78-year-old Brenda Lee makes history with No.1 Hit, overtaking Mariah Carey

Written by Jeppe W

Dec.06 - 2023 3:41 PM CET

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Brenda Lee's classic holiday song, ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’, originally released in 1958, has topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, surpassing Mariah Carey's ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’.

Carey's festive anthem has dominated the chart for the past four December seasons, but this year, Lee's timeless track has claimed the top spot.

The resurgence of Lee's song, which now features an official music video released this year, has been bolstered by a successful TikTok campaign.

At 78 years old, Brenda Lee makes history as the oldest person to achieve a new number one hit on the Hot 100 chart. This record was previously held by Louis Armstrong, who was 62 when ‘Hello Dolly’ reached the top of the chart in 1964.

Mariah Carey's holiday hit still holds a strong position, currently at number two on the chart. However, as of now, it is Brenda Lee's 65-year-old Christmas classic that takes the lead.

The news of her song reaching number one has been met with excitement and celebration, with Lee herself reacting to the achievement. Her song's newfound popularity is a testament to the enduring appeal of classic holiday music and its ability to resonate with audiences across generations.

See Brenda Lee's reaction when she finds out she is number one right here:

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