30. Drake ($38.5 million)
Canadian rapper had best music sales of anyone not named Adele, thanks to albumViews. Juiced total with live shows and checks from Sprite, Nike and Apple.
29. Jennifer Lopez ($39.5 million)
Jenny From The Block rocked Las Vegas residency—and deals with L’Oreal, Endless Jewelry and her own fragrance.
28. Mumford & Sons ($40 million)
Grammy-winning folk rock band played nearly 100 shows in cities from Chicago to Cape Town in the wake of albumWilder Mind.
27. Jimmy Buffett ($40.5 million)
Singer isn’t wasting Margaritaville—instead, cashed in on Parrothead empire and still finds time to tour (27 dates in our scoring period).
25. Katy Perry ($41 million, tie)
Made the list on the strength of $204 million Prismatic World Tour’s tail end. Banked additional millions from H&M, Claire’s and CoverGirl endorsements.
25. Dr. Dre ($41 million, tie)
Still cashing in on Apple’s Beats buyout; also released first album in over a decade and executive-produced NWA biopicStraight Outta Compton.
24. Elton John ($42 million)
Blasted onto list with 94 gigs in our scoring period, along with checks from work as songwriter and composer for moonshots likeThe Lion King.
23. Bigbang ($44 million)
Seoul-based boy band clocked biggest year ever for a K-Pop act, thanks to record sales and arena shows in Asia and beyond.
22. Toby Keith ($47.5 million)
Country crooner filled his Red Solo cup with money: touring, endorsements (Ford), and his own ventures (Wild Shot Mezcal, I Love This Bar & Grill).
21. Foo Fighters ($48.5 million)
Dave Grohl’s broken leg didn’t derail Seattle rockers’ Sonic Highways tour—frontman performed seated and fans still turned out in droves.
20. Muse ($49 million)
British rock band may not have name recognition of Drake or J.Lo, but topped both in earnings, thanks to Grammy-winning albumDronesand ensuing tour.
19. Luke Bryan ($53 million)
Country star banked double-digit millions from Kill The Lights Tour, additional cash from lucrative endorsement deals with the likes of Miller Lite and Cabela’s.
18. Jay Z ($53.5 million)
Multifaceted mogul didn’t play many shows or release a new album, but cashed in on ventures including Armand de Brignac, D'Ussé and Roc Nation.
17. Beyoncé ($54 million)
Turned betrayal intoLemonade--her sixth No. 1 album--but still makes bulk of her bucks on the road: Formation World Tour grossed nearly $5 million per city.
15. The Weeknd ($55 million, tie)
Last year'sBeauty Behind The Madnessmade The Weeknd a mainstream pop star and an arena act. This year’sStarboyis poised to launch him to new galaxies.
15. U2 ($55 million, tie)
Cash from latest tour, Innocence+Experience, pales in comparison to its record-breaking 360 Tour, which grossed $700 million. Still, not bad for 40-year-old band.
13. Kenny Chesney ($56 million, tie)
Country mainstay sold out same stadiums as Taylor Swift and the Rolling Stones while shilling Corona beer and his own Blue Chair Bay rum.
13. Justin Bieber ($56 million, tie)
Comeback albumPurpose—along with ensuing arena tour—propelled erstwhile bad boy back into upper reaches of our list.
12. Paul McCartney ($56.5 million)
Spent more time on road during our scoring period than Katy Perry or Beyoncé—each of whom is less than half his age—en route to a bigger payday than either.
11. Bruce Springsteen ($60.5 million)
Still pulls in tens of millions on the road with The E Street Band, most recently his The River tour, which celebrated the 30th anniversary of his first No. 1 album.
10. Diddy ($62 million)
Makes most of his bucks from outrageously lucrative deal with Diageo's Ciroc vodka and other non-musical ventures; still had time for Bad Boy Reunion Tour this year.
9. Calvin Harris ($63 million)
World’s highest-paid DJ made most of his money off Las Vegas gigs, but continues to put out hits like "This Is What You Came For” with listmate Rihanna.
8. Rolling Stones ($66.5 million)
Played just 27 shows during our scoring period, many in American football stadiums, yet out-earned whippersnappers like Justin Bieber and The Weeknd.
7. AC/DC ($67.5 million)
No frontman? No problem. Rockers replaced ailing singer Brian Johnson with Guns N' Roses’ Axl Rose; the former may return next year.
6. Garth Brooks ($70 million)
Comeback tour began in 2014, set to stretch into 2017; total gross has soared well into nine-figure territory.
5. Rihanna ($75 million)
Scored her 21st top five single, tying Elvis Presley’s chart record; padded totals through endorsement deals with Dior, Puma, Samsung and Stance.
4. Madonna ($76.5 million)
Rebel Heart tour grossed $170 million, bringing career total on the road to $1.4 billion pretax; made additional millions on perfume and clothing.
3. Adele ($80.5 million)
Actually made most of her money on album sales—and grossed millions per night for arena shows, resulting in highest annual earnings total of her career.
2. One Direction ($110 million)
Top-earning boyband of all time is now on hiatus, but tail end of $200 million-plus On The Road Again tour kept earnings higher than any active band.
1. Taylor Swift ($170 million)
Smashed Rolling Stones’ touring record with a gross north of $200 million in North America; added millions more from brands including Keds, Diet Coke and Apple.