At an American Jewish community center, circa 1950. (Courtesy 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 My Jewish Learning

Lyrics for the following songs in English, Hebrew and transliteration. Free audio streaming. Find Israeli Hanukkah songs here.


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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.

Zemirot Database

Free lyrics in English, Hebrew and transliteration for 10 Hanukkah songs, plus links to audio recordings of them.

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.org

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.

ReformJudaism.org

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

Kveller’s Top 10 Hanukkah Songs

Videos of performers, ranging from the Klezmatics to Peter, Paul and Mary, singing classic and new Hanukkah songs.

The Maccabeats

Their 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. Their “Hasmonean” (also featured below) parodies several songs from the hit musical Hamilton. The lyrics can be found here (you will have to scroll down a bit.)

 

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