Christmas classics may vastly out-number Hanukkah hits, but there's been no shortage of Jewish artists that have topped the Billboard charts over the years. With Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, beginning on the evening of Wednesday, November 27, now is the perfect time to celebrate the Jewish musicians who have made the biggest impact on the Hot 100 over the decades. We've gathered the Tribe's biggest Billboard stars on our top 30 countdown.
The ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 since the chart launched in August 1958. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Prior to the Hot 100's implementation in 1991 of enhanced radio and sales information from Nielsen BDS and Nielsen SoundScan, songs had shorter reigns at No. 1 and shorter chart lives. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from the past 55 years, earlier time frames were each weighted to account for the difference between turnover rates from those decades and the turnover rates that have occurred since the advent of Nielsen Music data.
30. David Guetta
The French DJ, whose Moroccan father is Jewish, helped EDM make a mainstream crossover with hit productions such as the Black Eyed Peas' 2009 track "I Gotta Feeling" and his own smash "Turn Me On, " which features Nicki Minaj.
Highest Charting Hot 100 Hits: "Turn Me On" (No. 4, peak date: Feb. 4, 2012); "Without You" feat. Usher (No. 4, peak date: Nov. 26, 2011)
29. Lenny Kravitz
Kravitz, whose dad is Jewish and mom is Christian, fired up a vintage rock sound that earned multiplatinum status on albums such as 1993's "Are You Gonna Go My Way" and 1998's "Five."
Jewish Music Fest continues with Paul Dresher
Remaining dates for the 21st Annual Jewish Music Festival are:
Percussionist Roberto Rodriguez and his septet bring the influences of Havana, Harlem and the Catskills together in alchemy of Cuban sounds and klezmer. Special Guest: Irving Fields, creator of recently re-released Jewish-Latino fusion record, Bagels and Bongos.
Saturday, March 11, 8pm
First Congregational Church
2501 Harrison @ 27th St., Oakland
Cantors Alberto Mizrahi (of the PBS special The Three Cantors) and Jack Mendelson (of the film The Cantorâs Tale) perofrm liturgical singing of Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions