“Top 10 Fun/Funny/Funky Passover Song Videos” – Thursday’s Top Ten List
Let’s play a little Passover Jeopardy!
I’d like Passover Songs for 400, Alex.
The Four Questions, Eliyahu Hanavi, B’tseit Yisroel and Dayenu.
Name four traditional songs that are chanted at the Passover seder.
That is correct. You keep control of the board.
I’ll have Passover Foods for 800, Alex.
Traditional music is just one of the elements that make Passover such a joyous holiday. Of course, different families have different traditions, and there will always be some debate over what the best or personal favorite songs are.
What follows are 10 music videos—courtesy of youtube.com—that help put the fun, funny and (just a little bit) funky into Passover. You may have heard some already and if you are introduced to a new one or two, I hope that each introduction is for a blessing.
I am sure that there are hundreds of worthy songs and parodies that I am not aware of, but rest assured that I did screen out quite a few that did not make the cut. This list may change in the coming years; please remember that when it comes to Pesach, nothing is binding. Except for the diet, of course.
As always, if you have a reaction or other recommendations for such a list—or for another Jewish-related Top 10—please comment below. I used the spellings as listed on youtube. You write matzah / and I write matzo…
10. (Oy, Yoy) I WILL SURVIVE – PARODY BY ESTEE SIMLER, STARRING MARION HERMES
Whether you like, merely tolerate or barely survived Gloria Gaynor’s original disco anthem (put me in the middle camp), there are some good lyrics and fun vocals to be found on this video.
Quick Lyric: Now my house looks like toxic waste / You just have to see the look on my mother-in-law’s face.
Matt’s Suggested Opening Lyric: At first I was afraid I was matzo brei…Kept thinking I would rather be a slice of chazzerei
Those musical geniuses from JibJab created this hip-hop Passover track. Do we call it Hip Hatzo? As far as getting all the lyrics, I’ll catch ‘em later, yo. Word to your matzo.
8. PASSOVER SONG / SEDER MASOCHIST – GOLDENTUSK
An infectious Pesach rap with the witty lyrics coming fast and furious. As a word guy, my only regret is that I didn’t coin Seder-Masochist before Goldentusk, whom I believe is sometimes known as Andrew Goldenberg.
7. PESACH A LA MANO (PASSOVER IS AT HAND) – FLORY JAGODA
We leave the world of hip-hop and rap for a simple and beautiful Ladino song from a most talented artist who was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
A Snippet in Ladino:
Purim, Purim, Purim lano
Pesah, Pesah ala mano
La nona sta diziendo aloz njetos
Alipja il puelvo, kantoniz i loz tecos
Il Dio bendico muz da mazal.
Now that Purim is over / It is time to prepare for Passover / The matzos are being baked / Grandma leads her troops against every crumb, every drop of dust, even the ceilings are not safe. May almighty G-d give us good fortune.
If you play it backwards, I think it says “These pretzels are…making me thirsty!” Sorry, an errant Seinfeld lyric got in my head as I replayed this cool song/video—with an awesome, groovy 70’s vibe—for the fifth time.
Mama Doni, her M Squad (a troupe of talented kids) and even the puppets seem to have successfully completed their immatzoble mission but not before a sometimes harrowing journey that takes them from the agony of no matzo (Dire Streit’s?) to the ecstasy of dancing the Macaroon-a. Tons of fun here for the whole mishpocha.
5. BEST SEDER IN THE U.S.A. – JEWISH TREATS, FEATURING BRIAN GOLUB
The (parody) lyrics are good, the choreography and videography are fine and Brian’s vocal is stellar here.
So I put my yarmulke on / They’re playing my song / and the butterflies fly away
Cleainin it up like yeah / Grindin it up like yeah
Filled the wine up / In Elijah’s cup / I know it’s gonna be OK
Yeah, the best Seder in the USA / Yeah, the best Seder in the USA
This is a short, catchy parody of The Village People’s Macho Man. I prefer this one, if only for the following:
Matzo balls are heavy, so better eat them slow / And they’re sort of binding, won’t let my people go.
The self-described What’sUpBand releases their inner (Joey and company) Ramones in this hard-rocking parody of I Wanna be Sedated. This one will get you energized.
Per The Fountainheads’ notes, this is a parody of both P Diddy (who never had a Bar-Mitzvah) and Cee Lo Green’s Forget You. The harmonizing is sweet and the choreography isn’t half-bad. It even got me up dancing…not sure that’s a good thing.
20 Things has gotten plenty of hits since its upload four years ago. This one will have you singing, dancing, humming—anything but bumming. It will even give you some amazing ideas about what to do with all that leftover matzo.
One cautionary note: I’m trying to get my three-and-a-half-year-old son, Benny, to do the Four Questions this year, but he’s been singing this and some of the other songs instead. Michelle’s voice, smile and vibe are absolutely contagious.
Can’t get enough? Here is an Outtakes vid.
Well, on that random note, that concludes my list of the Top 10 Fun/Funny/Funky Passover Song Videos. Agree? Disagree? Have others to add? Please comment below. If you have any suggestions for this column or future lists, please also comment below or send me an email.
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