Children lighting a giant Hanukkah menorah at an American Jewish community center, circa 1950. (Courtesy of the American Jewish Historical Society)

Hanukkah Song and Music Guide

Where to find recordings and lyrics for classic (and modern) Hanukkah songs.

Need help remembering the melodies and lyrics of your favorite Hanukkah songs? Or tired of the same one or two songs that your family always sings at Hanukkah gatherings? Numerous recordings and songbooks are available for purchase on Amazon.com and Judaica stores, but you can also get much of the material for free (or pay only for the individual songs you want) at the sites below:

On MyJewishLearning: Lyrics for the following songs in English, Hebrew and transliteration. Free audio streaming. Interested in Israeli Hanukkah songs? Click here.

Mi Yimalel (Who Can Retell)?

Svivon Sov Sov Sov (Dreidel Spin)

Hanukkah O Hanukkah (In English, with a video of it in Yiddish and English)

Maoz Tzur (Rock of Ages)


When is Hanukkah 2017? Click here to find out!


Customized Hanukkah Song Sheets: Choose from more than 10 songs, select the style in which you want them formatted/printed and then download a customized PDF song sheet containing all your selections.

Songs For Teaching: More than 20 songs — lyrics (in English only) and sample audio recording available for free download. Instant downloads of full audio recordings (including instrumentals only) and sheet music of each song available for purchase.

Chabad: Numerous traditional songs can be streamed for free, with lyrics in Hebrew, English and transliteration. The same songs are also available here in a more child-friendly format.

Reform Judaism: 11 modern songs, with videos embedded and links directing users to sites where available for purchase. No lyrics provided.

The Maccabeats‘ a capella song “Candlelight” (a parody of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite”) offers a nontraditional option. The video is featured below, and lyrics can be found here.

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