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Record Breaking Events: The Tours That Left A Mark

Come with us and dive deep into the highest-grossing tours in the history of music. Will your favorite artist and their tours be in the top 10 among the highest-selling artists?

Highest-Grossing Tours

According to Billboard Boxscore’s recent data as of April 20, 2023, there are few tours who really made history as the highest-grossing ones, and very few of them took place in the past three years. Moreover, all of them happened in the 21st century, although a few of the artists to deliver these tours “belong” to the 20th.

One of these is Elton John, who currently owns first place, as his tour sold over $853 million. His Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour started in 2018, and continued all the way through 2020. The tour had to stop due to Covid-19, but started again in 2022. It finally ended in Stockholm, Sweden, on July 8, 2023.

Following one of the biggest pianists and singers of the ’80s are the other great ones from the same period. U2 and their U2 360° Tour (2009-11) conquered the third position with $736 million. Between the two on the podium is Ed Sheeran with The ÷ (Divide) Tour. Predictably, Harry Styles and his Love on Tour (2021-2023) also has a place in the top ten with $418 million.

We’ve been to Harry Styles’ last night of his tour! Make sure to check out how it went here!

Rina Sawayama Elton John "Chosen Family"
Rina Sawayama Elton John “Chosen Family”

Top Ten of the Highest-Grossing Tours

  1. Elton John — Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour (2018-20, 22-present): $853 million
  2. Ed Sheeran — The ÷ (Divide) Tour (2017-19): $776 million
  3. U2 — U2 360° Tour (2009-11): $736 million
  4. Guns N’ Roses — Not in This Lifetime… Tour (2016-19): $584 million
  5. The Rolling Stones — A Bigger Bang Tour (2005-07): $558 million
  6. The Rolling Stones — No Filter Tour (2017-19, 21): $547 million
  7. Coldplay — A Head Full of Dreams Tour (2016-17): $524 million
  8. Roger Waters — The Wall Live (2010-13): $459 million
  9. AC/DC — Black Ice World Tour (2008-10): $442 million
  10. Harry Styles — Love on Tour (2021-present):$418 million

A note goes to the show that defined 2023 and that surely we can’t leave unmentioned. Obviously, we’re talking about Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour.

The tour, which will move out of the US soon to bring Swift’s 10 albums to Latin America, Asia, Australia and Europe, has currently hit $1.4 billion, according to concert data tracker Pollstar. Previously, CNBC and Billboard mentioned that, “Swift’s tour would gross $590 million based on 52 tour dates.” However, the result has already been proven wrong, and with the new legs of the world tour, the tour has a total of at least 106 dates, for now, which will lead to way more than the $1 billion goal.

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