The Richest Songs in the World

The Richest Songs in the World


In a programme first shown at Christmas 2012, Mark Radcliffe counts down the ten most successful songs of all time, in terms of money earned. So that’s cover versions, re-releases and licensing for adverts and movies, as well as record sales by the original artist. This makes a great guessing game. Most of the bestselling singles aren’t there; an American act that isn’t Michael Jackson has two entries, and if you predict the number one, award yourself a small prize.

It’s a slightly low-budget presentation, but there are great tales of the day a classic song was composed, as well as juicy facts about how royalties are divvied up.


Mark Radcliffe presents a countdown of the 10 songs that have earned the most money of all time, along with the stories behind them. He also explains how music royalties work and reveals the biggest winners and losers in the history of popular music.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Mark Radcliffe
Director Guy Evans
Executive Producer Richard Bowron
Executive Producer Mark Hill
Producer Guy Evans
Documentary Music