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List of Highest-grossing Concert Tours
The 360° Tour by U2 is the highest-grossing concert tour of all time.

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 Gross adjusted for inflation
(2019 $)
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 [1]
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 [2][3][4]
3 $558,255,524 $674,547,559 The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour 2005-07 144 4,680,000 $3.8 32,500 [1]
4 $556,500,000 $556,500,000 Ed Sheeran ÷ Tour 2017- present 205 6,386,364 $2.71 31,153 [3][4]
5 $523,033,675 $546,023,369 Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour 2016-17 114 5,389,586 $4.59 45,128 [5]
6 $458,673,798 $493,336,432 Roger Waters The Wall Live 2010-13 219 4,129,863 $2.09 18,858 [6]
7 $441,121,000 $506,821,305 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 2008-10 167 4,846,965 $2.6 29,023 [7][8][9]
8 $407,713,266 $476,474,639 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008-09 85 3,545,899 $4.79 41,716 [10]
9 $389,047,636 $483,515,954 U2 Vertigo Tour 2005-06 131 4,719,021 $2.96 35,259 [11]
10 $364,300,000 $364,300,000 Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood World Tour 2014-17 390 6,443,727 $0.96 14,669 [12][13][14][15]
11 $362,000,000 $421,251,623 The Police The Police Reunion Tour 2007-08 156 3,300,912 $2.3 21,160 [16]
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 [17][18]
13 $345,700,000 $345,700,000 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour 2018 53 2,888,892 $6.5 54,507 [19][20]
14 $320,000,000 $526,158,550 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour 1994-95 124 6,336,776 $2.6 51,103 [21]
15 $316,990,940 $324,005,537 U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 2017 51 2,713,136 $6.3 53,198 [22][23]
16 $311,000,000 $423,574,349 The Rolling Stones Licks Tour 2002-03 115 3,470,945 $2.6 30,182 [24]
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 [2][25]
18 $305,158,363 $333,024,687 Madonna The MDNA Tour 2012 88 2,212,345 $3.47 25,140 [24]
19 $301,000,000 $301,000,000 Billy Joel Billy Joel in Concert 2014-present 120 2,065,755 $2.2 22,205 [12][13][2][25][15]
20 $290,178,452 $307,106,208 One Direction Where We Are Tour 2014 69 3,439,560 $4.2 49,848 [26]

Highest-grossing tours by decade

1980s

Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2019 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
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 [27][28]
2 $125,738,964 $266,372,724 Michael Jackson Bad 1987-89 123 4,498,300 1.02 36,571 [29][30]
3 $98,000,000 $198,078,389 The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels Tour 1989-90 115 3,253,563 0.85 28,291 [31][32]
4 $86,000,000 $189,658,465 David Bowie Glass Spider Tour 1987 86 3,000,000 1.0 34,884 [33][34]
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 [35]
6 $75,000,000 $180,869,635 The Jacksons Victory Tour 1984 55 2,750,000 1.36 50,000 [36]
7 $56,278,095 $124,111,827 U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 1987 109 3,176,952 0.5 29,146 [37]
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 [36]

1990s

Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2019 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $320,000,000 $526,158,550 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour 1994-95 129 6,336,776 2.6 51,103 [21]
2 $274,000,000 $421,181,298 The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon Tour 1997-98 108 [24]
3 $250,000,000 $422,597,665 Pink Floyd The Division Bell Tour 1994 110 6,000,000 2.3 45,000 [38]
4 $171,677,027 $267,942,856 U2 PopMart Tour 1997-98 93 3,936,841 1.8 42,332 [37]
5 $165,000,000 $257,521,766 Michael Jackson HIStory World Tour 1996-97 83 4,500,000 2.01 54,878 [39]
6 $151,000,000 $261,893,343 U2 Zoo TV Tour 1992-93 157 5,350,554 0.96 34,080 [37][40]
7 $142,700,000[a] $234,633,828 Eagles Hell Freezes Over Tour 1994-95 [41][42]
8 $105,000,000 $161,401,592 Garth Brooks The Garth Brooks World Tour 1996-98 220 5,500,000 0.49 25,346 [43][44]
9 $100,300,000 $141,911,870 Michael Jackson Dangerous Tour 1992-93 69 3,746,000 - 3,925,000 57,000 [45]
10 $74,000,000 $141,911,870 New Kids on the Block The Magic Summer Tour 1990-91 152 3,291,987 21,657 [32]
11 $70,000,000 $121,407,510 Madonna The Girlie Show World Tour 1993 39 1.79 [46][47]
12 $62,700,000 $120,241,544 Madonna Blond Ambition World Tour 1990 57 1.1 [48][47]

2000s

Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted
2019 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $558,255,524 $674,547,559 The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour 2005-07 144 4,680,000 3.8 32,500 [1]
2 $441,121,000 $495,041,025 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 2008-10 167 4,846,965 2.6 29,023 [10]
3 $408,000,000 $476,474,639 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008-09 85 3,545,899 4.79 41,716 [10]
4 $389,047,636 $483,515,954 U2 Vertigo Tour 2005-06 131 4,619,021 2.96 35,259 [11]
5 $362,000,000 $421,251,623 The Police The Police Reunion Tour 2007-08 156 3,300,912 2.3 21,160 [16]
6 $311,000,000 $423,574,349 The Rolling Stones Licks Tour 2002-03 115 3,470,945 2.6 30,182 [24]
7 $279,200,000 $324,899,042 Celine Dion Taking Chances World Tour 2008-09 132 2,600,000 2.1 19,697 [7][8][49]
8 $250,000,000 $320,710,513 Cher Living Proof: The Farewell Tour 2002-05 326 3,500,000 0.6 10,800 [50]
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 [51]
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 [52]
11 $210,650,974 $245,130,013 Bon Jovi Lost Highway Tour 2007-08 99 2,157,675 2.1 21,794 [51]
12 $194,754,447 $242,044,607 Madonna Confessions Tour 2006 60 1,210,294 3.2 20,171 [53]
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 [8]
14 $142,844,463 $202,119,143 U2 Elevation Tour 2001 112 2,162,282 1.3 19,306 [54]
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 [55]
16 $132,500,000 $154,737,475 Tina Turner Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour 2008-09 90 1,176,199 1.47 13,068 [7][8]
17 $131,800,000 $153,919,994 Britney Spears The Circus Starring Britney Spears 2009 97 1,500,000 1.4 15,488 [8]
18 $131,388,461 $163,292,130 Bon Jovi Have a Nice Day Tour 2005-06 89 1,823,834 1.7 23,382 [56]
19 $129,059,653 $155,944,492 Genesis Turn It On Again: The Tour 2007 46 1,262,393 2.8 27,443 [57][58]
20 $126,800,000 $153,214,123 Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveShow 2007 119 1,600,000 1 13,445 [59]

2010s

Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2019 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $736,421,584 $820,194,986 U2 U2 360° Tour 2009-11 110 7,272,046 6.7 66,110 [1]
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 [2][3][4]
3 $556,500,000 $556,500,000 Ed Sheeran ÷ Tour 2017- present 205 6,386,364 $2.71 31,153 [3][4]
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]
5 $458,673,798 $493,336,432 Roger Waters The Wall 2010-13 219 4,129,863 2.09 18,858 [6]
6 $441,121,000 $506,821,305 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 2008-10 167 4,846,965 2.6 29,023 [7][8][9]
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 [12][13][14][15]
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 [17][18]
9 $345,700,000 $345,600,000 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour 2018 53 2,888,918 6.5 54,507 [19]
10 $316,000,000 $329,889,628 U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 2017 51 2,713,136 6.19 53,198 [22]
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 [13][14]
12 $305,158,363 $333,024,687 Madonna The MDNA Tour 2012 88 2,212,345 3.47 25,140 [24]
13 $301,000,000 $301,000,000 Billy Joel Billy Joel in Concert 2014-present 120 2,065,755 2.2 22,205 [12][13][2][25][15]
14 $290,178,452 $307,106,208 One Direction Where We Are Tour 2014 69 3,449,560 4.2 49,848 [26]
15 $275,700,000 $291,414,474 Paul McCartney Out There! Tour 2013-15 84 1,958,754 3.28 23,319 [18][12][13]
16 $259,500,000 $279,110,786 Bon Jovi Because We Can 2013 102 2,657,502 2.67 27,397 [18]
17 $256,500,000 $267,774,334 Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour 2016-17 149 2,757,368 1.8 20,484 [2][25]
18 $256,084,556 $267,340,630 Beyoncé The Formation World Tour 2016 49 2,242,099 5.2 45,757 [60]
19 $253,618,867 $253,618,867 Beyoncé and Jay-Z On the Run II Tour 2018 48 2,169,049 5.28 48,189 [61]
20 $251,112,882 $288,513,488 Eagles Long Road Out of Eden Tour 2008-11 155 2,001,773 1.6 12,915 [7][8][9][62]
21 $250,733,097 $265,024,496 Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour 2015 85 2,278,647 3.02 33,477 [63]

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

References

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