The 20 Artists Who Made the Most Money Last Year

 “Billboard” has put out their annual ‘Music Moneymakers’ list, which ranks the 50 artists who raked in the most money last year.  The estimates include stuff like music sales, streaming, ringtones, publishing royalties, and touring, which is where the big money comes from these days.



They only count U.S. sales and touring, so anyone who spent a lot of last year touring abroad won’t have that income added.  Merchandise sales and sponsorships weren’t included either, because there wasn’t enough information available to make it consistent across the board.



U2 is #1, with an estimated net income of $54.4 million.  GARTH BROOKS was a close second at $52.2 million. 



Here are the Top 20 Music Moneymakers:



1.  U2, $54.4 million


2.  Garth Brooks, $52.2 million


3.  Metallica, $43.2 million


4.  Bruno Mars, $40.7 million


5.  Ed Sheeran, $31.3 million


6.  Lady Gaga, $29.7 million


7.  Billy Joel, $29.2 million


8.  Guns N’ Roses, $27.8 million


9.  Roger Waters, $27.2 million


10.  Coldplay, $26.5 million


11.  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, $23.4 million


12.  The Weeknd, $23.3 million


13.  Kendrick Lamar, $21.7 million


14.  Red Hot Chili Peppers, $21.6 million


15.  Luke Bryan, $21 million


16.  Florida Georgia Line, $20.9 million


17.  Paul McCartney, $20.5 million


18.  Jay-Z, $19.8 million


19.  Eric Church, $19.4 million


20.  Bruce Springsteen, $18.5 million.



(Hit up for the whole list, along with cool breakdowns of how each artist made their money.)