Brenda Lee: 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever'


You know you loved her song in "Home Alone," don't deny it. (Mark Humphrey/AP)

Why is this woman smiling? Because it's that that time of the year again.

"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" is the gift that keeps on giving - or grating, depending on your perspective (e.g., you work at a mall, or maybe in a dentist's office). Lee's decades-old ode to dancing merrily in a new old-fashioned way is lighting it up yet again, taking over the No. 1 slot from "Jingle Bell Rock" on the latest edition of Billboard's Hot Holiday Songs chart. Since the chart was unwrapped in 2001, Little Miss Dynamite's perpetually ubiquitous "Rockin'" has spent 13 weeks at No. 1 - more than any other song, including that damned Mariah tune that Rachel Beckman loves so much.

According to Billboard, the Hot Holiday Songs chart is based on playlist data from 100-plus adult contemporary radio stations. So, lots of gag-inducing treacle ("The Christmas Shoes" - obviously the worst Christmas song ever) and lame covers (this means you, Hall and Oates!), along with the obvious chestnuts (Nat King Cole's eternally classy "Christmas Song") and, um, Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Of course, there's nary a mention of the great Sufjan Stevens. Or James Brown's classic, "Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto." Whatevs.

The Top 30 is inside. Read it and kvetch.

Hark, the herald angels of adult contemporary sing. And sing. And sing.

The first number is this week's chart position. The second is last week's.

TW LW
1 4 BRENDA LEE Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
2 1 BOBBY HELMS Jingle Bell Rock
3 2 JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
4 5 BURL IVES A Holly Jolly Christmas
5 7 MARIAH CAREY All I Want For Christmas Is You
6 3 NAT KING COLE The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
7 6 EAGLES Please Come Home For Christmas
8 9 JOSE FELICIANO Feliz Navidad
9 8 BING CROSBY White Christmas
10 10 ANDY WILLIAMS It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
11 12 JOHNNY MATHIS It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
12 13 DARYL HALL JOHN OATES Jingle Bell Rock
13 14 BAND-AID Do They Know It's Christmas?
14 11 THE CARPENTERS Merry Christmas Darling
15 15 WHAM! Last Christmas
16 16 PAUL MCCARTNEY Wonderful Christmas Time
17 18 GENE AUTRY Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
18 19 EURYTHMICS Winter Wonderland
19 17 ANDY WILLIAMS Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season
20 23 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)
21 25 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Christmas Canon
22 22 ELVIS PRESLEY Blue Christmas
23 21 JOHNNY MATHIS It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
24 24 ELTON JOHN Step Into Christmas
25 20 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
26 28 FAITH HILL Where Are You Christmas?
27 27 NEWSONG The Christmas Shoes
28 -- THE BEACH BOYS Little Saint Nick
29 29 GENE AUTRY Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)
30 -- LEROY ANDERSON Sleigh Ride

By J. Freedom du Lac |  December 11, 2007; 8:53 AM ET Christmas
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My best Xmas music buy in recent years was the John Waters Christmas album, complete with "Santa Claus Was a Black Man"

Posted by: boutros | December 11, 2007 10:19 AM

I love the Xmas EP that Low put out a while back...their version of Little Drummer Boy made it onto a Gap commercial, but it's the uber-slow and bluesy Blue Christmas cover that makes me want to sit back in a fire-lit room and sip port.

Posted by: 23112 | December 11, 2007 10:57 AM

Forget about Sufjan -- what about Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"?

Posted by: ML | December 12, 2007 12:26 AM

Ella Fitzgerald - Baby It's Cold Outside

Posted by: Michele | December 14, 2007 4:40 PM

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