Brenda Lee's holiday classic, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," has claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, marking its first ascent since its 1958 release. Surpassing chart-topping rival Mariah Carey and her perennial favorite, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," Lee's festive anthem was streamed nearly 35 million times between the Friday after Thanksgiving and Thursday.
This achievement sets several records, including the longest journey to No. 1, taking 65 years from its debut in 1960. Brenda Lee, now 78, becomes the oldest artist to top the chart, breaking the previous record held by Louis Armstrong. Additionally, she secures the longest break between No. 1 hits, with 63 years, one month, and two weeks between "I Want to Be Wanted" and "Rockin'." This accomplishment cements Lee's status as the artist with the longest span from her first to last No. 1, spanning 63 years, four months, and three weeks.
@brendaleeofficial Brenda recounts one of the most pivotal moments in her life. When she met the writer of #RockinAroundtheChristmasTree she did not expect the song to turn into what it is today! #ARockinChristmas #BehindTheSong #ChristmasTok #HomeAlone ♬ Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
Lee expressed joy and gratitude, emphasizing the song's enduring appeal across generations. The achievement coincides with the recent release of a music video for the track, which Lee, reflecting on her childhood, deemed "special." Celebrating the 65th anniversary of the song, Lee's team at UMG/UMe played a pivotal role in this success through a dedicated promotional push, including a holiday EP and engaging TikTok content. The singer, who was only 13 when she recorded the Johnny Marks-penned hit, now holds the record as the oldest woman to top the Hot 100, surpassing previous record-holders Cher and Mariah Carey.
As "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" continues to resonate, Brenda Lee expresses her gratitude to fans, labeling this achievement one of the best gifts she has ever received. The timeless holiday classic has become a festive favorite, making this holiday season especially significant for Brenda Lee and music enthusiasts alike.
@brendaleeofficial Get into the holiday spirit by celebrating the release of the first ever music video for Brenda's classic hit, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree!" #ARockinChristmas ♬ Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
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