Brenda Lee breaks records with her Christmas classic ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ and dethrones Mariah Carey herself

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The iconic Christmas hit Brenda Lee, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Treetops the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time, 65 years after the song’s debut. By reaching the number one spot, Lee, who has been a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2002, breaks several records, many of which were held by Mariah Carey and his All I Want for Christmas Is Youwhom Lee surpassed in the position this week.

“This is incredible! I can’t believe ‘Rockin’ has reached number one 65 years after it was released, this is so special! Thanks to the fans who continue to listen. The song came out when he was a young teenager and now knowing that he has resonated with several generations and continues to resonate, It is one of the best gifts I have ever received. Keep rocking and Merry Christmas!“, said an excited Brenda.

Now 78, Lee is also the oldest woman to top the Hot 100, surpassing previous record holders. Cher, 52 years old, with Believe and Tortoiseshell53 years old, with All I Want for Christmas is You.

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree It is not Lee’s first number one, but his third. She now holds the record for the longest gap between an artist’s first and most recent week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, as her first No. 1 was her single. I’m Sorry in 1960, 63 years ago.

Lee and his Christmas song also now hold the record for the longest climb to the top of the Hot 100, as the hit written by Johnny Marks It was launched, as we have mentioned, 65 years ago, when Lee was only 13 years old.

An image of Brenda Lee, American rockabilly and soul singer. / GAB Archive/Redferns

This year, for the song’s 65th anniversary, Lee released the first music video for Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, with cameos from country stars Tanya Tucker and Trisha Yearwood. She also released a new EP, A Rockin’ Christmas with Brenda Leewith Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree and other holiday favorites like Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Jingle Bell Rock and To Marshmallow World.

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Even though Brenda Lee Although he found success in multiple genres, including rockabilly, pop, and rock, Lee found his home in country music.. Lee has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and throughout her career she has shared stages and earned the respect of the world’s most revered artists, such as the Beatles and Elvis Presley.

Lee was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll and Country Music Hall of Fame and received the Grammy Award for artistic career. His Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree It has been certified 5 times platinum by the RIAA.


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