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If you like cute videos parodying pop songs for the Jewish holidays like I do, then youâll be happy to learn that theyâve been made not just for HanukkahÂ and Passover (see my favorites here and here), but for Rosh Hashanah too. So, as we approach the Jewish New Year, hereâs a countdown of my seven favorite Rosh Hashanah pop song parodies.
7) Felicia Sloin and Tom Knightâs “Apples and Honey” parody of Maroon 5âs “Sugar.”
6) The Fountainheadsâ “Dip Your Apple” parody of Shakiraâs “Waka Waka.”
5) National Jewish Outreach Programâs Jewish Treatsâ “Soul Bigger” parody of Kanye Westâs “Gold Digger.”
4) Matthew Rissienâs “All About That Rosh Hashanah” parody of Meghan Trainorâs “All About That Bass.”
3) The Maccabeatsâ “Book of Good Life” parody of OneRepublicâs “Good Life.”
2) Six13âs “Shana Tova (2013 Rosh Hashanah Jam)” parody of Macklemore and Ryan Lewisâ “Canât Hold Us.”
1) And my very favorite Rosh Hashanah pop song parody: Aishâs “Rosh Hashanah Rock Anthem” parody of LMFAOâs “Party Rock Anthem.” Not only can these guys sing, but they can really dance too!
Whatâs your favorite Rosh Hashanah pop song parody? Is it one of the ones listed above, or a different one? Let me know in the comments below.
Passover is coming, which means that Passover-themed parodies of pop songs are showing up on my Facebook news feed, and possibly yours too. I love watching these videosâtheyâre a nice break from cleaning out the chametz (leavened products) from my kitchen and thinking about what Iâm going to serve at my seder.
Last year, I wrote about my Top 7 Passover Song Parodies. This year, Iâve got another listâwith some new parodies as well as some that Iâve discovered since last year.
1.Â In the final paragraph of my blog post last year I wrote, âWith Passover less than a month away, Iâm disappointed that I still havenât seen any good 2016 Passover pop song parodies. Maybe the MaccabeatsâŚwill release a video before Passover. I can hopeâŚâ Well, my hope was fulfilled. The Maccabeats DID release a music video before Passover in 2016: A âJustin Bieber Passover Mashup,â which was a parody mashup of Beiberâs âLove Yourself,â âSorryâ and âWhat Do You Mean?â
2. Another great parody that was released for Passover 2016 was by a group called the Y-Studs, an all-male a cappella group from Yeshiva University. The Y-Studsâ âSeder â Passoverâ was based on Michael Jacksonâs groundbreaking âThrillerâ video. I, for one, canât resist anything based on the âThrillerâ video.
3. Congregation B’nai Shalom and Friends also released a fun video in 2016, âNow We’ve Got Matzo,” a Passover-themed parody of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.”
4.Â The catchiest Passover song parody of 2016? In my opinion, it was Six13âs âGod Split the Ocean (2016 Passover Jam),â based on âCake by the Oceanâ by DNCE. Warning: Be careful if you listen to this songâŚitâs hard to get the catchy tune out of your head.
5.Â Just as Passover 2014 was all about parodies of âLet It Goâ from the Disney movie Frozen (for example, see here, here and here), not surprisingly, in 2017, Disney’s MoanaÂ served as inspiration for a Passover parody. Congregation Bânai Shalom and Friendsâ âWhy Seders Are Slowâ is based on the movieâs âHow Far Iâll Go.â
6. If you’re a fan of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” you’re sure to love Six13âs âSeder Crew (2017 Passover Jam).âÂ I’ve already listened to it countless times, and Passover is still several days away.
7.Â My favorite movie in 2016 wasÂ La La Land and my favorite Passover parody video of 2017 is definitely the Y-Stud’s “La La Passover,” which I can’t seem to get out of my head…and I don’t even mind!
Hang on:Â one last video. Itâs not a parody, but itâs a great video. Trust me, you donât want to miss it. Itâs a creative multi-genre twist on the classic Passover seder song âDayenuâ recorded by the Maccabeats in 2015.
Chag Sameach! Have a happy Passover! And let us know: Whatâs your favorite Passover song parody?
When I was growing up, I always looked forward to my familyâs Passover seders. One of my favorite parts of the seder was the songsâand not just the songs that were in the haggadah, like âDayenu,â âChad Gadyaâ and âWho Knows One?â Â I also loved the silly song parodies weâd sing each year at our seder based on (somewhat) modern songs, like âTake Me Out to the Sederâ sung to the tune of âTake Me Out to the Ballgame,â âThereâs No Seder Like Our Sederâ sung to the tune of âThereâs No Business Like Show Business,â and âThe Ballad of the Four Sonsâ sung to the tune of âClementine.âÂ (You can click here to find the words to these songs and others.)
As corny as these all seem to me now, I can still remember how clever I thought they were when I was youngâand how they didnât cease to amuse me each year.
In recent days, with Passover approaching, some of my friends have posted Passover parodies of pop songs on Facebook, and theyâve reminded me of those parodies we used to sing at our seder when I was young. So, for fun, I thought Iâd compile a list of my favorite Passover song parodies. Here they are, in no particular order:
1. Although Kristen Anderson-Lopez and her husband Robert Lopez probably didnât realize it when they composed the song âLet it Goâ for the movie Frozen, they had written the perfect phrase to be parodied as a Passover song.Â And it was parodiedâendlesslyâin 2014. One of the better videos, in my opinion, was âLet Us Go,â made by members of Congregation Bânai Shalom in Westborough, MA.
2. But my favorite Frozen parody by far was Six13âs âChozen (A Passover Tribute).â It even included an introduction with John Travolta flubbing the name of the group, just as he had mispronounced Idina Menzelâs name when introducing her to sing âLet it Goâ at the Oscars.
3. Just as 2014 was the year of the âLet it Goâ Passover parody, 2015 was the year of the âUptown Funkâ Passover parody. Aish HaTorahâs âPassover Funkâ was a great parody of the Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars hit song.
4. But again, my favorite version of 2015âs most-parodied song for Passover was by Six13. Their âUptown Passover (An âUptown Funk for Pesach)â put them at the top of my Passover song parody list for the second year in a row.
5. Following up on the success of their 2014 âLet Us Go,â members of Congregation Bânai Shalom in Westborough, MA, did a great job parodying Meghan Trainorâs âAll About That Bassâ in their 2015 âAll About Those Plagues.â Having noted in a blog that I wrote this past December that most Hanukkah pop song parodies that I liked were by all-male groups and that I hoped to see more women and girls coming out with some awesome parodies, I love that the Bânai Shalom videos feature more than just young men. I can relate to the woman who wrote on YouTube about âAll About Those Plaguesâ: âI must congratulate you. I’m so tired of these all-male Orthodox groups having a near-monopoly on Jewish holiday videosâŚ [This video] features a wide diversity of ages, genders and even races. That’s what Judaism is about…â
6. Felicia Sloinâs Video âBatyaâFloating in The Reedsâ is a fun parody of Adeleâs âRolling In The Deep.â And again, it was nice to watch a video featuring a woman.
7.Â And finally, hereâs another video featuring a woman, this one a funny take on the foods that can and canât be eaten on Passover: Julie Gellerâs âU Can’t Eat This,â a parody of MC Hammerâs âU Can’t Touch Thisâ that you donât want to miss.
With Passover less than a month away, Iâm disappointed that I still havenât seen any good 2016 Passover pop song parodies. Maybe the Maccabeats (famous for their âCandlelightâ parody of Taio Cruzâs âDynamiteâ and many other songs) will release a video before Passover. I can hopeâŚ and if they donât, Iâll just have to watch âU Canât Eat Thisâ a few more timesâŚ or break out signing âTake Me Out to the Seder.â
Whatâs your favorite Passover song parody?
Hanukkah is a holiday full of fun and meaningful traditions, like eating foods made with oil such as latkes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts); playing the dreidel game; and of course lighting the hanukkiah (the nine branched candelabrum, commonly called a âMenorahâ in English). And of course there are the traditional songs â like Maâoz Tsur (“Rock of Ages”), âI Have a Little Dreidelâ and âHanukkah, O Hanukkah.â
In modern times, there have been some great Hanukkah songs, some for children (though still loved by adults), such as Debbie Friedmanâs âThe Latke Songâ and others for a wider audience, like Matisyahuâs âMiracles.”
Hanukkah music rose to a whole new â and much funnier â level on December 3, 1994, when Adam Sandler performed “The Chanukah Song” on Saturday Night Liveâ‘âs Weekend Update. The original song was followed up by âPart IIâ (1999),Â âPart 3â (2002) and a new updated version this year. In all four songs, Sandler sings about celebrities who he claims (often, though not always correctly) are âJewish,â ânot Jewish,â or âhalf-Jewish.â To learn more about all four of Sandlerâs songs check out the Wikipedia entry on âThe Chanukah Songâ which includes a listing of the celebrities mentioned in the songs, the truth about whether they are or arenât Jewish and links to covers and spoofs. Here’s the latest version.
Starting around 2010, a new kind of Hanukkah song became popular: The Pop Song Haunkkah Parody. Even though it’s been aÂ few years after the first really popular parodies started circulating around the internet, I still remember most of the words to each of the parody songs – though I couldnât even remember who sang the song originally, let alone the words to the original song. So, in keeping with the number eight for the eight nights of Hanukkah, here are my eight favorite Hanukkah Pop Song Parodies (in chronological order):
1. Â The Fountainheadâs âI Gotta Feeling Hanukkah,âÂ the 2010 parody of The Black Eyed Peasâ âI Gotta Feeling.â The Fountainheads are a group of young Israeli singers, dancers and musicians who are all graduates and students of the Ein Prat Academy for Leadership.
2. Â The one that really brought Hanukkah song parodies into the big leagues was âCandlelight,âÂ a 2012 parody of Taio Cruzâs âDynamiteâ by The Maccabeats, Yeshiva Universityâs all-male a capella group.
3. Â âEight Nights â Hanukkah Mashup,âÂ a 2012 Hanukkah parody/mashup of three songs: âSome Nightsâ by Fun, âDie Youngâ by Ke$ha and âLive While Weâre Youngâ by One Direction. StandFour is another all-male a capella group, composed of four former members of The Maccabeats.
4. Â The B-Boyz â(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Dreidel),âÂ a 2012 parody of The Beastie Boysâ â(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)â by three young brothers – Ben, Jake and Max Borenstein.
5. The Maccabeats again with âBurnâ – their 2013 version of Ellie Gouldingâs song. They didnât change the words, but they made it into a Hanukkah video.
6. Â âChanukah Lights,âÂ The Jabberwocks of Brown Universityâs 2014 song, which is a play on Kanye Westâs âAll of the Lights.â The Jabberwocks are Brownâs oldest, all-male a capella group.
7. Â Six13âs 2014 âChanukah (Shake It Off)â parodying Taylor Swiftâs âShake It Off.â Six13 is an all-male Jewish a capella group from New York.
8. Â And the Maccabeats yet again, with 2014âs âAll About that Neis,âÂ a parody of Meghan Trainorâs âAll About the Bass.â
I canât wait to hear and watch what these groups and others have in store for Hanukkah 2015. And I hope to see more women (of the six groups whose parodies I listed above only one, The Fountainheads, included women) and girls coming out with some awesome parodies.
Whatâs your favorite Hanukkah song or song parody? Please share a link so we can all enjoy.