Hanukkah is here! Time to light your menorahs, spin dreidels, and consume copious amounts of latkes and gelt. Yum. Oh, and maybe pump up some Hanukkah jams! We all know the classics--"I Have a Little Dreidel" and "Oh Chanukah," but there's a whole other world out there! For instance, HAIM just shared an informal rendition of a Hanukkah original. We've compiled a list of hysterical, witty, and embarrassing lyrics for this festive holiday. Let's look at 8 of the best Hanukkah song lyrics.
1. "Applesauce vs. Sour Cream" - The LeeVees
LYRICS: "One has fruit and one has milk / If you're lactose intolerant, then take a pill now."
Wow, this song is literally about the choice between putting applesauce or sour cream on your latkes. My solution: both! The lactose intolerant part is relatable, as almost all of my dairy intolerant family takes a Lactaid pill on Hanukkah.
2. "8 Days of Hannukah" - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
LYRICS: "I like it more than PESACH / Let's leave the manischewitz on the shelf."
Yes, let's PLEASE leave the manischewitz on the shelf. Someone always brings Manischewitz wine on Jewish holidays, and it literally tastes like sour grape juice.
3. "Miracle" - Matisyahu
LYRICS: "Eight nights eight lights and these rites keep me right / Bless me to the highest heights with your miracle."
This witty wordplay is definitely a tongue-twister. Also, what's the miracle?
4. "Chanukah (Shake It Off)" - Six13
LYRICS: "Made a dreidel out of clay, clay, clay, clay, clay / When it's ready I will play, play, play, play, play."
It may just seem like they're repeating words--but they're repeating words to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off"! I don't know how serious they're trying to be, but it comes off as a total joke.
5. "The Hanukkah Song" - Too $hort
LYRICS: "I'm fryin' latkes, I'm makin' a mess / With some Jewish girls, pinching tushies."
Oh wow, sounds like you're having a great time, and way to incorporate the Yiddish pronunciation (tushies=tokhes).
6. "My Menorah" - Chevonne
LYRICS: "I'll hot oil you up and dance like a whore-a / You might think this is a one-night stand / But baby I'mma make it last for eight, at least."
Whore-a vs Hora (traditional Jewish dance)--get it? Also, who knew this holiday could get so sexual? Chevonne knows, I guess.
7. "Untitled" - HAIM
LYRICS: "Shred me like a potato latke / You be the Manischewitz / And I'll be the vodka / Like a page out of the Torah / You light me up like I'm a menorah."
It's Haimukkah! These lyrics are really clever. They've made Hanukkah sexy by personifying Hanukkah props (menorah, potato latke, Manischewitz).
8. "The Chanukah Song" - Adam Sandler
LYRICS: "Paul Newman's half Jewish, Goldie Hawn's half too / Put them together, what a fine lookin' Jew."
This one's a classic. There's so many funny lyrics here that it's hard to choose. But for some reason, Sandler listing people who are Jewish and who aren't just gets me laughing.
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