When you think Jewish musicians, you may think of the obvious: Barbra. Dylan. Sandler.
But Jewish music is much more than that. According to Curt Sachs, “Jewish music… is music created by Jews, as Jews, for Jews”. In other words, to qualify as Jewish music, it wasn’t necessary to have Jewish musical roots as long as the feeling and intent – or the performer – was there.
So with that in mind, you may be interested in this list of THE TOP 100 JEWISH SONGS OF ALL TIME. Sure, we won’t list all 100 of them here, and the descriptions of what makes each song inherently Jewish are awesome — but you may be surprised at what songs are considered great Jewish classics.
Maestro? Hit it…
- Over the Rainbow
- Hava Nagila
- White Christmas
- Blitzkrieg Bop
- My Funny Valentine
- Ol’ Man River
- What the World Needs Now Is Love
- Walk This Way
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Web Watch finds no fault with the explanation given for why this Christmas ditty appears on this list. Check that link for details…)
- (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
- You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
- America (Neil Diamond’s version, naturally)
- Popcorn (The “Jewish Macarena”?!?!?!)
- The Chanukah Song – like you didn’t think this one would be on this list.
- Take Me Out to the Ball Game
- King Without a Crown
- Ray of Light