List of highest-grossing concert tours

Incomplete list of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time.
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With over 300 dates, the ÷ Tour 22 by Ed Sheeran is the highest-grossing concert tour of all time, unadjusted for inflation.

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

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
(2022 $)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average gross per show (millions) Average attendance per show Ref.
1 $776,200,000 $822,672,992 Ed Sheeran ÷ Tour 2017–19 255 8,796,567 $3.04 34,496 [1][2][3][4][5]
2 $736,421,584 $887,082,982 U2 U2 360° Tour 2009–11 110 7,272,046 $6.69 66,110
3 $584,200,000 $619,177,483 Guns N' Roses Not in This Lifetime... Tour 2016–19 158 5,371,891 $3.7 33,999 [6]
4 $558,255,524 $729,557,813 The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour 2005–07 147 4,680,000 $3.8 31,837 [7]
5 $546,515,799 $579,237,036 The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour 2017–2021 58 2,867,799 $9.42 49,445 [8]
6 $523,033,675 $590,552,304 Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour 2016–17 114 5,389,586 $4.59 47,277 [9]
7 $458,673,798 $533,568,677 Roger Waters The Wall Live 2010–13 219 4,129,863 $2.09 18,858 [10]
8 $441,121,000 $548,153,259 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 2008–10 167 4,846,965 $2.64 29,024 [11][12][13]
9 $416,900,000 $441,860,823 Metallica WorldWired Tour 2016–2019 128 4,055,397 $3.26 31,683 [14][15]

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10 $411,000,000 $519,120,987 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008–09 85 3,545,899 $4.84 41,716 [18][19]
11 $397,300,000 $421,087,323 Pink Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018–19 156 3,088,647 $2.55 19,799 [20]
12 $390,778,581 $431,999,726 U2 The Joshua Tree Tours 2017 and 2019 2017, 2019 66 3,279,712 $5.92 49,693 [21][22][23]
13 $389,047,636 $522,947,326 U2 Vertigo Tour 2005–06 131 4,619,021 $2.97 35,260 [24]
14 $367,700,000 $396,035,118 Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour 2017–18 204 3,298,583 $1.8 16,170 [1][2]
15 $364,300,000 $393,121,508 Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood World Tour 2014–17 390 6,443,727 $0.93 16,522 [25][26][27][28]
16 $362,000,000 $455,605,255 The Police The Police Reunion Tour 2007–08 143 3,300,912 $2.53 23,083 [29]
17 $358,600,000 $380,070,259 Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road 2018–present 178 2,630,000 $2.01 14,775 [30]
18 $355,600,000 $449,147,014 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Wrecking Ball World Tour 2012–13 136 3,650,535 $2.61 26,842 [31][32]
19 $345,700,000 $373,049,973 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour 2018 53 2,888,892 $6.52 54,507 [33][34]
20 $320,000,000 $569,067,482 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour 1994–95 124 6,336,776 $2.58 51,103 [35]

Highest-grossing tours by decade

1980s

List of the highest-grossing tours of the 1980s decade
Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2022 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $135,000,000 $295,115,436 Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour 1987–89 197 5,500,000 $0.69 27,919
2 $125,738,964 $288,095,775 Michael Jackson Bad World Tour 1987–89 123 4,498,300 $1.02 36,572 [36][37]
3 $98,000,000 $214,231,946 The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels Tour 1989 57 3,268,722 $1.72 57,346 [38][39]
4 $86,000,000 $205,125,366 David Bowie Glass Spider Tour 1987 86 3,000,000 $1 34,884 [40][41]
5 $85,000,000 $214,156,869 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Born in the U.S.A. Tour 1984–85 156 3,900,000 $0.54 25,000 [42]
6 $75,000,000 $195,619,795 The Jacksons Victory Tour 1984 55 2,750,000 $1.36 50,000 [43]
7 $60,000,000 $137,473,270 Tina Turner Break Every Rule World Tour 1987-88 220 4,000,000 $0.27 18,182 [44][45][46]
8 $56,278,095 $134,233,312 U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 1987 109 3,176,952 $0.52 29,146 [47]
9 $52,000,000 $154,991,215 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones American Tour 1981 1981 50 3,000,000 $1.04 60,000 [43]

1990s

List of the highest-grossing tours of the 1990s decade
Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2022 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $320,000,000 $569,067,482 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour 1994–95 129 6,336,776 $2.48 49,122
2 $274,000,000 $455,529,196 The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon Tour 1997–98 108 $2.54 [48]
3 $250,000,000 $457,061,069 Pink Floyd The Division Bell Tour 1994 110 6,000,000 $2.27 54,545 [49]
4 $171,677,027 $289,793,953 U2 PopMart Tour 1997–98 93 3,936,841 $1.85 42,332 [47]
5 $165,000,000 $278,523,010 Michael Jackson HIStory World Tour 1996–97 82 4,500,000 $2.39 65,217 [50]
6 $151,000,000 $283,251,094 U2 Zoo TV Tour 1992–93 157 5,350,554 $0.96 34,080 [47][51]
7 $142,700,000[a] $253,768,530 Eagles Hell Freezes Over Tour 1994–95 [52][53]
8 $130,000,000 $219,442,371 Tina Turner Wildest Dreams Tour 1996–97 3,000,000 (Europe) [54][55]
9 $105,000,000 $174,564,108 Garth Brooks The Garth Brooks World Tour 1996–98 220 5,500,000 $0.48 25,000 [56][57]
11 $74,000,000 $153,484,972 New Kids on the Block The Magic Summer Tour 1990–91 152 3,291,987 $0.49 21,658 [39]
12 $70,000,000 $145,188,487 Tina Turner Foreign Affair: The Farewell Tour 1990 121 3,000,000 $0.58 24,793 [58][59]
$70,000,000 $131,308,454 Madonna The Girlie Show 1993 39 1,369,123 $1.79 35,106 [60][61]
14 $62,700,000 $130,047,402 Madonna Blond Ambition World Tour 1990 57 887,772 $1.1 15,575 [62][63]

2000s

List of the top 20 highest-grossing tours of the 2000s decade
Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted
2022 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $558,255,524 $729,557,813 The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour 2005–07 144 4,680,000 $3.88 32,500
2 $411,000,000 $519,120,987 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008–09 85 3,545,899 $4.84 41,716 [18][19]
3 $389,047,636 $522,947,326 U2 Vertigo Tour 2005–06 131 4,619,021 $2.97 35,260 [24]
4 $362,000,000 $455,605,255 The Police The Police Reunion Tour 2007–08 156 3,300,912 $2.32 21,160 [29]
5 $311,000,000 $458,117,402 The Rolling Stones Licks Tour 2002–03 115 3,470,945 $2.7 30,182 [48]
6 $279,200,000 $351,394,992 Celine Dion Taking Chances World Tour 2008–09 132 2,600,000 $2.12 19,697 [11][12][64]
7 $250,000,000 $346,864,883 Cher Living Proof: The Farewell Tour 2002–05 326 3,500,000 $0.77 10,736 [65][better source needed]
8 $235,000,000 $295,765,842 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Magic Tour 2007–08 100 2,198,353 $2.35 21,984 [66]
9 $221,500,000 $326,279,758 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The Rising Tour 2002–03 120 3,232,384 $1.85 26,937 [67]
10 $210,650,974 $265,120,693 Bon Jovi Lost Highway Tour 2007–08 99 2,157,675 $2.13 21,795 [66]
11 $209,400,000 $260,208,179 Coldplay Viva la Vida Tour 2008-10 168 2,831,377 $1.25 16,853 [68]
12 $194,754,447 $261,783,668 Madonna Confessions Tour 2006 60 1,210,294 $3.25 20,172 [69]
13 $167,000,000 $210,932,372 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Working on a Dream Tour 2009 80 1,831,770 $2.09 22,897 [12]
14 $142,844,463 $218,602,229 U2 Elevation Tour 2001 112 2,162,282 $1.28 19,306 [70]
15 $141,000,000 $184,266,249 Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Soul2Soul II Tour 2006–07 117 1,673,667 $1.21 14,305 [71]
16 $132,500,000 $167,356,522 Tina Turner Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour 2008–09 90 1,176,199 $1.47 13,069 [11][12]
17 $131,800,000 $166,472,375 Britney Spears The Circus Starring Britney Spears 2009 97 1,500,000 $1.36 15,464 [12]
18 $131,388,461 $176,608,821 Bon Jovi Have a Nice Day Tour 2005–06 89 1,823,834 $1.48 20,493 [72]
19 $129,059,653 $168,661,973 Genesis Turn It On Again: The Tour 2007 46 1,262,393 $2.81 27,443 [73][74]
20 $126,800,000 $165,708,939 Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveShow 2007 119 1,600,000 $1.07 13,445 [75]

2010s

List of the top 20 highest-grossing tours of the 2010s decade
Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2022 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $776,200,000 $822,672,992 Ed Sheeran ÷ Tour 2017–19 255 8,796,567 $3.04 34,496
2 $736,421,584 $887,082,982 U2 U2 360° Tour 2009–11 110 7,272,046 $6.69 66,110 [7]
3 $563,300,000 $607,865,346 Guns N' Roses Not in This Lifetime... Tour 2016–19 175 4,377,126 $3.22 25,012 [76][1][2]
4 $523,033,675 $590,552,304 Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour 2016–17 114 5,389,536 $4.59 47,277 [9]
5 $458,673,798 $533,568,677 Roger Waters The Wall Live 2010–13 219 4,129,863 $2.09 18,858 [10]
6 $454,000,000 $457,000,000 Billy Joel Billy Joel in Concert 2014–present 120 2,065,755 $2.51 17,215 [76][25][26][28][77]
7 $441,121,000 $548,153,259 AC/DC Black Ice World Tour 2008–10 167 4,846,965 $2.64 29,024 [18]
8 $416,900,000 $441,860,823 Metallica WorldWired Tour 2016–2019 128 4,055,397 $3.26 31,683 [14][15]

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9 $415,600,000 $440,482,988 The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour 2017–2021 45 2,290,871 $9.24 50,908 [8]
10 $397,300,000 $421,087,323 Pink Beautiful Trauma Tour 2018–19 156 3,088,647 $2.55 19,799 [20]
11 $390,778,581 $431,999,726 U2 The Joshua Tree Tours 2017 and 2019 2017, 2019 66 3,279,712 $5.92 49,693 [21][22][23]
12 $375,828,391 $405,531,328 Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour 2017–18 204 3,298,583 $1.84 16,170 [1][2]
13 $364,300,000 $351,034,207 Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood 2014–17 366 4,743,727 $1 12,961 [25][26][27][28]
14 $358,600,000 $380,070,259 Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road 2018–present 178 2,630,000 $2.01 14,775 [30]
15 $355,600,000 $413,664,400 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Wrecking Ball World Tour 2012–13 127 3,650,535 $2.8 28,744 [31][32]
16 $345,700,000 $372,942,062 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour 2018 53 2,888,918 $6.52 54,508 [33]
17 $306,500,000 $346,066,209 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The River Tour 2016 2016–17 89 2,667,775 $3.44 29,975 [26][27]
18 $305,158,363 $360,183,295 Madonna The MDNA Tour 2012 88 2,212,345 $3.47 25,140 [48]
19 $290,178,452 $332,151,129 One Direction Where We Are Tour 2014 69 3,449,560 $4.21 49,994 [79]
20 $275,700,000 $315,179,714 Paul McCartney Out There! Tour 2013–15 84 1,958,754 $3.28 23,319 [25][26][32]

2020s

List of the top 20 highest-grossing tours of the 2020s decade
Rank Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2022 gross)
Artist Tour name Year(s) Shows Attendance Average
ticket price
Average
gross (millions)
Average
attendance
Ref.
1 $181,027,830 Ed Sheeran +–=÷x Tour 2022–present 39 2,234,199 $81.03 $4.64 57,287 [80]
2 $179,684,106 Coldplay Music of the Spheres World Tour 2022–present 34 1,947,618 $92.26 $5.28 57,283 [81]
3 $157,438,120 Harry Styles Love On Tour 2021–present 67 1,394,278 $112.92 $2.35 20,810 [82]
4 $137,268,384 Bad Bunny World's Hottest Tour 2022–present 13 580,566 $236.44 $10.5 44,659 [83]
5 $135,259,120 Kenny Chesney Here and Now Tour 2022 41 1,296,079 $104.36 $3.3 31,612 [84]
6 $116,762,953 Bad Bunny El Último Tour del Mundo 2022 2022 35 574,868 $203.11 $3.34 16,425 [85]
7 $112,394,525 Lady Gaga The Chromatica Ball 2022 2022 20 833,798 $161.67 $6.74 41,690
8 $105,077,787 Paul McCartney Got Back 2022 16 423,659 $248.02 $6.57 26,479 [86]
9 $104,752,124 Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses 2020 Tour 2020–present 37 961,622 $108.93 $2.83 25,990 [87]
10 $100,288,913 Genesis The Last Domino? Tour 2021–2022 47 562,579 $178.27 $2.13 11,970 [88]

Highest-grossing tours annually

List of the annual highest-grossing tours
Year Actual gross Inflation
(adjusted 2022 gross)
Artist(s) Tour name Shows Attendance Ref.
1989 $98,000,000 $214,231,946 The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels Tour 57 3,268,722
1990 $74,100,000 $153,692,384 New Kids on the Block The Magic Summer Tour 220 2,392,923 [89]
1991 $34,700,000 $69,035,451 The Grateful Dead Grateful Dead Summer Tour 76 [89]
1992 $67,000,000 $129,376,571 U2 Zoo TV Tour 73 2,495,984 [90]
1993 $45,600,000 $85,538,079 The Grateful Dead Grateful Dead Tour 1993 [91]
1994 $121,200,000 $221,583,206 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour 129 6,336,776 [92]
1995 $63,300,000 $112,568,661 Eagles Hell Freezes Over Tour [93]
1996 $43,600,000 $75,330,957 Kiss Alive/Worldwide Tour 92 1,200,000 [94]
1997 $87,000,000 $146,857,587 The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon Tour 33 1,404,768 [95]
1998 $193,350,000 $321,447,336 64 3,032,799 [96]
1999 $89,200,000 $145,097,004 No Security Tour 43 1,078,186 [97]
2000 $122,500,000 $192,757,005 Tina Turner Twenty Four Seven Tour 108 2,400,000 [98][99]
2001 $143,000,000 $218,840,256 U2 Elevation Tour 113 2,179,642 [100][101]
2002 $126,100,000 $189,978,224 Paul McCartney Driving World Tour 58 996,667 [102]
2003 $115,900,000 $170,726,067 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The Rising Tour 43 3,232,384 [103]
2004 $125,000,000 $179,329,634 Madonna Re-Invention World Tour 56 900,000 [104]
2005 $260,000,000 $360,739,479 U2 Vertigo Tour 90 3,000,000 [105]
2006 $138,500,000 $186,167,960 The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour 147 1,010,000 [106]
2007 $212,000,000 $277,052,801 The Police The Police Reunion Tour 151 1,800,000 [107]
2008 $210,650,974 $265,120,693 Bon Jovi Lost Highway Tour 99 2,157,675 [108]
2009 $311,637,730 $393,619,674 U2 U2 360° Tour 44 3,071,290 [109]
2010 $146,507,388 $182,055,495 Bon Jovi The Circle Tour 69 1,591,154 [110]
2011 $293,281,487 $353,282,714 U2 U2 360° Tour 44 2,887,972 [111]
2012 $305,200,000 $401,307,436 Madonna The MDNA Tour 88 2,212,345 [112]
2013 $205,158,370 $238,657,801 Bon Jovi Because We Can 90 2,178,170 [113]
2014 $290,178,452 $332,151,129 One Direction Where We Are Tour 69 3,439,560 [114][115]
2015 $250,733,097 $286,637,598 Taylor Swift The 1989 World Tour 85 2,278,647 [116]
2016 $268,300,000 $302,934,956 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The River Tour 76 2,406,591 [117]
2017 $316,000,000 $349,333,152 U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 50 2,713,136 [118]
2018 $432,400,000 $466,609,223 Ed Sheeran ÷ Tour 94 4,860,482 [119]
2019 $215,200,000 $228,084,550 Pink Beautiful Trauma Tour 68 1,818,933 [120]
2020 $87,100,000 $91,199,087 Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road 38 664,749 [121]
2021 $115,500,000 $115,500,000 The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour 12 516,624 [122]

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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