Six13, a six-man a cappella vocal group that is known for creating parodies of popular songs by adding Jewish-themed lyrics, composed a Hanukkah medley reminiscent of Taylor Swift in honor of the holiday of lights and the biggest pop diva in the world.
The New York-based ensemble releases a music video annually in observance of Hanukkah and Passover, a custom shared by Jewish a cappella groups.
Two of their past Hanukkah songs are "Bohemian Chanukah," a parody of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," and "A Star Wars Chanukah," which featured traditional Jewish melodies set to the Star Wars soundtrack.
Taylor Swift's year has been this one. With her rerecorded version of her third album Speak Now, she debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 list. She also became the world's most streamed artist and, with her rerecorded version of her fifth album 1989 (Taylor's Version), she became the woman with the most No. 1 albums in Billboard history.
Her sixth album, 1989, sold more than a million copies in its first week of release. Time magazine named her Person of the Year in 2023 due to her immense influence. Described as "a journey through the musical eras of her career," her current concert tour, the decades Tour, is the second-highest-grossing musical tour in history.
Six13's "Era-lution of Taylor Swift (Hanukkah's Version)" music video, which was inspired by the Eras Tour, uses songs from Swift's two-decade career, including some of her biggest singles including "Love Story," "Blank Space," "Cruel Summer," and "Anti-Hero," to honor the history and traditions of Hanukkah.
The movie is divided into 14 sections and includes 14 distinct songs from 5 of Swift's albums, all of which are set to original Six13 lyrics. It also promotes Jewish pride, recounts the story of Hanukkah, and celebrates eating latkes and spinning dreides.
"As a Swiftie and a Jewish [person] who LOVES Chanukah, this is the best way to start the holiday," yelled a YouTube commenter. Another statement said, "It's such an incredible, proud-to-be-a Jew, loving Taylor, just having fun song!" Additionally, the "Era-lution" video alludes to Six13's previous Hanukkah parody of Taylor Swift, which was based on the hit song "Shake It Off."