Our family is very partial to the movie Prince of Egypt. Opera, pop, choir, lesser used instruments, the score has it all. If you've only seen it as a youth, may we recommend popping the popcorn and re-trying it for the first time, on a big screen, with surround sound. And loud. It's just amazing. Until then, there's always listening to the tunes, very loudly (because there's no other way in my house anyway). Here's the score. Epic.
As far as parodies go, it's hard to beat the acapella band Six13. You can find Six13's Passover songs on YouTube. Enjoy some good giggles.
But for a fave? It's the Les Miserables remake from the Maccabeats that takes the prize. When my son James sings this, I cry. Yes, James has a deep deep voice that will send chills down your spine, but there's something to hearing my Jewish son –my lineage– sing of a hope that will not faint, an incurable belief that one day, just one day. Our family tree has been decimated time after time, and yet we sing the following, even as with every generation the dream of peace remains elusive at best. Because HaShem is good. Because Adonai is faithful. And one day, one day.
"Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the song of angry men
It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again
For the wretched of the earth there is a flame that never dies.
Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.
They will live again in freedom in the garden of the Lord.
They will walk behind the ploughshed, the will put away the sword.
The chain will be broken and all men will have their reward!
Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade is there a world you long to see?
Do you hear the people sing? Say do you hear the distant drums
It is the future that they bring when tomorrow comes."
Dry eyes? I didn't think so.