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Make way, Mariah Carey, there’s a new Christmas queen in town.

Brenda Lee topped the Billboard Hot 100 song charts with her Christmas classic Rockin’ around the Christmas tree, 65 years after the song’s release, with several records being rewritten.

According to data from Luminate, the song has been streamed nearly 35 million times and played on the radio 21 million times this year.

Lee recorded the 1958 classic when she was just 13 years old. It was written by Johnny Marks, a Jewish-American singer responsible for other classics you’ve probably heard, such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer And Merry Christmas. It was featured prominently in the classic 1990 Christmas film Home alone.

Lee celebrated this achievement on Instagram.

“I love the Brendanators,” the emotional singer can be heard saying.

Breaking records

The popular song, which has consistently reached the top 10 of the charts in recent holiday seasons, sets a new record for the longest time between a song’s release and its appearance at number one. The previous record holder was Mariah Carey’s All I want for Christmas is you. According to Billboard, it took 25 years for Carey’s song, released in 1994, to achieve this feat.

Lee’s song is only the third number one hit ever on the Hot 100 during the Christmas season. The Chipmunk Song by the Chipmunks with David Seville from 1958, spent four weeks at number one. Mariah Carey’s All I want for Christmas is you spent 12 weeks at number one according to Billboard.

In the run-up to the 65th anniversary of Rock, Lee has finally released an official music video featuring country superstars Tanya Tucker and Trisha Yearwood.

At 78, Lee is now the oldest artist in history to make it onto the Hot 100, according to Billboard, overtaking legendary jazz artist Louis Armstrong, who was 62 when his song Hello Dolly! topped the charts in 1964.

The song is Lee’s third No. 1 hit and her first since 1960, when I’m sorry And I want to be desired Both briefly occupied the top spot.

Lee, who has a loyal fan base of over 80,000 followers on TikTok, remains one of the few women to be inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Hall of Fame.

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