Bon Jovi made more money touring in 2013 than any other band or artist.
The New Jersey-based act's worldwide tour grossed $US259.5 million ($A292.08 million) this year, topping Pollstar's annual top 20 list and setting a record for the band itself.
Beyonce is second on the list with $US188.6 million, while Pink, Justin Bieber, and Bruce Springsteen round out the top five.
The global concert business scored a record year with the top 20 tours, earning $US2.43 billion in primary ticket sales. It generated $US1.96 billion last year.
The top 20 list also includes Taylor Swift, Elton John, Rihanna, Depeche Mode and One Direction.
The Rolling Stones' comeback tour places the band twelfth, a notch under Paul McCartney.