Fandom

Christmas Specials Wiki

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

3,543pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Talk0 Share

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.

Single Brenda Lee-Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree cover
Written by: Johnny Marks
Date: 1958
Publisher: St. Nicholas Music Inc.

"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958 on Decca 9-30776.

Background

Although Decca released it in both 1958 and again in 1959, it did not sell well until Lee became a popular star in 1960; that Christmas season, it hit #14 on the Billboard pop chart and turned into a perennial holiday favorite. It continued to sell well during the holiday season, hitting #5 on the Christmas chart. Brenda Lee's recording still receives a great deal of airplay. Despite the song's title, its instrumentation also fits the Country genre which Brenda Lee more fully embraced as her career evolved. Despite her mature-sounding voice, she recorded this song when she was only 13 years old. The recording featured Hank Garland's ringing guitar and Boots Randolph's swinging solo sax break.

For decades, Brenda Lee's recording was the only notable version of the song. Radio stations ranging from Top 40 to Adult Contemporary to Country Music to Oldies to even Adult Standards played this version.

An instrumental version of the song appears as background music in the 1964 television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which exclusively featured music written by Marks. It can be heard first when Donner teaches Rudolph, before the The Abominable Snow Monster is introduced, and in the scene where Rudolph first arrives at the "Reindeer Games" and meets Fireball.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the Disney Channel aired a DTV music video of the song, set to clips from Mickey's Christmas Carol.

In 2015, the song featured in the BBC Two comedy-drama A Gert Lush Christmas.

Lyrics

Rockin' around the Christmas tree
At the Christmas party hop
Mistletoe hung where you can see
Every couple tries to stop
Rockin' around the Christmas tree
Let the Christmas spirit ring
Later we'll have some pumpkin pie
And we'll do some caroling
You will get a sentimental feeling
When you hear
Voices singing let's be jolly
Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Rockin' around the Christmas tree
Have a happy holiday
Everyone dancing merrily
In the new old-fashioned way
REPEAT THIRD AND FOURTH VERSES

Album releases

Album Year Notes
Have Yourself a Looney Tunes Christmas 1994 Sung by Foghorn Leghorn. This version was reused on Merry Christmas: Animaniacs & Looney Tunes in 1999.
Elmo Saves Christmas: Holiday Favorites 1998 Sung by Elmo.
Disney's Merry Little Christmas 2006
Nick Jr. Winter Wonderland 2006
Disney Channel Holiday 2007 Performed by Hannah Montana.
The Archies Christmas Album featuring Betty & Veronica 2008
Dora's Christmas 2009
Merry Nickmas 2012 Performed by Victoria Justice.
Jingle Bell Fun 2012 Sung by Randy Crenshaw
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed
content from Wikipedia (view authors).
Smallwikipedialogo

Also on Fandom

Random Wiki