Sunday Sounds: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Everyone has a favorite Christmas song right? Whenever I hear Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” I get stupid happy for some reason. Imagine this song with different lyrics and it would still be pretty kick ass. Something about this song is punkish and in your face. It says to me, “Yeah whatever… it’s Xmas so freak out!”. See that pink tree below? That’s a photo of my tree.

“”Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” is a Christmas song, written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958 on Decca 9-30776. 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 #16 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 as late as 1984. Brenda Lee’s recording still receives a great deal of airplay. 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. The song has been covered by numerous artists, with one of the most successful versions being recorded by Amy Grant, Ronnie Spector with Darlene Love, Dion and a version by Kim Wilde and Mel Smith featuring Pete Thomas. It reached #3 on the UK Singles Chart during the 1987 Christmas season. Today there are dozens of different versions of this song with about half a dozen versions being heard on the radio but Brenda Lee’s version remains by far the most widely played.” –

Now sing along kiddies: Rocking around the Christmas Tree at the Christmas party hop. Mistletoe hung where you can see. Ev’ry couple tries to stop. You will get a sentimental feeling When you hear voices singing. “Let’s be jolly; Deck the halls with boughs of holly” Rocking around the Christmas Tree. Have a happy holiday. Everyone’s dancing merrily. In a new old fashioned way. Rocking around the Christmas Tree. Let the Christmas Spirit ring. Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie. and we’ll do some carolin. You will get a sentimental feeling When you hear voices singing “Let’s be jolly; Deck the halls with boughs of holly”. Rocking around the Christmas Tree. Have a happy holiday. Everyone’s dancing merrily. In a new old fashioned way.

Do you have a favorite?

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8 thoughts on “Sunday Sounds: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

  1. Yeah, just last night I was listening to the christmas music station with the kids. When Little Drummer Boy came on my ten-year-old Wilson says “this would be perfect in Reason or Live, like with a drum machine.”
    So there’s the new years resolution, kids. Brum-pum-pum-pum on the virtual 808.

  2. “Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'”, either the Mack Rice or Albert King versions, depending on how much holiday comfort one has consumed.

  3. I love the guitar fills by Hank Garland on “Rockin’ Around….” Christmas just ain’t Christmas without “Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’” by Albert King.

  4. well that’s just my favorite.
    predelayed reverb, perfect distortion on everything, young smoker vocals, best behind-the-beat feel on a pop sax solo maybe ever, and sick guitar fills.
    great song.

  5. Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby (RIP, she died this Xmas day)
    Slade – Merry Christman Everybody
    The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping (feeling that one this year)
    Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time (love the weird analog poly chords)
    We Three Kings (the juxtaposition between modes of the chorus and verse is really interesting)

  6. Hellow, i need for a school concert the sax solo of the song ”rocking around the christmas tree” please if someone know or found about it tell me I NEED IT .

    help please

    John =)

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