NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 26: Vocalist Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings perform during day 3 of the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell at the New Orleans Fairgrounds and Racetrack on April 26, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)

Chances are you can’t name more than two or three Hanukkah songs, not many of us can. However, there are a couple that are considered the best Hanukkah songs ever, in my opinion. The top three are below with Adam Sandler‘s “Chanukah song,” on the top of the list, of course. However, one could present a good argument that Adam’s is not the best. Let’s see what you think after you check out the list.

According to Sandler’s song lands at number four on their list of best Hanukkah songs. They say, “Hanukkah might stretch for eight nights, but when it comes to popular holiday songs, Christmas has it vastly outnumbered. Even the most hardcore Hebrews would be hard-pressed to name a modern Hanukkah song not written by Adam Sandler. But that doesn’t mean they’re not out there.” They also claim you can find some good ones if you look hard enough.

Here’s my list which does include Adam’s tune at number two because you just can’t leave it out…

  • 8 Days (of Hanukkah) by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

    This one, no doubt, is the best Hanukkah song out there. I love the lyrics which manages to work in words you don’t hear much in song, like “latkes, applesauce, sour cream, kosher butcher, brisket, Pesach, Manichewitz, and Shamas. It’s also number one on’s list because it’s not annoying and it can be played and enjoyed year round. It even has a fun video, if you’ve never heard it, hear it now…


  • Chanukah Song by Adam Sandler

    It’s certainly the most popular Chanukah song out there. It mentions just about everything you need to know about the holiday like all the celebrities who are Jewish. David Lee Roth, James Caan, Kirk Douglas, Goldie Hawn, The Seattle Supersonicas, and Harrison Ford who Adam sings that he’s “a quarter Jewish.” Adam recalled once that some told him that Harrison was “a quarter” so he put it in the song. When he asked Harrison later is he was, Ford said, “No, I’m half.”

  • Eight Days a Week by The Beatles

    It’s sung by a little know quartet from a far away land. Many don’t realize that this is a Hanukkah song, but it’s so obvious that it is! The “Eight days” gives it away, and then there’s the line, “guess you know it’s true,” true that it’s a Hanukkah song! Everybody loves Hanukkah gifts, and the song states, “Ain’t got nothin’ but love babe, eight days a week.” They also have a less popular Hanukkah song, “All You Need Is Hanukkah.”

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