U2's 360 Tour Easily Out-Earned Everyone in 2011

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Marc Hogan

If you like rock music and have a pulse, chances are you saw U2's 360° Tour this past year. Bono and Co. had the biggest-grossing trek of the year, taking in slightly more than $293 million after playing to roughly 2.8 million people, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Irish stadium-rockers' mammoth tour hit Africa and the Americas in 2011, grossing more and drawing more attendance than any other tour in history over its three-year run.

The rest of the list is quite diverse. New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi took in more than $192 million on attendance of about 1.8 million fans, British pop vocal group Take That's reunion tour grossed $185 million, and founding Pink Floyd member Roger Waters' "The Wall Live" earned almost $150 million, according to THR. Next came Taylor Swift with a gross of $97 million on her guest- and cover-laden Speak Now tour, fellow country star Kenny Chesney with $84.5 million, and R&B hitmaker Usher with $75 million. Lady Gaga's $72 million, Dutch classical musician André Rieu's $67 million, and Sade's $53 million round out the top 10.

From Achtung Baby to Shock'n Y'all, check out THR's full list of the top 25 tours below:

1. U2, $293 million
2. Bon Jovi, $192 million
3. Take That, $185 million
4. Roger Waters, $150 million
5. Taylor Swift, $97 million
6. Kenny Chesney, $84.5 million
7. Usher, $75 million
8. Lady Gaga, $72 million
9. André Rieu, $67 million
10. Sade, $53 million
11. Michael Bublé, $50 million
12. Eagles, $50 million
13. Katy Perry, $49 million
14. Lil Wayne, $46 million
15. Justin Bieber, $44 million
16. Glee Live! In Concert!, $40 million
17. NKOTBSB, $40 million
18. Journey, $40 million
19. Britney Spears, $37 million
20. Iron Maiden, $33 million
21. Kylie Minogue, $32.5 million
22. Neil Diamond, $31 million
23. Enrique Iglesias, $30 million
24. Jason Aldean, $28 million
25. Toby Keith, $27 million

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