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"A Holly Jolly Christmas" was featured in the 1964 Christmas special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, in which Burl Ives voiced the narrator, Sam the Snowman. The song was re-recorded by Ives for his 1965 holiday album, Have a Holly Jolly Christmas. This version of the song has a somewhat slower arrangement than the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer version. The song's enduring popularity is evidenced by its reaching #30 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in 1998 and #5 on the Holiday 100 chart in 2011.