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Brenda Lee’s ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ Hits No. 3 on Hot 100; Juice WRLD, Tones and I & Burl Ives All Top 10

Lee's classic becomes the third-highest-charting holiday hit ever.

As previously reported, Mariah Carey‘s 1994 carol “All I Want for Christmas Is You” dashes to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 at last, rising from No. 3 to No. 1 on the chart dated Dec. 21.

Elsewhere in the Hot 100’s top 10, Brenda Lee‘s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” surges 8-3, becoming just the third holiday song ever to reach the Hot 100’s top three, while completing the longest ascent to the region.

Plus, the late Juice WRLD‘s No. 2-peaking “Lucid Dreams” re-enters the survey at No. 8 following his death on Dec. 9; Tones and I‘s “Dance Monkey” reaches the region for the first time, jumping 13-9; and Burl Ives‘ holiday classic “A Holly Jolly Christmas” returns to its No. 10 high.


The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data. All charts will update on tomorrow (Dec. 17).

Below Carey’s “Christmas,” Post Malone‘s “Circles” holds at No. 2, after it led the list for two weeks.

Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” jumps 8-3 on the Hot 100, marking another new high; it entered the top 10 for the first time last holiday season, over 58 years after it first appeared on the chart.

The Yuletide classic is now the third-highest-charting holiday hit in the Hot 100’s 61-year history:

Highest-Charting Holiday Songs in the Hot 100’s History
No. 1, one week to-date, Dec. 21, 2019, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Mariah Carey
No. 1, four weeks, beginning Dec. 22, 1958, “The Chipmunk Song,” by David Seville & The Chipmunks
No. 3, Dec. 21, 2019, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Brenda Lee
No. 7, Jan. 8, 2000, “Auld Lang Syne,” Kenny G
No. 7, Jan. 6, 1990, “This One’s for the Children,” New Kids on the Block
No. 8, Jan. 5, 2019, “Jingle Bell Rock,” Bobby Helms
No. 9, Feb. 21, 1981, “Same Old Lang Syne,” Dan Fogelberg
No. 10, Jan. 5, 2019, “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” Burl Ives
No. 10, Dec. 29, 2018, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” Andy Williams


“Rockin’ ” rolls 4-3 on the Streaming Songs chart, up 13% to 37.1 million U.S. streams in the week ending Dec. 12, according to Nielsen Music, helped by a new animated video. It climbs 43-34 on Radio Songs, gaining by 8% to 26.4 million in all-format airplay audience in the week ending Dec. 15, and dips 33-38 on Digital Song Sales, although up 19% to 5,000 sold in the week ending Dec. 12.

Originally released in 1958, “Rockin’ ” first appeared on the Hot 100 dated Dec. 12, 1960. As it now reaches the top three, and top five, at last, it completes the longest climb ever to each region from a song’s chart debut: 59 years and nine days.

Lewis Capaldi‘s “Someone You Loved” holds at No. 4 on the Hot 100, after the ballad logged three weeks at No. 1, and Lizzo‘s “Good as Hell” rises 6-5, after reaching No. 3. It rules Radio Songs for a fourth week, with 98.1 million audience impressions (down 2%), while leading Hot R&B Songs for a sixth week and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a fourth frame; the latter two tallies employ the same multi-metric methodology as the Hot 100.

Arizona Zervas‘ “Roxanne” rebounds 7-6 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 5, while leading the multi-metric Hot Rap Songs chart for a third week, and Maroon 5‘s No. 4-peaking “Memories” slips 5-7 on the Hot 100.

Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams” re-enters the Hot 100 at No. 8 following his Dec. 9 passing. The song, which peaked at No. 2 in October 2018 (and which samples Sting‘s 1993 track “Shape of My Heart”), also revisits the Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales charts at Nos. 2 and 14, respectively, with 38.6 million U.S. streams (up 235%) and 8,000 downloads sold (up 1,637%) in the week ending Dec. 12.


(As for songs re-entering the Hot 100 in the top 10, three share the record for the highest returns, all at No. 4: Lady Gaga‘s “Million Reasons,” in February 2017, following her performance of the ballad during the Super Bowl LI halftime show; Dixie Chicks‘ “Not Ready to Make Nice,” in 2007, after the trio’s triumphs at the 49th annual Grammy Awards; and LL Cool J‘s “Control Myself,” featuring Jennifer Lopez, in 2006, following the song’s digital release.)

Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey” swings 13-9 on the Hot 100, as it climbs 6-3 on Digital Song Sales (16,000, up 44%), 12-9 on Streaming Songs (25.6 million, up 18%) and 28-20 on Radio Songs (38.3 million, up 18%).


The song, which the Australian singer-songwriter (real name: Toni Watson) solely wrote, has already become the longest-leading No. 1 in her homeland, while topping multiple other global surveys, including the Official UK Singles chart, where it rules for an 11th week this week, breaking the record for the most time at No. 1 by a female soloist.

Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Burl Ives’ “A Holly Jolly Christmas” surges 18-10, returning to its peak first established last holiday season. It lifts 9-8 on Streaming Songs (31.9 million, up 29%) and 45-39 on Radio Songs (24.7 million, up 3%), while gaining by 18% to 2,000 sold.

Just outside the Hot 100’s top 10, DaBaby‘s “BOP” bumps 12-11, up 5% to 33.4 million streams in the week ending Dec. 12 after he performed it on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on Dec. 7.

Plus, Juice WRLD and YoungBoy Never Broke Again‘s “Bandit,” which hit No. 10 in October, rebounds 40-12, up 65% to 35.5 million streams (winning the Hot 100’s top Streaming Gainer nod), and Bobby Helms‘ “Jingle Bell Rock” roars 23-15.


Meanwhile, a week after The Weeknd‘s “Heartless” blasted 32-1 on the Hot 100 following its first full week of tracking, it plunges to No. 17, as it falls 2-18 on Streaming Songs (20.6 million, down 31%) and 1-28 on Digital Song Sales (6,000, down 90%), although it climbs 38-19 on Radio Songs (38.5 million, up 47%, good for the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award). Notably, the song’s 1-17 descent is the greatest from the summit in the Hot 100’s history, surpassing the twin 1-15 drops of Dionne Warwicke and Spinners‘ “Then Came You” and Billy Preston‘s “Nothing From Nothing,” both in 1974 (and sparked, in part, by timing, with four seasonal songs ranking above it this week).

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