Listen: A Hanukkah Playlist

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Playlist #1: Modern Hanukkah Songs

It's easy to find the old standards and some Hanukkah parodies of hit pop songs all over the internet (just search for "Hanukkah songs"), but here is a collection that mixes together overtly Hanukkah-related songs that you might not have heard before (and a bunch that you've most likely heard but that have become "new standards"), along with some songs that aren't, strictly speaking, Hanukkah songs . . . but maybe they will become Hanukkah songs one day, as they have Hanukkah themes.



Image: Jerusalem Post

Image: Jerusalem Post

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  1. Light One Candle (Peter, Paul & Mary)

  2. 8 Days of Hanukkah (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings)  

  3. How Do You Spell Channukkahh? (The LeeVees)

  4. The Chanukah Song (Adam Sandler)

  5. Dreidel (Don McLean)

  6. The Hanukkah Song (Too $hort)

  7. Darkness and Light (John Legend, featuring Brittany Howard)

  8. Spin It Up (Erran Baron Cohen)

  9. Miracle (Matisyahu)

  10. The Chanukah Song Pt. 2 (Adam Sandler)

  11. Ocho Kandelikas (Pink Martini)

  12. Hanukkah Dance (Woody Guthrie)

  13. Feast of Lights (They Might be Giants)

  14. The Chanukah Song Pt. 3 (Adam Sandler) (Spotify Only)

  15. Dreidel (Erran Baron Cohen)

  16. Hanukkah Blessings (Barenaked Ladies)

  17. The Chanukah Song Pt. 4 (Adam Sandler) 

  18. Happy Joyous Hanukkah (The Klezmatics and Woody Guthrie)

  19. Look to the Light (Erran Baron Cohen)

  20. Dreidel Bird (The Macaroons)

  21. Pass the Candle (from Left to Right) (Michelle Citrin)

  22. Rock of Ages-Ma'Oz Tzur (Mark Cohn)

  23. (I'm Spending) Hanukkah in Santa Monica (Tom Lehrer)

  24. My Hanukkah (Keep the Fire Alive) (Erran Baron Cohen)

  25. Latke Clan (The LeeVees)

  26. Hannukah oh Hanukkah (Erran Baron Cohen)

  27. Ordinary Miracle (Sarah McLaughlin)

  28. Winter Lady (Leonard Cohen)

  29. Winterlude (Bob Dylan)

  30. Fire Burning (Stevie Nicks)

  31. Winter (Tori Amos)

  32. The Chanukah Song (Neil Diamond)

  33. Happy Hannukah (Matisyahu) (Spotify Only)

Playlist #2: A Menorah of Music

As a companion to our eight different ways to light the menorah, we've put together a playlist of songs that feature numbers prominently. Think of it as a cross between lighting the menorah, the "Who Knows One" song from the Passover seder, and Apple Music/Spotify fun. Each "night" features a "shamash" (helper candle) and a countdown of songs starting with that night's number. (There are 44 songs in all, just like the number of candles in a box of Hanukkah candles.)

1st Night

  1. Light My Candle (Cast of "Rent")

  2. One Day (Matisyahu)

2nd Night

  1. Fire (The Pointer Sisters)

  2. Just the Two of Us (Grover Washington, Jr.)

  3. One (U2)

3rd Night

  1. Candle in the Wind (Elton John)

  2. Three Times a Lady (The Commodores)

  3. Nothing Compares 2 U (Sinead O'Connor)

  4. One Way or Another (Blondie)

4th Night

  1. Burn (Ellie Goulding)

  2. Count on Me (Bruno Mars)

  3. ABC (The Jackson 5)

  4. Two of Us (The Beatles)

  5. One Thing Leads to Another (The Fixx)

5th Night

  1. Set Fire to the Rain (Adele)

  2. Five to One (The Doors)

  3. FourFive Seconds (Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney)

  4. Ex's & Oh's (Elle King)

  5. Two Hearts (Bruce Springsteen)

  6. One (Cast of "A Chorus Line")

6th Night

  1. I'm on Fire (Bruce Springsteen)

  2. Route 66 (Chuck Berry)

  3. 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)

  4. For Your Eyes Only (Blondie)

  5. 3 am (Meghan Trainor)

  6. Two Hearts Beat as One (U2)

  7. One More Chance (The Jackson Five)

7th Night

  1. The Flame (Cheap Trick)

  2. Seven Bridges Road (The Eagles)

  3. Six Blocks Away (Lucinda Williams)

  4. 500 Miles (Peter, Paul & Mary)

  5. For You (Bruce Springsteen)

  6. Gimme Three Steps (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

  7. Man With Two Hearts (Men at Work)

  8. One More Night (Maroon 5)

8th Night

  1. Light a Candle (Neil Young)

  2. 8 Mile (Eminem)

  3. Seven Days (Bob Dylan)

  4. (This Song's Just) Six Words Long (Weird Al Yankovic)

  5. I Would Walk 500 Miles (Kenny and the Scots)

  6. 4 Seasons (Violent Femmes)

  7. Three Little Birds (Bob Marley and the Wailers)

  8. 2 Become 1 (Spice Girls)

  9. One More Night (Phil Collins)