‘Happy Birthday to You’—Ka-ching! Six Songs with Rich Royalties (Mental Floss)

Merv Griffin wrote the theme music to the game show Jeopardy! as a lullaby for his son, then wound up raking in somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 million in royalties for the little ditty (which is titled “Think,” by the way). Whenever a copyrighted piece of music—even the ubiquitous “Happy Birthday to You”—is performed, or played on television, on the radio, or in a movie, the composer earns royalties. Check out six tunes that line the songwriters’ pockets everyday.

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