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Mariah Carey’s monster hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You” brings the singer a crazy amount of money every year, earning more than $1.55 million in 2021 alone.

The 52-year-old singer’s 1994 Christmas song has become a true classic, along with Nat King Cole’s “A Christmas Carol” and Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas.” And it’s been a winner not only for the artist, but also for his co-writer Walter Afanasieff and his Sony Music label, reports Billboard magazine.

Last year, the lead recording of Carey’s version generated 1.747 million song consumption units domestically, according to Luminate, which Billboard estimates was $1.36 million for the singer and her label.

Since the song is part of Carey’s five Christmas albums, physical sales of those have brought in another $378,000 in 2021, the magazine said.

And those earnings are for the United States only. When the paper looked at hundreds of millions of other streams and tens of thousands of downloads worldwide, the master recording version of Carey’s hit song, with publishing royalties, earned another $6.16 million for people associated with the holiday hit.

It is estimated that Carey took $1.55 million of that $6 million, and his label collected $2.95 million, the magazine said.

Carey’s hit song shows no signs of slowing down after the tune first topped the US Billboard Hot 100 charts in 2019, 2020, 2021 and now again in 2022, the magazine notes.

During a recent appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the pop singer said they earn “one-sixteenth of every stream,” but reiterated: “We are thankful for all of that.”


Already this year, Billboard reports that Carey’s A Christmas Carol has had 41.4 million streams (up 14%), sold 11,000 downloads (up 86%) and has 33.1 million radio audience impressions in the US (11%) for the week of December. 9-15 alone, according to Luminate. That could mean 2022 will be the best year yet for the song, which Carey said took him about 15 minutes to write.

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