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Christmas Song Royalty Calculator

Crooners of yesteryear make oodles of cash through royalty cheques. None more so than those who pen festive tunes. A Christmas gift you may say! But how much do they actually earn? Our team of intrepid researchers have spent many hours studying all manner of Royalty based statistics (including mechanical royalties, performance rights, synchronisation and even print music) combined with radio, online and TV data and a good bit of holding their 'fingers in the air', to produce an algorithm* to power the Prezzybox Christmas Song Royalty Calculator...

Trivia: The song's music video was the last time that George Michael was filmed without a beard.

Last Christmas

by Wham!

Written by George Michael

Released in 1984

Highest UK Chart Position #2 (1984)

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Trivia: The pipe band were so drunk by the time they turned up for the filming they were more drunk than The Pogues and refused to appear unless they were given more booze!

Fairytale Of New York

by The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl

Written by Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan

Released in 1987

Highest UK Chart Position #2 (1987)

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Trivia: The howl at the start was recorded during some of Noddy Holder's vocal exercises.

Merry Xmas Everybody

by Slade

Written by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea

Released in 1973

Highest UK Chart Position #1 (1973 and 1989)

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Trivia: A cover by child star Olivia Olsen was used at the climax of the 2003 holiday feel-good film Love Actually.

All I Want For Christmas Is You

by Mariah Carey

Written by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff

Released in 1994

Highest UK Chart Position #2 (1994)

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Trivia: Many believe 2000 Miles is the distance between two lovers, but Hynde actually wrote it for Jimmy, the group's original guitar player, who died the year before.

2000 Miles

by The Pretenders

Written by Chrissie Hynde

Released in 1983

Highest UK Chart Position #15 (1983)

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Trivia: The music video was shot in Lapland and when the song was released in 1985, it gave Shakin' Stevens his 4th and final UK chart topper.

Merry Christmas Everyone

by Shakin' Stevens

Written by Bob Heatlie

Released in 1985

Highest UK Chart Position #1 (1985)

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Trivia: The song was actually written as an anti-war protest with the video set in the WWI trenches. The only mention of Christmas is the line, I wish I was at home for Christmas.

Stop The Cavalry

by Jona Lewie

Written by Jona Lewie

Released in 1980

Highest UK Chart Position #2 (1980)

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Trivia: Most of this song was recorded and mixed over a 24-hour period on Sunday, Nov 25, 1984. Sting and Simon LeBon recorded their beforehand, but everyone else came that day.

Do They Know It's Christmas?

by Band Aid

Written by Bob Geldoff and Midge Ure

Released in 1984

Highest UK Chart Position #1 (1984)

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Trivia: This song was written by Tony Mortimer of East 17 about his brother Ollie committing suicide and was never meant to be released as a Christmas single.

Stay Another Day

by East 17

Written by Tony Mortimer

Released in 1994

Highest UK Chart Position #1 (1994)

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Trivia: The air conditioning down to its coldest setting while Wizzard were recording the song to help create a wintry feel. If it was Christmas every day, this is what could happen

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

by Wizzard

Written by Roy Wood

Released in 1973

Highest UK Chart Position #4 (1973)

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Trivia: Cliff altered the original lyrics to add a more religious message, before this it was a song in the short film The Little Match Girl (2006).

Mistletoe and Wine

by Cliff Richard

Written by Jeremy Paul, Leslie Stewart and Keith Strachan

Released in 1988

Highest UK Chart Position #1 (1988)

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Trivia: In 2014, NPR asked Brenda Lee what the correct direction was to rock around the Christmas tree. Her response: South.

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

by Brenda Lee

Written by Johnny Marks

Released in 1962

Highest UK Chart Position #6 (1962)

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* Whilst our boffins are super clever and know their pop, this is still our opinion and our own calculation based on an algorithm that we have devised. Whilst we think it's pretty accurate there's a significant chance that it's completely wrong! Don't shoot the messenger...

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