Wow. It pays to have a Christmas hit...
gigwise intern
09:58 11th December 2013

Christmas is more about giving than receiving... But it seems some will be receiving quite a bit more than others this year. According to a top ten list of PRS royalties, some bands have earned more than half a million pounds for their Christmas hits in 2013 alone.

According to the list, which is estimated by analysts taking into account radio, internet and tv data, Slade's 'Merry Xmas Everybody' has earned £512,000 this year - the biggest amount by some margin. The Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York' takes second place, earning just over £380,000.

Noddie Holder, lead singer of Slade, has described the success of his song as "like winning the lottery every December 25 for the rest of your life."

The newest song in the top ten list is Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You', which takes third place at £347,615. Nothing recorded after 1994 has made it into the top ten.

See the full list below:

1. Slade – ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ £512,000
2. Pogues – Fairytale Of New York’ £386,270
3. Mariah Carey – ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ £347,615
4. Wham – ‘Last Christmas’ £301,622
5. Cliff Richard – ‘Mistletoe & Wine’ £98,408
6. Band Aid – ‘Do they Know It’s Christmas’ £78,030
7. Shakin’ Stevens – ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ £53,834
8. Pretenders – ’2000 Miles’ £45,344
9. East 17 – ‘Stay Another Day’ £30,219
10. Jona Lewie – ‘Stop The Calvary’ £13,258