List of highest-grossing concert tours

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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.

Contents

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 grossGross adjusted for inflation
(2019 $)
ArtistTour nameYear(s)ShowsAttendanceAverage gross per show (millions)Average attendance per showRef.
1$736,421,584$820,194,986 U2 U2 360° Tour 2009–111107,272,046$6.766,110 [1]
2$563,300,000$563,300,000 Guns N' Roses Not in This Lifetime... Tour 2016–181594,377,126$3.8535,017 [2] [3] [4]
3$558,255,524$674,547,559 The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour 2005–071444,680,000$3.832,500 [1]
4$556,500,000$556,500,000 Ed Sheeran ÷ Tour 2017– present2056,386,364$2.7131,153 [3] [4]
5$523,033,675$546,023,369 Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour 2016–171145,389,586$4.5945,128 [5]
6$458,673,798$493,336,432 Roger Waters The Wall Live 2010–132194,129,863$2.0918,858 [6]
7$441,121,000$506,821,305 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 2008–101674,846,965$2.629,023 [7] [8] [9]
8$408,000,000$476,474,639 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008–09853,545,899$4.7941,716 [10]
9$389,047,636$483,515,954 U2 Vertigo Tour 2005–061314,719,021$2.9635,259 [11]
10$364,300,000$364,300,000 Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood World Tour 2014–173906,443,727$0.9614,669 [12] [13] [14] [15]
11$362,000,000$421,251,623 The Police The Police Reunion Tour 2007–081563,300,912$2.321,160 [16]
12$355,600,000$415,280,347 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Wrecking Ball World Tour 2012–131363,650,535$2.818,744 [17] [18]
13$345,700,000$345,700,000 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour 2018532,888,892$6.554,507 [19] [20]
14$320,000,000$526,158,550 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour 1994–951246,336,776$2.651,103 [21]
15$316,990,940$324,005,537 U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 2017512,713,136$6.353,198 [22] [23]
16$311,000,000$423,574,349 The Rolling Stones Licks Tour 2002–031153,470,945$2.630,182 [24]
17$306,500,000$319,972,060 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The River Tour 2016 2016–17892,667,775$4.029,020 [2] [25]
18$305,158,363$333,024,687 Madonna The MDNA Tour 2012882,212,345$3.4725,140 [24]
19$301,000,000$301,000,000 Billy Joel Billy Joel in Concert 2014–present1202,065,755$2.222,205 [12] [13] [2] [25] [15]
20$290,178,452$307,106,208 One Direction Where We Are Tour 2014693,439,560$4.249,848 [26]

Highest-grossing tours by decade

1980s

RankActual grossInflation
(adjusted 2019 gross)
ArtistTour nameYear(s)ShowsAttendanceAverage
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1$135,000,000$272,863,087 Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour 1987–891975,500,0000.6821,250 [27] [28]
2$125,738,964$266,372,724 Michael Jackson Bad 1987–891234,498,3001.0236,571 [29] [30]
3$98,000,000$198,078,389 The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels Tour 1989–901153,253,5630.8528,291 [31] [32]
4$86,000,000$189,658,465 David Bowie Glass Spider Tour 1987863,000,0001.034,884 [33] [34]
5$85,000,000$198,008,973 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Born in the U.S.A. Tour 1984–851560.55 [35]
6$75,000,000$180,869,635 The Jacksons Victory Tour 1984552,750,0001.3650,000 [36]
7$56,278,095$124,111,827 U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 19871093,176,9520.529,146 [37]
8$52,000,000$143,304,539 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones American Tour 1981 1981503,000,0001.0460,000 [36]

1990s

RankActual grossInflation
(adjusted 2019 gross)
ArtistTour nameYear(s)ShowsAttendanceAverage
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1$320,000,000$526,158,550 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour 1994–951296,336,7762.651,103 [21]
2$274,000,000$421,181,298 The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon Tour 1997–98108 [24]
3$250,000,000$422,597,665 Pink Floyd The Division Bell Tour 19941106,000,0002.345,000 [38]
4$171,677,027$267,942,856 U2 PopMart Tour 1997–98933,936,8411.842,332 [37]
5$165,000,000$257,521,766 Michael Jackson HIStory World Tour 1996–97834,500,0002.0154,878 [39]
6$151,000,000$261,893,343 U2 Zoo TV Tour 1992–931575,350,5540.9634,080 [37] [40]
7$142,700,000 [lower-alpha 1] $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 1996–982205,500,0000.4925,346 [43] [44]
9$100,300,000$141,911,870 Michael Jackson Dangerous Tour 1992–93693,746,000 - 3,925,00057,000 [45]
10$74,000,000$141,911,870 New Kids on the Block The Magic Summer Tour 1990–911523,291,98721,657 [32]
11$70,000,000$121,407,510 Madonna The Girlie Show World Tour 1993391.79 [46] [47]
12$62,700,000$120,241,544 Madonna Blond Ambition World Tour 1990571.1 [48] [47]

2000s

RankActual grossInflation
(adjusted
2019 gross)
ArtistTour nameYear(s)ShowsAttendanceAverage
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1$558,255,524$674,547,559 The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour 2005–071444,680,0003.832,500 [1]
2$441,121,000$495,041,025 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 2008-101674,846,9652.629,023 [10]
3$408,000,000$476,474,639 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008–09853,545,8994.7941,716 [10]
4$389,047,636$483,515,954 U2 Vertigo Tour 2005–061314,619,0212.9635,259 [11]
5$362,000,000$421,251,623 The Police The Police Reunion Tour 2007–081563,300,9122.321,160 [16]
6$311,000,000$423,574,349 The Rolling Stones Licks Tour 2002–031153,470,9452.630,182 [24]
7$279,200,000$324,899,042 Celine Dion Taking Chances World Tour 2008–091322,600,0002.119,697 [7] [8] [49]
8$250,000,000$320,710,513 Cher Living Proof: The Farewell Tour 2002–053263,500,0000.610,800 [50]
9$235,000,000$273,464,451 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Magic Tour 2007–081002,198,3532.421,983 [51]
10$221,500,000$301,677,551 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The Rising Tour 2002–031203,232,3841.831,081 [52]
11$210,650,974$245,130,013 Bon Jovi Lost Highway Tour 2007–08992,157,6752.121,794 [51]
12$194,754,447$242,044,607 Madonna Confessions Tour 2006601,210,2943.220,171 [53]
13$167,000,000$195,027,610 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Working on a Dream Tour 2009801,831,7702.122,897 [8]
14$142,844,463$202,119,143 U2 Elevation Tour 20011122,162,2821.319,306 [54]
15$141,000,000$170,372,171 Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Soul2Soul II Tour 2006–071171,673,6671.214,304 [55]
16$132,500,000$154,737,475 Tina Turner Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour 2008–09901,176,1991.4713,068 [7] [8]
17$131,800,000$153,919,994 Britney Spears The Circus Starring Britney Spears 2009971,500,0001.415,488 [8]
18$131,388,461$163,292,130 Bon Jovi Have a Nice Day Tour 2005–06891,823,8341.723,382 [56]
19$129,059,653$155,944,492 Genesis Turn It On Again: The Tour 2007461,262,3932.827,443 [57] [58]
20$126,800,000$153,214,123 Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveShow 20071191,600,000113,445 [59]

2010s

RankActual grossInflation
(adjusted 2019 gross)
ArtistTour nameYear(s)ShowsAttendanceAverage
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1$736,421,584$820,194,986 U2 U2 360° Tour 2009–111107,272,0466.7 66,110 [1]
2$563,300,000$563,300,000 Guns N' Roses Not in This Lifetime... Tour 2016–181594,377,126$3.8535,017 [2] [3] [4]
3$556,500,000$556,500,000 Ed Sheeran ÷ Tour 2017– present2056,386,364$2.7131,153 [3] [4]
4$523,033,675$546,023,369 Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour 2016–171145,389,5364.5945,128 [5]
5$458,673,798$493,336,432 Roger Waters The Wall 2010–132194,129,8632.0918,858 [6]
6$441,121,000$506,821,305 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 2008–101674,846,9652.629,023 [7] [8] [9]
7$364,300,000$324,565,460 Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood 2014–173664,743,7270.9614,669 [12] [13] [14] [15]
8$355,600,000$382,473,200 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Wrecking Ball World Tour 2012–131273,650,5352.828,744 [17] [18]
9$345,700,000$345,600,000 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour 2018532,888,9186.554,507 [19]
10$316,000,000$329,889,628 U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 2017512,713,1366.1953,198 [22]
11$306,500,000$319,972,060 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The River Tour 2016 2016–17892,667,7754.029,020 [13] [14]
12$305,158,363$333,024,687 Madonna The MDNA Tour 2012882,212,3453.4725,140 [24]
13$301,000,000$301,000,000 Billy Joel Billy Joel in Concert 2014–present1202,065,7552.222,205 [12] [13] [2] [25] [15]
14$290,178,452$307,106,208 One Direction Where We Are Tour 2014693,449,5604.249,848 [26]
15$275,700,000$291,414,474 Paul McCartney Out There! Tour 2013–15841,958,7543.2823,319 [18] [12] [13]
16$259,500,000$279,110,786 Bon Jovi Because We Can 20131022,657,5022.6727,397 [18]
17$256,500,000$267,774,334 Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour 2016–171492,757,3681.820,484 [2] [25]
18$256,084,556$267,340,630 Beyoncé The Formation World Tour 2016492,242,0995.245,757 [60]
19$253,618,867$253,618,867 Beyoncé and Jay-Z On the Run II Tour 2018482,169,0495.2848,189 [61]
20$251,112,882$288,513,488 Eagles Long Road Out of Eden Tour 2008–111552,001,7731.612,915 [7] [8] [9] [62]
21$250,733,097$265,024,496 Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour 2015852,278,6473.0233,477 [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

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