Christmas Rock and Roll Songs
The song was written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie and made popular by the legendary Chuck Berry, who was the first to record it. (Johnny Marks had an extensive Christmas songbook, including “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” and “Silver and Gold.”) Berry released “Run, Rudolph, Run” in 1958 as the B-side to “Merry Christmas, Baby,” and Rudolph ran to #69 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #36 on the U.K. Singles Chart. Over the years, it’s become a holiday standard. The list of the covers goes on and on, but to mention a few, there are versions by Whitney Wolanin, Luke Bryan, Justin Moore, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Buffett, Kelly Clarkson, Billy Idol, as well as The Muppets’ band Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. And maybe you also heard the song in the films Cast Away, Diner, Home Alone, Jingle All the Way, The Santa Clause 2, Stealing Christmas, and Deck the Halls.