"Jingle Bell Rock" Performed by Bobby Helms (1957)

December 15, 2008


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Take a look at this Billboard Chart History of  “Jingle Bell Rock.”  It has been in the Top 100 in assorted categories in four different decades and two different centuries!  Guess that’s all I need to say about the longevity of this classic .. eh?

1957 #13 Country Singles
1958 #6 Pop Singles
1960 #36 Pop Singles
1961 #41 Pop Singles
1962 #56 Pop Singles
1996 #18 Adult Contemporary Single
1997 #60 Hot Country Singles & Tracks
2005 #37 Hot Digital Songs
2006 #9 Hot Ringtones
2004 #64 Hot Canadian Digital Singles

Whew! So this is why you hear this song every December and always will.

This is the original version of the often covered holiday song penned by Joe Beal and Jim Boothe.  Even though Helms had a successful career as a country singer before he released “JBR”‘ — this is probably the song that assured his place in The Rockabilly Hall of Fame.  There is a great career biography for your reading pleasure  at the RAB Hall of Fame Web Site, here, so I won’t rehash the details.

But I will give you the lyrics of this classic just in case you feel the urge to sing along (and I know you will get that feeling lol!)

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Jingle Bell Rock Composed by Joe Beal and Jim Boothe

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock
Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring
Snowing and blowing up bushels of fun
Now the jingle hop has begun.

Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock
Jingle bells chime in jingle bell time
Dancing and prancing in Jingle Bell Square
In the frosty air.

What a bright time, it’s the right time
To rock the night away
Jingle bell time is a swell time
To go gliding in a one-horse sleigh.

Giddy-up jingle horse, pick up your feet
Jingle around the clock
Mix and a-mingle in the jingling feet
That’s the jingle bell,
That’s the jingle bell,
That’s the jingle bell rock.

Keep ringing and rocking to keep these oldies alive!

Musically Yours,

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