On Israel’s Independence Day, when most Israelis are on their way to a mangal (מנגל, an outdoor BBQ grill party), radio stations play a long list of familiar songs. Here are a few fun songs to enjoy. Yom Ha'atzmaut Sameach!
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.
The music may be played through this page, or saved in your own Spotify account to shuffle the songs (recommended).
(Hadegel Sheli, "My Flag")
A children’s song very popular in schools and festivals.
All together now!
Lyrics: Yoram Tehar-Lev
Music: Ilana Avital
שלום לך ארץ נהדרת
עוד לא אהבתי די
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
(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
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