Slade’s Christmas hit has never gone out of style (Picture: Getty / REX)
Noddy Holder has spoken out on the royalties he receives from Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody, revealing it’s like having a hit song every year.
The song, which was released in 1973, has been covered various times and is a staple for every Christmas.
Noddy explained that, while he shares performing rights with the other three members of the original line-up of Slade, he and Jim Lea earn more as the main writers.
‘I can’t put a figure on, because it’s just different every year,’ the 75-year-old told The Guardian. ‘Some years it’s used in an advert or movie. There’s been all sorts of cover versions, from the Spice Girls, Tony Christie and Oasis.
‘It’s like having a hit record every year. So it’s a nice pension plan, I’ll say that.’
According to the publication, the Performing Rights Society quotes a figure of £512,000 – so definitely not too shabby.
Artists get a payout every time their music is played on the radio, streamed online, performed in public or featured in TV shows, film and adverts.
Merry Xmas Everybody spent five weeks at number when in 1973, and has not diminished in popularity in the decades since its release, with it shooting up the charts every year since 2006.
So far this year, it’s got to number 30.
Noddy previously opened up about John Lennon’s connection to the iconic hit, explaining that the band recorded the song at the Record Plant music studio in New York, where the Beatles star was coincidentally working on his fourth solo studio album Mind Games.
At the beginning of the song, a harmonium can be heard with the accompaniment of a bass.
As it turns out, the harmonium used in the recording of the song was lent to them by the former Beatles member himself.
‘The harmonium you hear at the beginning of the track, the intro of Merry Xmas Everybody, is John Lennon’s harmonium – he let us borrow that and put it on the track,’ Noddy said.