Mariah Carey could buy more than 150 South Gloucestershire homes with profits from her best-selling holiday song, All I Want For Christmas Is You.

Carey’s iconic tune is in the UK Singles Charts once again this year, after first claiming the top spot in 2020.

Although written in just 15 minutes and recorded by Carey nearly 30 years ago, the song earned over $60 million (£48 million) in royalties up to 2016, according to the Economist.

And making an estimated $2.5 million (£2 million) a year since then – 64 times the median annual salary of £32,000 in South Gloucestershire – the song has earned about $75 million (£61 million) up to and including this year.

Carey, often referred to as the "Queen of Christmas", could purchase about 167 houses in South Gloucestershire with the song's estimated earnings – with recent Land Registry figures showing the average house price in the area was £364,000 in October.

The song was written and produced by Carey and Walter Afanasief, and was released as a lead single from the album in 1994.