Brenda Lee’s ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ Hits No. 1 After 65 Years!

It’s official: Brenda Lee’s timeless holiday classic, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” has finally reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart! This joyful achievement comes an astounding 65 years after the song’s original release in 1958.

At just 13 years old, Brenda Lee – also known as Little Miss Dynamite – recorded this iconic Christmas tune that has been beloved by generations ever since. To commemorate the song’s 65th anniversary, Lee recently released its first-ever music video, featuring acclaimed artists Tanya Tucker and Trisha Yearwood. And that’s not all! She is also set to appear on NBC’s “Christmas at the Opry,” spreading even more holiday cheer.

Now, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” joins the ranks of only three other holiday songs that have reached the coveted number one spot on the Billboard charts. This incredible achievement has not only broken records for the longest wait between a song’s release and hitting number one but also for the longest span between an artist’s number one hits.

What makes this achievement even more remarkable is that Lee, at nearly 80 years old, has become the oldest person to reach the top of the Billboard chart. In a press release, she shared her disbelief and gratitude, saying, “I cannot believe that ‘Rockin” has hit No. 1 65 years after it was released, this is just so special! Thank you to the team at UMG/UMe who worked so hard to celebrate the song’s anniversary this year. But most importantly, thank you to the fans who keep listening.”

For Lee, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” holds a special place in her heart. She shared, “The song came out when I was a young teenager, and now to know that it has resonated with multiple generations and continues to resonate – it is one of the best gifts I have ever received. Keep on Rockin’ and Merry Christmas!”

Let’s take a moment to congratulate Brenda Lee on this well-deserved recognition for her popular holiday song. Truly, it’s about time that this timeless classic claimed its rightful place at the top!