Bobby Helms made it a hit in 1957 and lots of people covered it after that. One of our favorite versions of “Jingle Bell Rock” is the one recorded by Daryl Hall and John Oates. The duo and their band released it in 1983 as a non-album single. According to Songfacts, Daryl Hall was going through a rockabilly phase at the time and wanted to do a Christmas song in that style.
The campy video got a lot of airplay on MTV. There are actually two versions: one with Daryl Hall (below) on lead vocals and another with John Oates singing lead. Both versions feature former Saturday Night Live bandleader G. E. Smith dressed as an elderly woman playing the guitar with white gloves.