Hanukkah might stretch for eight nights, but when it comes to popular holiday songs, Christmas has it vastly outnumbered. Even the most hardcore Hebrews would be hard pressed to name a modern Hanukkah song not written by Adam Sandler. But that doesn’t mean they’re not out there.
If you search around enough, you’ll find a trove of tunes worthy of a Festival of Lights playlist. Oddly enough, a good many of them are performed by gentiles. You’ve got the late, great Sharon Jones finding the funk in ‘The Dreidel Song’ and Too $hort rapping about latkes and pinching tuchuses. But there are also some gems from members of the tribe that aren’t widely known, including Bela Fleck, Matisyahu and, of course, the Jewish Elvis himself, Neil Diamond. We’ve collected them all here on this list of the greatest modern Hanukkah songs. Mazel tov!
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