Rolling Stones Top the List of 25 Highest-Grossing Artists Since 1990

Business | May 28, 2014, Wednesday // 16:03
Bulgaria: Rolling Stones Top the List of 25 Highest-Grossing Artists Since 1990 Rolling Stones. Photo: EPA/BGNES

The most long-lived British rock band, the Rolling Stones, topped the Billboard Top 25 Live Artists Since 1990 list for highest-grossing touring artists.

According to the Billboard magazine, they grossed USD 1.5 B from tours, since 1990. 
Also cracking the USD 1 B mark, and accompanying the Stones in the top five,  are other veterans of the international touring circuit: U2, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Bon Jovi.

U2 take out the number one spot for attendance, with 20.5 M people lining up to see 526 shows since 1990, followed closely by the Stones, who have notched up 19.6 M attendees across 538 shows.

The list proves that age is no barrier to success, with the average age of vocalists in the top 10 sitting at 56 years. More than half of the 25 acts feature artists who are over 60.

Also revealing is the fact that the list features only four acts who have released their debut albums since 1990: Dave Matthews Band (1993), Toby Keith (1993), Kenny Chesney (1994) and Coldplay (2000).


Top 10 live artists since 1990

1. The Rolling Stones
Gross: USD 1,565,792,382
Attendance: 19,677,569
Shows: 538

2. U2
Gross: USD 1,514,979,793
Attendance: 20,536,168
Shows: 526

3. Bruce Springsteen
Gross: USD 1,196,116,507
Attendance: 15,010,773
Shows: 727

4. Madonna
Gross: USD 1,140,230,941
Attendance: 9,694,079
Shows: 382

5. Bon Jovi
Gross: USD 1,030,082,884
Attendance: 12,333,668
Shows: 578

6. Elton John
Gross: USD 786,791,043
Attendance: 12,164,513
Shows: 956

7. Dave Matthews Band
Gross: USD 776,969,736
Attendance: 17,823,077
Shows: 992

8. Celine Dion
Gross: USD 737,573,927
Attendance: 6,546,109
Shows: 1,143

9. Kenny Chesney
Gross: USD 752,706,599
Attendance: 12,681,629
Shows: 755

10. The Eagles
Gross: USD 702,110,908
Attendance: 7,720,760
Shows: 484

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