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The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band Repertoire

Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Parties, and other Celebrations

Our song list is always being updated!


  • Wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Other Celebration Clients:  Please select up to 12 requests for your party.

  • Choose individual song titles (like "Hava Nagila," "New York") or general category (like "Horas," "Frank Sinatra," "Dance Leading," "Contemporary.") 

  • Our repertoire includes much more than these songs listed below.  We are also open to learning new songs for your special event!


1) Jewish Music


Yiddish / Klezmer

Example: Freylechs, Shereles; Yiddish Songs such as Abi Gezunt, Bei Mir Bistu Sheyn, Belz, Oyfn Pripetchok, Rozhinkes Mit Mandlen, Rumania, Sheyn vi di Levone, Tumbalalaika, Yiddishe Mama. Requests can be played from the band's CDs.


Wedding Processional Songs

Chorshat Ha-Eucalyptus

Dodi Li (traditional)

Dodi Li (Modern, by Cantor Steve Sher)

Erev Ba

Erev Shel Shoshanim

Iti Milvanon

Leah’s Saraband

Processional from Fiddler on the Roof

Sunrise, Sunset



Siman Tov

Od Yishama

Chusn-Kalleh Mazl Tov


Jewish Wedding Dances

(Chusn Kalleh Mazl Tov, Keytzad M'radkin--Dance for Bride and Groom, Mezinke (Krenzel Tanz: "Crowning Dance for Parents of the Bride and Groom), Lomir Alle Ineinim (toasting song), Wedding Horas (Yasis Alayich, Od Yishama, Asher Boro, etc.)


Jewish Dances That We Play and/or Lead

Erev Ba

Hiney Ma Tov

Horas (Hava Nagila, Siman Tov, Hevenu Shalom Aleichem, etc.)

Hora Agadati

Hora Medura

Keytzad Mrakdin (dance for bride/groom; can be done at b-mitzvahs)

KLEZMER: Freilechs, Sherele, Shiffer's Tanz, Zhok, Serba, Bulgar, Terkisher, Chosidl)

Krenzel Tanz (Crowning Dance--Di Mezinke Oysgegebn--for weddings)

Ma Navu

Matzorena (The Jewish Macarena)



Nigun Shel Yosi

Od Lo Ahavti Dai

Patch (clapping) Tanz

Salaam (Od Yavo Shalom)

Shiffers Tanz

Shmelkie’s Nigun

Turkish Kiss

Tzaddik Katamar

Tzena, Tzena



Zemer Atik


To engage your guests in these dances, consider adding a Designated Danceleader to your band.  For B-mitzvah parties of 40+, 1-2 dance-leaders is recommended.


Other Hebrew/Israeli/Sephardic Songs

Adon Olam, Al Kol Eyle, Am Yisrael Chai, Bashana Haba'ah, Cuando El Rey Nimrod,

Keren Or (Noa), Lechi Lach (Debbie Friedman), Mishaela (Noa), Ocho Kandelikas,

Od Lo Ahavti Dai, Oseh Shalom, Scalerica de Oro, Salaam (Od Yavo), Tziyon, Yerushalayim Shel Zahav, etc.


Modern Chassidic & Line Dances

(Moshiach, Vay'Hi Vishurun, Ashrenu, Hatov, Y'varech'cha, Ki Lo Yitosh, Ashira, Mikimi, Ura, Emosai, V'Karev Pizureynu, Moashiach, Chazak, L'Binyamin Amar, Ki Oto, Carlebach's Lishono Habo'oh, etc.)   


2) Secular Music

Weddings: Classical Processional and Background Music

Albeniz: Tango

J.S. Bach: Air from Suite #3

J.S. Bach: Air on the G String

Bizet: Habanera from Carmen

Debussy: Reverie

Elgar: Salut d'Amour, Op. 12

Glinka: Romance

Handel: Air from Water Music from Cantata #156

Kreisler: Liebeslied

Massenet: Meditation from Thais

Mendelssohn: On Wings of Song

Mozart: Allegro, Romanza or Menuetto from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Mozart: 2nd movement from Sonata in C major

Mozart: 1st movement from Sonata in A major

Pacabel: Canon in D

Rimsky-Korsakov: Theme from Scheherazade

Satie: Gynopedie No. 1 from Trois Gymnopedies

Tchaikovsky: Melody

Vivaldi: Allegro from The Four Seasons: Spring

Vivaldi: Largo from The Four Seasons: Winter


Most classical wedding standards are available upon request. String quartet repertoire available if two violins, cello and viola are included.


Jazz / Swing / Ballroom Dance / Broadway

(Some selections require a Jazz Vocalist to be included in the band)

Accentuate the Positive

All of Me

All The Things You Are

Almost Like Being in Love


Am I Blue

And the Angels Sing

Anniversary Waltz

As Time Goes By

At Last

Begin the Beguine

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

Beyond the Sea

Blue Skies

Bye Bye Blackbird

Cantina Band (from Star Wars)

Cheek to Cheek

Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)

Day in and Day Out

Don't Be That Way

Don't Get Around Much Anymore

Fiddler on the Roof Medley (instrumental)

Fly Me to the Moon

Frank Sinatra Tunes

Georgia On My Mind

Glenn Miller Medley

God Bless the Child (Billy Holiday)

Hello, Young Lovers

How High the Moon

I Get a Kick Out of You

I Love Paris

If I Were a Bell

In the Mood

It Don't Mean a Thing

It Had To Be You

It's Delovely

I've Got the World on a String

I've Got You Under My Skin

Jump, Jive & Wail

 (A) Kiss To Build A Dream On

Let's Do it, Let's Fall in Love

Let's Face the Music and Dance

Let's Misbehave (Cole Porter)


 (The) Man I Love

Memories of You

Mood Indigo

Moonlight Serenade

Moscow Nights

My Baby Just Cares For Me

My Funny Valentine

My One and Only Love

My Romance

New York, New York

Night and Day

Night Train

Orange-Colored Sky

Our Love Is Here To Stay

Puttin' on the Ritz

Save the Last Dance for Me (Buble)

Sentimental Journey

Sing Sing Sing


So in Love

Someone to Watch Over Me

Somewhere Over the Rainbow


Sweet Home Chicago

Stomping at the Savoy

Sunny Side of the Street

Take the A-Train

That's A-Plenty (Dixieland)

They Can't Take That Away From Me

Time after Time

Tuxedo Junction


(The) Very Thought of You

(The) Way You Look Tonight

What a Wonderful World

What’ll I Do?

When I Fall In Love

You Made Me Love You

You Do Something to Me


Classic Rock and Pop

(Rock Singer-Guitarist is necessary for this repertoire)

Across the Universe

All My Loving (Beatles)

Always on my Mind

And I Love Her

Back in The USSR


Born this Way (Lady Gaga)

Born to be Wild

Brown Eyed Girl

California Sun (Ramones)

Can't Buy Me Love

Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis)

Change the World  (Eric Clapton)

Could I Have this Dance (Anne Murray)

Dance Me to the End of Love

Dancin’ in The Street

Dancing Queen

Does Anyone Really Know What Time it Is?


Don't Know Why (Nora Jones)

Eight Days a Week

Fields of Gold (Sting, Eva Cassidy)

Fire and Rain (James Taylor)

Forever Young (Dylan)

Get Ready

Gimme Some Lovin'

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

God Only Knows (Beach Boys)

Good Lovin'

Hanky Panky

Have I Told You Lately (Rod Stewart)

Here Comes the Sun (Beatles)

Here, There and Everywhere (Beatles)

Ho Hey (Lumineers)

I Feel Fine (Beatles)

If I Fell (Beatles)

I'm a Believer (Monkees)

In My Life (Beatles)

I Saw Her Standing There (Beatles)

I've Just Seen a Face (Beatles)

I Want You Back (Jackson 5)

I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)

Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)

Jump Jive and Wail (Brian Setzer)

Jumpin' Jack Flash (Rolling Stones)

Lady in Red (Chris de Burgh)

Land of 1,000 Dances (Wilson Pickett)

Let's Twist Again

Long Tall Sally

Long Train Runnin' (Without Love)

Mama Mia (ABBA)

Michelle (Beatles)

Mony Mony

Moon Dance

Mustang Sally

Old Time Rock 'n Roll

One Love

Pretty Woman

Rainbow Connection

Rock Around the Clock

Saturday in the Park (Chicago)

Save the Last Dance for Me (M. Buble)

Shake, Rattle, & Roll




Sweet Caroline

Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Chicago

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Taking Care of Business

That's All Right, Mama (Elvis)

Time of my Life

Those Were the Days

Twist Again

Twist and Shout

Unchained Melody

Under the Boardwalk


Walking on Sunshine

The Way I Am (Ingrid Michaelson)

We Are Family

What I like About You

Whole Lotta Shakin' (Jerry Lee Lewis)

Wonderful Tonight


You Really Got Me (The Kinks)

Your Song (James Taylor)

You've Got a Friend


Contemporary, Motown, Reggae, R & B

(Motown singers are necessary for most of these choices)


Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

All of Me (Legend)

Billy Jean

Boogie Shoes

Born this Way (Lady Gaga)

By Your Side (Sade)


Could You Be Loved (Bob Marley)

Dancing in the Street

Dynamite (Taio Cruz)

Firework (Katy Perry)

Get Lucky, or

Get Latkes (Daft Punk, Yiddified!)

Happy (Pharrell Williams)

Heard it Through the Grapevine

Hold On

Ho Hey (The Lumineers)

Hot Hot Hot

I Can See Clearly Now

I Feel Good

I Gotta Feeling (Black Eyed Peas)

I Want You Back

I Will Always Love You

I Wish

Isn't She Lovely

Just the Way You Are (Bruno Mars)

Lean on Me

Let's Stay Together

Limbo Rock

Louie Louie


(The) Magician (Fast Soca)

Marry You (Bruno Mars)

Midnight Hour

My Girl

My Cherie Amour

Never Get Back Together (Taylor Swift)

No Woman No Cry

One Love (Bob Marley)

Only Girl (Rhianna)

Play That Funky Music

Read My Mind (Killers)


Saint Thomas

Say Hey (I Love You) (Michael Franti)

Save the Last Dance (Buble)


Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Sir Duke

Soul Man

Stand By Me


Sunshine of My Life


Three Little Birds

The Way I Am (Ingrid Michaelson)

True Colors (Cyndi Lauper)

Uptown Funk

We Are Family


For Bar/Bat Mitzvah Parties: Games and Dance Contests

Bottle Dance Contest from Fiddler on the Roof

Coke-Pepsi-7Up (Lox, Bagels, Cream Cheese)

Cotton-Eyed Joe

Hula Hoop Contest

Hula Hoop Hot Potato

Limbo Contest

Matzorena (The Jewish Macarena)

Musical Chairs

Partner Dance Competition

Adult-Kid Dance Contest

Red Light, Green Light


Yesh Contest

Country and Western

City of New Orleans



Poor Pitiful Me (cowboy line dance)

Rocky Top

(The) Rose

Sweet Home Alabama


3) International and World Music


Sephardic (Judeo-Spanish)

Adio Querida

Cuando el Rey Nimrod

Hamavdil (French Algerian)

Los Bilbilicos

Scalerica d'Oro

Una Ora

Yigdal (Moroccan, Yoel Ben Shimon)


Latin, Salsa, Mambo

Ballroom Dances: Tango, Rhumba, Cha-Cha

Besame Mucho



Cuban Pete

El Choclo (Kiss of Fire)

El Cumbanchero (Mambo)

Johnny’s Mambo

La Bamba

La Comparsita


Mambo Caliente

Oye Como Va

Por Una Cabeza (Tango from Scent of a Woman)

Rio Rita (Paso Doble)

Sunny Ray (Salsa)


Tea for Two (Cha-Cha)


Tico Tico

Watch What Happens




Russian Traditional Swing and Estrada; Gypsy

Ach, Eto Svadba (Oh, What a Wedding)

Ach! Odessa

Alexandra (waltz)

Czardas Monti (and other czardas's)

Joe Dassen Medley

Kozatzke (Russian Sailor's Dance)

Lark (Pacsirta)


Liublu (I Love--tango)

Medley of Classic Russian Twists

Medley of Russian Foxtrots

Moskovskie Okna (Moscow Windows)

Nyeudachnoye Svidaniye (Unlucky Date)

Ochi Chorniye (Dark Eyes)

Odinokoye Garmon (Lonely Accordion)

Ostrov Nevezeniya (Island of Bad Luck)

Pesinka Izvoshika (Song of the Coachman)

Pensinka O Horoshem Nastroyenii (Song About a Great Mood)

Pesinka Pro Zayetzev (Song about Bunnies)

Podmoskovniye Vechera (Moscow Nights)

Pora V’Put-Dorogu (Time To Get Going)

Rio Rita

Russian-Jewish Wedding Medley

Sertze (My Heart)

Syem-Sorok: 7:40 (Russian Freylechs)

Usti Usti Baba (Macedonian Roma)

Utomlyoniye Solntze (Weary Sun--tango)

Valse "Boston"

V'Gorodskom Sadu (In The City Park)

Waves of “Amurr”


Irish, Scottish

(More on Request)

Danny Boy

Irish Washerwoman

Jigs and Reels

Mari's Wedding

My Wild Irish Rose

Over the Waterfall

Saint Anne's Reel

Star of the County Down

Swallow Tail Jig

The Parting Glass

Wearing of the Green

When Irish Eyes are Smiling


German & Viennese

(More on Request)

Strauss Waltzes (Vienna, City of My Dreams,

Beautiful Danube, Emperor)

Die Fledermaus (Waltz)


Indian, Bollywood

Dhoom 2 Theme Song (Dhoom Again)

The Vagabond


Greek, Balkan

Apo Tin Athena




Sylivrianos Syrtos


Treilo Hasapaserviko




(More on Request)

Arrivaderci Roma

Come Back to Sorrento

Come Prima

Come Vo Re (A. Celentano)

Funiculi, Funicula

Italiana Pero

La Neopolitano

Non Dimenticar

O Sole Mio

Return to Me

Santa Lucia

Summertime in Venice

Soli (A Celentano)

Susanna (A. Celentano)


That's Amore



(More on Request)

Can Can

Joe Dassen melodies

La Vie En Rose


Under Paris Skies (Sur le Ciel de Paris)



(More on Request)

Clarinet Polka


Polkas and Mazurkas

Oginski: Polonaise

Sto Lat


Middle Eastern

Ali Dayi

Bahlam el Bik

Khatwit Habibi


Longa Yorgo

Mashiach Hazaken (from Sallah)


Olgan Olglan

Samai Bayatti al Aryan


Salaam (Od Yavo)

With addition of Arabic Vocalist: Ghannili Shwaya, il Hil'wa Di, Sa'aloni el Nas, others



Chera Nemee Rocksie

Hamme Chim Yar

Kasim Abadi

Knife Dance

Raksi Destmal (Handkerchief Dance)


Norwegian, Swedish

Av Langtan Till Dig

Fjallbruden (Waltz)

Jul (Waltz)

Nordlandsnetter (Waltz)

Skomvaer (Waltz)

Don’t see your favorite song here?  We might be able to play it for you—just ask!


Maxwell Street Klezmer Band

(847) 675-4800

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