List of highest-grossing concert tours

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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[edit]

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
(2020 $)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average gross per show (millions) Average attendance per show Ref.
1 $775,046,937 $775,046,937 Ed Sheeran ÷ Tour 2017–19 260 8,796,567 $3.04 34,496 [1][2][3][4]
2 $736,421,584 $836,971,454 U2 U2 360° Tour 2009–11 110 7,272,046 $6.7 66,110 [5]
3 $563,300,000 $573,526,888 Guns N' Roses Not in This Lifetime... Tour 2016–present 159 4,377,126 $3.85 35,017 [1][2][6]
4 $558,255,524 $688,344,919 The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour 2005–07 147 4,680,000 $3.8 32,500 [7]
5 $523,033,675 $557,191,864 Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour 2016–17 114 5,389,586 $4.59 45,128 [8]
6 $458,673,798 $503,427,256 Roger Waters The Wall Live 2010–13 219 4,129,863 $2.09 18,858 [9]
7 $441,121,000 $517,187,951 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 2008–10 167 4,846,965 $2.6 29,023 [10][11][12]
8 $416,900,000 $416,900,000 Metallica WorldWired Tour 2016–present 139 4,055,397 $2.98 29,175 [13][14][15][16]

[17][18][19]

9 $415,609,064 $415,609,064 The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour 2017–19 45 2,290,871 $9.45 52,065 [20]
10 $407,713,266 $486,220,568 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008–09 85 3,545,899 $4.79 41,716 [21]
11 $397,300.000 $397,300,000 Pink Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018–19 156 3,088,647 $2.5 19,799 [22]
12 $389,047,636 $493,405,907 U2 Vertigo Tour 2005–06 131 4,619,021 $2.96 35,259 [23]
13 $367,700,000 $373,663,000 Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour 2017–18 204 3,298,583 $1.84 16,120 [1][2]
14 $364,300,000 $370,913,981 Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood World Tour 2014–17 390 6,443,727 $0.96 14,669 [24][25][26][27]
15 $362,000,000 $429,868,006 The Police The Police Reunion Tour 2007–08 143 3,300,912 $2.5 23,083 [28]
16 $355,600,000 $423,774,593 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Wrecking Ball World Tour 2012–13 136 3,650,535 $2.8 18,744 [29][30]
17 $345,700,000 $351,976,292 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour 2018 53 2,888,892 $6.5 54,507 [31][32]
18 $336,190,940 $330,632,825 U2 The Joshua Tree Tours 2017 and 2019 2017, 2019 66 2,888,294 $6.3 53,198 [33][34]
19 $320,000,000 $536,920,725 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour 1994–95 124 6,336,776 $2.6 51,103 [35]
20 $311,000,000 $432,238,242 The Rolling Stones Licks Tour 2002–03 115 3,470,945 $2.6 30,182 [36]

Highest-grossing tours by decade[edit]

1980s[edit]

Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2020 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $135,000,000 $278,444,295 Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour 1987–89 197 5,500,000 0.68 21,250 [37][38]
2 $125,738,964 $271,821,176 Michael Jackson Bad World Tour 1987–89 123 4,498,300 1.02 36,571 [39][40]
3 $98,000,000 $202,129,933 The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels Tour 1989 57 3,268,722 1,71 57,346 [41][42]
4 $86,000,000 $193,537,786 David Bowie Glass Spider Tour 1987 86 3,000,000 1.0 34,884 [43][44]
5 $85,000,000 $202,059,097 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Born in the U.S.A. Tour 1984–85 156 0.55 [45]
6 $75,000,000 $184,569,186 The Jacksons Victory Tour 1984 55 2,750,000 1.36 50,000 [46]
7 $56,278,095 $126,650,441 U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 1987 109 3,176,952 0.5 29,146 [47]
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 [46]

1990s[edit]

Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2020 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $320,000,000 $536,920,725 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour 1994–95 129 6,336,776 2.6 51,103 [35]
2 $274,000,000 $429,796,243 The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon Tour 1997–98 108 [36]
3 $250,000,000 $431,241,581 Pink Floyd The Division Bell Tour 1994 110 6,000,000 2.3 45,000 [48]
4 $171,677,027 $273,423,424 U2 PopMart Tour 1997–98 93 3,936,841 1.8 42,332 [47]
5 $165,000,000 $262,789,179 Michael Jackson HIStory World Tour 1996–97 83 4,500,000 2.01 54,878 [49]
6 $151,000,000 $267,250,173 U2 Zoo TV Tour 1992–93 157 5,350,554 0.96 34,080 [47][50]
7 $142,700,000[a] $239,433,086 Eagles Hell Freezes Over Tour 1994–95 [51][52]
8 $105,000,000 $164,702,940 Garth Brooks The Garth Brooks World Tour 1996–98 220 5,500,000 0.49 25,346 [53][54]
9 $100,300,000 $144,814,570 Michael Jackson Dangerous World Tour 1992–93 69 3,746,000 – 3,925,000 57,000 [55]
10 $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 [56][circular reference]
11 $74,000,000 $144,814,570 New Kids on the Block The Magic Summer Tour 1990–91 152 3,291,987 21,657 [42]
12 $70,000,000 $123,890,809 Madonna The Girlie Show World Tour 1993 39 1.79 [57][58]
13 $62,700,000 $122,700,993 Madonna Blond Ambition World Tour 1990 57 1.1 [59][58]

2000s[edit]

Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted
2020 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $736,421,584 $836,971,454 U2 U2 360° Tour 2009–11 110 7,272,046 6.7 66,110 [7]
2 $558,255,524 $688,344,919 The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour 2005–07 144 4,680,000 3.8 32,500 [7]
3 $441,121,000 $495,041,025 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 2008–10 167 4,846,965 2.6 29,023 [21]
4 $408,000,000 $486,220,568 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008–09 85 3,545,899 4.79 41,716 [21]
5 $389,047,636 $493,405,907 U2 Vertigo Tour 2005–06 131 4,619,021 2.96 35,259 [23]
6 $362,000,000 $429,868,006 The Police The Police Reunion Tour 2007–08 156 3,300,912 2.3 21,160 [28]
7 $311,000,000 $432,238,242 The Rolling Stones Licks Tour 2002–03 115 3,470,945 2.6 30,182 [36]
8 $279,200,000 $331,544,606 Celine Dion Taking Chances World Tour 2008–09 132 2,600,000 2.1 19,697 [10][11][60]
9 $250,000,000 $327,270,404 Cher Living Proof: The Farewell Tour 2002–05 326 3,500,000 0.6 10,800 [61]
10 $235,000,000 $279,057,960 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Magic Tour 2007–08 100 2,198,353 2.4 21,983 [62]
11 $221,500,000 $307,848,137 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The Rising Tour 2002–03 120 3,232,384 1.8 31,081 [63]
12 $217,245,629 $254,707,488 Metallica World Magnetic Tour 2008–10 164 2,774,413 1.3 16.917
13 $210,650,974 $250,143,962 Bon Jovi Lost Highway Tour 2007–08 99 2,157,675 2.1 21,794 [62]
14 $194,754,447 $246,995,447 Madonna Confessions Tour 2006 60 1,210,294 3.2 20,171 [64]
15 $167,000,000 $199,016,752 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Working on a Dream Tour 2009 80 1,831,770 2.1 22,897 [11]
16 $142,844,463 $206,253,338 U2 Elevation Tour 2001 112 2,162,282 1.3 19,306 [65]
17 $141,000,000 $173,857,005 Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Soul2Soul II Tour 2006–07 117 1,673,667 1.2 14,304 [66]
18 $132,500,000 $157,902,513 Tina Turner Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour 2008–09 90 1,176,199 1.47 13,068 [10][11]
19 $131,800,000 $157,068,311 Britney Spears The Circus Starring Britney Spears 2009 97 1,500,000 1.4 15,488 [11]
20 $131,388,461 $166,632,147 Bon Jovi Have a Nice Day Tour 2005–06 89 1,823,834 1.7 23,382 [67]
21 $129,059,653 $159,134,218 Genesis Turn It On Again: The Tour 2007 46 1,262,393 2.8 27,443 [68][69]
22 $126,800,000 $156,348,002 Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveShow 2007 119 1,600,000 1 13,445 [70]

2010s[edit]

Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2020 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $736,700,000 $736,700,000 Ed Sheeran ÷ Tour 2017–19 205 6,386,364 2.71 31,153 [1][2]
2 $563,300,000 $573,526,888 Guns N' Roses Not in This Lifetime... Tour 2016–19 159 4,377,126 3.85 35,017 [6][1][2]
3 $523,033,675 $557,191,864 Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour 2016–17 114 5,389,536 4.59 45,128 [8]
4 $458,673,798 $503,427,256 Roger Waters The Wall 2010–13 219 4,129,863 2.09 18,858 [9]
5 $441,121,000 $517,187,951 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 2008–10 167 4,846,965 2.6 29,023 [10][11][12]
6 $415.600.000 $415,600,000 The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour 2017–19 45 2,290,871 9.23 50,909 [71]
7 $414,450,000 $414,450,000 Metallica WorldWired Tour 2016–present 139 4,055,397 2.98 29,175 [72][73][14][74][75]

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8 $397,300,000 $397,300,000 Pink Beautiful Trauma Tour 2018–19 156 3,088,647 2 19,799 [78]
9 $375,828,391 $382,622,767 Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour 2017–18 204 3,298,583 1.84 16,120 [1][2]
10 $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 0.96 14,669 [24][25][26][27]
11 $345,700,000 $351,874,477 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour 2018 53 2,888,918 6.5 54,507 [31]
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 [29][30]
13 $316,000,000 $336,637,271 U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 2017 51 2,713,136 6.19 53,198 [33]
14 $306,500,000 $326,516,847 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The River Tour 2016 2016–17 89 2,667,775 4.0 29,020 [25][26]
15 $305,158,363 $339,836,455 Madonna The MDNA Tour 2012 88 2,212,345 3.47 25,140 [36]
16 $301,000,000 $306,464,750 Billy Joel Billy Joel in Concert 2014–present 120 2,065,755 2.2 22,205 [6][24][25][27][79]
17 $290,178,452 $313,387,833 One Direction Where We Are Tour 2014 69 3,449,560 4.2 49,848 [80]
18 $275,700,000 $297,375,137 Paul McCartney Out There! Tour 2013–15 84 1,958,754 3.28 23,319 [24][25][30]
19 $259,500,000 $284,819,786 Bon Jovi Because We Can 2013 102 2,657,502 2.67 27,397 [30]
20 $256,500,000 $273,251,456 Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour 2016–17 149 2,757,368 1.8 20,484 [6][79]
21 $256,084,556 $272,808,880 Beyoncé The Formation World Tour 2016 49 2,242,099 5.2 45,757 [81]

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.

See also[edit]

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