Even with Kenny Chesney taking the year off the road, fans flocked to hear the other top draws in Country Music. Listed below are the Top Country Tours according to attendance and total gross in millions of dollars, according to Pollstar for North American shows reported between Jan.1 and Dec. 31, 2010.
Top 10 Country Tours
Gross in millions of dollars
- $41.6 George Strait/Reba
- $40.7 Brad Paisley
- $39.1 Tim McGraw
- $38.3 Carrie Underwood
- $34.2 Taylor Swift
- $28.4 Rascal Flatts
- $25.7 Brooks & Dunn
- $25.5 Toby Keith
- $19.0 Sugarland
- $12.9 Garth Brooks
- 879,558 Brad Paisley
- 833,773 Tim McGraw
- 778,930 Carrie Underwood
- 684,380 Toby Keith
- 632,186 Brooks & Dunn
- 583,056 Rascal Flatts
- 556,331 Taylor Swift
- 493,475 George Strait/Reba;
- 472,601 Sugarland
- 350,559 Jason Aldean
- The highest-grossing tour of the year brought two of the biggest names in Country Music together. George Strait and Reba, along with Lee Ann Womack, took their co-headlining tour from coast-to-coast, selling out venues across the United States. Brad Paisley had the highest attended tour of 2010 for his “H2O Tour.” Paisley welcomed Easton Corbin, Justin Moore, Darius Rucker, Steel Magnolia and Josh Thompson on stops throughout the year.
- The Judds reunited for “The Last Encore Tour,” their first tour together since the early 1990s. After 20 years together, Brooks & Dunn hung up their hats as a duo with the “Last Rodeo Tour,” which ended in Nashville in September.
- Taylor Swift toured the world, taking her “Fearless Tour” to Australia and Japan and wrapping up in the United States with 39 sold-out shows.
- Sugarland kicked off their “Incredible Machine Tour” in 2010 with special guests Little Big Town and Matt Nathanson, and even broadcast one stop on the tour to the world through “Unstaged: An Original Series From American Express” on the video-hosting site VEVO.
- Carrie Underwood invited Billy Currington, Craig Morgan and Sons of Sylvia on her 108-city “Play On Tour.”
- Tim McGraw took his “Southern Voice Tour” all over the country.
- Josh Turner and Chris Young opened shows for Alan Jackson on his “Freight Train Tour.”
- Martina McBride and Trace Adkins teamed up for the “Shine All Night Tour.”
- Keith Urban, along with Luke Bryan and Randy Houser, crisscrossed the United States on the “Defying Gravity Tour.” Urban also joined Eagles and Dixie Chicks for several dates on their joint tour, which grossed more than $64 million in only 42 shows, according to Pollstar.
- Miranda Lambert, with Eric Church and Josh Kelley, took her “Revolution Tour” around the country.
- Kellie Pickler joined Rascal Flatts on their “Unstoppable Tour.”
- Lady Antebellum kicked off their first headlining tour in 2010 with David Nail.