No. 45

It’s Christmas! (Well, almost)

The Christmas songs have been playing in the shops since around mid-November and while we shoppers might be sick of hearing them, the authors of the most popular Christmas songs are laughing all the way to the bank.

On “The World’s Richest Songs”, a programme by BBC4, three of the top ten songs were Christmas songs.

Number 10 on the chart is “Christmas Song”, better known as “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” which was written by Mel Tormé in 1944 and is estimated to have made £12.5 million as well as having been covered by over 500 artists.

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is at number 7 and it has made approximately £16.5 million.

You may not be surprised to learn that Bing Crosby’s rendition of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” is the highest earning of the Christmas songs, at number 2 in the chart, with earnings of over £24 million.

In case you hadn’t guessed it, the IP connection to this story is copyright. Copyright lasts for 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies so many of Christmas songs will be earning money for many years to come!

Merry Christmas!