Everyone has their favourites – whether that is sticking with the Christmas crooners or turning up the volume on some cheesy rock classics. Christmas music is some of the best around, bringing people together from all over the world. The Top 10 most streamed Christmas songs may not come as a surprise to many, but two Beatles battling it out for the higher spot may be quite the shock.
It will come as no surprise who occupies the top spot: the Festive Diva herself, Mariah Carey.
Her 1994 anthem All I Want for Christmas is You has the highest number of streams on Spotify, according to exclusive data from Broadband Deals.
Between November 9 to December 28 last year, her song was played 143,762,983 times on the platform, which is more than 40million times more than the song occupying the Number Two slot.
As a result, Mariah Carey took home quite the Christmas bonus as she is likely to have earned just less than £500,000 from Spotify royalties alone.
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Carey’s song would have bagged her £484,681.01 in just a little more than six weeks, meaning she could pay off a sizeable mortgage in a very short space of time.
Next on the list is Wham! with Last Christmas, which had a total of 103,362,271 plays on the platform in the same amount of time.
This would have earned the band royalties of £348,474.47, which of course would now be shared with the estate of the late, great, George Michael after his Christmas Day death in 2016.
Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms comes in at third with 94,132,931 plays.
It is likely this song has had a boost in popularity thanks to the hilarious antics of the film Mean Girls, where the four “Plastics” perform a sexy dance to this song in the school talent show.
Helms is likely thanking Tina Fey and the gang behind the movie for using his song, as it has earned him just above £300k in royalties from its Spotify plays.
Mr Christmas himself, Michael Buble, had to be in the list – coming in at fourth with 78,724,826 plays of It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.
Following him is another crooner, Andy Williams, who song It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year has earned him £215,991.78 in the same six weeks, for 64,066,104 plays.
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Their earnings are worked out by the numbers of plays and how much they get in royalties per play.
The platform pays its artists £0.0034p per stream of their work, meaning while that seems like nothing, a few million plays will help artists take home a little extra before Christmas.
The next band on the list is Band Aid, from 1984 of course, with the song Do They Know It’s Christmas.
This anthem got 62,482,486 plays between November 9 and December 28, 2018, though it is unclear how the royalties are split, but it is believed to go towards the work of the charities championed by Sir Bob Geldof and the Band Aid trust.
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Whatever happens to it, the song earned around £210,652.79, which will help plenty of good causes.
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee comes in next with 61,056,301 plays, before the Battle of the Beatles commences.
Macca comes up against John Lennon in the next couple of spaces in the streaming league table, as Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmastime and Lennon’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over) go head to head.
Unsurprisingly, Lennon’s song comes just above his bandmate’s, with 53,972,483 plays compared to Macca’s 51,516,122.
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There is not much in it, so it may be the balance tips in McCartney’s favour in 2019. However that is yet to be seen.
The final song in the Top 10 is another beloved crooner, Frank Sinatra, whose Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! received 49,178,905 streams on Spotify.
This would have earned Sinatra’s estate £165,801.24, which is still a pretty penny and a very nice bonus to take into the Christmas period.
Needless to say, Christmas tunes will be rocking most shops and homes until New Year, so the league table could switch easily.
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