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All I Want For Christmas Is You Estimated To Make Mariah Carey More Than $2 Million A Year

Frankie Golding

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All I Want For Christmas Is You Estimated To Make Mariah Carey More Than $2 Million A Year

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This Christmas, it's safe to say that a large percentage of us are either desperately trying to dodge Omicron for the sole goal of being able to see our loved ones, or are already bogged down with it and stuck away from our families.  

So, whether you think Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is a festive favourite or a song that turns you into a right Scrooge, what everyone can surely agree on is that the song is perhaps more apt than ever.  

What this aptness may mean for Carey however, who released the ever-present anthem back in 1994, is a reality a little more cheerful than ours right now.  

I am, of course, talking about Carey ironically being able to make A LOT of money this Christmas.  

Mariah Carey will yet again be asking Santa for another year of topping the charts. Credit: Alamy
Mariah Carey will yet again be asking Santa for another year of topping the charts. Credit: Alamy

According to a 2017 article by The Economist, it is reported that the tune had made $60 million (£44.5m) in royalties since its release, which works out as roughly $2.6 million (£1.9m) a year. 

While we do not know if the song has continued to earn Carey big bucks at the same rate since 2017, the popularity of the song certainly hasn’t diminished in years since this calculation. 

In fact, the Christmas classic topped the UK singles chart last year for the very first time after stalling at number 2 for the 2 years prior to this - so if anything, the song is getting even more popular! 

In doing so, it broke a record as no other song has spent more weeks in the Official Chart Top 40 before eventually reaching the number one spot in UK chart history. 

The song debuted at number five and peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart when it was first released in 1994. 

So it has been a long time coming for Carey to reach the top spot. 

Upon hearing the news of her number 1 victory after a 26-year wait, Carey told the chart company: “Happy Christmas UK! We finally made it!”  

She continued: “We are keeping the Christmas spirit alive together despite how dismal the year’s been. Love you always! Joy to the world???!!!!” 

'All I Want For Christmas' continues to be a festive favourite. Credit: Alamy
'All I Want For Christmas' continues to be a festive favourite. Credit: Alamy

The song gets streamed millions of times every year and smashed holiday streaming records in 2018, after being played a whopping 11 million times on Christmas Eve alone. 

However, the wide reach of this song also means there are plenty of people out there who absolutely loathe it.

A survey published last year from Huawei asked Brits to vote on what they considered to be the most annoying festive singles, and Carey's seasonal hit topped the list by a wide margin. 

I imagine for the singer, that the estimated $2 million a year more than makes up for this disappointing survey result. 

Topics: Celebrity, Christmas, Money, Music

Frankie Golding
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