Here’s How Much You Can Earn from a Mega-Hit Song

Sometimes all you need is one great song and you’re set for life.  The Express put together this list.

Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty (1978):  $145,000 a year.  The story is that the sax player on that track made about $50 for his contributions

If go further down the article, we find a list of the all-time greatest money-generating songs.  Crazy!

# Artist Song Annual Income
1 Hill Sisters Happy Birthday (1893) $50.3M
2 Irving Berlin White Christmas (1940) $36.3M
3 Cynthia Weil and Phil Specter You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (1964) $32.1M
4 John Lennon and Paul McCartney Yesterday (1965) $29.7M
5 Alex North & Hy Zaret Unchained Melody (1955) $28.05M
6 Ben E King, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller Stand By Me (1961) $27.22M
7 Haven Gillespie & Fred J Coots Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1934) $24.75M
8 Sting Every Breath You Take (1983) $20.6M
9 Roy Orbison & Bill Deeds Oh Pretty Woman (1964) $19.8M
10 Mel Tormé Christmas Song (1944) $19.14

The whole article is fascinating.  Go through it here.

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