Candlelight ~ by the Maccabeats

From the Denver Post:

The dearth of good Hanukkah songs can be best illustrated by the fact that the most famous one was written by Adam Sandler and is less a song about Hanukkah than it is a song about rhyming “Carnegie Deli” with “Arthur Fonzarelli.” There is “The Dreidel Song,” but only if you are under 7.

The field was thus wide open for the harmonizing Maccabeats, whose YouTube video of “Candlelight” (to the tune of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite”) got nearly 1 million views in less than eight days.

How a 14-man a cappella group from Yeshiva University created the Hanukkah anthem of 2010: “The whole message of Yeshiva University is that you can be an Orthodox Jew and participate in secular society,” said Immanuel Shalev, lyrics writer.



  1. If you enjoyed this video/ the Maccabeats, you should definitely check out I Light It by NCSY, a hilarious Chanukah-themed parody of Justin Bieber, Kanye West and Enrique Iglesias. Link here:

    1. Thank you, Chana – we LIKE parody here, especially of the people you listed!

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