"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" tops Billboard Hot 100 chart

(Brenda Lee. Image source: Parade)

The festive season is here and as expected, Christmas songs are topping the music charts. Brenda Lee's Christmas classic, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" has topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

This will be the second week in a row that the song, which was released in 1958, will be topping the chart. The singer turned 79 on December 11, 2023, making her the oldest recording artist to top the Billboard charts.

In the last week of November, the singer hit the Billboard Number 1 spot for the first time. The second song on the Billboard chat is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

Luminate, the independent data provider to the Billboard charts said that Lee’s Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree" gathered 41.3 million streams (up 18%) and 20.5 million radio airplay audience impressions (down 1%) during the December 1-7 tracking week, which was a record for her. In addition, the song sold 6,000 downloads (up 109%) in the December 1 to 7 tracking week.

The statement added, “The single holds at No. 1 for a third total week atop the Streaming Songs chart, after it first ruled the last frame of the 2022 holiday season; rebounds to its No. 4 high, from No. 12, on Digital Song Sales; and keeps at No. 33 on Radio Songs, where it has hit a No. 17 best.” 

In an interview with Billboard, the 79 year old singer, who started her gospel music career in the church, said she recorded the song at age 13. The Christmas song was recorded and released by songwriter Johnny Marks and produced by Owen Bradley. 

Speaking further on the song, she recalled moments which led to the production of the song which turned out to be “magic”.

She said, “The producer cut the air way down in the studio. He had a big Christmas tree and everyone was there — the Anita Kerr Singers and the ‘A-team’ (of Nashville studio musicians), as we called them. It was like a little touch of magic kind of sprinkled in, and it turned out to be magic. It really did.”

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