Brenda Lee finally grabs the elusive No. 1 position on Billboard after missing it multiple years in a row.
Music is timeless. Some tracks will always have listeners' hearts due to their emotional connection. One such track is the 1958 classic "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee. This festive track has long been a staple of the Christmas spirit all over the world. But the topmost position on Billboard always eluded this iconic creation, even after acquiring quintuple-platinum sales. Finally, after 65 years, the song has achieved a victory many thought was perhaps unattainable against Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," reports PEOPLE. This week, the holiday classic hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time since its debut. The renewed interest in the song was encouraged by her label, which produced a music video for this classic featuring cameos from celebrities like Tanya Tucker and Trisha Yearwood.
The music video was accompanied by an EP by the legendary singer. The EP titled "A Rockin' Christmas with Brenda Lee" featured songs like "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Jingle Bell Rock," "A Marshmallow World" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," reimagined by Filous. The titular track was recorded by Lee at 13 for her debut. On December 4, she became the oldest woman to top the Billboard chart with this single at 75. In the past, this record was held by Cher for "Believe" when she was 52 and Carey for "All I Want for Christmas Is You" at 53. The song also had the longest climb in history for taking the numero uno spot with a 65-year gap.
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" is Lee's third No. 1 in her illustrious career. Earlier, she achieved this feat with singles "I"m Sorry" and "I Want to Be Wanted." Lee was elated by the development and shared in a statement: "The song came out when I was a young teenager and now to know that it has resonated with multiple generations and continues to resonate—it is one of the best gifts I have ever received. Keep on Rockin' and Merry Christmas!"
In her Variety interview, the singer put her excitement into words as such: "If I could jump out of my clothes, I would." She believes that her team and supporters made this feat possible. "[The appeal] is not necessarily me. (Famed producer) Owen Bradley was such a genius and had the A-Team of musicians, with Boots Randolph, who's got the (sax solo) on that song and the Anita Kerr Singers... You put those kind of people together and it's magic and it happens every time you play it. I don't normally listen to myself ever once I've recorded a song. This one I can listen to and I don't know why. But Owen Bradley, I miss him so badly. It's just a magical thing for me," Lee said.
The singer added about her fans, "I have wonderful, wonderful fans that have been with me from the first time I opened my mouth to sing and they've stayed with me and everybody's been loyal and I'm more happy for them than I am for me. You can't keep a good song down." For years, Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" prevented Lee's Christmas classic from getting that elusive spot atop the Billboard. The singer has no ill-will against the creation and has nothing but appreciation for it. She shared, "It's been a serious roadblock. But you know what, if something's gonna be in front of you, you want it to be good. And it was."