List of highest-attended concerts

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The record for biggest concert attendance is held by Vasco Rossi (left) for a ticketed concert and Rod Stewart (right) for a free concert.

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's record was broken by a Japanese rock band, GLAY, which held a concert with an audience of 200,000 people on July 31, 1999, in Chiba, Japan (Makuhari Parking Lot). GLAY held the record for 6 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. Robbie Williams played to an audience of 135,000 in Phoenix Park, Dublin in Aug 2003.


Although the attendance numbers of free concerts are known to be exaggerations, [1] several concerts have been reported to have a million audience or more. Both Jean-Michel Jarre's concert in Moscow 1997 and Rod Stewart's concert in Copacabana 1994 have been reported to attract audiences of more than 3.5 million people.

Highest-attended concerts

 Indicates the concert was the highest-attended of all time up to that point

Single-artist concerts

The following are the highest-attended single artist's ticketed concerts (excluding music festivals) with attendance of 100,000 people or more.

Iron MaidenRock in RioRio de JaneiroRock in Rio 2001250,00
Vasco Rossi  Parco Enzo Ferrari Modena Modena Park 2017 225,173 [2]
Bijelo Dugme  Belgrade Hippodrome Belgrade 2005 Tour: Sarajevo, Zagreb, Belgrade 220,000 [3]
Glay   Makuhari Messe Chiba Glay Expo'99 Survival 200,000 [4]
Paul McCartney   Maracanã Stadium Rio de Janeiro The Paul McCartney World Tour 184,000 [5]
Tina Turner  Maracanã StadiumRio de Janeiro Break Every Rule World Tour 180,000 [6] [7]
Frank Sinatra  Maracanã StadiumRio de JaneiroFrank Sinatra Live175,000 [6] [8]
Luciano Ligabue Aeroporto di Reggio Emilia Reggio Emilia Campovolo165,264 [9]
Bruce Springsteen Radrennbahn Weissensee Berlin Tunnel of Love Express Tour 160,000 [10]
Ceca Ušće park Belgrade Poziv Tour 150,000 [11]
U2 Aeroporto di Reggio Emilia Reggio Emilia PopMart Tour 150,000 [12]
Queen Estádio do Morumbi São Paulo The Game Tour 131,000 [13]
Madonna Parc de Sceaux Paris Who's That Girl World Tour 130,000 [14]
The Rolling Stones Strahov Stadium Prague Voodoo Lounge Tour 126,742 [15]
Michael Jackson Aintree Racecourse Liverpool Bad World Tour 125,000 [16]
Michael Jackson Letná Park Prague HIStory World Tour 125,000 [17]
Oasis Knebworth Park Stevenage (What's the Story) Morning Glory? Tour 125,000 [18]
Robbie Williams Knebworth ParkStevenage 2003 Tour 125,000 [20]
Queen Estádio do Morumbi São Paulo The Game Tour 120,000 [13]
The Rolling Stones Roundhay Park Leeds The Rolling Stones European Tour 1982 120,000 [21]
Queen Knebworth ParkStevenage Magic Tour 120,000 [22]
MadonnaMaracanã StadiumRio de Janeiro The Girlie Show World Tour 120,000 [23]
Michael Jackson Bemowo, Airport Warsaw HIStory World Tour120,000 [24]
Grateful Dead   Raceway Park Englishtown Terrapin Station Tour 107,019 [25]
George Strait AT&T Stadium Arlington, Texas The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 104,793 [26]
Ricky Martin Zócalo Mexico City Zócalo Concert100,000 [27]
Shakira Giza Plateau Cairo Oral Fixation Tour 100,000 [28]

Free concerts

The following are free concerts with reported attendance of one million people or more. The first ever was by French artist Jean-Michel Jarre in Paris in 1979, which created the Guinness Book entry. [29] It also includes multi-artist festivals which may not be directly comparable with single-artist concerts. Attendance numbers for many of the kinds of events listed here rely on estimations from the promoters and are known to be exaggerations. [1]

DateHeadlining artistLocationCityEventAttendanceRef.
September 6, 1997 Jean-Michel Jarre   State University of Moscow Moscow The 850th Anniversary of Moscow>3,500,000 [30]
December 31, 1994 Rod Stewart   Copacabana Beach Rio de Janeiro New Year's Eve >3,500,000 [31]
December 31, 1993 Jorge Ben Jor   Copacabana Beach Rio de Janeiro New Year's Eve 3,000,000 [32]
July 14, 1990 Jean-Michel Jarre   La Défense Paris Bastille Day 2,500,000 [33]
September 28, 1991 AC/DC, Pantera, Metallica, The Black Crowes, E.S.T. Tushino Airfield Moscow Monsters of Rock 1,600,000 [34] [35]
July 2, 2005Various artists Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia Live 8 1,500,000 [36]
February 18, 2006 The Rolling Stones Copacabana BeachRio de Janeiro A Bigger Bang 1,500,000 [37] [38]
April 5, 1986Jean-Michel Jarre   Downtown Houston Houston Rendez-vous Houston 1,300,000 [39] [40]
September 20, 2009Various artists Plaza de la Revolución Havana Paz Sin Fronteras II 1,100,000 [41] [42]
July 4, 1985 The Beach Boys Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia Independence Day concert1,000,000 [43]
July 14, 1979 Jean-Michel Jarre   Place de la Concorde Paris Bastille Day 1,000,000 [29]
June 24, 2001Antonello Venditti Circus Maximus RomeAS Roma's 3rd Serie A victory1,000,000 [44]

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