#13 – Brenda Lee – “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” – (1960)

Yeah, so this was in Home Alone as well. But who doesn’t love the guitar in this song? It’s so singular in nature and every time I hear it I picture a cardboard cut-out of Michael Jordan riding a miniature train set around a window – in silhouette of course. Also featured prominently in Home Alone (which has to be the greatest movie soundtrack as far as Christmas music goes) was “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” I think the version from the movie might have been by Mel Torme, but I prefer the Judy Garland original. And, although I don’t much care for it – even though everyone else seems to – I feel compelled to at least mention the 1953 cult-hit “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” by then 10-year-old Gayla Peevey.