Hanukkah Songs: 9 Modern Tunes To Celebrate The Festival Of Lights

Jazz up your Hanukkah celebrations with these songs! Shutterstock/ tomertu

It’s almost that time of the year where latkes and sufganiyot take over the dinner table, the dreidel becomes the go-to game and gifts are expected for eight nights in a row. Yes, Hanukkah is approaching! The Festival of Lights commemorates when the Jews reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem from the Greeks and rededicated it to the service of God. However, when they went to light the Temple’s seven-branched candelabrum, or menorah, there was only a single cruse of oil that had escaped contamination from the Greeks.

That one-day supply miraculously burned for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under the right conditions. Hanukkah commemorates that miracle. The holiday is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which this year falls on Dec. 24 of the Gregorian calendar until Jan. 1, 2017. Let’s celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, purity over adulteration, spirituality over materiality with these songs, perfect for all ages, with classics like “Oh Chanukah, Oh Chanukah” and “The Dreidel Song,” to modern tunes to appeal to the younger generations. Check them out below!

"Hanukkah, O Hanukkah" (Barenaked Ladies version)

"The Dreidel Song" by Julie Silver

"How Do You Spell Channukkahh" by The LeeVees

"Pass the Candle (From Left to Right)" by Michelle Citrin

"Dreidel Bird" by The Macaroons

"The Candles of Chanukah" by SoulAviv

"Miracle" by Matisyahu

"Candlelight" by The Maccabeats

"Hanukkah In The Village" by Rachel Sage

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Maria G. Valdez

Maria was born and raised in Dominican Republic, where she began her career in journalism covering human interest stories, entertainment, beauty and wellness for a national magazine. She moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre, but went back to journalism after graduating in an attempt of becoming the Latina Carrie Bradshaw. She has an unhealthy obsession with JLo and claims to be Sofia Vergara’s long-lost daughter, and has tried a crazy amount of treatments to keep looking young. She became a Zumba instructor for fun.