Brenda Lee ’s ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ finally hits No. 1, 65 years after its release

This year, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee made its debut and is currently the top song of the season. It took the place of Mariah Carey’s 1994 hit song, “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

Several records were broken on Monday when Lee, 78, formerly known as Little Miss Dynamite, put her Christmas song at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The singer was only 13 when the 1958 holiday hit was recorded.

Before the revelation, the 78-year-old had been celebrating “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” for 65 years. Last month, Tanya Tucker and Trisha Yearwood made their music video debuts for the tune. She’ll also appear as a guest on NBC’s Christmas at the Opry.

At its present position, Lee’s well-known holiday song becomes just the third holiday song to reach number one on the Billboard charts.

The record for the greatest interval between a song’s release and peak position was broken when the song reached number one. It also broke the record for the longest interval between an artist’s successive No. 1 hits.

At over eighty years old, Lee also broke the record for the oldest person to top the Billboard list.

“This is just so special—I can’t believe ‘Rockin” has hit No. 1 65 years after it was released!” Lee said in a press release. We appreciate the UMG/UMe team’s unwavering dedication in celebrating the song’s anniversary this year. But above all, I want to express my gratitude to the listeners who never give up.

“The song was released while I was a young adolescent, and knowing that it has, and continues to, resonate with many generations is one of the greatest blessings I have ever received. Cheers to Christmas and let the music play!

Brenda Lee, congrats! It’s about time you were recognized for your beloved holiday song.

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