No. 1 song in the world — in Hebrew

Israeli band Roi Lavi & the Good Guys covers the Gotye smash ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’

In case you haven’t heard it enough times in English, it’s now possible to listen to the world’s No. 1 song in Hebrew.

Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” which has topped the charts in nearly 20 countries, has been re-recorded by an Israeli band called Roi Lavi & the Good Guys, attracting over 115,000 YouTube hits as of this posting.


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Featuring rewritten lyrics and a singer wearing a yarmulke, the new “Somebody” follows a rendition performed on “Glee,” not to mention an ever-growing set of additional covers and remixes.

Gotye’s original, currently sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the second straight week in the US, has also proven a smash across Europe, as well as in Israel, Australia and New Zealand.

While the Hebrew version’s YouTube success is nothing to sneeze at, Roi Lavi & the Good Guys still have a ways to go before matching the success of the Belgian-born Gotye. The Australian musician, whose real name is Wally de Backer, has earned nearly 200 million YouTube views with the song’s original version.


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