Seven Decades of Israeli Music

This playlist celebrates the music and people of Israel through various artists, genres, and tempos. It captures the mood of a city (i.e., "Tel Aviv," "Yerushalayim Shel Zahav"), the national perspective around historical events (i.e."Yihyeh Tov"), and celebrates the richness of Israeli arts and culture. 

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הדגל שלי

(Hadegel Sheli, "My Flag")

A children’s song very popular in schools and festivals.

All together now!

Lyrics: Yoram Tehar-Lev
Music: Ilana Avital

Hebrew lyrics

English lyrics

 

Ha'degel sheli hu kachol v'lavan

Etmol, ha'yom, v'gam machar

Ha'degel sheli hu kachol v'lavan

Kmo ha'yam v'ha'midbar

 

My flag is blue and white,

yesterday, today, and tomorrow

My flag is blue and white

like the sea and the desert

שלום לך ארץ נהדרת

(Shalom Lach, Eretz Nehederet, "Peace to you, Lovely Country")

Originally sung by Yehoram Ga’on in 1977, the song has since become an anthem to those leaving the country and returning back to her.

Lyrics: Ilan Goldhirsch
Music: Steven Goodman

Hebrew lyrics
English and transliterated lyrics

עוד לא אהבתי די

(Od Lo Ahavti Dai, "I Haven’t Loved Enough")

Another popular song from the same year (1977), a favorite with folk dancers.

 

 

Lyrics and Music: Naomi Shemer

Hebrew lyrics

English and transliterated lyrics

יש לי יום יום חג

(Yesh Li Yom Yom Chag, "I Have a Holiday Every Day")

Originally written for “Ha’gashash Ha’chiver” (one of Israel's most famous comedy troupes from the 60's through the 80's) it is a hit with children and adults alike. A song you can sing every day… 

Dudu Zakai and Dorit Reuveni

Motek shel Festival is sponsored by the kids' TV network Hop!

A very different rendition to this song by Sulema.

Lyrics and Music: Naomi Shemer

Hebrew lyrics
Transliterated lyrics

נולדתי לשלום

(Noladti La’shalom, "I Was Born to Peace")

The song was written for the Song Festival in 1979 and performed by Sexta, a five-woman ensemble, popular in the late 70’s early 80’s. The song did not win first prize, which did not stop it from becoming a pop anthem for peace.

The Festival clip

Sung by Uzi Chitman

Sung by Betty during a memorial concert for Uzi

Lyrics and Music: Uzi Chitman

Hebrew lyrics
English and transliterated lyrics

בואי נעשה לנו חג

(Boi Na’aseh Lanu Chag, "Let’s Have Ourselves a Holiday")

Specifically written about celebrating a personal Yom Ha’atzmaut, Yigal Bashan, a pop star of the 70’s, takes us on a nostalgic journey of that era.

Lyrics: Yaakov Rothblitt
Music: Yigal Bashan

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