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Brenda Lee’s ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ Tops Hot 100

Brenda Lee’s ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ Tops Hot 100

Move over Mariah, Brenda Lee is coming on through with her smash hit and scoring a No. 1 hit all these years later. Yes, it’s true. Lee’s classic Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree sits on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

What’s so ironic is this song tops the charts 65 years after its release. Lee also gets her first No. 1 hit song since 1960. While Lee celebrates this great achievement, a few other Christmas and holiday songs bumped their way into Top 10 land.

Bobby Helms’ Jingle Bell Rock is at No. 4, Wham’s Last Christmas sits at No. 5, Burl Ives’ A Holly Jolly Christmas is at No. 6, and Andy Williams’ The Most Wonderful Time of the Year sits at No. 10.

Billboard reports that Lee’s song originally was recorded and released back in 1958. It was written by Johnny Marks and produced by Owen Bradley. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree made its initial entrance into the Hot 100 on Dec. 12, 1960. The song would reach a peak at No. 14 that year.

Brenda Lee Soars Up The Charts With Classic Song

This holiday favorite did spend nine weeks at the No. 2 spot on the Hot 100. That was from December 2019 and this last holiday season. So, Lee also nabs the third holiday No. 1 spot ever in the Hot 100 history. Lee joins David Seville’s The Chipmunk Song and Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You as Christmas and holiday-related songs to reach the top spot.

This marks Lee’s third No. 1 hit. The first two were in 1960. I’m Sorry topped the charts on July 18, and I Want To Be Wanted repeated the feat on Oct. 24. Throughout her career, Lee has 51 Hot 100 hits to her credit. The first one was Sweet Nothin’s back on Dec. 21, 1959. This song topped out at No. 4 in April 1960. But the singer had nine Top 10 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart between 1973-80. Lee had 46 Hot 100 hits in the 1960s among women performers.

To celebrate the 65th anniversary of this song, Lee’s chart-topper got its first official video done back on November 3. It featured cameos from the likes of Trisha Yearwood and Tanya Tucker. “For those out there who know me and have supported me and my music through the years, I’m very proud to be putting out the first ever music video for ‘Rockin’,” Lee said earlier this year. “This song has been so special to me—I never thought it would be my signature song, but I love that it is because it brings so much joy.”

Lee will perform the song on NBC’s Christmas at the Opry, which will air on Dec. 7. Meanwhile, Lee has been keeping busy over on TikTok. She created her own account on the social media platform. During this time of the year, Lee has been telling a little bit about the song’s history as well as her own career.