Merry Xmas Everybody: How Much Do Those Festive Songs Make?

David Layde
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‘Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall? It’s the time that every Santa has a ball’.

And it’s also the time of year when artists like Slade clean up with a nice fat royalty check through the door to usher in a very happy new year!

According to the The Daily Mail, Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody, which was released in 1973, is the highest-earning track.

Its songwriters Noddy Holder and Jim Lea will reportedly cash in on roughly €560K in estimated royalties from their song this year.

Not far behind will be The Pogues, who rake in around €450.5K each year from their hit Fairytale of New York. It’s rumoured the band were teased by Elvis Costello that they couldn’t write a Christmas song. So who won that bet then?

In fact, The Pogues earn far more than Slade raising much more revenue from international airplay.

With a figure of about €788K being the estimated annual figure pocketed by MacGowan and fellow Pogues bandmate and co-writer Jem Finer. Nice timing ahead of Shane MacGowan’s 60th Birthday.

Here’s Santa’s Christmas list of estimated annual royalty earners in full:

Merry Xmas Everybody, Slade: €560,000

Fairytale of New York, The Pogues: €450,500

All I Want For Christmas, Mariah Carey: €423,000

White Christmas, Bing Crosby: €369,000

Last Christmas, Wham!: €337,000

Wonderful Christmastime, Paul McCartney: €292,000

Mistletoe and Wine, Cliff Richard: €112,000

Stop the Cavalry, Jona Lewie: €135,000

2000 Miles, The Pretenders: €114,000

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