List of highest-grossing live music artists

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The Rolling Stones is the highest-grossing live music artist of all time.

The highest-grossing live music artists (also known as "highest-grossing touring artists")[a] are reported by Billboard and Pollstar boxscores. The cumulative figures may be incomplete because not all concert dates are reported by either publications.

The Rolling Stones is the highest-grossing live music act of all time, collecting over $2.5 billion according to Billboard Boxscore. The band is followed by U2, who also passed two-billion mark in concert revenue. Concert industry is very male-dominated,[1] and the only women to gross more than $1 billion are Madonna, Celine Dion, and Beyoncé; with Madonna being the first woman to score that sum.[2]

All-time ranking[edit]

Elton John is the highest-grossing solo live music artist of all time.
Madonna is the highest-grossing female live music artist of all time.

Pollstar[edit]

Artists with concert revenue of over US$1 billion according to Pollstar data (1980–2022)[3]
Rank Artists Nationality Actual gross Tickets sold
1 The Rolling Stones United Kingdom $2,165,280,638 22,137,799
2 U2 Ireland $2,127,771,684 26,178,043
3 Elton John United Kingdom $1,748,183,036 19,756,467
4 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band United States $1,527,407,373 20,845,687
5 Madonna United States $1,389,746,222 11,672,443
6 Celine Dion Canada $1,354,352,578 10,906,984
7 Bon Jovi United States $1,329,891,400 17,750,044
8 Eagles United States $1,314,544,780 10,995,128
9 Metallica United States $1,219,599,179 19,468,173
10 Paul McCartney United Kingdom $1,193,812,645 10,459,620
11 Billy Joel United States $1,187,103,345 16,973,102
12 Kenny Chesney United States $1,110,826,825 16,410,448
13 Dave Matthews Band United States $1,085,558,730 23,279,056
14 Coldplay United Kingdom $1,038,862,173 12,532,987
15 Beyoncé United States $1,012,704,645 9,338,305

Billboard[edit]

Artists with concert revenue of over US$1 billion according to Billboard data
Rank Artists Nationality Actual gross Tickets sold As of Ref.
1 The Rolling Stones United Kingdom $2.5 billion 27.8 million 2021 [4]
2 U2 Ireland $2.22 billion 28.3 million 2021 [5]
3 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band United States $1.489 billion 2017 [b]
4 Elton John United Kingdom $1.398 billion 17.2 million 2020 [9]
5 Madonna United States $1.376 billion 2020 [9]
6 Celine Dion Canada $1.115 billion 8.8 million 2019 [c]
7 Bon Jovi United States $1.03 billion 2016 [12]
8 Kenny Chesney United States $1.027 billion 2019 [d]
9 Coldplay United Kingdom $1.017 billion 12 million 2022 [14]
10 Eagles United States $1 billion 2022 [14]
11 Paul McCartney United Kingdom $1 billion 2022 [15]

Decade ranking[edit]

U2 occupied the top-two highest-grossing live music act of the decade twice, topping the 2010s list.
Celine Dion is the highest-grossing solo live music artist in North America of the 2000s.
Ed Sheeran is the highest-grossing male live music artist of the 2010s.
Taylor Swift is the highest-grossing female live music artist of the 2010s.

2000s[edit]

Top 10 highest-grossing live music artists of the 2000s (Billboard)[16]
Rank Artists Nationality Actual gross Tickets sold
1 The Rolling Stones United Kingdom $869,471,325 8,236,586
2 U2 Ireland $844,157,925 9,869,953
3 Madonna United States $801,299,671 6,387,124
4 Bruce Springsteen United States $688,136,476 8,605,238
5 Elton John United Kingdom $603,804,670 5,789,833
6 Celine Dion Canada $536,593,262 4,099,963
7 Dave Matthews Band United States $505,447,901 11,230,696
8 Kenny Chesney United States $477,931,760 9,210,288
9 Bon Jovi United States $419,481,741 5,384,747
10 Billy Joel United States $418,421,266 4,141,287
Top 10 highest-grossing live music artists in North America of the 2000s (Pollstar)[17]
Rank Artists Nationality Actual gross Tickets sold
1 Dave Matthews Band United States $529.1 million 11.6 million
2 Celine Dion Canada $522.2 million 4 million
3 Kenny Chesney United States $455.6 million 8.6 million
4 Bruce Springsteen United States $444.3 million 5.7 million
5 The Rolling Stones United Kingdom $426.9 million 3.2 million
6 U2 Ireland $391 million 4.4 million
7 Madonna United States $325.3 million 2.1 million
8 Eagles United States $313.4 million 2.8 million
9 Elton John United Kingdom $286.4 million 2.5 million
10 Jimmy Buffett United States $285.8 million 4.5 million

2010s[edit]

Top 10 highest-grossing live music artists of the 2010s (Billboard)[18]
Rank Artists Nationality Actual gross
1 U2 Ireland $1.018 billion
2 Taylor Swift United States $910.2 million
3 The Rolling Stones United Kingdom $907.6 million
4 Ed Sheeran United Kingdom $848.3 million
5 Coldplay United Kingdom Unrevealed
6 Bruce Springsteen United States Unrevealed
7 Beyoncé United States Unrevealed
8 Bon Jovi United States Unrevealed
9 Paul McCartney United Kingdom Unrevealed
10 Roger Waters United States Unrevealed
Top 10 highest-grossing live music artists of the 2010s (Pollstar)[19]
Rank Artists Nationality Actual gross
1 U2 Ireland $1,038,104,132
2 The Rolling Stones United Kingdom $929,196,083
3 Ed Sheeran United Kingdom $922,361,663
4 Taylor Swift United States $899,627,048
5 Bon Jovi United States $868,715,392
6 Beyoncé United States $857,405,819
7 Paul McCartney United Kingdom $813,811,559
8 Coldplay United Kingdom $731,805,591
9 Bruce Springsteen United States $729,789,815
10 Roger Waters United States $702,231,419

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The figures are not limited from touring and may include standalone concerts or concert residencies.
  2. ^ Bruce Springsteen grossed $1,196,116,507 as of May 2014, according to Billboard.[6] He expanded the number with $255,364,196 in 2016 and $37,972,463 in 2017.[7][8]
  3. ^ Majority of Celine Dion's figure came from her Las Vegas concert residencies. She remains the highest-grossing residency artist of all time, with a total of $681 million as of 2019, according to Billboard.[10][11]
  4. ^ Kenny Chesney's figure includes his co-headlining concerts with Tim McGraw.[13]

References[edit]

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