Call your Satva to bring out the Kugel recipe; it’s just seven more weeks until Chanukah. While the children are devouring the Latkes and Sufganiyot, there’s only one thing missing to make the celebration complete. Here is a list of great albums for all musical tastes to enjoy this holiday season.
Hanukkah Rocks by The LeeVees: This is fun rock album that references the great food and festivities of the holiday. The song “Latke Clan” was especially popular when it was first released in 2005. The album also includes “Jewish Girls (At the Matzah Ball),” which praises the presence of beautiful women in the Jewish community. It also includes the all-time fan favorite, “How Do You Spell Chunnukkahh?” The answer… well, it depends on your language.
Hanukkah Swings by Kenny Ellis: Just as the title indicates, this swing album is perfect for jazz and swing lovers everywhere. It is particularly enjoyable because it includes many verses in Yiddish. With creative tunes like “Hanu-Calypso” and his personal twist on traditional favorites like “Sevivon, Sov, Sov, Sov” (Dreidel , spin, spin, spin), Kenny Ellis covers all your holiday music needs.
YBC 5: “Chanukah” by The Yeshiva Boys Choir: It may seem like a children’s album, but these little songbirds are pure pop. Produced by the talented Eli Gerstner himself, it’s no wonder these boys have become the prolific Jewish icons they are today. A special song in this album is “Daddy Come Home,” a tribute to the soldiers fighting for Israel. In addition, the album also includes fun and humorous songs like “Those Were the Nights.”
Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah by The Klezmatics: What happens when Chanukah goes country? Listen to this album to find out. This lovely folk album is a collective of songs that leave you with no choice but to dance and sing along. Some of the most popular and fun songs on the album are “Happy Joyous Hanukkah” and of course “Spin Dredyl Spin.”
It’s Chanukah Time by Julie Silver: Julie’s album is a collection of all the holiday favorites. Julie sings her own rendition of all the great Hanukkah songs, adding extra notes to already beautiful melodies. Making a tribute to Jewish storytelling like in “Judah Maccabee,” Julie not only aids the holiday celebration, but reminds you of all the celebrations passed.