The Greatest Hits of Christmas Take Over One Hit Wonder Wednesday
We are suspending One Hit Wonder Wednesday for the week before Christmas to play you some of the all-time greatest hits of Christmas on the Night Shift.
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree | Brenda Lee
Undeniably, this is one of the all-time greats. Originally recorded in 1958, by the song's 50th anniversary in 2008, this song had sold over 25 million copies with the 4th most digital downloads sold of any Christmas single. It even reached the Top 5 of the charts in 2020.
Brenda Lee was only 13 years old when she recorded "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," but the writer was a veteran. Johnny Marks also came up with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Holly Jolly Christmas," "Silver and Gold," and "Run Run Rudolph." He may know more about Christmas than Santa.
Holly Jolly Christmas | Burl Ives
As mentioned above, Johnny Marks should have had the nickname Mr. Christmas. This perennial favorite also holds a chart record for the longest break between Hot 100 Top Tens. Burl Ives hit first in November, 1964 and then climbed to #4 in January 2020, a span of 56 years, seven months and two weeks since his previous Top 10 hit.
Feliz Navidad | Jose Felliciano
This is the highest charting bi-lingual holiday song of all time and one of the top 25 most played and recorded Christmas songs around the world. Translation: "Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad" means "Merry Christmas, a prosperous year and happiness."
Merry Christmas Darling | The Carpenters
Michael Jackson was a Carpenters fan, and Paul McCartney called Karen "the best female voice in the world." Written in about 15 minutes, this was the Carpenters' first foray in to Christmas music that would later lead to an entire album.
Pour the eggnog, it's time for the greatest hits of Christmas to takeover a One Hit Wonder Wednesday on the Night Shift with Craig Alan, 7-midnight on K102.5.
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