Mariah Carey Sings a new Hanukkah Song

Lior Zaltzman, Kveller

Mariah Carey is the absolute, unrivaled queen of Christmas music. Even the biggest Christmas grinch alive (that’s meI am the grinch) can’t argue with the fact that “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is a timeless masterpiece.

Now, Carey is trying her hand at the Hanukkah music, and honestly, I’m here for it, and I need more of it, and I also need a Mariah-branded Hanukkah sweater to go along with it, pretty please.

Last night, on the first night of Hanukkah, Carey shared a video of herself singing a Hanukkah song to her 10-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe (who she lovingly called Roc and Roe). “Happy Hanukkah!!!! 💖🕎 Learned this one in grade school, thought I’d teach it to Roc & Roe, I don’t think they’ve got it yet 😂,” Carey wrote.

The song — which this Hanukkah-lover is unfamiliar with, and which does not appear to be a part of the Hanukkah music canon but, instead, the invention of a Hanukkah-loving grade school teacher (please feel free to let me know if I am wrong!) — goes: “Hanukkah is coming, Hanukkah is coming, that’s the time we have the happiest days.” Carey sings it with perfect pitch and candor, and not like she’s casually improvising at a restaurant after a family dinner, which appears to be what she is actually doing.

Despite looking a little sleepy, the twins do seem to hang onto her every (sung) word — obviously, because their mom is five-time Grammy winner Mariah Carey.

As one Twitter use wrote, this is a wonderful gift for Jewish lambs, which is what Carey calls her fans. (In case you have any doubts, I am part of the Lambily… the lamb family, of course.)

This isn’t the first time Carey has dabbled in Hanukkah music. Back in 2019, in a special holiday segment of “Billy on the Street” with Billy Eichner (a self-proclaimed Hanukkah goblin), she demonstrated her mastery of the Hanukkah classic “I Have a Little Dreidel.”

In the segment, Eichner and Carey challenge a passerby to complete the lyrics of the song in order to win a Hanukkah menorah. “Isn’t it time Mariah recorded a Hanukkah song?” Eichner asks, and the stranger heartily agrees. Then Carey and Eichner start singing the song together, and Carey doesn’t even look at the lyric sheet — what a queen.

“Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of clay, and when it’s dry and ready…” they chant, and the stranger completes: “A dreidel I shall play.” After they hand him the menorah, Carey interjects with, “I think it’s dreidel I will play.” Eichner, checking the lyric sheet, sees that she is right, yells “WRONG!” and snatches the menorah back.

“Don’t f*ck with Mariah’s Hanukkah lyrics, babe,” Eichner yells as he stomps off with the plastic Hanukkah staple.

Actually, both Carey and the passerby were right — though the song is most often sung with “shall.” But also, I appreciate Carey’s passion for Hanukkah tunes and agree with fellow lamb Billy Eichner: I don’t want to mess with Mariah’s Hanukkah lyrics!

Now maybe she can write some of her own original ones? She wrote “All I Want For Christmas Is You” in less than an hour, after all. I’m sure she can whip up a few Hanukkah classics if she puts her mind to it.

Happy Hanukkah, Mariah!