At least five stations in Atlanta have spun the song this season: Kiss 104.1, Kicks 101.5, 94.9/The Bull, B98.5 and Fish 104.7.
"I think it's all about tradition and standing the test of time," said Fish 104.7 program director Mike Blakemore. His station is spinning the two minute four second song three or four times a day while it's playing all Christmas music. "It's a song that in its first few years out didn't do so well. But over time as Brenda's career took off, it got more and more popular and has become a classic."
Rhubarb Jones, a former morning host on Atlanta radio on Y106 and Eagle 106.7 who now works in development at Kennesaw State University, has adored Lee since he was a child. He heard "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" at a meeting this morning and smiled.
"You can't help but feel good when you hear that song," Jones said. "When my girls were young, we'd play that song, they'd dance around the house. I've been in love with her forever." And thanks to his connections in the music industry, he has become friends with Lee over the years.
He calls her every year before Christmas to wish her a merry one. "She is truly a treasure," he said.
Lee herself has never gotten sick of the song.
"I don't think you ever get tired of the well-written, well-crafted songs, " Lee told the Associated Press in 2006.
Lee was just 13 when she recorded "Rockin' Around the Christmas
Tree" in 1958, kick starting a career that landed her both in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
"We love it because of its upbeat fun nature and universal appeal," Blakemore said. "It’s also one of those songs that kids, parents and grandparents all know and can sing along with together."
The AP story provided history of how the song came about:
No snow was falling that day. As Lee recalls, it was July.
"Owen had the studio all freezing cold with the air conditioning, and he had a Christmas
tree all set up to kind of get in the mood just a little bit, " she said. "We had a lot of fun."
"Rockin'" was released as a single in '58 and again in '59 before it finally took off in 1960 in the wake of her No. 1 smash "I'm Sorry."
The Top 10 Christmas songs of 2015 on the radio, through Dec. 16
- Mariah Carey "All I Want For Christmas"
- Brenda Lee "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"
- Bobby Helms "Jingle Bell Rock"
- Burl Ives "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas"
- Jose Feliciano "Feliz Navidad"
- Nat King Cole "The Christmas Song"
- Andy Williams "Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
- Johnny Mathis "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas"
- John Lennon "Happy Xmas (War is Over)"
- Wham "Last Christmas"
SOURCE: Mediabase 24/7