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This page lists the highest-attended concerts of all time. The oldest 100,000-crowd concert reported to Billboard Boxscore is Grateful Dead's gig at the Raceway Park, Englishtown, New Jersey on September 3, 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 April 21, 1990, McCartney held the record for 27 years. Italian singer Vasco Rossi surpassed McCartney's record with his solo concert on July 1, 2017. The concert was a celebration of his 40 years of career.
Although the attendance numbers of free concerts are known to be exaggerations, several concerts have been reported to have a million audience or more. According to the Guinness World Records, Rod Stewart's show in Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, remains the highest-attended free concert with an estimated 3.5 million audience.
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The following are the highest-attended single-artist's ticketed concerts (excluding music festivals) with attendance of 100,000 people or more.
|July 1, 2017||Vasco Rossi •||Enzo Ferrari Park||Modena||Modena Park 2017||220,000|||
|April 21, 1990||Paul McCartney •||Maracanã Stadium||Rio de Janeiro||The Paul McCartney World Tour||184,000|||
|January 16, 1988||Tina Turner •||Maracanã Stadium||Rio de Janeiro||Break Every Rule World Tour||180,000|||
|January 26, 1980||Frank Sinatra •||Maracanã Stadium||Rio de Janeiro||Frank Sinatra Live||175,000|||
|September 10, 2005||Luciano Ligabue||Aeroporto di Reggio Emilia||Reggio Emilia||Campovolo||165,264|||
|July 19, 1988||Bruce Springsteen||Radrennbahn Weissensee||Berlin||Tunnel of Love Express Tour||160,000|||
|September 20, 1997||U2||Aeroporto di Reggio Emilia||Reggio Emilia||PopMart Tour||150,000|||
|March 20, 1981||Queen||Estádio do Morumbi||São Paulo||The Game Tour||131,000|||
|August 29, 1987||Madonna||Parc de Sceaux||Paris||Who's That Girl World Tour||130,000|||
|August 5, 1995||The Rolling Stones||Strahov Stadium||Prague||Voodoo Lounge Tour||126,742|||
|September 11, 1988||Michael Jackson||Aintree Racecourse||Liverpool||Bad World Tour||125,000|||
|September 7, 1996||Michael Jackson||Letná Park||Prague||HIStory World Tour||125,000|||
|August 10, 1996||Oasis||Knebworth Park||Stevenage||(What's the Story) Morning Glory? Tour||125,000|||
|August 11, 1996||125,000|
|August 1, 2003||Robbie Williams||Knebworth Park||Stevenage||2003 Tour||125,000|||
|August 2, 2003||125,000|
|August 3, 2003||125,000|
|March 21, 1981||Queen||Estádio do Morumbi||São Paulo||The Game Tour||120,000|||
|July 25, 1982||The Rolling Stones||Roundhay Park||Leeds||The Rolling Stones European Tour 1982||120,000|||
|August 9, 1986||Queen||Knebworth Park||Stevenage||Magic Tour||120,000|||
|November 6, 1993||Madonna||Maracanã Stadium||Rio de Janeiro||The Girlie Show World Tour||120,000|||
|September 20, 1996||Michael Jackson||Bemowo, Airport||Warsaw||HIStory World Tour||120,000|||
|July 15, 1987||U2||Santiago Bernabéu Stadium||Madrid||The Joshua Tree Tour||115,000|||
|September 3, 1977||Grateful Dead •||Raceway Park||Englishtown||Terrapin Station Tour||107,019|||
|November 25, 2017||Ricky Martin||Zócalo||Mexico City||Ricky Martin Live at Zócalo in Mexico City||100,000|||
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.
|December 31, 1993||Rod Stewart •||Copacabana Beach||Rio de Janeiro||New Year's Eve||3,500,000|||
|September 6, 1997||Jean-Michel Jarre||State University of Moscow||Moscow||The 850th Anniversary of Moscow||3,500,000|||
|July 14, 1990||Jean-Michel Jarre •||La Défense||Paris||Bastille Day||2,000,000|||
|September 28, 1991||AC/DC, Pantera, Metallica, The Black Crowes, E.S.T.||Tushino Airfield||Moscow||Monsters of Rock||1,600,000|||
|July 2, 2005||Various artists||Philadelphia Museum of Art||Philadelphia||Live 8||1,500,000|||
|February 18, 2006||The Rolling Stones||Copacabana Beach||Rio de Janeiro||A Bigger Bang||1,500,000|||
|April 5, 1986||Jean-Michel Jarre •||Downtown Houston||Houston||Rendez-vous Houston||1,300,000|||
|September 20, 2009||Various artists||Plaza de la Revolución||Havana||Paz Sin Fronteras II||1,100,000|||