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The Richest Songs in the World

Mark Radcliffe presents a countdown of the ten songs which have earned the most money of all time - ten classic songs each with an extraordinary story behind them. Radcliffe lifts the lid on how music royalties work and reveals the biggest winners and losers in the history of popular music.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sun 16 Jul 2017 01:50

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • The Verve

    Bitter Sweet Symphony

  • Glenn Miller

    Yes, My Darling Daughter

  • Mel Tormé

    The Christmas Song

  • Nat King Cole

    The Christmas Song

  • Roy Orbison

    Oh, Pretty Woman

  • The Police

    Every Breath You Take

    Lyricist: Sting.
  • 00:25

    Puff Daddy & Faith Evans

    I'll Be Missing You (feat. 112)

  • 00:28

    The Police

    Walking On The Moon

  • 00:29

    Spandau Ballet

    True

  • U2

    11 o'Clock Tick Tock

  • Bruce Springsteen

    Santa Claus is Coming to Town

    Lyricist: Haven Gillespie.
  • Eddie Cantor

    Santa Claus is Coming to Town

    Lyricist: Haven Gillespie.
  • Dolly Parton

    Santa Claus is Coming to Town

    Lyricist: Haven Gillespie.
  • The Jackson 5

    Santa Claus is Coming to Town

    Lyricist: Haven Gillespie.
  • Justin Bieber

    Santa Claus is Coming to Town

    Lyricist: Haven Gillespie.
  • Alice Cooper

    Santa Claws is Coming to Town

    Lyricist: Haven Gillespie.
  • Carpenters

    Santa Claus is Coming to Town

    Lyricist: Haven Gillespie.
  • The Andrew Oldham Orchestra

    The Last Time

  • Van Morrison

    Slim Slow Slider

  • Van Morrison

    Brown Eyed Girl

    Lyricist: Van Morrison.
  • Ben E. King

    Stand By Me

    Lyricist: Ben E. King. Lyricist: Jerry Leiber. Lyricist: Mike Stoller.
  • Todd Duncan

    Unchained Melody

    Lyricist: Hy Zaret.
  • Al Hibbler

    Unchained Melody

    Lyricist: Hy Zaret.
  • Roy Hamilton

    Unchained Melody

    Lyricist: Hy Zaret.
  • The Righteous Brothers

    Unchained Melody

    Lyricist: Hy Zaret.
  • Gareth Gates

    Unchained Melody

    Lyricist: Hy Zaret.
  • Eminem

    Beautiful

  • The Beatles

    Yesterday

  • Paul McCartney & Jimmy Fallon

    Scrambled Eggs

  • Paul McCartney

    Yesterday

  • John Lennon

    How Do You Sleep?

  • Adele

    Rolling in the Deep

  • The Righteous Brothers

    You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

    Lyricist: Barry Mann. Lyricist: Cynthia Weil.
  • Cilla Black

    You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

  • Cilla Black

    Alfie

  • The Righteous Brothers

    You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

    Lyricist: Barry Mann. Lyricist: Cynthia Weil.
  • Elton John

    Candle in the Wind

  • Adele

    Rolling in the Deep

  • 01:13

    Bing Crosby

    White Christmas

  • Lady Gaga

    White Christmas

    Lyricist: Irving Berlin.
  • Jacqueline François

    Noel Blanc

    Lyricist: Irving Berlin. Lyricist: Francis Blanche.
  • Irving Berlin

    God Bless America

  • 01:22

    Stevie Wonder

    Happy Birthday

  • Altered Images

    Happy Birthday

  • Patty Hill

    Good Morning to You

    Lyricist: Mildred J. Hill.
  • Geri Halliwell

    Happy Birthday to You

  • Band of HM Coldstream Guards

    Happy Birthday to You

  • Roy Castle

    Happy Birthday to You

  • The Verve

    Bitter Sweet Symphony

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Mark Radcliffe
Producer Guy Evans
Director Guy Evans
Executive Producer Richard Bowron
Executive Producer Mark Hill

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