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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best entertainment magazine in the UK“, research by Music Perception has discovered the top earning soundtrack songs and how much money they’ve earned.

Top Earning Soundtrack Songs

Music frequently becomes associated with a film or television show’s plot, bringing deeper meaning and emotions to scenes. Music Perception‘s research also shows that soundtracks even help us remember a movie or TV show better for a long time after watching it.

With this in mind, the experts at made the decision to determine which songs from popular movies and TV shows have earned the most royalties for artists. To do this, specialists made a seed rundown of the Network programs and movies with unique soundtracks and singles, then used to find the amount of royalties earned from YouTube and Spotify plays.

Rank Artist  Song  Name of Film/TV show  £ Estimated royalty earnings- YouTube £ Estimated royalty earning- Spotify  £ Total estimated royalties earned 
#1 Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth See You Again Fast and Furious 7 £8,729,000 £5,312,144 £14,041,144
#2 Post Malone, Swae Lee Sunflowers Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse £3,010,000 £8,867,542 £11,877,542
#3 Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Shallow A Star Is Born £2,107,000 £7,021,639 £9,128,639
#4 Eminem Lose Yourself 8 Mile £4,816 £5,804,090 £5,808,906
#5 Kendrick Lamar, Sza All The Stars Black Panther £594,475 £4,144,532 £4,739,007
#6 Survivor Eye Of The Tiger Rocky III £1,307,845 £3,426,183 £4,734,028
#7 Eminem Venom Venom £1,143,800 £2,193,058 £3,336,858
#8 Bees Gees Stayin’ Alive Saturday Night Fever £436,450 £2,706,719 £3,143,169
#9 Billie Eilish Bored 13 Reasons Why £684,775 £1,701,697 £2,386,472
#10 Miley Cyrus The Climb Hannah Montana Movie £793,135 £1,248,131 £2,041,266

“See You Again” by Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa can exclusively reveal that the sentimental song “See You Again” by Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa has received the most streams on Spotify and YouTube (an estimated total of £14,041,144). The song for the Fast and the Furious 7 movie was written by Puth to remember Paul Walker, the lead actor, who passed away shortly after filming ended. There are a variety of themes in the song, including: friendship, goodbyes, and loss With an expected £5,312,144 Spotify transfers and 5,800,000,000 YouTube sees, obviously the tune hugely affected many individuals.

“Sunflowers” by Post Malone and Swae Lee

Post Malone and Swae Lee’s upbeat and melodic song “Sunflowers,” which was written for the movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and reportedly received £11,877,542 in streaming royalties from Spotify and YouTube. The sweet pop song was perfect for the teenage comic book film it was written for. It got 2,577,773,745 Spotify streams and 2,000,000,000 YouTube views.

Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

The romantic ballad “Shallow,” which Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performed for the 2018 musical A Star Is Born, comes in at number three. It not only grossed well at the box office, but it also netted the stars an estimated £9,128,639 in YouTube and Spotify royalties. The raving success accomplished around 2,041,174,193 Spotify transfers and 1,400,000,000 YouTube transfers.

Lose Yourself by Eminem

The iconic song “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, which was released for the 2002 film 8 Mile, has received praise from critics and is still one of many of his fans’ favorite songs. The lyrics expressly describe the experiences of Eminem’s character B-Rabbit and have earned an estimated £5,808,906 from YouTube and Spotify. The song continues to be streamed and viewed on YouTube, with 1,687,235,434 Spotify streams and 3,200,000 YouTube streams, respectively.

All The Stars by Kendrick Lama and Sza

The song “All The Stars,” written and performed by Kendrick Lamar and Sza for the Marvel film Black Panther, completes the top five. The song has not only earned nearly £5 million in royalties, but it has also continued to gain popularity, with Spotify streams estimated to be 1,204,805,758 and YouTube views estimated to be 395,000,000, respectively.


  1. Experts at collated a seed list of 74 songs that were performed and written for TV shows and films. The articles included: Little White Lies and WhatSong
  2. From this, the number of Spotify streams were determined alongside the number of YouTube Views
  3. Where possible the original releases intended for the movie were used 
  4. The song “Lose Yourself” has lower figures as it was taken from the movie soundtrack version rather than the original release version
  5. Using the royalties calculator, the estimated royalties from both YouTube and Spotify were determined for all the songs in the seed list 
  6. The songs were ranked from most to least total estimated royalties.
  7. The figures calculated are only estimates considering incomes from youtube and spotify.
  8. The data was collected on the 14/03/23 and is subject to change 

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