot.

Now that that's out of the way, what are the other four? More on Hanukkah, after the jump.

Be sure to check out our Spotify playlist. This week, as always, features a great selection from last week's Music Monday comments. The theme of the mix this time is Dreams, the things that sometimes keep you going. But before you think about tomorrow, start thinking about today, and check out our current Music Monday below!

Peter, Paul & Mary - Light One Candle

 

Built into the Jewish religion is a deep love of knowledge and history. Even the non-religious Jews can still rattle off all sorts of facts and knowledge that have been handed down from parent to parent. This song might not be as fluffy as "Here Comes Santa Claus" but it's still uplifting, even as it makes a point. Plus, as far as I know, there's nothing in the Torah about Puff The Magic Dragon.

Barenaked Ladies- Hanukkah, O Hanukkah

 

I've attended a few Jewish ceremonies with a dear friend once or twice over the years, and I've always noticed just how CATCHY the music is. This Barenaked Ladies cover is stripped down, but you still feel the need to get up and move, don't you? Take this tune and throw in a solo and you might have a modern rock classic! But keeping it like this, you've just got a beloved holiday song.

They Might Be Giants - Feast Of Lights

 

When has a They Might Be Giants song ever been bad? A nice, stripped down song that approaches Hanukkah from an angle, kinda like how Ben Folds' Brick sneaks up on Christmas. Except this TMBG song seems to end on a slightly more optimistic note.

Sarah Silverman - Give The Jew Girl Toys slightly NSFW

 

Yes, part of the season is finding the humor in having Santa stuffed down your throat everywhere you go. Both Jews and non-Jews alike can agree on that. But Sarah Silverman approaches it from an outsider's perspective, and with a child's selfishness: why can't I get a Christmas present too? Considering Santa's never mentioned in the Bible, it's a pretty valid question. Maybe this year our two faiths can strike a deal: you give me some chocolate coins, and I'll give you a Star Wars figure I wrapped at the last minute. Sound fair?

Surely, surely there are a few Hanukkah or Hanukkah-like songs Scott missed, right? If you know some, drop 'em in the comments below. Then everyone in the whole world ever is welcome to join us in our Turntable.fm room for the regular Music Monday enjoyment. Also, let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use. Happy Hanukkah to all our Jewish readers!



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chicken0102


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I know these songs I'm about to list don't have lyrics to them, but I enjoy them nonetheless:

"Eternal Light (A Chanukah Song)" by Kenny G
"Chanukah Suite" by Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (composed by Jeff as well)

matthew


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I am contractually obligated to mention the Woot Podcast Team's own "Hannukah's On" from 2006.

sgsax


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Thanks for the list. The last couple years I've been building lists of my own. It was my pleasure to share then here in 2010. Found a bunch last year that were worthy of sharing, but this year was disappointingly lacking in quality Hanukkah music. I think I found maybe two new ones that were any good (ie not just kiddie songs and not supposed to be jokes). I hadn't heard the TMBG tune yet, so nice find there. And you can't go wrong w/ Sarah Silverman. But if I have to hear the Adam Sandler song one more time, I'm gonna throw a sack of dreidles at somebody.

Matisyahu is going more legit/mainstream lately, but this is still a catchy new one from him:
http://youtu.be/K1QRSl6hUZw

Chag sameach!

Seth

moviewatcher


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I'm A Christmas Tree by Wild Man Fischer and Dr. Demento. It's short, barely a song, but wait for the payoff at the end.
http://tinyurl.com/bbhe9vw

Slydon


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sgsax wrote:Thanks for the list.



No lie, Seth, your Ten Questions with us was what I was thinking of when I made this list! Glad I found at least one new song for you this year.

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chicken0102


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(11:21 AM, today) chicken0102 finds the one time posting Kenny G won't get you banned just kidding chicken0102 we love you



I love you too, Scott :p

NedDawg


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Not a Hanukkah song, but a great take on the Waitresses' Xmas song by Save Ferris.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKt6UjHQ5PY

Slydon


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NedDawg wrote:Not a Hanukkah song




AHEM, WE SAID WAIT TWO WEEKS FOR THOSE but I'll quality you if you post it then

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JMaq


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Looking through my collection of odd holiday music, I see:

Ocho Kandelikas (Eight Little Candles) by Rachel Buchman
http://www.amazon.com/Ocho-Kandelikas-Eight-Little-Candles/dp/B005T4RCMQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355178269&sr=8-1

Super Dreidel RPG by James Kochalka Superstar
http://www.americanelf.com/mp3.php?ID=38

Hannukah Snowman by Phranc
http://www.amazon.com/Hannukah-Snowman/dp/B000SXHB56/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355178339&s=dmusic&sr=1-1

Hanuka Gelt by the Klezmatics
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYwE8Wob1os

Chanuka by Jingle Punx
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv9tprMeAWk

Rock Me Maccabeus by Cantor Eyal Bitton
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEp3EZnnTGk

The Dreidel Song by Aimee Mann and Paul F. Tompkins
(Which has somehow disappeared off of the internet in an act of true blasphemy. It becomes Ring of Fire with Hanukkah lyrics at one point. It's glorious.)

sgsax


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JMaq wrote:Looking through my collection of odd holiday music, I see:



The Klezmatics tune is great. That's going on my list this year. The punk Hanukkah rendition is fun, but maybe not as clean the Gods of Fire version:
http://youtu.be/F7_LRSjU50Q
That might be a bonus track for me, though. "Rock me Maccabeus" is awesome only because: who spoofs on Falco? It is a fun one.

Cheers.
Seth

NedDawg


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Slydon wrote:AHEM, WE SAID WAIT TWO WEEKS FOR THOSE but I'll quality you if you post it then

OK, but in my defense it has a Jewish perspective and makes references to Hanukkah.

popojijo35


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How did Shlock Rock not make this list...oh the painful memories of this being cool as a young jewish kid..

Imagine Ari from Entourage singing bad Jewish Parodies oh wait thanks to YouTube you don't have to

My My Menorah
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLex2DRUekY

And one more just for fun

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ojhdz2Blfw8

Slydon


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NedDawg wrote:OK, but in my defense it has a Jewish perspective and makes references to Hanukkah.



That's a version that's DRASTICALLY different from the original. Consider yourself qualitied.

Hi, I'm one of the writers. My powers are limited but I'll do what I can.