Hanukkah goes viral with dynamite 'Candlelight'

Good news, Hanukkah-celebrating friends and neighbors: Hanukkah songs are not just for Adam Sandler anymore! New York Yeshiva University’s The Maccabeats have gifted us with “Candlelight,” a holiday-themed parody of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite.” Some sample lyrics from the video, which is currently going viral: “I flip my latkes in the air sometimes / Sayin’ ayy ohh, spin the dreidel / Just wanna celebrate for all eight nights / Singin’ ayy ohh, light the candles.” Nearly one million YouTube watchers approve! Watch the video here:


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  • christine

    Lorne Michaels should have these guys on SNL this week. like they used to do in the good old days when they’d have a broadway cast on the sing holiday carols & stuff

  • A.F. for EW

    The Macabeats rock! Rock on, Macabeats!

  • TB

    That what cute. They are actually pretty good singers too!

  • Perspicacity

    I was so happy to see this! Thanks for covering this video! It’s nice to hear Hannukah songs in the mainstream media during the holiday.

    Kate Ward: FYI–you may not get as many comments of appreciation on this article as usual because it was posted after Shabbat (in the States’ time zones).

    • PerspiIcacity

      I meant to say it was posted after Shabbat started.

      • PerspiIcacity

        Hmmm…seems like my comment got deleted or something. So sorry if this is repeated.

        Thanks for covering this story! It’s great to see Hannukah songs covered in mainstream media.

  • Katja

    Fantastic video. I loved that they had a spatula that actually said “LATKE” on it. And I *really* love the name “The Maccabeats”. That’s just hilarious.

    • Katja

      Side note…If the Holiday Armadillo had had the Maccabeats to help out, he might have had more success teaching Ben Geller about Hannukah and wouldn’t have needed Santa’s help. :)

  • meme

    Loved it! Placing bets on how soon they’ll make a Glee appearence starting…..NOW!

  • Dr. J

    Way cute, totally inventive and the kids could completely relate. Great job!

  • MelindaB

    I loved this, and the line “I throw my latkes in the air sometimes” made me laugh. Now I want to read more about the origins of Hannukah.

  • devorah

    These guys are amazing. ive known about them for a while and they keep getting better! theyve been on NBC, CBS, and will be on CNN

  • Janna Banana

    This was adorable! I love the slo-mo dreidels. And the Brady-bunch like split screen bits, throwing the light saber(?) around. I also LOVED the astronaut :)

  • J

    Dynamite was already a feel-good song for me; Candlelight is simply amazing. So fun! Forget Adam Sandler-he’s got nuthin’ on the Maccabeats!

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