Daveed Diggs just gifted us your new favorite Hanukkah song
Grab your menorah and watch ‘Puppy for Hanukkah.’
Everyone knows Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah Song” — both because it’s a classic and because there aren’t many other mainstream Hanukkah tunes to play alongside it. But while Christmas music-heads are streaming their Mariah Carey hits and Bing Crosby standards on their seasonal playlists, Daveed Diggs has gifted us a new holiday song to enjoy.
The Hamilton Tony winner and Snowpiercer star teamed up with the Disney Channel to release the catchy “Puppy for Hanukkah,” written and produced by him and his Clipping collaborators William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes. The rap tells the story of — you guessed it — a young boy who’s desperately hoping for a puppy as a present.
Diggs, who was raised by a Jewish mother and Black father, said in a statement that he “was honored when Disney Channel approached me to come up with a fresh Hanukkah tune and embraced the opportunity to share my love of music and a little piece of my culture.” (In 2015, he told Broadway.com, “The cultures never seemed separate — I had a lot of mixed friends. When I was young, I identified with being Jewish, but I embraced my dad’s side too.”)
“Puppy” is a genuine bop, but it also feels thoroughly authentic — Diggs name-checks latkes, raps over klezmer clarinet notes, and laments the not-as-exciting gifts you sometimes get over eight nights (because, yeah, sometimes you're gonna get socks). He even recites the first Hanukkah blessing in Hebrew during one of the verses — and adds that he “learned it phonetic,” which, relatable. It’s very much for kids, but it's also the most fun you’ll have singing about Hanukkah without doing a Sandler impression and name-checking Jewish celebrities.
Check out "Puppy for Hanukkah" above.