Hanukkah Music Takeoffs on Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, and More

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If you can’t get enough of “Shake It Off” and “All About That Bass”, then you’re in luck. The Jewish singing groups Six13 and the Maccabeats have created their own takeoffs on the popular tunes to celebrate Hanukkah 2014. And if you like a little dancing to spice up your Hanukkah music, then you’ll love the Key Tov Orchestra’s “Hanukkah Song Mashup”.

Six13 combines some hilarious dance moves, fun history of Hanukkah, and instructions on how to play the dreidel game in “Chanukah (Shake It Off)”. They’re great singers, but when it comes to dancing, I think even they would admit that they shouldn’t quit their day job.

The Maccabeats do an incredible a cappella parody of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” called “All About That Neis”. For those of you who, like me, didn’t know what Neis means, here’s the Maccabeats’ definition: 1. Miracle, extraordinary event ascribed to a supernatural force. 2. What we’re all about.

The song puts a fun spin on the miracle of Hanukkah, in which the one day supply of oil for the menorah in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem lasted for eight days instead (you can read the full story of Hanukkah here).

The Key Tov Orchestra’s “Hanukkah Song Mashup-Dance Spectacular” is my sentimental favorite, because it was filmed in the Daley Center Plaza in my hometown of Chicago. The mashup features several songs including Adam Sandler’s “The Chanukah Song”; “Candlelight”, which is the Maccabeat’s parody of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite”; and “Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah”. There’s also some excellent dancing to back the songs.

Enjoy the music, and Happy Hanukkah!

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