The track “Merry Xmas Everybody” which was released by British rockers Slade back in 1973 is still enjoying success on the British charts, as well as generating revenue for its composers — former Slade members Noddy Holder and Jim Lea.
The Chas Chandler produced recording was Slade’s biggest hit, and sold over a million copies during its initial release.
“Merry Xmas Everybody “ re-entered the UK Singles Charts at number 57 on December 8, 2013. According to Classic Rock, Holder and Lea will make an estimated £800,000 (approximately $1,3 million) from the song this year alone - pretty good for a single that was released some forty years ago!
The second biggest selling Christmas song in the UK this year is the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” which has earned £386,270 so far.