How Much Do Slade Make From ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ Christmas single royalities

Here’s how much musicians make from our favourite Christmas songs

Slade could make up to £1 million from their evergreen festive hit ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ this year. This includes TV etc.  A bad year would be £513,000 report

The song was released in 1973 and became an instant Christmas classic, topping the charts that festive period. Since then, it’s been re-released multiple streams, while the streaming era has introduced the glam smash to new generations.

A perennial radio staple throughout December (and beyond), ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ feels like a key part of the British Christmas season.

Looking at the country’s biggest Christmas singles, ranging from The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl through to Bing Crosby, Wham! (Max year was £470,000 a year) a record exec told us, and of course Sir Paul McCartney.

Each artist receives a festive boost in income, where that’s around £260,000 for Paul McCartney’s ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ or £97,000 for East 17’s iconic ‘Stay Another Day’.

At the top of the league table, Mariah Carey earns £400,000 for her smash ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ – it should be pointed out, however, that these are UK royalties, and Mariah is a much more global artist than, say, Jona Lewie’s ‘Stop The Cavalry’.

The Pogues – alongside the estate of Kirsty MacColl – earn around £400,000 for ‘Fairytale Of New York’, a song that is equal parts moving and controversial.

At the top of the league table, though, are Slade: the band stand to take in around £1,000,000 for ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’, the majority of which goes to songwriters Noddy Holder and Jim Lea.

Shakin’ Stevens, ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ (1985)  – every December thanks to his chirpy seasonal hit ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’. While the singer pockets the windfall from the song’s radio plays (£5,000 to £10,000), much of the estimated £130,000-worth of annual royalties actually goes to the writer of the song, Bob Heatlie.

Find the full breakdown below.

1 Merry Xmas Everybody Slade £1,000,000
2 Fairytale of New York The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl £400,000
2 All I Want for Christmas is You Mariah Carey £400,000
4 White Christmas Bing Crosby £328,000
5 Last Christmas Wham! £300,000
6 Wonderful Christmastime Paul McCartney £260,000
7 Stop the Cavalry Jona Lewie £120,000
8 2000 Miles The Pretenders £102,000
9 Mistletoe and Wine Cliff Richard £100,000
10 Stay Another Day East 17 £97,000

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