The highest-earning songs of all time

'Happy Birthday' by The Hill Sisters

In 1893, two sisters from Louisville, Kentucky, composed the song "Happy Birthday."

It makes approximately $5,000 per day in royalties and has amassed approximately $50 million since its inception.

'Shape of You' by Ed Sheeran

Although being relatively new, Ed Sheeran's 2017 single "Shape of You" is one of the best-selling songs ever.

"Shape of You" was co-written by British musicians Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid and sold 42 million copies.

'Candle in the Wind' by Elton John

In 1973, Elton John and his co-writer Bernie Taupin created the song "Candle in the Wind."

'Despacito' by Luis Rodriguez

In 2017, 'Despacito' was released and became the third best-selling single in history.

'Stand by Me' by Ben E. King

The song "Stand By Me" was written in 1961 by Ben E. King, Mike Stoller, and Jerry Leiber.

The song has been covered by more than 400 different musicians and is estimated to have made $27 million.

'Unchained Melody' by Alex North 

In 1955, Alex North and Hy Zaret composed the song "Unchained Melody" for the obscure film "Unchained."

It is projected that the song has made $27.5 million in revenue.

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