Ever wondered how much money artists make from famous Christmas songs?

Top of the earners: Slade make a fortune from one song every year.
Top of the earners: Slade make a fortune from one song every year.

All I want for Christmas is a Number One hit that gets played continuously for one month every year.

Hugh Grant's character lived off the substantial royalties from a Christmas song his father composed in the movie "About a Boy". However, figures just released and published by the Daily Mail prove that fact is indeed stranger than fiction.

Below are the annual earnings from some very famous Christmas songs:

  • Slade - Merry Chirstmas Everybody: £500,000
  • The Pogues - Fairytale of New York: £400,000
  • Maria Carey - All I want for Christmas is you: £376,000
  • Bing Crosby - White Christmas: £328,000
  • Wham! - Last Christmas: £300,000
  • Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime: £260,000
  • Cliff Richard - Mistletoe & Wine: £100,000
  • Jona Lewie - Stop the Cavalry: £120,000
  • The Pretenders - 2000 Miles: £102,000

 

Now, time to get the guitar out.

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