“Brenda Lee’s ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ Makes History with No. 1 Spot 65 Years Later”

Brenda Lee is one of the people who is celebrating Christmas early this year.

Sixty-five years after its release, the singer’s 1958 smash song “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on Monday.

According to a press release, Lee became the third holiday No. 1 to ever appear on the Hot 100 when she took the top spot, shattering numerous records in the process, including those held by Mariah Carey and her massive song “All I Want for Christmas Is You”.

In her career, this is Lee’s third No. 1 hit. In 1960, she achieved her first number one hit, “I’m Sorry.”

Lee, who surpassed record-holders Cher for “Believe” at 52 and Carey for “All I Want for Christmas Is You” at 53, is now the oldest woman to top the Hot 100 at 78 years old. Lee was barely 13 years old when she recorded the hit debut, penned by Johnny Marks.

In a press release, Lee referred to the song’s most recent accomplishment as “amazing.”

“I cannot believe that ‘Rockin’’ has hit No. 1 65 years after it was released, this is just so special!” she stated. “We are grateful to the UMG/UMe team for their tireless efforts in commemorating the song’s anniversary this year. But above all, I want to express my gratitude to the listeners who never stop.”

“To know that the song has resonated with multiple generations and continues to resonate—it is one of the best gifts I have ever received,” Lee went on. “The song came out when I was a young teenager.” Merry Christmas and keep on rockin’!

Tanya Tucker and Trisha Yearwood made cameo appearances in Lee’s first-ever music video for her Christmas hit, which was released last month.

She released the EP, A Rockin’ Christmas with Brenda Lee, in November along with the music video. It included the reimagined version of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Filous, along with other holiday favorites like “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “A Marshmallow World,” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

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