Category — Jewish Wedding Music

The Hava Nagila: In or Out?

Posted by The Mrs.

{Gymnast Aly Raisman performs her 2012 Olympic gold winning floor routine to the tune of Hava Nagila}

According to this recent article in The Wall Street Journal, the Hava Nagila, known to be the most popular Jewish wedding song and one that often accompanies the Hora dance, is on its way out. Some have blasted the tune as being “too cliche” and too old fashioned to play at their wedding. What do you think? Did you, or will you have the Hava Nagila played at your wedding? Is it a classic song that you can’t do without, or do you think that the song is “in danger of becoming a musical relic”?

In my opinion, there are enough renditions of the Hava Nagila to suit everyone’s musical taste. Do you know that artist such as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen, and Ben Folds have performed the tune? (Click the links to see their renditions.) Because the traditional version was not really our style, we chose to play this techno version of the Hava Nagila at our wedding.

August 23, 2012   No Comments