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||$776,200,000||$776,200,000||Ed Sheeran||÷ Tour||2017–2019||255||8,796,567||$3.04||34,496|
|2||$736,421,584||$836,971,454||U2||U2 360° Tour||2009–11||110||7,272,046||$6.69||66,110|
|3||$584,200,000||$584,200,000||Guns N' Roses||Not in This Lifetime... Tour||2016–19||158||5,371,891||$3.7||33,999|
|4||$558,255,524||$688,344,919||The Rolling Stones||A Bigger Bang Tour||2005–07||147||4,680,000||$3.8||31,837|
|5||$523,033,675||$557,191,864||Coldplay||A Head Full of Dreams Tour||2016–17||114||5,389,586||$4.59||47,277|
|6||$458,673,798||$503,427,256||Roger Waters||The Wall Live||2010–13||219||4,129,863||$2.09||18,858|
|7||$441,121,000||$517,187,951||AC/DC||Black Ice World Tour||2008–10||167||4,846,965||$2.64||29,024|
|9||$415,609,064||$415,609,064||The Rolling Stones||No Filter Tour||2017–present||60||2,290,871||$6.93||38,181|
|10||$407,713,266||$486,220,568||Madonna||Sticky & Sweet Tour||2008–09||85||3,545,899||$4.8||41,716|
|11||$397,300,000||$397,300,000||Pink||Beautiful Trauma World Tour||2018–19||156||3,088,647||$2.55||19,799|
|12||$390,778,581||$330,632,825||U2||The Joshua Tree Tours 2017 and 2019||2017, 2019||66||2,888,294||$5.92||43,762|
|14||$367,700,000||$373,663,000||Bruno Mars||24K Magic World Tour||2017–18||204||3,298,583||$1.8||16,170|
|15||$364,300,000||$370,913,981||Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood||World Tour||2014–17||390||6,443,727||$0.93||16,522|
|16||$362,000,000||$429,868,006||The Police||The Police Reunion Tour||2007–08||143||3,300,912||$2.53||23,083|
|17||$355,600,000||$423,774,593||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||Wrecking Ball World Tour||2012–13||136||3,650,535||$2.61||26,842|
|18||$345,700,000||$351,976,292||Taylor Swift||Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour||2018||53||2,888,892||$6.52||54,507|
|19||$320,000,000||$536,920,725||The Rolling Stones||Voodoo Lounge Tour||1994–95||124||6,336,776||$2.58||51,103|
|20||$311,000,000||$432,238,242||The Rolling Stones||Licks Tour||2002–03||115||3,470,945||$2.7||30,182|
(adjusted 2020 gross)
|1||$135,000,000||$278,444,295||Pink Floyd||A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour||1987–89||197||5,500,000||$0.69||27,919|
|2||$125,738,964||$271,821,176||Michael Jackson||Bad World Tour||1987–89||123||4,498,300||$1.02||36,572|
|3||$98,000,000||$202,129,933||The Rolling Stones||Steel Wheels Tour||1989||57||3,268,722||$1.72||57,346|
|4||$86,000,000||$193,537,786||David Bowie||Glass Spider Tour||1987||86||3,000,000||$1||34,884|
|5||$85,000,000||$202,059,097||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||Born in the U.S.A. Tour||1984–85||156||3,900,000||$0.54||25,000|
|6||$75,000,000||$184,569,186||The Jacksons||Victory Tour||1984||55||2,750,000||$1.36||50,000|
|7||$56,278,095||$126,650,441||U2||The Joshua Tree Tour||1987||109||3,176,952||$0.52||29,146|
|8||$52,000,000||$146,235,725||The Rolling Stones||The Rolling Stones American Tour 1981||1981||50||3,000,000||$1.04||60,000|
(adjusted 2020 gross)
|1||$320,000,000||$536,920,725||The Rolling Stones||Voodoo Lounge Tour||1994–95||129||6,336,776||$2.48||49,122|
|2||$274,000,000||$429,796,243||The Rolling Stones||Bridges to Babylon Tour||1997–98||108||$2.54|
|3||$250,000,000||$431,241,581||Pink Floyd||The Division Bell Tour||1994||110||6,000,000||$2.27||54,545|
|5||$165,000,000||$262,789,179||Michael Jackson||HIStory World Tour||1996–97||83||4,500,000||$1.99||54,217|
|6||$151,000,000||$267,250,173||U2||Zoo TV Tour||1992–93||157||5,350,554||$0.96||34,080|
|7||$142,700,000||$239,433,086||Eagles||Hell Freezes Over Tour||1994–95|
|8||$105,000,000||$164,702,940||Garth Brooks||The Garth Brooks World Tour||1996–98||220||5,500,000||$0.48||25,000|
|9||$91,160,765||$142,994,724||Celine Dion||Let's Talk About Love World Tour||1998–99||87 (Gross is from 69 shows only)||1,676,087||$1.05||19,265||[ circular reference ]|
|10||$74,000,000||$144,814,570||New Kids on the Block||The Magic Summer Tour||1990–91||152||3,291,987||$0.49||21,658|
|11||$70,000,000||$123,890,809||Madonna||The Girlie Show World Tour||1993||39||$1.79|
|12||$62,700,000||$122,700,993||Madonna||Blond Ambition World Tour||1990||57||800,000||$1.1||14,035|
|1||$736,421,584||$836,971,454||U2||U2 360° Tour||2009–11||110||7,272,046||$6.69||66,110|
|2||$558,255,524||$688,344,919||The Rolling Stones||A Bigger Bang Tour||2005–07||144||4,680,000||$3.88||32,500|
|3||$441,121,000||$517,187,951||AC/DC||Black Ice World Tour||2008–10||167||4,846,965||$2.64||29,024|
|4||$408,000,000||$486,220,568||Madonna||Sticky & Sweet Tour||2008–09||85||3,545,899||$4.8||41,716|
|6||$362,000,000||$429,868,006||The Police||The Police Reunion Tour||2007–08||156||3,300,912||$2.32||21,160|
|7||$311,000,000||$432,238,242||The Rolling Stones||Licks Tour||2002–03||115||3,470,945||$2.7||30,182|
|8||$279,200,000||$331,544,606||Celine Dion||Taking Chances World Tour||2008–09||132||2,600,000||$2.12||19,697|
|9||$250,000,000||$327,270,404||Cher||Living Proof: The Farewell Tour||2002–05||326||3,500,000||$0.77||10,736|
|10||$235,000,000||$279,057,960||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||Magic Tour||2007–08||100||2,198,353||$2.35||21,984|
|11||$227,400,000||$258,448,846||Lady Gaga||The Monster Ball Tour||2009–11||200||2,500,000||$1.14||12,500|
|12||$221,500,000||$307,848,137||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||The Rising Tour||2002–03||120||3,232,384||$1.85||26,937|
|13||$217,245,629||$254,707,488||Metallica||World Magnetic Tour||2008–10||164||2,774,413||$1.32||16,917|
|14||$210,650,974||$250,143,962||Bon Jovi||Lost Highway Tour||2007–08||99||2,157,675||$2.13||21,795|
|16||$167,000,000||$199,016,752||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||Working on a Dream Tour||2009||80||1,831,770||$2.09||22,897|
|18||$141,000,000||$173,857,005||Tim McGraw and Faith Hill||Soul2Soul II Tour||2006–07||117||1,673,667||$1.21||14,305|
|19||$132,500,000||$157,902,513||Tina Turner||Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour||2008–09||90||1,176,199||$1.47||13,069|
|20||$131,800,000||$157,068,311||Britney Spears||The Circus Starring Britney Spears||2009||97||1,500,000||$1.36||15,464|
|21||$131,388,461||$166,632,147||Bon Jovi||Have a Nice Day Tour||2005–06||89||1,823,834||$1.48||20,493|
|22||$129,059,653||$159,134,218||Genesis||Turn It On Again: The Tour||2007||46||1,262,393||$2.81||27,443|
(adjusted 2020 gross)
|1||$776,200,000||$776,200,000||Ed Sheeran||÷ Tour||2017–19||255||8,796,567||$3.04||34,496|
|2||$563,300,000||$573,526,888||Guns N' Roses||Not in This Lifetime... Tour||2016–19||175||4,377,126||$3.22||25,012|
|3||$523,033,675||$557,191,864||Coldplay||A Head Full of Dreams Tour||2016–17||114||5,389,536||$4.59||47,277|
|4||$458,673,798||$503,427,256||Roger Waters||The Wall Live||2010–13||219||4,129,863||$2.09||18,858|
|5||$441,121,000||$517,187,951||AC/DC||Black Ice World Tour||2008–10||167||4,846,965||$2.64||29,024|
|6||$415,600,000||$415,600,000||The Rolling Stones||No Filter Tour||2017–present||45||2,290,871||$9.24||50,908|
|8||$397,300,000||$397,300,000||Pink||Beautiful Trauma Tour||2018–19||156||3,088,647||$2.55||19,799|
|9||$390,778,581||$336,637,271||U2||The Joshua Tree Tours 2017 and 2019||2017, 2019||51||2,713,136||$7.66||53,199|
|10||$375,828,391||$382,622,767||Bruno Mars||24K Magic World Tour||2017–18||204||3,298,583||$1.84||16,170|
|11||$364,300,000||$331,204,201||Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood||The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood||2014–17||366||4,743,727||$1||12,961|
|12||$355,600,000||$390,296,400||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||Wrecking Ball World Tour||2012–13||127||3,650,535||$2.8||28,744|
|13||$345,700,000||$351,874,477||Taylor Swift||Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour||2018||53||2,888,918||$6.52||54,508|
|14||$306,500,000||$326,516,847||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||The River Tour 2016||2016–17||89||2,667,775||$3.44||29,975|
|15||$305,158,363||$339,836,455||Madonna||The MDNA Tour||2012||88||2,212,345||$3.47||25,140|
|16||$301,000,000||$306,464,750||Billy Joel||Billy Joel in Concert||2014–present||120||2,065,755||$2.51||17,215|
|17||$290,178,452||$313,387,833||One Direction||Where We Are Tour||2014||69||3,449,560||$4.21||49,994|
|18||$275,700,000||$297,375,137||Paul McCartney||Out There! Tour||2013–15||84||1,958,754||$3.28||23,319|
|19||$259,500,000||$284,819,786||Bon Jovi||Because We Can||2013||102||2,657,502||$2.54||26,054|
|20||$256,500,000||$273,251,456||Justin Bieber||Purpose World Tour||2016–17||149||2,757,368||$1.72||18,506|
|21||$256,084,556||$272,808,880||Beyoncé||The Formation World Tour||2016||49||2,242,099||$5.23||45,757|
A concert tour is a series of concerts by an artist or group of artists in different cities, countries or locations. Often concert tours are named to differentiate different tours by the same artist and to associate a specific tour with a particular album or product. Especially in the popular music world, such tours can become large-scale enterprises that last for several months or even years, are seen by hundreds of thousands or millions of people, and bring in millions of dollars in ticket revenues. A performer who embarks on a concert tour is called a touring artist.
Confessions Tour was the seventh concert tour by American singer-songwriter Madonna, launched in support of her tenth studio album, Confessions on a Dance Floor. The tour began in Inglewood, California on May 21, 2006, and ended in Tokyo, Japan on September 21 of the same year. It, additionally, marked the singer's first shows in Wales, Denmark, Czech Republic and Russia.
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.
The Prismatic World Tour was the third concert tour by American singer Katy Perry, in support of her fourth studio album, Prism (2013). The tour began on May 7, 2014, in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the Odyssey Arena, concluding on October 18, 2015, in Alajuela, Costa Rica at Parque Viva after six legs. The Prismatic World Tour grossed more than $204.3 million from 149 shows with a total attendance of 1,984,503 between 2014 and 2015 and it is Perry's most successful tour to date.
The 1989 World Tour was the fourth concert tour by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, in support of her fifth studio album, 1989 (2014). The tour's European and North American dates, as well as two shows in Japan, were announced in November 2014, followed by the Oceania dates in December 2014. Additional dates for Singapore and Shanghai were announced in June 2015 with a third and final Melbourne show announced in July that year. The tour began on May 5, 2015, in Tokyo, Japan, and concluded on December 12, 2015, in Melbourne, Australia, the day before Swift's 26th birthday.
The x Tour was the second world concert tour by English singer-songwriter and musician, Ed Sheeran, in support of his second album, ×. The tour began in Osaka, Japan on 6 August 2014, and continued through Europe, the Americas, Oceania and Asia until 12 December 2015, where the tour ended in New Zealand. Sheeran planned 180 shows. In June 2015, the singer announced a documentary would be filmed during the tour's three sold-out dates, 10–12 July 2015, at 80,000-person capacity Wembley Stadium.
Billy Joel in Concert is a concert tour by the American singer-songwriter Billy Joel. After several concerts beforehand, in the fall of 2013, the concert tour began in Sunrise, Florida, and is currently ongoing, continuing into summer-2021.
Adele Live 2016 was the third concert tour by English singer-songwriter Adele in support of her third studio album, 25. It began on 29 February 2016, in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the SSE Arena, continued throughout Western Europe, North America and Oceania. It was originally scheduled to conclude on 2 July 2017, in London, England, at Wembley Stadium, however on 30 June Adele announced via social media that she had regretfully cancelled her final two performances upon medical advice due to vocal injuries.
The Illuminate World Tour was the second solo concert tour by Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, in support of his second studio album Illuminate (2016). The tour began in SSE Hydro, Glasgow, April 27, 2017, and concluded in Tokyo at the Tokyo International Forum on December 18, 2017.
The 24K Magic World Tour was the fourth concert tour by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars to support his third studio album, 24K Magic (2016). Anderson Paak was the opening act for the first European leg, while Camila Cabello, Dua Lipa or Jorja Smith opened the shows during the first North American leg. In Latin America DNCE, Bebe Rexha and Nick Jonas were the supporting acts, and in Oceania Lipa or DJ Leggo My Fueggo were selected to open for Mars. The second European leg included several music festivals such as Pinkpop in the Netherlands and Rock in Rio in Lisbon, Portugal. It was also Mars' first tour to include a show in Africa; he appeared at the Mawazine festival in Rabat, Morocco.
The WorldWired Tour is a concert tour by American heavy metal band Metallica in support of their tenth studio album Hardwired... to Self-Destruct, which was released on November 18, 2016. It is also their first worldwide tour after the World Magnetic Tour six years earlier.
The ÷ Tour was the third world concert tour by English singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran, in support of his third studio album, ÷. Comprising 260 shows, it officially began on 16 March 2017, in Turin, Italy and ended on 26 August 2019, in Ipswich, England. Ticket sales started on 2 February 2017. The tour set world records for the highest-grossing concert tour and the most tickets sold by a tour.
The Piece of Me Tour was the tenth concert tour by American recording artist Britney Spears. Although it largely mirrors her Las Vegas residency, Britney: Piece of Me, which concluded in December 2017; the stage-show was updated with new remixes, production technology, visuals and set list modifications to accommodate for arena shows.
Witness: The Tour was the fourth concert tour by American singer Katy Perry, in support of her fifth studio album, Witness (2017). The tour began on September 19, 2017, in Montreal, Canada, and concluded on August 21, 2018, in Auckland, New Zealand. Perry visited North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania.
The Now Tour was the fourth headlining concert tour by Canadian recording artist Shania Twain, in support of her fifth studio album Now (2017). The tour began on May 3, 2018, in Tacoma, and was initially scheduled to conclude in Las Vegas on August 4, 2018 but was later extended to conclude in Dunedin on December 22, 2018. The tour marks Twain's first since 2015's Rock This Country Tour, which, at the time, Twain announced would be her final run out on the road.
The México Por Siempre Tour is a concert tour by the Mexican singer Luis Miguel in support of his 20th studio album ¡México Por Siempre!.
The On the Run II Tour was the second co-headlining stadium tour by American singer Beyoncé and rapper Jay-Z. 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.
BTS World Tour: Love Yourself, commonly known as the Love Yourself World Tour, was the third worldwide concert tour headlined by South Korean band BTS to promote their Love Yourself series, including their Love Yourself: Her EP, Love Yourself: Tear studio album, and Love Yourself: Answer compilation album. The tour began on August 25, 2018 in South Korea. A stadium extension to the tour, titled BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself, was added on February 9, 2019 and began in Pasadena, California on May 4, 2019. The tour concluded on October 29, 2019, comprising 62 concerts in 14 countries. The Love Yourself World Tour ranked at number three on Billboard's 2019 Year End Top 40 Tours chart worldwide, with a worldwide gross of $196.4 million from the last 42 shows of the tour. In total, the tour was attended by 2,019,800 people, becoming BTS' most successful tour to date and the highest-grossing concert tour by an act that performs primarily in a non-English language, as reported by Billboard.
The Bandito Tour is the sixth concert tour by the American musical duo Twenty One Pilots, in support of their fifth studio album Trench (2018). The tour began at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on October 17, 2018 and will conclude at the VTB Arena in Moscow, Russia on July 11, 2021.