The UK’s favorite Christmas hit songs and what they earn
New research has revealed how much the most popular Christmas songs earn on streaming platforms and which song is the most profitable.
Reassuringly, there are some very familiar names and songs on the list, most of them from the pre-digital era when we would go to the record store and buy a physical copy.
And there’s a musician from the Northeast whose classic Christmas hit is among the most listened to.
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The study by casino comparison site CasinoBee analyzed data from Spotify to find out which of the UK’s favorite Christmas songs made the most money and which artist (or songwriter) took home the most money. paycheck every Christmas.
by Mariah CareyAll I want for Christmas is you (1994) was revealed as the highest-grossing Christmas song, earning the artist £2,819,867.93 from Spotify streams alone. This comes as each stream of a song earns an artist £0.0028 and Mariah’s iconic song is streamed over a billion times for a total of 1,007,095,690.
The second highest-grossing Christmas song is last christmas (1984) by Pan . The song has had 746,670,471 streams since it was uploaded to Spotify, earning nearly £2.1million in the process.
Ariana GrandeSanta tell me (2014) is the third highest-grossing Christmas song through Spotify streams. The song has been streamed over half a billion times, earning Ariana Grande an income of £1.5million.
Michel Buble has three songs in the UK top 40 – It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas , Holly Merry Christmas and Santa Claus is coming to town . The profit from these three songs combined is £2,833,203.41. In fact, Michael Buble Christmas (special deluxe edition) (2011) earned £7,013,775.47 from Spotify streams alone.
white christmas through bing crosby (1942) is the fifth most popular digital Christmas song, earning £1,361,218.58 from Spotify streams of 486 million. This is only a fraction of what the song will have earned since its release.
The sixth highest-grossing Christmas song is Nat King Cole’sThe Christmas Song (1961) . The song was streamed 475 million times, earning £1,332,441.
And what about some of the other evergreen Christmas songs on the list that remain popular year after year?
The charity single Do they know it’s Christmas (1984) by Bandage aired 347,730,893 times, earning £973,646.50.
There have been several versions of this classic, but the American crooner by Frank SinatraLet it snow Let it snow Let it snow (1950) had 326,242,043 streams, raising £913,477.72
It’s been 50 years since Merry Christmas, the war is over (1971) was released by ex-Beatle John Lennon . The song was streamed 302,900,410 times and earned £848,121.15 on Spotify.
Northeastern Musician Chris Rea appears on the list. Home for Christmas enjoyed 286,810,621 streams, earning the Middlesbrough-born star £803,069.74.
The favorite of the bar New York Fairy Tale through The Pogues and Kirsty McColl raked in £678,175.93 from 242,205,690 streams.
A song that always seems to play every time you walk into a store during the holiday season is Merry Christmas to everyone (1985). the Shakin’ Stevens the song earned £603,777.44 from 215,634,800 streams.
Many will remember Les Gray, the lead singer of Mud , with his ventriloquist dummy on Top Of The Pops Alone this Christmas in 1974. The song enjoyed 46,620,213 streams and grossed £130,536.60.
baby santa claus was released by a variety of artists, but the 2000 release by Kylie Minogue had 148,966,092 steams and earned £417,105.06.
And finally, in a time before Spotify was dreamed, 1973 was a banner year for festive hit singles – and they’re still streaming nearly 50 years later. by Elton JohnStep into Christmas had 220,061,186 streams earning £616,171.32; of the wizardI wish it was Christmas every day earned £212,660.21 from 75,950,075 streams; and Slade all time favorite Merry Christmas to everyone had 80,361,358 streams and earned £225,011.80.
Now put them all together and it’s one hell of a Christmas playlist.
Commenting on the study, a CasinoBee spokesperson said: “Christmas songs are a staple of the festive season and for an artist to have a popular festive hit can prove incredibly lucrative.
“Not only can the revenue from streaming be substantial, but a popular Christmas song can be used for commercial purposes, which can generate even more profit for the artist and the record label.”
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