When it comes to mainstream holiday tunes, Hanukkah really gets the short end of the stick. Starting November 1st, Christmas music becomes inescapable; and with each passing year comes another slew of covers, re-released albums, and classic orchestral arrangements. It’s hard to think of the Hanukkah equivalent of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You (save maybe Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song?) — but lucky for us, NYC filmmaker Erez Cohen is here to help.
In a video uploaded to YouTube earlier this week, Cohen gives us the ultimate mash-up of One Direction’s hits, set to clever, Hanukkah-themed lyrics. The whole thing is absolutely hilarious, and features brilliant parodies from 1D’s first album to their most recent. “Story of My Life” becomes “Story of My Lights”; and lines like “let’s go crazy, crazy, crazy” become “let’s play dreidel, dreidel, dreidel.” Combining Jewish a cappella groups A.K.A. Pella, Six13, and Y-Studs, the singing is also pretty top notch, if we do say so ourselves.
Of course, Cohen’s video isn’t the only Hanukkah-themed parody that’s gone viral recently. Last month, The Maccabeats put out their latest cover, “Latke Recipe” — set to the tune of this summer’s earworm, “Shut Up and Dance.” (Personally, I’m still partial to their version of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” from 2010, called “Candlelight.” Please watch it now if you haven’t already.) As Time points out, Six13 also put out a parody of its own last week, called “Watch Me (Spin/Drey Drey)”; a combination of Silentó’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” and Drake’s “Hotline Bling.”
According to the caption, Cohen’s One Direction mashup is meant to promote Manhattan Jewish Experience, a “program for young Jewish professionals in their 20’s and 30’s, with little or no background in Judaism interested in connecting more to each other, to Judaism and to the community at large.” We think it’s a pretty epic way to get people interested.
Check it out for yourself below — but don’t blame us if it gets stuck in your head later.
(Image via video.)