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List of highest-grossing concert tours

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With over 300 dates, the ÷ Tour by Ed Sheeran is the highest-grossing concert tour of all time, although, when adjusted for inflation, it is still eclipsed by the U2 360° Tour.
With over 300 dates, the ÷ Tour by Ed Sheeran is the highest-grossing concert tour of all time, although, when adjusted for inflation, it is still eclipsed by the U2 360° Tour.

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

List of the top 20 highest-grossing tours (by actual gross, not adjusted for inflation) of all time
Rank Actual gross Gross adjusted for inflation
(2021 $)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average gross per show (millions) Average attendance per show Ref.
1 $776,200,000 $785,696,655 Ed Sheeran ÷ Tour 2017–19 255 8,796,567 $3.04 34,496 [1][2][3][4][5]
2 $736,421,584 $847,211,636 U2 U2 360° Tour 2009–11 110 7,272,046 $6.69 66,110 [6]
3 $584,200,000 $591,347,573 Guns N' Roses Not in This Lifetime... Tour 2016–19 158 5,371,891 $3.7 33,999 [7]
4 $558,255,524 $696,766,684 The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour 2005–07 147 4,680,000 $3.8 31,837 [8]
5 $523,033,675 $564,008,998 Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour 2016–17 114 5,389,586 $4.59 47,277 [9]
6 $458,673,798 $509,586,590 Roger Waters The Wall Live 2010–13 219 4,129,863 $2.09 18,858 [10]
7 $441,121,000 $523,515,644 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 2008–10 167 4,846,965 $2.64 29,024 [11][12][13]
8 $416,900,000 $422,000,690 Metallica WorldWired Tour 2016–present 139 4,055,397 $3 29,176 [14][15][16][17]

[18][19][20]

9 $415,609,064 $420,693,959 The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour 2017–present 60 2,290,871 $6.93 38,181 [21]
10 $411,000,000 $495,788,274 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008–09 85 3,545,899 $4.84 41,716 [22][23]
11 $397,300,000 $402,160,888 Pink Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018–19 156 3,088,647 $2.55 19,799 [24]
12 $390,778,581 $412,582,816 U2 The Joshua Tree Tours 2017 and 2019 2017, 2019 66 3,279,712 $5.92 49,693 [25][26][27]
13 $389,047,636 $499,442,632 U2 Vertigo Tour 2005–06 131 4,619,021 $2.97 35,260 [28]
14 $367,700,000 $378,234,694 Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour 2017–18 204 3,298,583 $1.8 16,170 [1][2]
15 $364,300,000 $375,452,041 Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood World Tour 2014–17 390 6,443,727 $0.93 16,522 [29][30][31][32]
16 $362,000,000 $435,127,357 The Police The Police Reunion Tour 2007–08 143 3,300,912 $2.53 23,083 [33]
17 $358,600,000 $362,987,401 Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road 2018–present 178 2,630,000 $2.01 14,775 [34]
18 $355,600,000 $428,959,392 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Wrecking Ball World Tour 2012–13 136 3,650,535 $2.61 26,842 [35][36]
19 $345,700,000 $356,282,653 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour 2018 53 2,888,892 $6.52 54,507 [37][38]
20 $320,000,000 $543,489,845 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour 1994–95 124 6,336,776 $2.58 51,103 [39]

Highest-grossing tours by decade

1980s

List of the highest-grossing tours of the 1980s decade
Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2021 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $135,000,000 $281,851,007 Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour 1987–89 197 5,500,000 $0.69 27,919 [40][41]
2 $125,738,964 $275,146,855 Michael Jackson Bad World Tour 1987–89 123 4,498,300 $1.02 36,572 [42][43]
3 $98,000,000 $204,602,953 The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels Tour 1989 57 3,268,722 $1.72 57,346 [44][45]
4 $86,000,000 $195,905,682 David Bowie Glass Spider Tour 1987 86 3,000,000 $1 34,884 [46][47]
5 $85,000,000 $204,531,250 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Born in the U.S.A. Tour 1984–85 156 3,900,000 $0.54 25,000 [48]
6 $75,000,000 $186,827,354 The Jacksons Victory Tour 1984 55 2,750,000 $1.36 50,000 [49]
7 $60,000,000 $131,294,316 Tina Turner Break Every Rule World Tour 1987-88 220 4,000,000 $0.27 18,182 [50][51][52]
8 $56,278,095 $128,199,984 U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 1987 109 3,176,952 $0.52 29,146 [53]
9 $52,000,000 $148,024,890 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones American Tour 1981 1981 50 3,000,000 $1.04 60,000 [49]

1990s

List of the highest-grossing tours of the 1990s decade
Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2021 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $320,000,000 $543,489,845 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour 1994–95 129 6,336,776 $2.48 49,122 [39]
2 $274,000,000 $435,054,716 The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon Tour 1997–98 108 N/A $2.54 N/A [54]
3 $250,000,000 $436,517,737 Pink Floyd The Division Bell Tour 1994 110 6,000,000 $2.27 54,545 [55]
4 $171,677,027 $276,768,706 U2 PopMart Tour 1997–98 93 3,936,841 $1.85 42,332 [53]
5 $165,000,000 $266,004,353 Michael Jackson HIStory World Tour 1996–97 83 4,500,000 $1.99 54,217 [56]
6 $151,000,000 $270,519,926 U2 Zoo TV Tour 1992–93 157 5,350,554 $0.96 34,080 [53][57]
7 $142,700,000[a] $242,362,503 Eagles Hell Freezes Over Tour 1994–95 N/A N/A N/A N/A [58][59]
8 $130,000,000 $209,579,187 Tina Turner Wildest Dreams Tour 1996–97 N/A 3,000,000 (Europe) N/A N/A [60][61]
9 $105,000,000 $166,718,048 Garth Brooks The Garth Brooks World Tour 1996–98 220 5,500,000 $0.48 25,000 [62][63]
10 $91,200,000 $141,682,461 Celine Dion Let's Talk About Love World Tour 1998–99 69 1,680,000 $1.32 24,348 [64][circular reference]
11 $74,000,000 $146,586,347 New Kids on the Block The Magic Summer Tour 1990–91 152 3,291,987 $0.49 21,658 [45]
12 $70,000,000 $138,662,761 Tina Turner Foreign Affair: The Farewell Tour 1990 121 3,000,000 $0.58 24,793 [65][66]
$70,000,000 $125,406,588 Madonna The Girlie Show World Tour 1993 39 N/A N/A N/A [67][68]
13 $62,700,000 $124,202,216 Madonna Blond Ambition World Tour 1990 57 N/A N/A N/A [69][70]

2000s

List of the top 20 highest-grossing tours of the 2000s decade
Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted
2021 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $558,255,524 $696,766,684 The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour 2005–07 144 4,680,000 $3.88 32,500 [8]
2 $411,000,000 $495,788,274 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008–09 85 3,545,899 $4.84 41,716 [22][23]
3 $389,047,636 $499,442,632 U2 Vertigo Tour 2005–06 131 4,619,021 $2.97 35,260 [28]
4 $362,000,000 $435,127,357 The Police The Police Reunion Tour 2007–08 156 3,300,912 $2.32 21,160 [33]
5 $311,000,000 $437,526,592 The Rolling Stones Licks Tour 2002–03 115 3,470,945 $2.7 30,182 [54]
6 $279,200,000 $335,600,989 Celine Dion Taking Chances World Tour 2008–09 132 2,600,000 $2.12 19,697 [11][12][71]
7 $250,000,000 $331,274,493 Cher Living Proof: The Farewell Tour 2002–05 326 3,500,000 $0.77 10,736 [72][better source needed]
8 $235,000,000 $282,472,179 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Magic Tour 2007–08 100 2,198,353 $2.35 21,984 [73]
9 $221,500,000 $311,614,598 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The Rising Tour 2002–03 120 3,232,384 $1.85 26,937 [74]
10 $210,650,974 $253,204,424 Bon Jovi Lost Highway Tour 2007–08 99 2,157,675 $2.13 21,795 [73]
11 $194,754,447 $250,017,388 Madonna Confessions Tour 2006 60 1,210,294 $3.25 20,172 [75]
12 $167,000,000 $201,451,683 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Working on a Dream Tour 2009 80 1,831,770 $2.09 22,897 [12]
13 $142,844,463 $208,776,807 U2 Elevation Tour 2001 112 2,162,282 $1.28 19,306 [76]
14 $141,000,000 $175,984,112 Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Soul2Soul II Tour 2006–07 117 1,673,667 $1.21 14,305 [77]
15 $132,500,000 $159,834,419 Tina Turner Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour 2008–09 90 1,176,199 $1.47 13,069 [11][12]
16 $131,800,000 $158,990,011 Britney Spears The Circus Starring Britney Spears 2009 97 1,500,000 $1.36 15,464 [12]
17 $131,388,461 $168,670,859 Bon Jovi Have a Nice Day Tour 2005–06 89 1,823,834 $1.48 20,493 [78]
18 $129,059,653 $161,081,194 Genesis Turn It On Again: The Tour 2007 46 1,262,393 $2.81 27,443 [79][80]
19 $126,800,000 $158,260,889 Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveShow 2007 119 1,600,000 $1.07 13,445 [81]
20 $124,790,787 $170,982,726 Madonna Re-Invention World Tour 2004 56 897,207 $2.23 16,022 [82][83][84]

2010s

List of the top 20 highest-grossing tours of the 2010s decade
Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2021 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $776,200,000 $785,696,655 Ed Sheeran ÷ Tour 2017–19 255 8,796,567 $3.04 34,496 [1][2]
2 $736,421,584 $847,211,636 U2 U2 360° Tour 2009–11 110 7,272,046 $6.69 66,110 [8]
3 $563,300,000 $580,543,878 Guns N' Roses Not in This Lifetime... Tour 2016–19 175 4,377,126 $3.22 25,012 [85][1][2]
4 $523,033,675 $564,008,998 Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour 2016–17 114 5,389,536 $4.59 47,277 [9]
5 $458,673,798 $509,586,590 Roger Waters The Wall Live 2010–13 219 4,129,863 $2.09 18,858 [10]
6 $441,121,000 $523,515,644 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 2008–10 167 4,846,965 $2.64 29,024 [22]
7 $415,600,000 $420,684,785 The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour 2017–present 45 2,290,871 $9.24 50,908 [21]
8 $414,450,000 $419,520,715 Metallica WorldWired Tour 2016–present 139 4,055,397 $2.98 29,176 [14][86][15][87][88]

[89][19]

9 $397,300,000 $402,160,888 Pink Beautiful Trauma Tour 2018–19 156 3,088,647 $2.55 19,799 [24]
10 $390,778,581 $412,582,816 U2 The Joshua Tree Tours 2017 and 2019 2017, 2019 66 3,279,712 $5.92 49,693 [25][26][27]
11 $375,828,391 $387,304,082 Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour 2017–18 204 3,298,583 $1.84 16,170 [1][2]
12 $364,300,000 $335,256,420 Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood 2014–17 366 4,743,727 $1 12,961 [29][30][31][32]
13 $358,600,000 $362,987,401 Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road 2018–present 178 2,630,000 $2.01 14,775 [34]
14 $355,600,000 $395,071,600 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Wrecking Ball World Tour 2012–13 127 3,650,535 $2.8 28,744 [35][36]
15 $345,700,000 $356,179,592 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour 2018 53 2,888,918 $6.52 54,508 [37]
16 $306,500,000 $330,511,717 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The River Tour 2016 2016–17 89 2,667,775 $3.44 29,975 [30][31]
17 $305,158,363 $343,994,287 Madonna The MDNA Tour 2012 88 2,212,345 $3.47 25,140 [54]
18 $301,000,000 $310,214,286 Billy Joel Billy Joel in Concert 2014–present 120 2,065,755 $2.51 17,215 [85][29][30][32][90]
19 $290,178,452 $317,222,072 One Direction Where We Are Tour 2014 69 3,449,560 $4.21 49,994 [91]
20 $275,700,000 $301,013,463 Paul McCartney Out There! Tour 2013–15 84 1,958,754 $3.28 23,319 [29][30][36]

Highest-grossing tours annually

List of the annual highest-grossing tours
Year Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2021 gross)
Artist(s) Tour name Shows Attendance Ref.
1989 $98,000,000 $204,602,953 The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels Tour 57 3,268,722
1990 $74,100,000 $146,784,437 New Kids on the Block The Magic Summer Tour [92]
1991 $34,700,000 $65,932,543 The Grateful Dead Grateful Dead Summer Tour 76 [92]
1992 $67,000,000 $123,561,537 U2 Zoo TV Tour 73 [93]
1993 $45,600,000 $81,693,435 The Grateful Dead [94]
1994 $121,200,000 $211,623,799 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour [95]
1995 $63,300,000 $107,509,085 Eagles Hell Freezes Over Tour [96]
1996 $43,600,000 $71,945,088 Kiss Alive/Worldwide Tour 92 1,200,000 [97]
1997 $87,000,000 $140,256,841 The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon Tour 32 [98]
1998 $193,350,000 $306,999,377 [99]
1999 $89,200,000 $138,575,390 No Security Tour 43 1,078,186 [100]
2000 $122,500,000 $184,093,237 Tina Turner Twenty Four Seven Tour 108 2,400,000 [101][102]
2001 $143,000,000 $209,004,135 U2 Elevation Tour 113 2,179,642 [103][104]
2002 $126,100,000 $181,439,352 Paul McCartney Driving World Tour 58 996,667 [105]
2003 $115,900,000 $163,052,514 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The RIsing Tour 43 [106]
2004 $125,000,000 $171,269,380 Madonna Re-Invention World Tour 56 900,000 [82]
2005 $260,000,000 $344,525,473 U2 Vertigo Tour 90 3,000,000 [107]
2006 $138,500,000 $177,800,347 The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour 1,010,000 [108]
2007 $212,000,000 $264,600,225 The Police The Police Reunion Tour 1,800,000 [109]
2008 $210,650,974 $253,204,424 Bon Jovi Lost Highway Tour 99 2,157,675 [110]
2009 $311,637,730 $375,927,815 U2 U2 360° Tour 44 3,071,290 [111]
2010 $146,507,388 $173,872,723 Bon Jovi The Circle Tour 69 1,591,154 [112]
2011 $293,281,487 $337,403,865 U2 U2 360° Tour 44 2,887,972 [113]
2012 $305,200,000 $383,270,039 Madonna MDNA Tour 88 2,212,345 [114]
2013 $205,158,370 $227,930,949 Bon Jovi Because We Can 90 2,178,170 [115]
2014 $290,178,452 $317,222,072 One Direction Where We Are Tour 69 3,439,560 [116][117]
2015 $250,733,097 $273,754,218 Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour 85 2,278,647 [118]
2016 $268,300,000 $289,319,065 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The River Tour 76 2,406,591 [119]
2017 $316,000,000 $333,631,822 U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 50 2,713,136 [120]
2018 $432,400,000 $445,636,735 Ed Sheeran ÷ Tour 94 4,860,482 [121]
2019 $215,200,000 $217,832,930 Pink Beautiful Trauma Tour 68 1,818,933 [122]
2020 $87,100,000 $87,100,000 Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road 38 664,749 [123]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Figure for Hell Freezes Over Tour only includes North American dates. Official data for the rest of the world tour is unavailable.

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