Enhance your holiday celebration with seasonal, celebratory songs. There are plenty of Hanukkah songs to choose from whether you're looking for something traditional or silly, in English or in Hebrew. Check out some of these tunes, all of which are available for free, turn your speakers up and start getting festive!
Traditional Hanukkah Songs
While there are plenty of modern takes on holiday songs, sometimes it's nice to listen to the classics that have been passed down from generation to generation. After all, tradition is a big part of any religious celebration.
This beautiful Hebrew melody dates back to the 13th century, and it recalls the times that the Jews were saved by God, including when they were attacked by the Greeks at the very first Hanukkah.
One of the many Hanukkah dreidel songs, this is a fun Hebrew ditty that will make you want to clap along.
An ode to the Hanukkah lights, these lyrics remind listeners of the story of Hanukkah and the miracles that saved the Jews.
This traditional song honors the Maccabees and their brave struggle to save the Jews.
Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah
One of the first Hanukkah songs Jewish children learn to sing, this upbeat classic praises the traditions of the holiday.
I Have a Little Dreidel
This children's rhyme is a song that just about everyone knows and despite its simplicity, it's fun for people of any age.
Every holiday has a few funny, comedic melodies that are upbeat and maybe even a little silly. Hanukkah is no exception!
The Latke Song
Debbie Friedman sings silly lyrics about what latkes would say if they could talk. Check out this kids' favorite for the youngest family members to enjoy.
Chanukah (Shake It Off)
The kids will love this cappella satire that's set to the tune of Taylor Swift's Shake It Off. The group Six13 is both talented and hilarious and their song is sure to become a new holiday classic.
How Do You Spell Channukkahh?
This bass heavy, upbeat rock number jokes about the various ways that the holiday is spelled. Have fun with the band the LeeVees and your family with this song.
The Hanukkah Song
Saturday Night Live's funny man Adam Sandler sings his own take on Hanukkah through this funny ballad that highlights Hollywood's Jewish community.
Modern Hanukkah Tunes
These songs often tell traditional stories, but the recordings offer contemporary twists and styles. Update your holiday collection with some of these options.
The Maccabeats, a cappella group, turn Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" melody into an updated Hanukkah classic. This catchy tune is sure to be a favorite.
Light One Candle
Peter, Paul and Mary's holiday folk song starts slowly and builds to an energetic climax. It pays tribute to the fire that stayed lit in the Jews' Temple centuries ago.
Pass the Candle (From Left to Right)
Singer Michelle Citrin wrote this upbeat ditty to remind you how to light the menorah during the holiday. After you listen to this song once, you'll never have to be reminded again.
To Be a Light
This is a rock song that considers the philosophical aspects of Hanukkah and asks, "What does it mean to be a light?" Dan Nichols and E18hteen's song is a modern tune that the whole family with love.
Eight Nights of Joy
For a song that tells the purpose of Hanukkah and praises how the holiday is celebrated worldwide, listen to this Rabbi Joe Black track that has a klezmer band in the background.
The Candles of Chanukah
SoulAviv's acoustic track features beautiful vocals and angelic harmonies that will warm your heart throughout the holiday. The song is about the importance of candles in this festive season.
If you want a reggae-infused, slow rap that honors the purpose of the holiday, enjoy Matisyahu's Hanukkah ballad. The song is also available in four different remixes so you can choose your favorite version.
The Hanukkah Song (Favorite Time of the Year)
Too $hort takes a look at the holiday of Hanukkah. The song uses a modern melody to highlight different aspects of Hanukkah that people enjoy.
Celebrating the Festival of Lights
Whether you're enjoying a quiet celebration with family or throwing a festive Hanukkah party, Hanukkah just isn't complete without a good selection of holiday songs to listen to. Fortunately, these days there are more songs than ever to help you celebrate and you're sure to find one you like, no matter what your taste.