Jingle Bell Rock

Bobby Helms

About Jingle Bell Rock

"Jingle Bell Rock" is an American popular Christmas song first released by Bobby Helms in 1957 (after it was recorded in October of that year). It has received frequent airplay in the United States during every Christmas season since then. "Jingle Bell Rock" was composed by Joseph Carleton Beal (1900–1967) and James Ross Boothe (1917–1976). Beal was a Massachusetts-born public relations professional and longtime resident of South Ocean Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Boothe was an American writer in the advertising business.  


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Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock
Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring
Snowin' and blowin' up bushels of fun
Now the jingle hop has begun

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock
Jingle bells chime in jingle bell time
Dancin' and prancin' in Jingle Bell Square
In the frosty air

What a bright time, it's the right time
To rock the night away
Jingle bell time is a swell time
To go glidin' in a one-horse sleigh

Giddy-up jingle horse, pick up your feet
Jingle around the clock
Mix and a-mingle in the jinglin' feet
That's the jingle bell rock

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock
Jingle bell chime in jingle bell time
Dancin' and prancin' in Jingle Bell Square
In the frosty air

What a bright time, it's the right time
To rock the night away
Jingle bell time is a swell time
To go glidin' in a one-horse sleigh

Giddy-up jingle horse, pick up your feet
Jingle around the clock
Mix and a-mingle in the jinglin' feet
That's the jingle bell
That's the jingle bell
That's the jingle bell rock

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Bobby Helms

Robert Lee Helms (August 15, 1933 - June 19, 1997), better known as Bobby Helms, was an American country music singer who enjoyed his peak success in 1957 with his hit, "Jingle Bell Rock". He was mostly known for the Christmas song. His other hits include "Fraulein" and "My Special Angel". more »

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Written by: Joseph Beal, James Boothe

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22 facts about this song

Release Date
"Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms was first released in 1957, making it over six decades old.
Chart Performance
The song peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is considered one of the most popular Christmas songs ever released.
Songwriter
The song was written by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe, neither of whom were professional songwriters.
Origin
Interestingly, the song was first recorded by the unheralded Bobby Helms and went on to become a huge hit, despite being his first recording.
Re-entries
The song is one of the only songs to consistently re-enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart, every year during the holiday season.
Cultural Impact
The song has been featured in numerous movies and television shows including Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and Lethal Weapon.
Cover versions
Many popular artists, including Billy Idol, Hall & Oates, and Rascal Flatts, have covered "Jingle Bell Rock."
Continual Success
To date, "Jingle Bell Rock" has sold millions of copies and continues to be one of the highest-earning Christmas songs each year.
Notable Performance
Helms performed the song on The Ed Sullivan Show on December 1, 1957, which helped boost the song popularity.
Variations
Although originally intended as a Christmas song, some artists have adapted the lyrics to make it suitable for other holidays.
Release Details
"Jingle Bell Rock" was released by Bobby Helms in 1957, making it one of the first rock ‘n’ roll Christmas songs.
Chart Performance
Helms' classic song peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it returns to the charts often around the holiday season.
Songwriters
The song was written by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe, both of whom were public relations professionals rather than professional songwriters.
Cover Versions
There are countless cover versions of "Jingle Bell Rock", it was covered by artists such as Hall & Oates, Randy Travis, and even the cast of the popular children's show, Sesame Street.
Cultural Impact
The song has been featured in numerous films, such as "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York," "Jingle All The Way," and Mean Girls," cementing its place in pop culture.
Record Sales
"Jingle Bell Rock” has sold over 1 million digital downloads marked by the RIAA.
Unique Approach
The song is unique because it combined rock 'n' roll music with Christmas lyrics, which was quite daring for its time.
Recorded under Decca Records
The song was recorded under Decca Records, one of the biggest record labels of the time, known for producing hits for artists like Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong.
Chart Resurgence
Interestingly, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 charts again in December 2019, over 60 years after its initial release.
Bobby Helms' Status
Despite having other minor hits, Bobby Helms is mostly known as a one-hit-wonder due to the overwhelming success of "Jingle Bell Rock."
Song Lyrics
Interestingly, the title and the lyrics 'Jingle Bell Rock' don't actually make sense together, as bells can't physically 'rock'. However, the phrase was likely used to reflect the merging of the Christmas and Rock 'n' Roll genres in the song.
Over 60 Years of Airplay
The song has been played consistently during the festive season for over six decades, making it one of the most enduring holiday songs of all time.

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