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.
This list represents the top 20 grossing tours (by actual gross, not adjusted for inflation) of all time.
|Rank||Actual gross||Gross adjusted for inflation
|Artist||Tour name||Year(s)||Shows||Attendance||Average gross per show (millions)||Average attendance per show||Ref.|
|1||$736,421,584||$820,194,986||U2||U2 360° Tour||2009–11||110||7,272,046||$6.7||66,110|||
|2||$573,300,000||$573,300,000||Ed Sheeran||÷ Tour||2017– present||205||6,386,364||$2.71||31,153|||
|3||$563,300,000||$563,300,000||Guns N' Roses||Not in This Lifetime... Tour||2016–18||159||4,377,126||$3.85||35,017|||
|4||$558,255,524||$674,547,559||The Rolling Stones||A Bigger Bang Tour||2005–07||144||4,680,000||$3.8||32,500|||
|5||$523,033,675||$546,023,369||Coldplay||A Head Full of Dreams Tour||2016–17||114||5,389,586||$4.59||45,128|||
|6||$458,673,798||$493,336,432||Roger Waters||The Wall Live||2010–13||219||4,129,863||$2.09||18,858|||
|7||$441,121,000||$506,821,305||AC/DC||Black Ice World Tour||2008–10||167||4,846,965||$2.6||29,023|||
|8||$407,713,266||$476,474,639||Madonna||Sticky & Sweet Tour||2008–09||85||3,545,899||$4.79||41,716|||
|10||$364,300,000||$364,300,000||Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood||World Tour||2014–17||390||6,443,727||$0.96||14,669|||
|11||$362,000,000||$421,251,623||The Police||The Police Reunion Tour||2007–08||156||3,300,912||$2.3||21,160|||
|12||$355,600,000||$415,280,347||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||Wrecking Ball World Tour||2012–13||136||3,650,535||$2.8||18,744|||
|13||$345,700,000||$345,700,000||Taylor Swift||Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour||2018||53||2,888,892||$6.5||54,507|| |
|14||$320,000,000||$526,158,550||The Rolling Stones||Voodoo Lounge Tour||1994–95||124||6,336,776||$2.6||51,103|||
|15||$316,990,940||$324,005,537||U2||The Joshua Tree Tour 2017||2017||51||2,713,136||$6.3||53,198|||
|16||$311,000,000||$423,574,349||The Rolling Stones||Licks Tour||2002–03||115||3,470,945||$2.6||30,182|||
|17||$306,500,000||$319,972,060||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||The River Tour 2016||2016–17||89||2,667,775||$4.0||29,020|||
|18||$305,158,363||$333,024,687||Madonna||The MDNA Tour||2012||88||2,212,345||$3.47||25,140|||
|19||$301,000,000||$301,000,000||Billy Joel||Billy Joel in Concert||2014–present||120||2,065,755||$2.2||22,205|||
|20||$290,178,452||$307,106,208||One Direction||Where We Are Tour||2014||69||3,439,560||$4.2||49,848|||
(adjusted 2019 gross)
|1||$135,000,000||$272,863,087||Pink Floyd||A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour||1987–89||197||5,500,000||0.68||21,250|||
|3||$98,000,000||$198,078,389||The Rolling Stones||Steel Wheels Tour||1989–90||115||3,253,563||0.85||28,291|||
|4||$86,000,000||$189,658,465||David Bowie||Glass Spider Tour||1987||86||3,000,000||1.0||34,884|||
|5||$85,000,000||$198,008,973||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||Born in the U.S.A. Tour||1984–85||156||0.55|||
|6||$75,000,000||$180,869,635||The Jacksons||Victory Tour||1984||55||2,750,000||1.36||50,000|||
|7||$56,278,095||$124,111,827||U2||The Joshua Tree Tour||1987||109||3,176,952||0.5||29,146|||
|8||$52,000,000||$143,304,539||The Rolling Stones||The Rolling Stones American Tour 1981||1981||50||3,000,000||1.04||60,000|||
(adjusted 2019 gross)
|1||$320,000,000||$526,158,550||The Rolling Stones||Voodoo Lounge Tour||1994–95||129||6,336,776||2.6||51,103|||
|2||$274,000,000||$421,181,298||The Rolling Stones||Bridges to Babylon Tour||1997–98||108|||
|3||$250,000,000||$422,597,665||Pink Floyd||The Division Bell Tour||1994||110||6,000,000||2.3||45,000|||
|5||$165,000,000||$257,521,766||Michael Jackson||HIStory World Tour||1996–97||83||4,500,000||2.01||54,878|||
|6||$151,000,000||$261,893,343||U2||Zoo TV Tour||1992–93||157||5,350,554||0.96||34,080|||
|7||$142,700,000[a]||$234,633,828||Eagles||Hell Freezes Over Tour||1994–95|||
|8||$105,000,000||$161,401,592||Garth Brooks||The Garth Brooks World Tour||1996–98||220||5,500,000||0.49||25,346|||
|9||$100,300,000||$141,911,870||Michael Jackson||Dangerous Tour||1992–93||69||3,746,000 – 3,925,000||57,000|||
|10||$74,000,000||$141,911,870||New Kids on the Block||The Magic Summer Tour||1990–91||152||3,291,987||21,657|||
|11||$70,000,000||$121,407,510||Madonna||The Girlie Show World Tour||1993||39||1.79|||
|12||$62,700,000||$120,241,544||Madonna||Blond Ambition World Tour||1990||57||1.1|||
|1||$558,255,524||$674,547,559||The Rolling Stones||A Bigger Bang Tour||2005–07||144||4,680,000||3.8||32,500|||
|2||$441,121,000||$495,041,025||AC/DC||Black Ice World Tour||2008–10||167||4,846,965||2.6||29,023|||
|3||$408,000,000||$476,474,639||Madonna||Sticky & Sweet Tour||2008–09||85||3,545,899||4.79||41,716|||
|5||$362,000,000||$421,251,623||The Police||The Police Reunion Tour||2007–08||156||3,300,912||2.3||21,160|||
|6||$311,000,000||$423,574,349||The Rolling Stones||Licks Tour||2002–03||115||3,470,945||2.6||30,182|||
|7||$279,200,000||$324,899,042||Celine Dion||Taking Chances World Tour||2008–09||132||2,600,000||2.1||19,697|||
|8||$250,000,000||$320,710,513||Cher||Living Proof: The Farewell Tour||2002–05||326||3,500,000||0.6||10,800|||
|9||$235,000,000||$273,464,451||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||Magic Tour||2007–08||100||2,198,353||2.4||21,983|||
|10||$221,500,000||$301,677,551||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||The Rising Tour||2002–03||120||3,232,384||1.8||31,081|||
|11||$210,650,974||$245,130,013||Bon Jovi||Lost Highway Tour||2007–08||99||2,157,675||2.1||21,794|||
|13||$167,000,000||$195,027,610||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||Working on a Dream Tour||2009||80||1,831,770||2.1||22,897|||
|15||$141,000,000||$170,372,171||Tim McGraw and Faith Hill||Soul2Soul II Tour||2006–07||117||1,673,667||1.2||14,304|||
|16||$132,500,000||$154,737,475||Tina Turner||Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour||2008–09||90||1,176,199||1.47||13,068|||
|17||$131,800,000||$153,919,994||Britney Spears||The Circus Starring Britney Spears||2009||97||1,500,000||1.4||15,488|||
|18||$131,388,461||$163,292,130||Bon Jovi||Have a Nice Day Tour||2005–06||89||1,823,834||1.7||23,382|||
|19||$129,059,653||$155,944,492||Genesis||Turn It On Again: The Tour||2007||46||1,262,393||2.8||27,443|||
(adjusted 2019 gross)
|1||$736,421,584||$820,194,986||U2||U2 360° Tour||2009–11||110||7,272,046||6.7||66,110|||
|2||$563,300,000||$563,300,000||Guns N' Roses||Not in This Lifetime... Tour||2016–18||159||4,377,126||3.85||35,017|||
|3||$556,500,000||$556,500,000||Ed Sheeran||÷ Tour||2017– present||205||6,386,364||2.71||31,153|||
|4||$523,033,675||$546,023,369||Coldplay||A Head Full of Dreams Tour||2016–17||114||5,389,536||4.59||45,128|||
|5||$458,673,798||$493,336,432||Roger Waters||The Wall||2010–13||219||4,129,863||2.09||18,858|||
|6||$441,121,000||$506,821,305||AC/DC||Black Ice World Tour||2008–10||167||4,846,965||2.6||29,023|||
|7||$364,300,000||$324,565,460||Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood||The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood||2014–17||366||4,743,727||0.96||14,669|||
|8||$355,600,000||$382,473,200||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||Wrecking Ball World Tour||2012–13||127||3,650,535||2.8||28,744|||
|9||$345,700,000||$345,600,000||Taylor Swift||Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour||2018||53||2,888,918||6.5||54,507|||
|10||$316,000,000||$329,889,628||U2||The Joshua Tree Tour 2017||2017||51||2,713,136||6.19||53,198|||
|11||$306,500,000||$319,972,060||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||The River Tour 2016||2016–17||89||2,667,775||4.0||29,020|||
|12||$305,158,363||$333,024,687||Madonna||The MDNA Tour||2012||88||2,212,345||3.47||25,140|||
|13||$301,000,000||$301,000,000||Billy Joel||Billy Joel in Concert||2014–present||120||2,065,755||2.2||22,205|||
|14||$290,178,452||$307,106,208||One Direction||Where We Are Tour||2014||69||3,449,560||4.2||49,848|||
|15||$275,700,000||$291,414,474||Paul McCartney||Out There! Tour||2013–15||84||1,958,754||3.28||23,319|||
|16||$259,500,000||$279,110,786||Bon Jovi||Because We Can||2013||102||2,657,502||2.67||27,397|||
|17||$256,500,000||$267,774,334||Justin Bieber||Purpose World Tour||2016–17||149||2,757,368||1.8||20,484|||
|18||$256,084,556||$267,340,630||Beyoncé||The Formation World Tour||2016||49||2,242,099||5.2||45,757|||
|19||$253,618,867||$253,618,867||Beyoncé and Jay-Z||On the Run II Tour||2018||48||2,169,049||5.28||45,189|||
|20||$251,112,882||$288,513,488||Eagles||Long Road Out of Eden Tour||2008–11||155||2,001,773||1.6||12,915|||
A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour was a concert tour by the British rock band Pink Floyd from 1987 to 1989 in support of their album A Momentary Lapse of Reason. The tour was the band's first since The Wall Tour in 1981, and also the first without the band's original bassist Roger Waters. The band later reprised the set-list and stage show of this tour for their performance at Knebworth Park in 1990.Arthur Fogel
Arthur Fogel is a Canadian music promoter.Because We Can (concert tour)
Because We Can was a concert tour by American rock band, Bon Jovi. The tour was in support of the band's twelfth studio album What About Now. The tour was named after the lead single from What About Now. All five major continents were visited during the 2013 tour. The tour saw the band travel to Wales for the first time in 12 years since their 2001 One Wild Night Tour and was also the first time in 18 years since their 1995 These Days Tour that the band returned to Africa for two dates in South Africa. Furthermore, the tour also saw the band travel to Cologne performing in the RheinEnergieStadion also for the first time in 12 years since their 2001 tour, this tour was the first time in the band's 30-year history that they visited Bulgaria and Poland. The tour ranked 1st on Pollstar's annual "Top 100 Mid Year Worldwide Tours". It earned $142.1 million from 60 shows. At the end of 2013, the tour placed 1st on Pollstar's "Top 100 Worldwide Tours", grossing $259.5 million from 102 shows.This is the band's last tour to feature guitarist Richie Sambora, as he left the band during the initial leg and first show in Canada, informing the band via management just hours before the show took place. He would not return for the remainder of the dates.
The J. Geils Band played opening act for some shows in the summer dates.Bridges to Babylon Tour
The Bridges to Babylon Tour was a worldwide concert tour by The Rolling Stones. Staged in support of their album Bridges to Babylon, the tour visited stadiums from 1997 to 1998. It grossed over $274 million, becoming the second-highest-grossing tour at that time, behind their own Voodoo Lounge Tour of 1994–1995.
The Bridges to Babylon Tour was followed by 1999's No Security Tour.Driving World Tour
The Driving World Tour was Paul McCartney's first concert tour of the 21st century and of any kind since 1993's New World Tour. For the first time in nearly a decade, McCartney returned to the road following the death of first wife, Linda McCartney, the death of George Harrison, and 9/11. This was in promotion of his 2001 album Driving Rain. Paul "Wix" Wickens returned on keyboards and is credited as Musical Director. New to the fold were Americans Rusty Anderson, Brian Ray, and Abe Laboriel Jr. Paul McCartney's then-fiancée Heather Mills accompanied him on the tour and was in the audience for every American performance.FutureSex/LoveShow
The FutureSex/LoveShow was the third concert tour by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake. It showcased his second studio album, FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006). The tour grossed $127.8 million. It was the third highest-grossing concert tour of 2007.HIStory World Tour
The History World Tour (stylized as HIStory World Tour) was the final worldwide solo concert tour by American artist Michael Jackson, covering Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania and North America. The tour included a total of 82 concerts spanning the globe with stops in 57 cities, 35 countries on 5 continents.Have a Nice Day Tour
The Have a Nice Day Tour was a worldwide concert tour by American rock band Bon Jovi. It took place between November 2005 and July 2006. The tour supported their ninth studio album Have a Nice Day.
The tour was a significant commercial success, as the group played to ~2,000,000 fans, and the tour grossed a total $132 million. The tour was the third-highest-grossing tour of 2006, just behind The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang World Tour and Madonna's Confessions Tour.Licks Tour
The Licks Tour was a worldwide concert tour undertaken by The Rolling Stones during 2002 and 2003, in support of their 40th anniversary compilation album Forty Licks. The tour grossed over $300 million, becoming the second highest grossing tour at that time, behind their own Voodoo Lounge Tour of 1994–1995.The itinerary continued the Rolling Stones' practice of mixing theatre, arena, and stadium venues. With little new music to promote, set lists were dynamic and featured a total of 80 different songs.Planned dates in East Asia and the final date of the tour were cancelled in response to the SARS outbreak of 2002–2003. Additionally, because Toronto, Ontario, Canada was also affected, the Rolling Stones headlined the Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto concert on 30 July 2003 to help the city recover from the effects of the epidemic. It was attended by an estimated 490,000 people. Finally, on 7–9 November 2003, the band played its first ever concerts in Hong Kong, as part of the Harbour Fest celebration. The tour was sponsored by E-Trade.List of highest-attended concerts
This page lists the highest-attended concerts of all time. The oldest 100,000-crowd concert reported to Billboard Boxscore is Grateful Dead's gig at the Raceway Park, Englishtown, New Jersey on September 3, 1977. The concert was attended by 107,019 people, which remains the largest ticketed concert in the United States to date. Frank Sinatra, Tina Turner, and Paul McCartney broke the record respectively in Maracanã Stadium. With an audience of over 184,000 people on April 21, 1990, McCartney held the record for 27 years. Italian singer Vasco Rossi surpassed McCartney's record with his solo concert on July 1, 2017. The concert was a celebration of his 40 years of career.
Although the attendance numbers of free concerts are known to be exaggerations, several concerts have been reported to have a million audience or more. According to the Guinness World Records, Rod Stewart's show in Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, remains the highest-attended free concert with an estimated 3.5 million audience.Lists of concert tours
This is an index of lists of concert tours.On the Run II Tour
The On the Run II Tour was the second co-headlining stadium tour by American singer Beyoncé and rapper Jay-Z, also known as the Carters. The tour was officially announced on March 12, 2018, and began on June 6, 2018 in Cardiff. It concluded on October 4, 2018 in Seattle. This is their first tour together since On the Run Tour in 2014.
On May 31, it was announced via Twitter that R&B duo Chloe x Halle and DJ Khaled would be the opening acts for the North American leg of the tour.Following the show in London on June 16, 2018, the pair released their collaborative album Everything Is Love exclusively on Tidal. The news of the duo's new album was announced by a showing of the music video for its lead single, "Apeshit,” followed by a sign on stage which announced "ALBUM OUT NOW”. The release was then shared on the artists' respective Instagram and Facebook profiles with the artist of the album being dubbed as The Carters. On the same day, the music video for "Apeshit", was released on Beyoncé's official YouTube channel.Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour
The Rolling Stones' Steel Wheels Tour was a concert tour which was launched in North America in August 1989 to promote the band's album Steel Wheels; it continued to Japan in February 1990, with ten shows at the Tokyo Dome. The European leg of the tour, which featured a different stage and logo, was called the Urban Jungle Tour; it ran from May to August 1990. These would be the last live concerts for the band with original member Bill Wyman on bass guitar. This tour would also be the longest the band had ever done up to that point, playing over twice as many shows as their standard tour length from the 1960s and 1970s.
The tour was an enormous financial success, cementing The Rolling Stones' return to full commercial power after a seven-year hiatus in touring marked by well-publicized acrimony among band members.The Division Bell Tour
The Division Bell Tour was the final concert tour by the English rock band Pink Floyd in 1994 to support their album The Division Bell, which was released two days before the tour’s start date. Though it was Pink Floyd’s final tour, members of the band have continued to perform the band's songs on solo tours.
In 1995 the band released the live album Pulse to commemorate the tour.The Girlie Show World Tour
The Girlie Show World Tour (also referred to as simply The Girlie Show) was the fourth concert tour by American singer and songwriter Madonna, in support of her fifth studio album, Erotica. The tour visited the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia for the first time, selling 360,000 tickets in this leg only. Madonna's inspiration for the name of the tour was a painting called "Girlie Show" by Edward Hopper. The tour is estimated to have grossed over US$70 million. Two separate television specials were broadcast during the tour, one made during the Japanese leg of the tour and shown only on Japanese television; Madonna Live in Japan 1993 – The Girlie Show, and an HBO special Madonna Live Down Under – The Girlie Show which was later released in 1994 by Warner Music Vision on home video.The Joshua Tree Tour
The Joshua Tree Tour was a concert tour by the Irish rock band U2, which took place during 1987, in support of their album The Joshua Tree. The tour was depicted by the video and live album Live from Paris and in the film and part-live album Rattle and Hum.The Rolling Stones concerts
Since forming in 1962, the English rock band The Rolling Stones have performed more than two thousand concerts around the world, becoming one of the world's most popular live music attractions in the process.
In their early years of performing, the band would undertake numerous short tours of the United Kingdom and North America, playing in small- and medium-size venues to audiences composed largely of screaming girls. As time moved on, their audience base expanded (in terms of both size and diversity) and they would increasingly favour larger arenas and stadiums. For many years, the group would choose to play North America, Continental Europe, and the United Kingdom on a three-year rotating cycle.
Many audio recordings exist of Rolling Stones concerts, both official and unofficial. Seventeen official concert albums (eighteen in the US) have been released by the band; 6 of which were previously unreleased concert recordings released from 2011–2012, including the highly bootlegged Brussels Affair. Several of their concerts have also been filmed and released under a variety of titles, such as Stones in the Park which records the band's performance at Hyde Park in 1969.
The most famous and heavily documented of all the band's concerts was the Altamont Free Concert at the Altamont Speedway in 1969. For this concert, the biker gang Hells Angels provided security, which resulted in a fan, Meredith Hunter, being stabbed and beaten to death by the Angels after he drew a firearm. Part of the tour and the Altamont concert were documented in Albert and David Maysles' film Gimme Shelter. As a response to the growing popularity of bootleg recordings, the album Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! (UK 1; US 6) was released in 1970; it was declared by critic Lester Bangs to be
the best live album ever.The biggest concert the band gave was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the "Bigger Bang Tour", in 2006.Voodoo Lounge Tour
The Voodoo Lounge Tour was a worldwide concert tour by The Rolling Stones to promote their 1994 album Voodoo Lounge. This was their first tour without bassist Bill Wyman, and their first with touring bassist Darryl Jones. The tour grossed $320 million, replacing Pink Floyd's Division Bell tour as the highest grossing of any artist at that time. This was subsequently overtaken by a few other tours, but it remains The Rolling Stones' second highest grossing tour behind their 2005–2007 A Bigger Bang Tour."There were lots of hacks out there who said we couldn't do it anymore", remarked Mick Jagger. "But maybe what they meant was they couldn't do it anymore. Anyway, once we started playing, all that died down. You can talk about it and talk about it – but, once we're onstage, the question is answered."Production design was by Mark Fisher, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Patrick Woodroffe. Graphic design and video animation was by Mark Norton. Total attendance 6.5 million.Where We Are Tour (One Direction)
The Where We Are Tour was the third headlining concert tour by English-Irish boy band One Direction, in support of their third studio album, Midnight Memories (2013). It marks the group's first all-stadium tour with an average attendance of 49,848. The tour began on 25 April 2014 in Bogotá, Colombia and concluded on 5 October 2014 in Miami, Florida. Australian pop rock band, 5 Seconds of Summer, served as the opening act for the European and North American dates.
The tour was the highest-grossing tour of 2014 and is the 18th highest-grossing concert tour of all time. It is One Direction's most attended and highest-grossing tour to date, mobilising 3,439,560 fans and $290,178,452 in revenue.