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This is an incomplete list of the highest-grossing concert tours. Only tours using reliable references and having grossed over $100 million (adjusted for inflation) have been added to the list. Some of the gross may be higher than reported on this list because not all concerts are reported. Billboard and Pollstar regularly provide the official figure of concerts' gross revenue worldwide.

Tours that span multiple decades are included in the decade that they concluded.

In bold, the tours which, when completed, became the highest-grossing of all time.

 

 

Highest-grossing tours of all time

This list represents the top 20 grossing tours (by actual gross, not adjusted for inflation) of all time.

RankActual grossInflation
(adjusted 2017 gross)
ArtistTour nameYear(s)ShowsAttendanceAverage
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1$736,421,584$784,027,536U2U2 360° Tour2009–111107,272,0466.766,110[2]
2$558,255,524$644,802,601The Rolling StonesA Bigger Bang Tour2005–071444,680,0003.832,500[2]
3$523,033,675$523,033,675ColdplayA Head Full of Dreams Tour2016–171145,389,5864.5945,128[88]
4$458,673,798$471,582,189Roger WatersThe Wall Live2010–132194,129,8632.0918,858[3]
5$441,121,000$484,472,430AC/DCBlack Ice World Tour2008–101674,846,9652.629,023[4][5][6]
6$430,380,000$430,380,000Guns N' RosesNot in This Lifetime... Tour2016–present983,988,4634.3940,699[14][31][71]
7$408,000,000$455,463,937MadonnaSticky & Sweet Tour2008–09853,545,8994.7941,716[7]
8$389,047,636$462,194,757U2Vertigo Tour2005–061314,619,0212.9635,259[8]
9$362,000,000$402,676,043The PoliceThe Police Reunion Tour2007–081563,300,9122.321,160[9]
10$355,600,000$396,968,078Bruce Springsteen and the E Street BandWrecking Ball World Tour2012–131363,650,5352.818,744[10][11]
11$320,000,000$502,956,978The Rolling StonesVoodoo Lounge Tour1994–951246,336,7762.651,103[12]
12$316,000,339$316,000,339U2The Joshua Tree Tour 20172017512,713,1366.353,198[72]
13$311,000,000$404,896,346The Rolling StonesLicks Tour2002–031153,470,9452.630,182[13]
14$310,900,000$310,900,000Garth Brooks and Trisha YearwoodThe Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood2014–present3334,743,7270.9614,669[2][141][103][31]
15$306,500,000$306,500,000Bruce Springsteen and the E Street BandThe River Tour 20162016–17892,667,7754.029,020[14][31]
16$305,158,363$318,339,577MadonnaThe MDNA Tour2012882,212,3453.4725,140[13]
17$290,178,452$293,564,003One DirectionWhere We Are Tour2014693,439,5604.249,848[38]
18$279,200,000$416,542,786Celine DionTaking Chances World Tour2008–091322,200,0002.121,667
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19$275,700,000$278,564,215Paul McCartneyOut There! Tour2013–15841,958,7543.2823,319[11][2]
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20$274,000,000$402,608,820The Rolling StonesBridges to Babylon Tour1997–98108   [13]
21$259,500,000$266,803,071Bon JoviBecause We Can20131022,657,5022.6727,397[11]

Highest-grossing tours by decade

1980s

RankActual grossInflation
(adjusted 2017 gross)
ArtistTour nameYear(s)ShowsAttendanceAverage
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1$135,000,000$260,830,872Pink FloydA Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour1987–901994,250,0000.6821,250[74][75]
2$125,738,964$254,626,709Michael JacksonBad1987–891234,498,3001.0236,571[43]
3$98,000,000$189,343,893The Rolling StonesSteel Wheels Tour1989–901153,253,5630.8528,291[25]
4$86,000,000$181,295,255David BowieGlass Spider Tour1987863,000,0001.034,884[26]
5$85,000,000$189,277,537Bruce Springsteen and the E Street BandBorn in the U.S.A. Tour1984–85156 0.55  
6$75,000,000$172,893,978The JacksonsVictory Tour1984552,750,0001.3650,000 
7$56,278,095$118,638,972U2The Joshua Tree Tour19871093,176,9520.529,146[29]
8$52,000,000$136,985,359The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones American Tour 19811981503,000,0001.0460,000 

1990s

RankActual grossInflation
(adjusted 2017 gross)
ArtistTour nameYear(s)ShowsAttendanceAverage
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1$320,000,000$502,956,978The Rolling StonesVoodoo Lounge Tour1994–951246,336,7762.651,103[12]
2$274,000,000$402,608,820The Rolling StonesBridges to Babylon Tour1997–98108   [13]
3$250,000,000$403,962,730Pink FloydThe Division Bell Tour19941206,000,0002.345,000 
4$171,677,027$256,127,604U2PopMart Tour1997–98933,936,8411.842,332[29]
5$165,000,000$246,166,045Michael JacksonHIStory World Tour1996–97834,500,0002.0154,878[30]
6$151,000,000$250,344,851U2Zoo TV Tour1992–931575,350,5540.9634,080[29]
7$142,700,000$224,287,377EaglesHell Freezes Over Tour1994–95    [77]
8$105,000,000$154,284,402Garth BrooksThe Garth Brooks World Tour1996–982205,500,0000.4925,346[34][35]
9$74,000,000$135,654,101New Kids on the BlockThe Magic Summer Tour1990-19911523,291,987 21,657[25]
10$70,000,000$116,053,905MadonnaThe Girlie Show199339 1.79  
11$65,000,000$119,155,629Janet JacksonRhythm Nation World Tour 199019901172,000,000 17,094 
12$62,700,000$114,939,353MadonnaBlond Ambition World Tour199057 1.1 [39]

2000s

RankActual grossInflation
(adjusted
2017 gross)
ArtistTour nameYear(s)ShowsAttendanceAverage
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1$558,255,524$644,802,601The Rolling StonesA Bigger Bang Tour2005–071444,680,0003.832,500[2]
2$408,000,000$455,463,937MadonnaSticky & Sweet Tour2008–09853,545,8994.7941,716[7]
3$389,047,636$462,194,757U2Vertigo Tour2005–061314,619,0212.9635,259[8]
4$362,000,000$402,676,043The PoliceThe Police Reunion Tour2007–081563,300,9122.321,160[9]
5$311,000,000$404,896,346The Rolling StonesLicks Tour2002–031153,470,9452.630,182[13]
6$279,200,000$310,572,241Celine DionTaking Chances World Tour2008–091322,600,0002.119,697[4][5][15]
7$250,000,000$306,568,410CherLiving Proof: The Farewell Tour2002–053263,500,0000.610,800 
8$235,000,000$261,405,719Bruce Springsteen and the E Street BandMagic Tour2007–081002,198,3532.421,983[41]
9$221,500,000$288,374,729Bruce Springsteen and the E Street BandThe Rising Tour2002–031203,232,3841.831,081 
10$210,650,974$234,320,720Bon JoviLost Highway Tour2007–08992,157,6752.121,794[41]
11$194,754,447$231,371,369MadonnaConfessions Tour2006601,210,2943.220,171[45]
12$167,000,000$186,427,641Bruce Springsteen and the E Street BandWorking on a Dream Tour2009801,831,7702.122,897[5]
13$142,844,463$193,206,465U2Elevation Tour20011122,162,2821.319,306 
14$141,000,000$162,859,413Tim McGraw and Faith HillSoul2Soul II Tour2006–071171,673,6671.214,304[47]
15$132,500,000$147,914,146Tina TurnerTina!: 50th Anniversary Tour2008–09901,176,1991.4713,068[4][5]
16$131,800,000$147,132,713Britney SpearsThe Circus Starring Britney Spears2009971,500,0001.415,488[5]
17$131,388,461$156,091,574Bon JoviHave a Nice Day Tour2005–06891,823,8341.723,382 
18$129,059,653$149,067,938GenesisTurn It On Again: The Tour2007461,262,3932.827,443[50]
19$126,800,000$146,457,968Justin TimberlakeFutureSex/LoveShow20071191,600,000113,445[51]
20$126,165,542$167,995,080Paul McCartneyDriving World Tour200258988,0772.217,036[53]

2010s

RankActual grossInflation
(adjusted 2017 gross)
ArtistTour nameYear(s)ShowsAttendanceAverage
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1$736,421,584$784,027,536U2U2 360° Tour2009–111107,272,0466.766,110[2]
2$523,033,675$523,033,675ColdplayA Head Full of Dreams Tour2016–171145,389,5364.5945,128[88]
3$458,673,798$471,582,189Roger WatersThe Wall2010–132194,129,8632.0918,858[3]
4$441,121,000$484,472,430AC/DCBlack Ice World Tour2008–101674,846,9652.629,023[4][5][6]
5$430,380,000$430,380,000Guns N' RosesNot in This Lifetime... Tour2016–present983,988,4634.3940,699[14][31][71]
6$355,600,000$365,607,600Bruce Springsteen and the E Street BandWrecking Ball World Tour2012–131273,650,5352.828,744[10][11]
7$316,000,000$316,000,000U2The Joshua Tree Tour 20172017512,713,1366.1953,198[72]
8$310,900,000$310,900,000Garth Brooks and Trisha YearwoodThe Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood2014–173334,743,7270.9614,669[2][141][103][31]
9$306,500,000$306,500,000Bruce Springsteen and the E Street BandThe River Tour 20162016–17892,667,7754.029,020[141][103]
10$305,158,363$318,339,577MadonnaThe MDNA Tour2012882,212,3453.4725,140[13]
11$290,178,452$293,564,003One DirectionWhere We Are Tour2014693,449,5604.249,848[38]
12$275,700,000$278,564,215Paul McCartneyOut There! Tour2013–15841,958,7543.2823,319[11][2][141]
13$259,500,000$266,803,071Bon JoviBecause We Can20131022,657,5022.6727,397[11]
14$256,500,000$256,500,000Justin BieberPurpose World Tour2016–171492,757,3681.820,484[14][31]
15$256,084,556$256,084,556BeyoncéThe Formation World Tour2016492,242,0995.245,757[102]
16$251,112,882$275,791,151EaglesLong Road Out of Eden Tour2008–111552,001,7731.612,915[4][5][6][18]
17$250,733,097$253,337,933Taylor SwiftThe 1989 World Tour2015852,278,6473.0233,477 
18$243,100,000$243,100,000Billy JoelBilly Joel in Concert2014–present1052,065,7552.222,205[2][141][14][31]
19$231,700,000$234,403,275Justin TimberlakeThe 20/20 Experience World Tour2013–151341,986,3861.8115,765[54][61]
20$229,727,960$232,408,227BeyoncéThe Mrs. Carter Show World Tour2013–141322,082,8481.715,779[11][2]

Notes

  1. Figure for Hell Freezes Over Tour only includes North American dates. Official data for the rest of the world tour is unavailable.

See also