Top 5 Richest Songs

By on April 9, 2013
Richest Songs

This is the 5 songs which have made more money than any other. It includes estimates for all types of royalty payments. That means sales in shops, sales online and the fees paid every time a song is played including when it is played on radio, on television or in shops. There will be some surprises in the top 5, including the one at the top of the list.

 

1. Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday is the most recognized song in the world. It is still under copyright and that copyright is owned by the Warner Music Group (although it was written by sisters Patty and Mildred Hill in 1893). The copyright is not due to expire until 2030. So Warner Music Group receives huge royalty payments every year. The song is estimated to have earned around $45 million.

 

2. White Christmas

White Christmas

White Christmas was written by Irving Berlin. The most famous version is the one released in 1942 by Bing Crosby. It has been covered by many different artists since, including Frank Sinatra, Elvis and Bette Midler. It is estimated to have made around $36 million.

 

3. You Lost That Loving Feeling

You Lost That Loving Feeling

You Lost That Loving Feeling was written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Phil Spector. The most famous version is the 1964 hit by The Righteous Brothers. The song is thought to have had more radio and television plays in the US than any other and has earned about $32 million since it was written.

 

4. Yesterday

Yesterday

Yesterday is the hit song by the Beatles. It was written by Paul McCartney and appeared on the 1965 album Help!. It is one of the most covered songs in the history of music and has earned about $30 million.

 

5. Unchained Melody

Unchained Melody

Unchained Melody was written in 1955 but became really famous in 1965 when it was released by The Righteous Brothers. It is now one of the most covered songs of all time and appeared in the hit movie Ghost. It has made about $28 million.

About Damien McGinley

Damien is a professional writer, qualified journalist, father, husband, expert jam-on-toast spreader, rugby fan, and experienced player of games involving dressing up like a knight and building forts. Hails from Belfast.

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