Fact: some of the best Christmas songs originate with Jewish songwriters, including ‘Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree,’ ‘Winter Wonderland,’ ‘You’re A Mean One Mr Grinch,’ and ‘White Christmas’. When you consider the great number of Christmas albums by artists ranging from Barry Manilow to Bob Dylan to Kenny G, it’s not that strange that gentiles crafted some of the best Hanukkah songs: one of our favorites, for instance, is Sharon Jones’s funky Hanukkah bop ‘8 Days of Hannukah.’ Truly, the holidays are a cultural exchange.
Yet despite all that goodwill, the number of jolly Christmas songs is exponentially larger than Hanukkah’s greatest hits... especially in the pop world. Christmas has Mariah, Bing, Kanye and Beyoncé. Those celebrating the Festival of Lights have considerably fewer all-time greats to choose from. Still, to help you soundtrack eight nights of excitement, we’ve rounded up some surefire Hanukkah hits. You’ll find a-capella remixes and indie-rock darlings, Happy Gilmore and the Jewish Elvis. Here are the 21 best Hanukkah songs for your holiday playlist.
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