Monday, July 22, 2024

Mariah Carey’s Perennial Holiday Hit Vanquished by 63 Year Old Brenda Lee Song “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”


A while ago, Mariah Carey crowned herself Queen of Christmas. This was based on the perennial sales of her 25 year old hit, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

But this year, as last, Mariah’s song is NOT the number 1 holiday hit on iTunes. That distinction goes to Brenda Lee’s 1958 classic, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” It’s currently the top holiday hit and ahead of Mariah’s “All I Want” on the top chart.

Brenda turns 77 on December 11th and has a lot to celebrate! She lives in Nashville, and had a lot of hits in the late 50s through the mid 60s including “I’m Sorry.”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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