Classic Oldies News

Pollstar, a tour industry publication, has released a list of the artists who have sold the most concert tickets since 1980. On that list are some of rock’s most iconic acts.

Topping the concert ticket sales list was U2 with over 26 million tickets sold. Pollstar noted of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame group’s humble early days, “U2’s first show recorded in the archives was a performance for 1,440 patrons at Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on Nov. 29, 1981, during the band’s “October” tour supporting their second studio album. It was the fourth headlining trek in the group’s touring history and ran for about one year, wrapping in August 1982.”

A number of major rock acts are scattered throughout the top 2o of the massive 150 artist ranking. Among them are Bon Jovi, the Eagles, Metallica, Paul McCartney and more.

Scroll below and see which acts made the top 20 of Pollstar’s Top Touring Artists list along with their total touring grosses.

  • 20. Ed Sheeran

    Tickets sold: 11,865,380

  • 19. Tim McGraw

    Tickets sold: 12,266,482

  • 18. George Strait

    Tickets sold: 12,287,930

  • 17. Coldplay

    Tickets sold: 12,532,987

  • 16. Neil Diamond

    Tickets sold: 12,948,499

  • 15. Rod Stewart

    Tickets sold: 13,173,925

  • 14. Jimmy Buffett

    Tickets sold: 13,297,669

  • 13. Aerosmith

    Tickets sold: 13,336,974

  • 12. Phish

    Tickets sold: 13,501,959

  • 11. Trans-Siberian Orchestra

    Tickets sold: 15,276,864

  • 10. Grateful Dead

    Tickets sold: 15,549,243

  • 9. Kenny Chesney

    Tickets sold: 16,410,448

  • 8. Billy Joel

    Tickets sold: 16,973,102

  • 7. Bon Jovi

    Tickets sold: 17,750,044

  • 6. Metallica

    Tickets sold: 19,468,173

  • 5. Elton John

    Tickets sold: 19,756,467

  • 4. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

    Tickets sold: 20,845,687

  • 3. The Rolling Stones

    Tickets sold: 22,137,799

  • 2. Dave Matthews Band

    Tickets sold: 23,279,056

  • 1. U2

    Tickets sold: 26,178,043