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.

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[edit]

A Bigger Bang Tour by The Rolling Stones is the second highest grossing concert tour of all time

This list represents the top 20 grossing tours (by actual gross, not adjusted for inflation) of all time.

Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2014 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $736,421,584 $772,044,344 U2 U2 360° Tour 2009–11 110 7,272,046 6.7 66,110 [1]
2 $558,255,524 $634,947,344 The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour 2005–07 144 4,680,000 3.8 32,500 [1]
3 $458,673,798 $464,374,458 Roger Waters The Wall Live 2010–13 219 4,129,863 2.09 18,858 [2]
4 $441,121,000 $477,067,683 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 2008–10 167 4,846,965 2.6 29,023 [3]
5 $408,000,000 $448,502,559 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008–09 85 3,545,899 4.79 41,716 [4]
6 $389,047,636 $455,130,505 U2 Vertigo Tour 2005–06 131 4,619,021 2.96 35,259 [5]
7 $371,000,000 $371,000,000 Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour 2011–14 501 3,700,000+ 0.74 7,385 [6]
8 $362,000,000 $396,521,484 The Police The Police Reunion Tour 2007–08 156 3,300,912 2.3 21,160 [7]
9 $347,000,000 $351,312,714 Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball World Tour 2012–13 127 3,650,535 2.8 28,744 [8][6]
10 $320,000,000 $495,269,710 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour 1994–95 124 6,336,776 2.6 51,103 [9]
11 $311,000,000 $398,707,851 The Rolling Stones Licks Tour 2002–03 115 3,470,945 2.6 30,182 [10]
12 $305,158,363 $313,474,028 Madonna The MDNA Tour 2012 88 2,212,345 3.47 25,140 [10]
13 $290,000,000 $290,000,000 One Direction Where We Are Tour 2014 69 3,439,560 4.2 49,848 [11]
14 $279,200,000 $305,825,410 Celine Dion Taking Chances World Tour 2008–09 132 2,600,000 2.1 27,424 [3]
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15 $274,000,000 $396,455,288 The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon Tour 1997–98 108 [10]
16 $259,500,000 $262,725,214 Bon Jovi Because We Can 2013 97 2,657,502 2.67 27,397 [13]
17 $251,112,882 $271,575,919 Eagles Long Road Out Of Eden Tour 2008–11 155 2,001,773 1.6 12,915 [3]
18 $250,000,000 $397,788,505 Pink Floyd The Division Bell Tour 1994 120 6,000,000 2.3 45,000 [14]
19 $250,000,000 $301,882,774 Cher Living Proof: The Farewell Tour 2002–05 325 3,500,000 0.6 10,800 [15]
20 $235,000,000 $257,410,355 Bruce Springsteen Magic Tour 2007–08 100 2,198,353 2.4 21,983 [16]

Highest-grossing tours by decade[edit]

1980s[edit]

A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour by Pink Floyd is the highest-grossing tour of the 1980s.
Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2014 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $135,000,000 $256,844,295 Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour 1987–89 199 4,250,000 0.68 21,250 [17]
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2 $125,738,964 $250,734,957 Michael Jackson Bad 1987–89 123 4,498,300 1.02 36,571 [19]
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3 $98,000,000 $186,449,933 The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels Tour 1989–90 115 3,253,563 2.18 28,291 [21]
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4 $86,000,000 $178,524,312 David Bowie Glass Spider Tour 1987 86 3,000,000 1.0 34,884 [23]
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5 $85,000,000 $186,384,592 Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. Tour 1984–85 156 0.55 [25]
6 $75,000,000 $170,251,441 The Jacksons Victory Tour 1984 55 2,750,000 1.36 50,000 [26]
7 $56,278,095 $116,825,676 U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 1987 109 3,176,952 0.5 29,146 [27]
8 $52,000,000 $134,891,654 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones American Tour 1981 1981 50 3,000,000 1.04 60,000 [26]

1990s[edit]

Voodoo Lounge Tour by The Rolling Stones is the highest-grossing tour of the 1990s.
Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2014 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $320,000,000 $495,269,710 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour 1994–95 124 6,336,776 2.6 51,103 [9]
2 $274,000,000 $396,455,288 The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon Tour 1997–98 108 [10]
3 $250,000,000 $397,788,505 Pink Floyd The Division Bell Tour 1994 120 6,000,000 2.3 45,000 [14]
4 $171,677,027 $252,212,913 U2 Popmart Tour 1997–98 93 3,936,841 1.8 42,332 [27]
5 $165,000,000 $242,403,607 Michael Jackson HIStory World Tour 1996–97 82 4,500,000 2.01 54,878 [28]
6 $151,000,000 $246,518,544 U2 Zoo TV Tour 1992–93 157 5,350,554 0.96 34,080 [27]
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7 $142,700,000[a] $220,859,336 Eagles Hell Freezes Over Tour 1994–95 [30]
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8 $74,000,000 $133,580,744 New Kids on the Block The Magic Summer Tour 1990 3,291,987 [22]
9 $70,000,000 $114,280,120 Madonna The Girlie Show 1993 39 1.79 [32]
10 $65,000,000 $117,334,437 Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation 1814 1990 117 2,000,000 [33]
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11 $62,700,000 $113,182,603 Madonna Blond Ambition World Tour 1990 57 1.1 [35]

2000s[edit]

Sticky & Sweet Tour by Madonna is the highest grossing concert tour of all time by a female artist.
Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted
2014 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $558,255,524 $634,947,344 The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour 2005–07 144 4,680,000 3.8 32,500 [1]
2 $408,000,000 $448,502,559 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008–09 85 3,545,899 4.79 41,716 [4]
3 $389,047,636 $455,130,505 U2 Vertigo Tour 2005–06 131 4,619,021 2.96 35,259 [5]
4 $362,000,000 $396,521,484 The Police The Police Reunion Tour 2007–08 156 3,300,912 2.3 21,160 [7]
5 $311,000,000 $398,707,851 The Rolling Stones Licks Tour 2002–03 115 3,470,945 2.6 30,182 [10]
6 $279,200,000 $305,825,410 Celine Dion Taking Chances Tour 2008–09 132 2,600,000 2.1 27,424 [3]
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7 $250,000,000 $301,882,774 Cher Living Proof: The Farewell Tour 2002–05 326 3,500,000 0.6 10,800 [15]
8 $235,000,000 $257,410,355 Bruce Springsteen Magic Tour 2007–08 100 2,198,353 2.4 21,983 [16]
9 $221,500,000 $283,967,167 Bruce Springsteen The Rising Tour 2002–03 120 3,232,384 1.8 31,081 [36]
10 $210,650,974 $230,739,328 Bon Jovi Lost Highway Tour 2007–08 99 2,157,675 2.1 21,794 [16]
11 $194,754,447 $227,835,055 Madonna Confessions Tour 2006 60 1,210,294 3.2 20,171 [37]
12 $167,000,000 $183,578,253 Bruce Springsteen Working On A Dream Tour 2009 80 1,831,770 2.1 22,897 [3]
13 $142,844,463 $190,253,469 U2 Elevation Tour 2001 112 2,162,282 1.3 19,306 [38]
14 $141,000,000 $160,370,246 Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Soul2Soul II Tour 2006–07 117 1,673,667 1.2 14,304 [39]
15 $131,800,000 $144,883,915 Britney Spears The Circus Starring Britney Spears 2009 97 1,500,000 1.4 15,488 [3]
16 $131,388,461 $153,705,847 Bon Jovi Have A Nice Day Tour 2005–06 89 1,823,834 1.7 23,382 [40]
17 $129,059,653 $146,789,562 Genesis Turn It On Again: The Tour 2007 46 1,262,393 2.8 27,443 [41]
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18 $126,800,000 $144,219,483 Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveShow 2007 119 1,600,000 1 13,445 [43]
19 $126,165,542 $165,427,418 Paul McCartney Driving World Tour 2002 58 988,077 2.2 17,036 [44]
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20 $124,790,787 $155,812,598 Madonna Re-Invention World Tour 2004 56 896,787 2.1 16,428 [46]

2010s[edit]

The Wall Live by Roger Waters is the highest-grossing tour of all time by a solo artist.
Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2014 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $736,421,584 $772,044,344 U2 U2 360° Tour 2009–11 110 7,272,046 6.7 66,110 [1]
2 $458,673,798 $464,374,458 Roger Waters The Wall 2010–13 219 4,129,863 2.09 18,858 [2]
3 $441,121,000 $477,067,683 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 2008–10 167 4,846,965 2.6 29,023 [3]
4 $371,000,000 $371,000,000 Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour 2011–14 501 3,700,000+ 0.74 7,385 [6]
5 $347,000,000 $351,312,714 Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball World Tour 2012–13 127 3,650,535 2.8 28,744 [8]
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6 $305,158,363 $313,474,028 Madonna The MDNA Tour 2012 88 2,212,345 3.47 25,140 [10]
7 $290,000,000 $290,000,000 One Direction Where We Are Tour 2014 69 3,439,560 4.2 49,848 [11]
8 $259,500,000 $262,725,214 Bon Jovi Because We Can 2013 97 2,657,502 2.67 27,397 [13]
9 $251,112,882 $271,575,919 Eagles Long Road Out Of Eden Tour 2008–11 155 2,001,773 1.6 12,915 [3]
10 $229,727,960 $229,727,960 Beyoncé The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013–14 132 2,082,848 1.7 15,779 [13]
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11 $227,400,000 $238,399,970 Lady Gaga The Monster Ball Tour 2009–11 201 2,500,000 1.13 12,438 [49]
12 $217,245,629 $234,948,844 Metallica World Magnetic Tour 2008–10 187 2,699,211 1.4 16,976 [50]
13 $209,200,000 $211,800,057 Justin Bieber Believe Tour 2012–13 133 2,398,514 1.57 18,033 [8]
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14 $201,000,000 $217,379,368 Bon Jovi The Circle Tour 2010 85 1,909,234 2.8 36,023 [3]
15 $184,175,360 $194,132,807 Take That Progress Live 2011 35 1,806,473 5.3 51,613 [51]
16 $184,061,847 $186,349,473 Pink The Truth About Love Tour 2013–14 142 1,997,614 1.3 14,068 [13]

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17 $183,900,000 $186,185,614 Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball 2012–13 98 1,781,850 1.9 18,182 [8]
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18 $150,184,971 $150,184,971 Taylor Swift The Red Tour 2013–14 86 1,702,933 1.75 19,801 [53]
19 $149,278,271 $164,097,271 Pink Funhouse Tour 2009–10 185 3,000,000 1.36 20,200 [54]
20 $148,000,000 $148,000,000 Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience World Tour 2013–14 78 1,300,000 1.9 16,729 [55]
21 $147,188,828 $151,199,772 Coldplay Mylo Xyloto Tour 2011–12 86 1,811,787 2.1 27,041 [56]

Notes[edit]

  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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