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Frank Sinatra Holiday Classic Jingles All the Way Back Onto Charts 56 Years Later

Frank Sinatra Holiday Classic Jingles All the Way Back Onto Charts 56 Years Later

Frank Sinatra’s timeless holiday hit “Jingle Bells” is still jingling up the charts, even 25 years after his legendary voice bid us farewell. Despite passing away in May 1998 at the age of 82, the legendary 13-time Grammy winner has made a festive comeback on this year’s Billboard Hot 100 chart. His timeless 1948 recording of the beloved holiday classic has soared into the top 20.

According to Billboard, the recording of Sinatra’s Christmas tune made a significant jump from No. 28 to No. 20 on the Hot 100 chart dated Dec. 23. This achievement marked his fourth Top 20 Hot 100 hit. It’s his first song to reach the Top 20 since 1967.

Between December 8th and December 14th, there was a 19% increase in the number of streams for the late crooner’s songs, reaching a total of 16.9 million U.S. streams. Additionally, the song has garnered a radio audience of 15.3 million across all formats and sold 1,000 downloads.

Of course, “Jingle Bells” is a widely known and frequently sung song worldwide. It was written in 1850 by James Lord Pierpont at Simpson Tavern in Medford, Massachusetts. Originally titled “The One Horse Open Sleigh,” it was published in September 1857.

Although its original purpose is debated, it became associated with winter and Christmas music in the 1860s and 1870s. The song was first recorded in 1889 on an Edison cylinder, making it possibly the first Christmas record. Unfortunately, this recording is lost, but a surviving 1898 recording from Edison Records exists.

Frank Sinatra Isn’t the Only Artist on the Charts with ‘Jingle Bells’

The holiday classic has gained recognition on the Billboard Top 100, with renditions by artists like Kimberley Locke, the cast of Glee, Lauren Daigle, and Meghan Trainor.

In 2006, Locke’s recording soared to the top spot on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 30 chart. In 2010, the Glee Cast’s rendition claimed the No. 10 position on the Billboard Holiday Digital Top 25 song sales chart. Daigle’s version reached an impressive No. 3 on the Billboard Christian Airplay Top 50 chart in 2016. Meanwhile, Trainor’s rendition is currently positioned on the Holiday 100 chart alongside Sinatra’s cover. Her version secured the No. 74 spot.

Apart from his iconic rendition of “Jingle Bells,” Frank Sinatra achieved chart success with three other songs. “Strangers in the Night” claimed the top spot in 1966. Meanwhile “That’s Life” peaked at No. 4 in December of the same year. Additionally, his duet with daughter Nancy, titled “Somethin’ Stupid,” dominated the No. 1 position. It held the top spot for an impressive four weeks starting in April 1967.

Sinatra’s debut on the Hot 100 came in October 1958, but his journey began way back in 1940. That year, he made his mark on Billboard’s inaugural song sales chart with his mesmerizing vocals on Tommy Dorsey’s “I’ll Never Smile Again,” ultimately claiming the top spot.