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List of highest-grossing concert tours

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The 360° Tour by U2 is the highest-grossing concert tour of all time
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
(2018 $)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average gross per show (millions) Average attendance per show Ref.
1 $736,421,584 $801,130,818 U2 U2 360° Tour 2009–11 110 7,272,046 $6.7 66,110 [1]
2 $558,255,524 $658,868,741 The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour 2005–07 144 4,680,000 $3.8 32,500 [1]
3 $523,033,675 $533,331,898 Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour 2016–17 114 5,389,586 $4.59 45,128 [2]
4 $480,900,000 $490,368,636 Guns N' Roses Not in This Lifetime... Tour 2016–present 125 4,377,126 $3.85 35,017 [3][4]
5 $458,673,798 $481,869,587 Roger Waters The Wall Live 2010–13 219 4,129,863 $2.09 18,858 [5]
6 $441,121,000 $495,041,025 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 2008–10 167 4,846,965 $2.6 29,023 [6][7][8]
7 $408,000,000 $465,399,721 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008–09 85 3,545,899 $4.79 41,716 [9]
8 $389,047,636 $472,277,371 U2 Vertigo Tour 2005–06 131 4,619,021 $2.96 35,259 [10]
9 $364,300,000 $364,300,000 Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood World Tour 2014–present 390 4,743,727 $0.96 14,669 [11][12][13][14]
10 $362,000,000 $411,460,278 The Police The Police Reunion Tour 2007–08 156 3,300,912 $2.3 21,160 [15]
11 $355,600,000 $405,627,796 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Wrecking Ball World Tour 2012–13 136 3,650,535 $2.8 18,744 [16][17]
12 $320,000,000 $513,928,805 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour 1994–95 124 6,336,776 $2.6 51,103 [18]
13 $316,990,940 $316,990,940 U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 2017 51 2,713,136 $6.3 53,198 [19][20]
14 $311,000,000 $413,729,016 The Rolling Stones Licks Tour 2002–03 115 3,470,945 $2.6 30,182 [21]
15 $306,500,000 $312,534,803 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The River Tour 2016 2016–17 89 2,667,775 $4.0 29,020 [3][22]
16 $305,158,363 $325,284,041 Madonna The MDNA Tour 2012 88 2,212,345 $3.47 25,140 [21]
17 $301,000,000 $301,000,000 Billy Joel Billy Joel in Concert 2014–present 120 2,065,755 $2.2 22,205 [11][12][3][22][14]
18 $290,178,452 $299,967,998 One Direction Where We Are Tour 2014 69 3,439,560 $4.2 49,848 [23]
19 $279,200,000 $318,479,417 Celine Dion Taking Chances World Tour 2008–09 132 2,200,000 $2.1 21,667 [24]
20 $275,700,000 $284,640,994 Paul McCartney Out There! Tour 2013–15 84 1,958,754 $3.28 23,319 [17][11]
[12]

Highest-grossing tours by decade

1980s

Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2018 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $135,000,000 $266,520,805 Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour 1987–89 197 5,500,000 0.68 21,250 [25][26]
2 $125,738,964 $260,181,300 Michael Jackson Bad 1987–89 123 4,498,300 1.02 36,571 [27][28]
3 $98,000,000 $193,474,362 The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels Tour 1989–90 115 3,253,563 0.85 28,291 [29][30]
4 $86,000,000 $185,250,146 David Bowie Glass Spider Tour 1987 86 3,000,000 1.0 34,884 [31][32]
5 $85,000,000 $193,406,559 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Born in the U.S.A. Tour 1984–85 156 0.55 [33]
6 $75,000,000 $176,665,599 The Jacksons Victory Tour 1984 55 2,750,000 1.36 50,000 [34]
7 $56,278,095 $121,227,039 U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 1987 109 3,176,952 0.5 29,146 [35]
8 $52,000,000 $139,973,646 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones American Tour 1981 1981 50 3,000,000 1.04 60,000 [34]

1990s

Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2018 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $320,000,000 $513,928,805 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour 1994–95 129 6,336,776 2.6 51,103 [18]
2 $274,000,000 $411,391,588 The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon Tour 1997–98 108 [21]
3 $250,000,000 $412,775,034 Pink Floyd The Division Bell Tour 1994 110 6,000,000 2.3 45,000 [36]
4 $171,677,027 $261,714,937 U2 PopMart Tour 1997–98 93 3,936,841 1.8 42,332 [35]
5 $165,000,000 $251,536,070 Michael Jackson HIStory World Tour 1996–97 83 4,500,000 2.01 54,878 [37]
6 $151,000,000 $255,806,035 U2 Zoo TV Tour 1992–93 157 5,350,554 0.96 34,080 [35][38]
7 $142,700,000[a] $229,180,127 Eagles Hell Freezes Over Tour 1994–95 [39][40]
8 $105,000,000 $157,650,061 Garth Brooks The Garth Brooks World Tour 1996–98 220 5,500,000 0.49 25,346 [41][42]
9 $74,000,000 $138,613,347 New Kids on the Block The Magic Summer Tour 1990-1991 152 3,291,987 21,657 [30]
10 $70,000,000 $118,585,579 Madonna The Girlie Show World Tour 1993 39 1.79 [43][44]
11 $62,700,000 $117,446,714 Madonna Blond Ambition World Tour 1990 57 1.1 [45][44]

2000s

Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted
2018 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $558,255,524 $658,868,741 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 [9]
3 $408,000,000 $465,399,721 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008–09 85 3,545,899 4.79 41,716 [9]
4 $389,047,636 $472,277,371 U2 Vertigo Tour 2005–06 131 4,619,021 2.96 35,259 [10]
5 $362,000,000 $411,460,278 The Police The Police Reunion Tour 2007–08 156 3,300,912 2.3 21,160 [15]
6 $311,000,000 $413,729,016 The Rolling Stones Licks Tour 2002–03 115 3,470,945 2.6 30,182 [21]
7 $279,200,000 $317,347,264 Celine Dion Taking Chances World Tour 2008–09 132 2,600,000 2.1 19,697 [6][7][24]
8 $250,000,000 $313,256,091 Cher Living Proof: The Farewell Tour 2002–05 326 3,500,000 0.6 10,800 [46]
9 $235,000,000 $267,108,192 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Magic Tour 2007–08 100 2,198,353 2.4 21,983 [47]
10 $221,500,000 $294,665,521 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The Rising Tour 2002–03 120 3,232,384 1.8 31,081 [48]
11 $210,650,974 $239,432,344 Bon Jovi Lost Highway Tour 2007–08 99 2,157,675 2.1 21,794 [47]
12 $194,754,447 $236,418,654 Madonna Confessions Tour 2006 60 1,210,294 3.2 20,171 [49]
13 $167,000,000 $190,494,494 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Working on a Dream Tour 2009 80 1,831,770 2.1 22,897 [7]
14 $142,844,463 $197,421,195 U2 Elevation Tour 2001 112 2,162,282 1.3 19,306 [50]
15 $141,000,000 $166,412,133 Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Soul2Soul II Tour 2006–07 117 1,673,667 1.2 14,304 [51]
16 $132,500,000 $151,140,841 Tina Turner Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour 2008–09 90 1,176,199 1.47 13,068 [6][7]
17 $131,800,000 $150,342,361 Britney Spears The Circus Starring Britney Spears 2009 97 1,500,000 1.4 15,488 [7]
18 $131,388,461 $159,496,656 Bon Jovi Have a Nice Day Tour 2005–06 89 1,823,834 1.7 23,382 [52]
19 $129,059,653 $152,319,802 Genesis Turn It On Again: The Tour 2007 46 1,262,393 2.8 27,443 [53][54]
20 $126,800,000 $149,652,897 Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveShow 2007 119 1,600,000 1 13,445 [55]

2010s

Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2018 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $736,421,584 $801,130,818 U2 U2 360° Tour 2009–11 110 7,272,046 6.7 66,110 [1]
2 $523,033,675 $533,331,898 Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour 2016–17 114 5,389,536 4.59 45,128 [2]
3 $480,900,000 $490,368,636 Guns N' Roses Not in This Lifetime... Tour 2016–present 125 4,377,126 3.85 35,017 [3][4]
4 $458,673,798 $481,869,587 Roger Waters The Wall 2010–13 219 4,129,863 2.09 18,858 [5]
5 $441,121,000 $495,041,025 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 2008–10 167 4,846,965 2.6 29,023 [6][7][8]
6 $364,300,000 $317,021,436 Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood 2014–17 366 4,743,727 0.96 14,669 [11][12][13][14]
7 $355,600,000 $373,583,200 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Wrecking Ball World Tour 2012–13 127 3,650,535 2.8 28,744 [16][17]
8 $316,000,000 $322,221,852 U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 2017 51 2,713,136 6.19 53,198 [19]
9 $306,500,000 $312,534,803 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The River Tour 2016 2016–17 89 2,667,775 4.0 29,020 [12][13]
10 $305,158,363 $325,284,041 Madonna The MDNA Tour 2012 88 2,212,345 3.47 25,140 [21]
11 $301,000,000 $301,000,000 Billy Joel Billy Joel in Concert 2014–present 120 2,065,755 2.2 22,205 [11][12][3][22][14]
12 $290,178,452 $299,967,998 One Direction Where We Are Tour 2014 69 3,449,560 4.2 49,848 [23]
13 $275,700,000 $284,640,994 Paul McCartney Out There! Tour 2013–15 84 1,958,754 3.28 23,319 [17][11][12]
14 $259,500,000 $272,623,286 Bon Jovi Because We Can 2013 102 2,657,502 2.67 27,397 [17]
15 $256,500,000 $261,550,333 Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour 2016–17 149 2,757,368 1.8 20,484 [3][22]
16 $256,084,556 $261,126,709 Beyoncé The Formation World Tour 2016 49 2,242,099 5.2 45,757 [56]
17 $251,112,882 $281,807,437 Eagles Long Road Out of Eden Tour 2008–11 155 2,001,773 1.6 12,915 [6][7][8][57]
18 $250,733,097 $258,864,410 Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour 2015 85 2,278,647 3.02 33,477 [58]
19 $242,600,000 $242,600,000 Paul McCartney One on One Tour 2016–17 78 903,020 4.88 33,445 [3][14]
20 $231,700,000 $239,516,699 Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience World Tour 2013–15 134 1,986,386 1.81 15,765 [59][60]

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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