Here Are 11 Songs That Became VERY Popular Way After They Were First Released, And The Reasons Why Are Genuinely Fascinating

It's official: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee has gone to No. 1...65 years after it was released.

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On Monday, Billboard announced the Hot 100 (dated Dec. 9), and Brenda's 1958 holiday classic was rockin' atop the list. She was joined by several other seasonal favorites in the Top 10, including Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and Bobby Helms's "Jingle Bell Rock." You can check out the full list below:

"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" joins an impressive list of songs that reached their greatest success, at least on the charts, well after their initial release.

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In fact, some of these late-blooming hits have become signature tracks by some of the biggest singers. So here are 11 songs, including "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," that soared later than you might think:

1."Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee

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Initial release: 1963. Went to No. 1: 2023.

2."Cruel Summer" by Taylor Swift

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Initial release: 2019. Went to No. 1: 2023.

3."Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush

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Initial release: 1985. Went to No. 3: 2022.

4."Heat Waves" by Glass Animals

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Initial release: 2020. Went to No. 1: 2022.

5."A Holly Jolly Christmas" by Burl Ives

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Initial release: 1964. Went to No. 4: 2020.

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Why it had a resurgence: "A Holly Jolly Christmas" is another holiday classic that has seen its chart success only grow in the decades following its release, just like "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "All I Want for Christmas Is You." Speaking of...

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6."All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey

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Initial release: 1994. Went to No. 1: 2019.

7."Truth Hurts" by Lizzo

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Initial release: 2017. Went to No. 1: 2019.

8."Lights" by Ellie Goulding

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Initial release: 2011. Went to No. 2: 2012.

9."I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by the Proclaimers

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Initial release: 1988. Went to No. 3: 1993.

10."Red Red Wine" by UB40 (a Cover of Neil Diamond's 1967 Song)

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Initial release: 1983. Went to No. 1: 1988.

11."What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong

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Initial release: 1967. Went to No. 32: 1988.

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