Published on November 30th, 2017 | by Alan Cross5
Mariah Carey Makes HOW MUCH from That Stupid Christmas Song?
Call it “All I Want for Christmas” Creep. Every year, Mariah Carey’s stupid 1994 Christmas song seems to start showing up earlier and earlier. I even made a note of when I first heard it this year: around 2pm on November 2. That’s insane. No wonder it’s the most-performed holiday song in the US. (Scroll down for the Top 20-most played songs.)
Since 1994, the song has sold more than 16 million copies globally, making it the 11th best-selling single of all time. Royalties just for the song are somewhere north of $50 million USD. After all the expenses are paid (Carey had a co-writer for the song), she gets a cheque for about $650,000 CAD every year from just the UK.
And that’s not all. There’s a new straight-to-video animated feature this year called Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You, which is about a girl named Mariah (natch) who wants a puppy. And then there’s her share of a children’s book of the same name, which has sold at least 750,000 copies. In other words, there’s an entire industry based around “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Can you a job where all you do is care and feed for that stupid song? Such a gig exists. With this kind of money involved, it has to.
By the way, other Christmas songs also earn big dollars. The Pogues reportedly bring in about $700,00 a year just from “A Fairytale of New York” sales and play in the New York. Even Paul McCartney’s awful “Wonderful Christmastime” earns an estimated $500,000 CAD.
Here are the most-performed Christmas songs in the US according to ASCAP (via VVN)
- “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff (1994)
- “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Johnny Marks (1962)
- “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne (1945)
- “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Johnny Marks (1958)
- “Last Christmas” by George Michael (1984)
- “Jingle Bell Rock” by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe (1957)
- “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Edward Pola and George Wyle (1963)
- “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Meredith Willson (1951)
- “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish (1951)
- “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Johnny Marks (1949)
- “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin (1941)
- “Winter Wonderland” by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith (1934)
- “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano (1970)
- “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” by Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie (1934)
- “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin (1943)
- “Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)” by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman (1947)
- “The Christmas Song” by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells (1946)
- “Frosty the Snowman” by Steve Nelson and Walter E. Rollins (1950)
- “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24” by Robert Kinkel, Paul O’Neill and John Oliva (1995)
- “Jingle Bells” by James Lord Pierpont; Frank Sinatra version arranged by Gordon Jenkins (ASCAP, 1958)
- “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Frank Loesser (1948)
- “Santa Baby” by Joan Javits, Anthony Springer and Philip Springer (1953)
- “Run Rudolph Run” by John Marks and Marvin Broadie (1958)
- “Blue Christmas” by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson (1948)
- “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney (1979)