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'Happy birthday' and the other top ten most lucrative songs in history

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'Happy birthday' and the other top ten most lucrative songs in history

<p>The world’s most lucrative song may be free to use from as early as next month.</p> <p>‘Happy Birthday to You’ has been embroiled in a decades-long legal dispute. In 1988, music publisher Warner/Chappell bought the rights for $22 million and has been making an estimated $2 million per year in licencing ever since.</p> <p>However, in September 2015, a court ruling found the company didn’t own the song’s lyrics, just some of its musical arrangements.</p> <p>In a settlement filed on February 8, Warner/Chappell agreed to pay $14 million to end the case challenging the rights to the birthday song.</p> <p>US district judge George H King will be able to approve the settlement in March, making ‘Happy Birthday to You’ available to everyone.</p> <h3>Top ten grossing songs of all time</h3> <p><strong>At number 10…</strong></p> <p>Mel Torme – ‘The Christmas Song’ (1944)</p> <p><em>Estimated earnings: $19 million</em></p> <p><iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8fxmh9srt1w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr> <p><strong>At number 9…</strong></p> <p>Roy Orbison – ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ (1965)</p> <p><em>Estimated earnings: $19.75 million</em></p> <p><iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Vs7H1ljUR-U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr> <p><strong>At number 8…</strong></p> <p>The Police – ‘Every Breath You Take’ (1983)</p> <p><em>Estimated earnings: $20.5 million</em></p> <p><iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OMOGaugKpzs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr> <p><strong>At number 7…</strong></p> <p>Haven Gillespie & Fred J Coots – ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ (1934)</p> <p><em>Estimated earnings: $25 million</em></p> <p><iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wD3TY22HHGA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr> <p><strong>At number 6…</strong></p> <p>Ben E King, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller – ‘Stand By Me’ (1961)</p> <p><em>Estimated earnings: $27 million</em></p> <p><iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xjDfXicn-70" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr> <p><strong>At number 5…</strong></p> <p>Alex North & Hy Zaret – ‘Unchained Melody’ (1955)</p> <p><em>Estimated earnings: $27.5 million</em></p> <p><iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qTjnBb-KsRk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr> <p><strong>At number 4…</strong></p> <p>John Lennon and Paul McCartney – ‘Yesterday’ (1965)</p> <p><em>Estimated earnings: $30 million</em></p> <p><iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Pmx8DXx_5VI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr> <p><strong>At number 3…</strong></p> <p>Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Phil Specter – ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (1964)</p> <p><em>Estimated earnings: $32 million</em></p> <p><iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NONMSNzLhHU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr> <p><strong>At number 2…</strong></p> <p>Irving Berlin – ‘White Christmas’ (1940)</p> <p><em>Estimated earnings: $36 million</em></p> <p><iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cSOenEyLl7E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr> <p><strong>At number 1…</strong></p> <p>Hill Sisters – ‘Happy Birthday to You’ (Good morning to all) (1893)</p> <p><em>Estimated earnings: $50 million</em></p> <p><iframe width="606" height="341" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Alh2AlknHiQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr> <script id="infogram_0_worlds_most_lucrative_song" title="World's most lucrative song" src="//e.infogr.am/js/embed.js?V17" type="text/javascript"></script>