Remember back in the day, when the only Hanukkah songs to sing were "Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel" and ... I dunno, "Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel"? Then Adam Sandler came along with his acoustic guitar and, well, the rest if history. I still remember watching that episode of Saturday Night Live when Sandler debuted "The Hanukkah Song," laughing so hard I was crying -- revolutionary!! In the nearly 20 years since (!!!!), Sandler's ditty has become a classic -- and it's inspired others to get into the Hanukkah parody song act. Check out some of these tunes after the jump -- they totally deserve a spot on your holiday playlist!
Sung to the tune of Taio Cruz's "Dynamite," this gem includes the following lyric: "I throw my latkes in the air sometimes." You're welcome.
This hilarious video and infectiously catchy song video from Dr. Luke protege Matisyahu adds some holiday history to the fun: "There are so many Christmas songs out there. I wanted to give the Jewish kids something to be proud of," says Matisyahu. "We've got Adam Sandler's song, which is hilarious, but I wanted to try to get across some of the depth and spirituality inherent in the holiday in a fun, celebratory song. My boy Kojak was in town so at the last minute we went into the studio in the spirit of miracles and underdogs and this is what we came up with. Happy Hannukah!"
And now, just because you KNOW you wanna listen to it again, here is Adam Sandler's original performance of "The Hanukkah Song." (My favorite line will always be: "OJ Simpson ... not a Jew."