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Brenda Lee’s ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ is #2 on the Top 5 Country Christmas Songs of 2012 [VIDEO]

This is my top five countdown of the greatest country Christmas songs of all time. Coming in at #2 is Brenda Lee, her single ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ debuted in December of 1958. Although Decca Records released the single in both 1958 and again in 1959, it did not sell well until Brenda Lee became a more popular star in 1960. During Christmas of 1960, ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ topped out at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It continued to sell well during holiday seasons, peaking as high as #3 on Billboard’s Christmas chart in December 1965.

By the end of December 2011, Nielsen SoundScan estimated there was over 679,000 downloads, Making it the fourth best selling, most downloaded Christmas song of all time. ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ can be heard on most radio stations today, regardless of the music format. The song has been so successful that an instrumental version of the song first appeared as background music in the 1964 television special of ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.’ It’s heard in the scene where Rudolph first arrives at the reindeer games and meets another reindeer named Fireball. The song was also featured in the 1990 film ‘Home Alone’ is the scene where Kevin McAlister pretends there’s a holiday party going on in his house, and discourages the burglars from robbing it that night.

Each day, I’ll reveal another song in this countdown, so check in daily to see if your favorite country Christmas song makes the Top 5 for 2012.

Dolly Parton’s ‘Hard Candy Christmas’ is #3 on the Top 5 Country Christmas Songs of 2012

 

Brenda Lee at the 17th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect

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