Top 5 Country Tours Of 2023
Morgan Wallen and Luke Combs top the just-released list compiled by Billboard Boxscore.
Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy Instagram, Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Many country artists spent the majority of 2023 traveling from venue to venue putting their music on display in front of hundreds of fans each night, but there were five artists in particular who came out on top in terms of their impressive attendance numbers, revenue earned and number of shows played.
According to the year-end data by Billboard Boxscore, Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs, George Strait, Shania Twain, and Eric Church have the top country tours of 2023.
1. Morgan Wallen
Morgan Wallen claimed the No. 1 spot among this year’s top five country touring acts with 44 shows and 1,325,792 in attendance, the majority of which came from his massively popular 2023 One Night At A Time Tour. Interestingly enough, he ended up grossing $260,355,870, which is nearly twice as much revenue as the runner-up on the list, Luke Combs, who earned $133,512,495 despite having only played two fewer shows than Wallen.
The “Last Night” singer had a successful year, to say the least, and he’s gearing up to do it all over again as he has announced the extension of his One Night At A Time World Tour with the addition of several stadium shows in 2024. He has also dominated several other year-end Billboard charts including Top Artist, Top Album, Top Song, and more.
2. Luke Combs
As for Luke Combs, he spent the year performing across three continents and 16 countries as part of his extensive Luke Combs World Tour. Next year, the 2x CMA Entertainer of the Year is scheduled to embark on his 2024 Growin’ Up and Getting’ Old Tour with 25 new U.S. stadium dates that kick off on April 12 in Milwaukee, WI. He’s set to play two nights at each stadium throughout the tour. The Friday night shows include special guests Cody Jinks, The Avett Brothers, Charles Wesley Godwin, Hailey Whitters, and The Wilder Blue, while the Saturday shows will feature Jordan Davis, Mitchell Tenpenny, Drew Parker, and Colby Acuff.
3. George Strait
Next on Billboard’s list of top country tours of 2023 is George Strait who performed 11 shows and set attendance records on his “most extensive stadium run in nine years” with eight-time GRAMMY winner, Chris Stapleton. Even though he played the least number of shows of anyone on this list, he was able to bring in a whopping total of $107,521,44 in gross earnings and 788,408 in attendance, thus maintaining his title as the king of country music. Strait and Stapleton have also extended this series of one-off stadium performances into 2024 with even more dates featuring special guests Little Big Town.
4. Shania Twain
Shania Twain comes in at No.4 on the list and represents the women of country music as the only female artist to appear on the 2023 list. She made her return to touring in nearly five years with her highly anticipated Queen of Me Tour in support of her album of the same name. While visiting Ireland, the UK, Ontario, Louisiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and many more stops across the world, Twain performed the most shows on the chart at 52. With that, she earned a gross revenue of $84,988,073 and welcomed a total of 788,408 fans to her shows.
The “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” singer recently wrapped up her Queen of Me Tour, leaving a bit of time to spare before returning to Las Vegas next spring for her Shania Twain: COME ON OVER – The Las Vegas Residency at Bakkt Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
5. Eric Church
Sitting at number five on Billboard’s list is Eric Church. He racked up more in attendance than Strait with 587,069 over 36 shows but prevailed in $50,485,002 of gross earnings. Church, also known as “The Chief,” took over amphitheaters across the U.S. and Canada this summer on his 26-city headlining The Outsiders Revival Tour. This run of shows was unlike anything Church had done before as he visited only outdoor venues for the first time in his career. The final show of the tour, night 35, took place on September 30 in Tampa, FL at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. The North Carolina native has yet to announce plans for an official headlining tour in 2024, however, he has expressed his excitement to return to the road.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.