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List of highest-grossing live music artists

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") 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, 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.

All-time ranking

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

Artists with concert revenue of over US$1 billion according to Pollstar data (1980–2022)
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

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
2 U2 Ireland $2.22 billion 28.3 million 2021
3 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band United States $1.489 billion 2017
4 Elton John United Kingdom $1.398 billion 17.2 million 2020
5 Madonna United States $1.376 billion 2020
6 Celine Dion Canada $1.115 billion 8.8 million 2019
7 Bon Jovi United States $1.03 billion 2016
8 Kenny Chesney United States $1.027 billion 2019
9 Coldplay United Kingdom $1.017 billion 12 million 2022
10 Eagles United States $1 billion 2022
11 Paul McCartney United Kingdom $1 billion 2022

Decade ranking

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

2000s

Top 10 highest-grossing live music artists of the 2000s (Billboard)
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)
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

Top 10 highest-grossing live music artists of the 2010s (Billboard)
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)
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

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