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Here's how much Mariah Carey gets paid in royalties for her Christmas song every year

Cosmopolitan (UK) logo Cosmopolitan (UK) 5 days ago Anna Lewis
Mariah Carey wearing a red hat talking on a cell phone: The royalties that you can make from Christmas songs is ABSURD, even if said festive tune is the only hit you ever have. So how much do the likes of Slade, Mariah Craey and Cliff Richard get paid in royalties every December for their Xmas hits? © Getty Images The royalties that you can make from Christmas songs is ABSURD, even if said festive tune is the only hit you ever have. So how much do the likes of Slade, Mariah Craey and Cliff Richard get paid in royalties every December for their Xmas hits?

If you've seen the film About A Boy, then you'll know that if you – or even just a relative – writes a Christmas song that gets played over and over and over and over every festive season, you may never have to work a day in your life.

Dreamy, eh?

The royalties that you can make from Christmas songs is ABSURD, even if said festive tune is the only hit you ever have.

So how much do the likes of Slade, Mariah Craey and Cliff Richard get paid in royalties every December for their Xmas hits?

Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade $847,000 (All figures in Canadian dollars)

Fairy Tale of New York by The Pogues $677,000

All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey $636,000

White Christmas by Bing Crosby $555,000

Last Christmas by Wham! $508,000

Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney $440,000

Mistletoe And Wine by Cliff Richard $170,000

Stop The Cavalry by Jona Lewie $203,000

2000 Miles by The Pretenders $173,000

Stay Another Day by Tony Mortimer, East 17 $164,000

Pretty sweet deal, eh?

Despite this, East 17's Tony said a while back that he prays Stay Another Day "doesn't come on" while he's out and about.

"I find it really awkward to listen to" he told the MailOnline. "When I walk around Tesco I'm always praying it doesn't come on.

"My family never play it! My friends like to put it on and turn it up to wind me up. They've been told off plenty of times."

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No matter how much I hated a song, I still reckon I could put up with it if you handed me a cheque for $164,000 every year.

Related: 31 of the most underrated Christmas songs [Cosmopolitan UK]


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