So it occurred to me that I haven’t gathered these all up in one place–so for starters, here’s the list:
#10 Santa Baby (Madonna)
#9 Jingle Bells by the Singing Dogs
#8 Feliz Navidad
#7 Last Christmas (Wham!)
#6 The Chipmunk Song/I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas
And here we are at #5. I know it’s not Chanukah yet, but I thought I’d throw this one in here right now.
Yes, it’s Chanukah Song by Adam Sandler.
Seriously, I don’t know how it happened, but this became the popular anthem of Chanukah for non-Jews. Like, it’s the only Chanukah song we non-Jews know, aside from Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel.
And it’s awful.
If you haven’t heard it, please don’t click on the above link. Actually, don’t click on the above link anyway. I don’t even know why I put it there. I guess I felt obligated to include the actual song somewhere.
Basically what it is, is Adam Sandler (who is Jewish) lists names of celebrities who are also Jewish and thus celebrating Chanukah. With the clever and catchy refrain, “Put on your yarmulke, it’s time for Chanukah.” It’s full of funny and up-to-date jokes, like a line about OJ Simpson (not a Jew, and also it’s not the 1990s anymore). And also Adam Sandler is a comedian, not a singer, so his singing is like Bob Dylan except that Bob Dylan was actually, like, talented and could sing in his own special way. So basically nothing like Bob Dylan. And not only is Adam Sandler a bad singer, he’s also a bad comedian. It’s the worst of all worlds.
I actually vastly prefer this fun cover by the Maccabeats, and wish it could become the official Chanukah song. Plus it’s a cool video.
And I totally love this too: