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Hava Nagila Goes Pop

By Brian | December 29, 2007 | Share on Facebook

A pop singer named Lauren Rose has released a version of the traditional Jewish folk dance, “Hava Nagila” in England. The song, apparently, had a shot at being the #1 song in the country on Christmas Day. No word (yet) on whether or not it actually got there, but still: Hava Nagila – a pop song?


The (English) words she’s singing, by the way, are not even close to a translation, with the exception of the “Baby, let’s dance” which is somewhat close to Hava Nagila (“Let us rejoice”).

Anyone who’s ever attended a Bar/Bat Mitzvah will probably find this amazing…

Topics: The World Wide Weird | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “Hava Nagila Goes Pop”

  1. Michael Weinmayr says at December 29th, 2007 at 7:49 am :
    Let me also add a mashup: Challaback Girl Reform Mix (by DJ BC). It’s a combination of the instrumental of Hava Nagila and the radio-friendly edit of Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani.

    No longer available off of his website, so I uploaded it here:

  2. jason says at December 29th, 2007 at 12:37 pm :
    Well, it does have the primary requirement for any really successful pop song, which is that once it gets in your brain, it’s there all day. I attended a Jewish wedding once and was hearing this bloody tune in my head for about a week afterwards.

    And the girl is pretty cute, too. That’s a plus.

    Still, as you said, weird.

  3. Jeff Porten says at December 29th, 2007 at 2:42 pm :
    Thank you, Brian and Mike. My head hadn’t fully exploded yet today. Now the airflow is much better….

    So, Jews are cool in England. And it only took 1,000 years.


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