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Brenda Lee’s ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ tops Billboard Hot 100, 65 years after release

Move over Mariah Carey. Brenda Lee is the new Christmas Queen of the Charts.
Ms. Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” tops the Billboard Hot 100 this week, 65 years after the now 78-year-old Ms. Lee recorded it.

Both Ms. Lee’s age and the gap between the song’s first charting and its reaching No. 1 are all-time records for the Hot 100, the gold standard of U.S. music charts.

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” also ends a run of frustration, having reached No. 2 several times in recent Decembers for a total of nine weeks, all behind Ms. Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
According to a …

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