List of highest-attended concerts

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The record for biggest concert attendance is held by Vasco Rossi (left) for a ticketed concert and Rod Stewart (right) for a free concert.

This page lists the highest-attended concerts of all time. The oldest 100-thousand-crowd concert reported to Billboard Boxscore is Grateful Dead's gig at the Raceway Park, Englishtown, New Jersey on 3 September 1977. The concert was attended by 107,019 people, which remains the largest ticketed concert in the United States to date. Frank Sinatra, Tina Turner, and Paul McCartney broke the record respectively in Maracanã Stadium. With an audience of over 184,000 people on 21 April 1990, McCartney held the record for 27 years. Italian singer Vasco Rossi surpassed McCartney's record with his solo concert on 1 July 2017. The concert was a celebration of his 40 years of career.

Highest-attended concerts

Key
 • Indicates the concert was the highest-attended of all time up to that point

Single-artist concerts

The following are the highest-attended single-artist's ticketed concerts (excluding music festivals) with attendance of 100,000 people or more.

Date Artist Venue City Title Attendance Ref.
21 July 1983 Diana Ross  • Central Park New York Up Front Tour 450,000 [1]
1 July 2017 Vasco Rossi  • Enzo Ferrari Park Modena Modena Park 2017 220,000 [2]
21 April 1990 Paul McCartney  • Maracanã Stadium Rio de Janeiro The Paul McCartney World Tour 184,000 [3]
16 January 1988 Tina Turner  • Maracanã Stadium Rio de Janeiro Break Every Rule World Tour 180,000 [4][5]
26 January 1980 Frank Sinatra  • Maracanã Stadium Rio de Janeiro Frank Sinatra Live 175,000 [4][6]
10 September 2005 Luciano Ligabue Aeroporto di Reggio Emilia Reggio Emilia Campovolo 165,264 [7]
19 July 1988 Bruce Springsteen Radrennbahn Weissensee Berlin Tunnel of Love Express Tour 160,000 [8]
20 September 1997 U2 Aeroporto di Reggio Emilia Reggio Emilia PopMart Tour 150,000 [9]
20 March 1981 Queen Estádio do Morumbi São Paulo The Game Tour 131,000 [10]
29 August 1987 Madonna Parc de Sceaux Paris Who's That Girl World Tour 130,000 [11]
5 August 1995 The Rolling Stones Strahov Stadium Prague Voodoo Lounge Tour 126,742 [12]
7 September 1996 Michael Jackson Letná Park Prague HIStory World Tour 125,000 [13]
10 August 1996 Oasis Knebworth Park Stevenage (What's the Story) Morning Glory? Tour 125,000 [14]
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11 August 1996 125,000
1 August 2003 Robbie Williams Knebworth Park Stevenage 2003 Tour 125,000 [16]
2 August 2003 125,000
3 August 2003 125,000
21 March 1981 Queen Estádio do Morumbi São Paulo The Game Tour 120,000 [17]
25 July 1982 The Rolling Stones Roundhay Park Leeds The Rolling Stones European Tour 1982 120,000 [18]
9 August 1986 Queen Knebworth Park Stevenage Magic Tour 120,000 [19]
6 November 1993 Madonna Maracanã Stadium Rio de Janeiro The Girlie Show World Tour 120,000 [20]
20 September 1996 Michael Jackson Bemowo, Airport Warsaw HIStory World Tour 120,000 [21]
15 July 1987 U2 Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Madrid The Joshua Tree Tour 115,000 [22]
3 September 1977 Grateful Dead  • Raceway Park Englishtown Terrapin Station Tour 107,019 [23]

Free concerts

The following are free concerts with reported attendance of one million people or more. It also includes multi-artist festivals which may not be directly comparable with single-artist concerts. Attendance numbers for many of the kinds of events listed here rely on estimations from the promoters and are known to be exaggerations.[24]

Date Headlining artist Location City Event Attendance Ref.
31 December 1993 Rod Stewart  • Copacabana Beach Rio de Janeiro New Year's Eve 3,500,000 [25]
6 September 1997 Jean-Michel Jarre State University of Moscow Moscow The 850th Anniversary of Moscow 3,500,000 [26]
14 July 1990 Jean-Michel Jarre  • La Défense Paris Bastille Day 2,000,000 [27]
28 September 1991 AC/DC, Pantera, Metallica, The Black Crowes, E.S.T. Tushino Airfield Moscow Monsters of Rock 1,600,000 [28][29]
2 July 2005 Various artists Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia Live 8 1,500,000 [30]
18 February 2006 The Rolling Stones Copacabana Beach Rio de Janeiro A Bigger Bang 1,500,000 [31][32]
5 April 1986 Jean-Michel Jarre  • Downtown Houston Houston Rendez-vous Houston 1,300,000 [33][34]
20 September 2009 Various artists Plaza de la Revolución Havana Paz Sin Fronteras II 1,100,000 [35][36]

See also

References

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