Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958. By the song's 50th anniversary in 2008, Lee's original version had sold over 25 million copies with the 4th most digital downloads sold of any Christmas single.


Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (WORD)
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (PDF)

You can play in the same key in GCEA tuning, if you put your capo on the 1st fret. Note: we've changed up the Brenda Lee version ever so slightly :)

Despite her mature-sounding voice, Lee recorded this song when she was only 13 years old. In a 2006 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Lee explained that she recorded this in July with Nashville producer Owen Bradley. Said Lee: "Owen had the studio all freezing cold with the air conditioning, and he had a Christmas tree all set up to kind of get in the mood just a little bit. We had a lot of fun."

From CTV News:  The number-one song this week (Dec 5 2023) is one that was recorded in 1958. "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee tops the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time. That breaks a lot of records. It's now the single with the longest run from its release in 1958 to the number-one spot -- 65 years. It debuted on the Hot 100 two years later, then took just under 63 years to hit the top, setting a record for the longest climb ever to number one. It's also the longest break for an artist between number-one hits: 63 years, one month and two weeks between "I Want To Be Wanted" and "Rockin'." Lee, who is 78, is the oldest artist to top the chart, beating 62-year-old Louis Armstrong with "Hello, Dolly!" in 1964.

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