This is what the stars earn from their Christmas hits


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by Thea de Gallier |
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How great would it be if you did one thing that kept on earning you money year after year?

Well, that's pretty much what happens to the writers and performers of some of our best-known Christmas pop songs. They're literally the gift that keeps on giving.

Lucky Jona Lewie, now 69, has "never had to get a proper job" since releasing Stop The Cavalry in 1980, which reached number three in the charts.

According to the Daily Mail, he'll earn £120,000 in royalties this year alone.

Other artists whose songs have become Christmas staples like Slade, The Pogues and Mariah Carey will also be raking it in.

Noddy Holder and co bank £500,000 annually from Merry Christmas Everybody, while Fairy Tale of New York by The Pogues – featuring singer Kirsty MacColl, who sadly died in a speedboat accident in 2000 - earns £400,000.

Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You is in third place in the royalty stakes with an annual £376,000 in royalty payments.

Also generating cash year after year are Bing Crosby's White Christmas (£328,000), Last Christmas by Wham! (£300,000) and Wonderful Christmas Time by Paul McCartney (£260,000).

By comparison, Stop The Cavalry is on the lower end of the earning scale - but we still wish we could earn £120,000 by basically doing nothing!

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