Christmas Songs #9: Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee (1958)

Number 9: Festive Christmas Songs
Good Housekeeping: Nov. 30, 2019

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree 
Brenda Lee (1958) 

Brenda Lee was only 13 years old  when she recorded this holiday favorite. She probably wouldn't have guessed that people would still be listening to it today. 


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Brenda Lee

When Brenda Lee recorded "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" in 1958, it didn't dent the charts that year or the next year. But in 1960, after she scored a few hits, the song caught on and became a Christmas classic.

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree 
Brenda Lee



Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Mel & Kim (1987) 

Kim Wilde & Mel Smith


A version of the "Rockin' Around the Christmas Three" by Kim Wilde and Mel Smith, featuring Pete Thomas, reached Number 3 on the UK Singles Chart during the Christmas season 1987. The track was recorded to raise funds for Comic Relief. 

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Mel & Kim



Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
ft. Maiya Sykes (2018)

Maiya Sykes is a classically trained vocalist, producer, vocal arranger and entrepreneur. She studied independently with Nina Simone and Betty Carter. After graduating from Yale University, she went on to further her musical education at The Musicians’ Institute.

Maiya Sykes

Maiya has provided back-up vocals for for The Black Eyed Peas, Macy Gray, Fantasia, Joss Stone, Michael Buble, Leona Lewis and Rita Ora. She was a featured backup singer for Macy Gray in her live show for more than five years. She recently provided backgrounds and was featured in the Oscar award winning film La La Land.  

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Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
ft. Maiya Sykes

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