Celebrate Hanukkah With This Incredible Holiday-Themed A Cappella “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Back in 1994, on some short-lived late-night sketch comedy show called Saturday Night Live, Adam Sandler lamented the lack of songs associated with Hanukkah compared to the insane and ever-growing catalog of Christmas songs before presenting his own addition, the admittedly fantastic “Hanukkah Song.” Continuing that tradition for the past few years, New York–based a cappella group Six13 have offered their own contributions to the canon of Hanukkah songs with incredible parodies of popular songs with altered, holiday-themed lyrics, and this year they’ve outdone themselves with “Bohemian Chanukah.”
The parody of Queen’s classic composition “Bohemian Rhapsody” follows up Six13’s “A Hamilton Chanukah” last year and their earlier Hanukkah take on Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” plus a Passover version of Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk” and many more (see a collection of Six13’s videos here).
A well-made a cappella tune like this is certainly always impressive—one highlight in this particular song is the “guitar” solo that explodes at around 1:38 in the video—but the lyrics here might be the real draw. A couple of favorite include turning “I see a little silhouetto of a man” into “I spun a gimmel, now I’ve got a lot of gelt” and “So you think you can love me and leave me to die” into “So you think you can serve latkes baked and not fried.” (See the full lyrics here.) Plus, there’s a decent amount of information here on the history of Hanukkah, which is part of Six13’s stated goal with these holiday parodies.
Watch below—and Chag Sameach, everyone.