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

Jake Massey

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

Some people love Christmas, some people hate Christmas. The smart money would say Mariah Carey belongs to the love Christmas camp.

This of course because she is the voice behind the festive banger 'All I Want for Christmas Is You'.

The tune has been an ever-present anthem every December since it was released back in 1994, and as such, it continues to rake in the big bucks for the singer.

A 2017 article by The Economist 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.


It's unclear if the song has continued to earn Carey cash at the same rate since 2017.

Carey might not want a lot for Christmas, but she very much gets it. Credit: PA
Carey might not want a lot for Christmas, but she very much gets it. Credit: PA

It's ironic, really, given that the whole message of the song is that Mariah doesn't want a lot for Christmas.

Well tough t*ts, Mariah. You are getting a lot for Christmas. Every single Christmas.


And the popularity of the song hasn't diminished in the years since this royalties calculation. Indeed, the tune has topped the UK singles chart for the very first time - so it's getting even more popular, if anything.

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.

Since then, the highest the song had reached on the Big Top 40 was number six, back in 2011.


Carey revealed to Entertainment Weekly last year where she found the inspiration for the song.

She said: "I wrote the beginning and the middle on the keyboard in a little house in Upstate New York, in a room by myself.

"I just started thinking about all things Christmas and growing up as a kid that loves Christmas. I think that's why it's such a festive record."


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

However, this ubiquitousness 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 Carey, the $2 million a year more than makes up for this disappointing survey result.

Featured Image Credit: Apple TV+

Topics: Christmas, Celebrity, Music

Jake Massey
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