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Which acts made the most money from touring over the last 40 years? Here’s a chart.

Pollstar has been the bible of the touring music industry for four decades now, keeping track of such things as tickets sold and box office grosses. As part of its 40th anniversary, it pushed a chart of the acts that have made the most money on the road since Pollstar’s inception. Here are the top ten (figures in US dollars.)

  1. The Rolling Stones: $2,165,280,638 from 22,137,799 tickets sold
  2. U2: $2,127,771,864 from 26,178,04 tickets
  3. Elton John: $1,748,1377,036 from 19,756,467 tickets
  4. Bruce Springsteen: $1,527,407,373 from 20,845,687 tickets
  5. Madonna: $1,389,746,222 from 11,672,433 tickets
  6. Celine Dion: $1,354,352,222 from 10,906,984 tickets
  7. Bon Jovi: $1,329,981,400 from 17,750,044
  8. Eagles: $1,314,544,780 from 10,955,128 tickets
  9. Metallica: $1,219,589,179 from 19,468,173 tickets
  10. Paul McCartney: $1,193,812,645 from 10,459,620 tickets.

U2 sold the most tickets followed by:

  • Dave Matthews Band: 23,279,056
  • Rolling Stones: 22,137,799
  • Bruce Springsteen: 20,845,687
  • Elton John: 19,756,467

The whole chart can be found here.

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