Brenda Lee’s "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" Just Went #1

65 years after it's release, this holiday tune is finally topping the charts.

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Alexa King Stone/Universal Music Group

Sixty-five years after it was released, Brenda Lee’s holiday classic “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” has finally reached the top of the charts.

Lee recorded the song when she was just 13 years old. While it is put into heavy rotation every Christmas season and reached No. 2 on the charts multiple times, it was never quite able to crack the top spot. Now, at 78, Lee finally gets to see her song sitting at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“This is amazing! I cannot believe that ‘Rockin’’ has hit No. 1 65 years after it was released, this is just so special!” Lee said in a press release announcing the achievement.  “[T]hank you to the fans who keep listening. 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,” Lee said. “Keep on Rockin’ and Merry Christmas!”

Not only is this an incredible, long-awaited accomplishment but it was such a long time coming that it is also record-setting; Lee and “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” now hold the record for the longest climb to the top of the Hot 100. That’s not the only record, though. While Lee may be best known for this delightful Christmas bop, she had two other number-one hits. Her first song to hit the top of the charts was the single “I’m Sorry”, which came out in 1960. Thanks to the number of years between her first hit and her latest, Lee now also holds the record for the longest gap between an artist’s first and most recent week at No.1 on the Hot 100.

There are even more accolades for the former child prodigy: Lee is now the oldest woman to top the Hot 100, surpassing previous record-holder Mariah Carey who topped the charts with “All I Want for Christmas is You” at age 53. Lee ousted Carey from that record, but it was Carey's Christmas tune that kept Lee's song out of the top spot for the last four years, per the New York Times.

To mark the occasion and the song's 65th anniversary, Lee will perform her brand-new number one hit, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” on the upcoming NBC television special “Christmas at the Opry” which airs Thursday, December 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and streams next day on Peacock.

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