Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Brenda Lee

About Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958; it has since been recorded by numerous other music artists. By the song's 50th anniversary in 2008, Lee's original version had sold over 25 million copies with the 4th most digital downloads sold of any Christmas single.


Year:
1987
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#160

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Rockin' around the Christmas tree
At the Christmas party hop
Mistletoe hung where you can see
Every couple tries to stop
Rockin' around the Christmas tree
Let the Christmas spirit ring
Later we'll have some pumpkin pie
And we'll do some caroling

You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear
Voices singing, let's be jolly
Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Rockin' around the Christmas tree
Have a happy holiday
Everyone dancin' merrily
In the new old-fashioned way

Oh you will get a sentimental feeling when you hear
Voices singing, let's be jolly
Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Rockin' around the Christmas tree
Have a happy holiday
Everyone dancin' merrily
In the new old-fashioned way

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Brenda Lee

Brenda Mae Tarpley (born December 11, 1944), known as Brenda Lee, is an American performer who sang rockabilly, pop and country music, and had 37 US chart hits during the 1960s, a number surpassed only by Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Ray Charles and Connie Francis. She is best known for her 1960 hit "I'm Sorry", and 1958's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", a US holiday standard for more than 50 years. more »

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Written by: Johnny Marks

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14 facts about this song

Record Release
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" was released by Brenda Lee in 1958 when she was just 13 years old.
Sales
Despite it not being an immediate hit, the festive song later became a classic, with over 25 million copies sold, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Written by
The song was written by Johnny Marks, who also penned other holiday classics like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Holly Jolly Christmas".
Billboard Charts
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" did not hit the Billboard charts until the year 1960, two years after its original release.
Record Label
The song was released through Decca Records, a label known for working with many notable artists.
Re-emergence
The song regained popularity when it was featured in a scene from the iconic holiday film "Home Alone" in 1990.
Session Musicians
Legendary guitarist Hank Garland played on the original recording of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree".
Annual Chart Appearance
The song regularly re-enters the Billboard charts every festive period, demonstrating its longevity and popularity.
Distinctive Sound
Brenda Lee's mature-sounding voice on the record is notably impressive given that she was only 13 when she recorded the song.
Multiple Recordings
The song has been covered by numerous artists across different genres, but Brenda Lee's version remains the most popular.
Decades of Success
As of 2021, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" has charted in the top 10 of Billboard's Holiday 100 chart for over a decade.
Grammy Hall of Fame
In 2021, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, acknowledging its qualitative and historical significance.
Streaming Success
In 2019 Forbes reported that Brenda Lee’s recording of “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” was the second most streamed song in the United States during Christmas week.
Paycheck
Despite the song’s success, Brenda Lee was reportedly only paid $20 for the recording session.

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