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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.

Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2017 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $736,421,584 $784,027,536 U2 U2 360° Tour 2009–11 110 7,272,046 6.7 66,110 [2]
2 $558,255,524 $644,802,601 The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour 2005–07 144 4,680,000 3.8 32,500 [2]
3 $523,033,675 $523,033,675 Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour 2016–17 114 5,389,586 4.59 45,128 [88]
4 $458,673,798 $471,582,189 Roger Waters The Wall Live 2010–13 219 4,129,863 2.09 18,858 [3]
5 $441,121,000 $484,472,430 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 2008–10 167 4,846,965 2.6 29,023 [4] [5] [6]
6 $430,380,000 $430,380,000 Guns N' Roses Not in This Lifetime... Tour 2016–present 98 3,988,463 4.39 40,699 [14] [31] [71]
7 $408,000,000 $455,463,937 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008–09 85 3,545,899 4.79 41,716 [7]
8 $389,047,636 $462,194,757 U2 Vertigo Tour 2005–06 131 4,619,021 2.96 35,259 [8]
9 $362,000,000 $402,676,043 The Police The Police Reunion Tour 2007–08 156 3,300,912 2.3 21,160 [9]
10 $355,600,000 $396,968,078 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Wrecking Ball World Tour 2012–13 136 3,650,535 2.8 18,744 [10] [11]
11 $320,000,000 $502,956,978 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour 1994–95 124 6,336,776 2.6 51,103 [12]
12 $316,000,339 $316,000,339 U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 2017 51 2,713,136 6.3 53,198 [72]
13 $311,000,000 $404,896,346 The Rolling Stones Licks Tour 2002–03 115 3,470,945 2.6 30,182 [13]
14 $310,900,000 $310,900,000 Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood 2014–present 333 4,743,727 0.96 14,669 [2] [141] [103] [31]
15 $306,500,000 $306,500,000 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The River Tour 2016 2016–17 89 2,667,775 4.0 29,020 [14] [31]
16 $305,158,363 $318,339,577 Madonna The MDNA Tour 2012 88 2,212,345 3.47 25,140 [13]
17 $290,178,452 $293,564,003 One Direction Where We Are Tour 2014 69 3,439,560 4.2 49,848 [38]
18 $279,200,000 $416,542,786 Celine Dion Taking Chances World Tour 2008–09 132 2,200,000 2.1 21,667
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19 $275,700,000 $278,564,215 Paul McCartney Out There! Tour 2013–15 84 1,958,754 3.28 23,319 [11] [2]
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20 $274,000,000 $402,608,820 The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon Tour 1997–98 108 [13]
21 $259,500,000 $266,803,071 Bon Jovi Because We Can 2013 102 2,657,502 2.67 27,397 [11]

Highest-grossing tours by decade

1980s

Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2017 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $135,000,000 $260,830,872 Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour 1987–90 199 4,250,000 0.68 21,250 [74] [75]
2 $125,738,964 $254,626,709 Michael Jackson Bad 1987–89 123 4,498,300 1.02 36,571 [43]
3 $98,000,000 $189,343,893 The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels Tour 1989–90 115 3,253,563 0.85 28,291 [25]
4 $86,000,000 $181,295,255 David Bowie Glass Spider Tour 1987 86 3,000,000 1.0 34,884 [26]
5 $85,000,000 $189,277,537 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Born in the U.S.A. Tour 1984–85 156 0.55
6 $ 75,000,000 $ 172,893,978 The Jacksons Victory Tour 1984 55 2,750,000 1.36 50,000
7 $56,278,095 $118,638,972 U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 1987 109 3,176,952 0.5 29,146 [29]
8 $ 52,000,000 $ 136,985,359 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones American Tour 1981 1981 50 3,000,000 1.04 60,000

1990s

Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2017 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $320,000,000 $502,956,978 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour 1994–95 124 6,336,776 2.6 51,103 [12]
2 $274,000,000 $402,608,820 The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon Tour 1997–98 108 [13]
3 $250,000,000 $403,962,730 Pink Floyd The Division Bell Tour 1994 120 6,000,000 2.3 45,000
4 $171,677,027 $256,127,604 U2 PopMart Tour 1997–98 93 3,936,841 1.8 42,332 [29]
5 $165,000,000 $246,166,045 Michael Jackson HIStory World Tour 1996–97 83 4,500,000 2.01 54,878 [30]
6 $151,000,000 $250,344,851 U2 Zoo TV Tour 1992–93 157 5,350,554 0.96 34,080 [29]
7 $142,700,000 $224,287,377 Eagles Hell Freezes Over Tour 1994–95 [77]
8 $105,000,000 $154,284,402 Garth Brooks The Garth Brooks World Tour 1996–98 220 5,500,000 0.49 25,346 [34] [35]
9 $74,000,000 $135,654,101 New Kids on the Block The Magic Summer Tour 1990-1991 152 3,291,987 21,657 [25]
10 $70,000,000 $116,053,905 Madonna The Girlie Show 1993 39 1.79
11 $65,000,000 $119,155,629 Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation World Tour 1990 1990 117 2,000,000 17,094
12 $62,700,000 $114,939,353 Madonna Blond Ambition World Tour 1990 57 1.1 [39]

2000s

Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted
2017 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $558,255,524 $644,802,601 The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour 2005–07 144 4,680,000 3.8 32,500 [2]
2 $408,000,000 $455,463,937 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008–09 85 3,545,899 4.79 41,716 [7]
3 $389,047,636 $462,194,757 U2 Vertigo Tour 2005–06 131 4,619,021 2.96 35,259 [8]
4 $362,000,000 $402,676,043 The Police The Police Reunion Tour 2007–08 156 3,300,912 2.3 21,160 [9]
5 $311,000,000 $404,896,346 The Rolling Stones Licks Tour 2002–03 115 3,470,945 2.6 30,182 [13]
6 $279,200,000 $310,572,241 Celine Dion Taking Chances World Tour 2008–09 132 2,600,000 2.1 19,697 [4] [5] [15]
7 $250,000,000 $306,568,410 Cher Living Proof: The Farewell Tour 2002–05 326 3,500,000 0.6 10,800
8 $235,000,000 $261,405,719 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Magic Tour 2007–08 100 2,198,353 2.4 21,983 [41]
9 $221,500,000 $288,374,729 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The Rising Tour 2002–03 120 3,232,384 1.8 31,081
10 $210,650,974 $234,320,720 Bon Jovi Lost Highway Tour 2007–08 99 2,157,675 2.1 21,794 [41]
11 $194,754,447 $231,371,369 Madonna Confessions Tour 2006 60 1,210,294 3.2 20,171 [45]
12 $167,000,000 $186,427,641 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Working on a Dream Tour 2009 80 1,831,770 2.1 22,897 [5]
13 $142,844,463 $193,206,465 U2 Elevation Tour 2001 112 2,162,282 1.3 19,306
14 $141,000,000 $162,859,413 Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Soul2Soul II Tour 2006–07 117 1,673,667 1.2 14,304 [47]
15 $132,500,000 $147,914,146 Tina Turner Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour 2008–09 90 1,176,199 1.47 13,068 [4] [5]
16 $131,800,000 $147,132,713 Britney Spears The Circus Starring Britney Spears 2009 97 1,500,000 1.4 15,488 [5]
17 $131,388,461 $156,091,574 Bon Jovi Have a Nice Day Tour 2005–06 89 1,823,834 1.7 23,382
18 $129,059,653 $149,067,938 Genesis Turn It On Again: The Tour 2007 46 1,262,393 2.8 27,443 [50]
19 $126,800,000 $146,457,968 Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveShow 2007 119 1,600,000 1 13,445 [51]
20 $126,165,542 $167,995,080 Paul McCartney Driving World Tour 2002 58 988,077 2.2 17,036 [53]

2010s

Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2017 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $736,421,584 $784,027,536 U2 U2 360° Tour 2009–11 110 7,272,046 6.7 66,110 [2]
2 $523,033,675 $523,033,675 Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour 2016–17 114 5,389,536 4.59 45,128 [88]
3 $458,673,798 $471,582,189 Roger Waters The Wall 2010–13 219 4,129,863 2.09 18,858 [3]
4 $441,121,000 $484,472,430 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 2008–10 167 4,846,965 2.6 29,023 [4] [5] [6]
5 $430,380,000 $430,380,000 Guns N' Roses Not in This Lifetime... Tour 2016–present 98 3,988,463 4.39 40,699 [14] [31] [71]
6 $355,600,000 $365,607,600 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Wrecking Ball World Tour 2012–13 127 3,650,535 2.8 28,744 [10] [11]
7 $316,000,000 $316,000,000 U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 2017 51 2,713,136 6.19 53,198 [72]
8 $310,900,000 $310,900,000 Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood 2014–17 333 4,743,727 0.96 14,669 [2] [141] [103] [31]
9 $306,500,000 $306,500,000 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The River Tour 2016 2016–17 89 2,667,775 4.0 29,020 [141] [103]
10 $305,158,363 $318,339,577 Madonna The MDNA Tour 2012 88 2,212,345 3.47 25,140 [13]
11 $290,178,452 $293,564,003 One Direction Where We Are Tour 2014 69 3,449,560 4.2 49,848 [38]
12 $275,700,000 $278,564,215 Paul McCartney Out There! Tour 2013–15 84 1,958,754 3.28 23,319 [11] [2] [141]
13 $259,500,000 $266,803,071 Bon Jovi Because We Can 2013 102 2,657,502 2.67 27,397 [11]
14 $256,500,000 $256,500,000 Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour 2016–17 149 2,757,368 1.8 20,484 [14] [31]
15 $256,084,556 $256,084,556 Beyoncé The Formation World Tour 2016 49 2,242,099 5.2 45,757 [102]
16 $251,112,882 $275,791,151 Eagles Long Road Out of Eden Tour 2008–11 155 2,001,773 1.6 12,915 [4] [5] [6] [18]
17 $250,733,097 $253,337,933 Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour 2015 85 2,278,647 3.02 33,477
18 $243,100,000 $243,100,000 Billy Joel Billy Joel in Concert 2014–present 105 2,065,755 2.2 22,205 [2] [141] [14] [31]
19 $231,700,000 $234,403,275 Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience World Tour 2013–15 134 1,986,386 1.81 15,765 [54] [61]
20 $229,727,960 $232,408,227 Beyoncé The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013–14 132 2,082,848 1.7 15,779 [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