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45 Musicians with the Best Concerts

Prince

Prince

While Prince may have been shy in person, he was anything but onstage. He was born for the spotlight. Prince was known for having amazing tours, but he took things further than that. His most memorable moments were at one-time events like award shows, Saturday Night Live features, and the Superbowl. The bigger the stage, the more comfortable he was.

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

There’s really not much that could stop a Pink Floyd concert. They’re such great performers that even the rain couldn’t keep their shows from being absolutely amazing. There have been few bands as big as Pink Floyd, and Pink Floyd’s concerts always lived up to their lofty reputation.

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Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton is one of the most celebrated artists of all time. She wins awards, breaks records, and knows how to put on a good show. Unlike many artists, she seems to thrive on smaller, more intimate venues, not massive stadiums. However, that doesn’t mean you should expect those smaller venues to be cheap. Her tickets can cost hundreds.

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U2

U2

Unlike so many bands who rely on special effects, U2 seems to shine the less structure there is. They’re great at being spontaneous. In recent years, they’ve even managed to put on some great show without singing their biggest hits. That takes some skill!

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Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen is an extremely celebrated musician, and he’s earned everything he’s been given. He’s known for many things, but his amazing performances top the list. In fact, they’re so good that he got his own Broadway show. Few people can make that claim!

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Beyoncé

Beyoncé

If there’s a modern artist who has an almost religious following, it’s Beyoncé. Her shows are something to inspire a nation, complete with everything from breathtaking outfits to stunning choreography. In fact, some of her best performances came while she was pregnant. There aren’t many artists who can compete with that.

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Elton John

Elton John

Elton John’s career may be 50 years old, but it’s better now than it’s ever been! He’s retiring, but he’s going out with a bang. His final tour will be a 300-date, 5-continent, 3-year-long extravaganza called the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. To use his words, it’s going to be the most “fantastic” show he has ever done. We believe him.

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Madonna

Madonna

What would this list be without the Queen of Pop? Madonna is recognized as one of the most influential musicians ever, but her mark on the world of concerts is debatably her biggest. She’s the highest-grossing solo artist of all time.

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Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are one of the most celebrated bands in history. They started strong in the 60s and are still performing today. They’re known for their elaborate set-ups and, of course, Mick Jagger himself. In fact, the Rolling Stones are so good at performing that The Guardian attributed the birth of arena rock to the band. If you get a chance to go see them, do it.

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The Who

The Who

If you don’t know who The Who are, you’ve missed out on some great music made over the last 50 years. They’ve influenced an untold number of bands since their heyday with both their music styles and performances. In fact, their shows were so great that they outsold U2 and David Bowie.

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

There are few bands that have the legacy of Led Zeppelin. Their music is amazing, but so were their shows and appearances. They played stadiums when no one else did. They had hair and clothes that would inspire the rock scene for years to come. They’re the type of band that was so big you’d wish you had seen them perform just so you could be a part of something bigger than yourself.

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Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood may be a modern country artist, but she’s a good one. Like many modern greats, she rose to stardom from her time on the TV show American Idol. She knew how to put on a show then, and she’s only gotten better since.

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Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden does a great job of encouraging a strong, lasting fanbase. Their music continues to build on itself, from album to album. Onstage, they’ll often recreate their albums which makes for a unique concert that wasn’t just about lasers or fog.

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Metallica

Metallica

If you’re looking for an energetic metal show, look no further. Metallica is debatably the best metal band you could ever go see. They’ve been performing for 35 years, and they’re still going strong. 

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Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters are one of the most iconic bands from the 90s rock scene, and they’re still selling out today. Thousands of people will flock to see every one of their high energy concerts. Their performances are so unstoppable that the lead singer has even broken a leg onstage — and kept singing. They’re a force to be reckoned with.

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Queen

Queen

Queen did such a good job at performing that it almost seemed like they were cheating. After all, having a frontman like Freddie Mercury gives you a huge step-up on your competition. The band is still touring today, and they’re just as great as ever. The new frontman Adam Lambert doesn’t try to be what Mercury was, and the band thrives because of it.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are as much of a mouthful as their name implies. They’re an incredible band with completely unpredictable shows. Yes, they had a jamming style that made their music new and exciting, but that’s not what we’re talking about. They did a bunch of crazy things while performing. For example, they, um, have a problem keeping their clothes on.

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Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

If there’s anybody who could make bass players cool, it’s Paul McCartney. As the bass player for the Beatles, he became one of the most well-known musicians in the world. He was an integral part of the Beatles, but he was just as great on his solo venture.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

When you have as many hits as the late Tom Petty did, it’d be hard to have a bad concert. You could easily get up onstage, sing the hits along with an audience full of thousands of fans, and everybody would be happy. Tom Petty didn’t settle for easy concerts, though. He went out of his way to do more. He was an artist through-and-through, and his concerts reflected that.

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Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac debuted at a festival in 1967, and they haven’t slowed down since. They’re one of the most iconic sounds of the 60s. They’ve got 50 years of experience under their belts, so if you want to see someone who knows what they’re doing, go see Fleetwood Mac while you still can.

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

If you ever had the chance to see Michael Jackson perform, you would do everything in your power to go. There are a million great moment in music history, and half of them came when Jackson was performing. You never knew when he was going to debut something as memorable as the moonwalk, so you had no choice but to go and wait in eager anticipation.

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KISS

KISS

There’s no denying that KISS has one of the strongest stage presences in the industry. They changed the music scene for good when they introduced their heavy makeup, fire-breathing, and overall Halloween-feel.

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David Bowie

David Bowie

The artistry of the late David Bowie can’t be fully grasped by only listening to his music; you have to see him as well. You never knew what to expect, but with the greatest rock star ever stepping onstage, you couldn’t go wrong.

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Radiohead

Radiohead

Radiohead is one of the most beloved bands of all time, and their concerts are amazing. Talk to anyone who has been to one and you’ll probably hear the words “spiritual” or cathartic” or “life-changing.” We all need a concert like that at least once in our lives.

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The Ramones

The Ramones

The Ramones are undeniably one of the most influential rock bands of all time. You’ll find them on any great musician’s list of inspirational artists. They performed thousands of fantastic concerts before their final show on August 6, 1996. By that point, the band was so divided that they just walked off stage after it was over.

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Aerosmith

Aerosmith

The Rolling Stones may have Mick Jagger, but Aerosmith made waves in 2017 when their drummer claimed Aerosmith is a better live band than The Rolling Stones. That’s definitely up for debate, but no one can deny that Aerosmith is one of the few bands who could say something like that.

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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan believes music only reaches its true potential with a live audience. Because of that, you’ll never hear a perfect song recorded in a studio. Luckily, Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour has been going on for 30 years straight. That’s a lot of time to perfect your music in front of a live audience.

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Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks is one of the best country artists out there, and his concerts live up to his name. They’re energetic, moving concerts in a category all on their own. Brooks is a must-see for all country fans.

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Neil Young

Neil Young

Neil Young is a true musician. If you’ve been listening to him since his debut in the late 60s, you won’t be disappointed with his career. He’s still making music. He’s still working on and releasing his original work from the 70s. He has no intention of retiring — or going on fake retirement tours.

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Billy Joel

Billy Joel

Billy Joel is such a great musician that you’d be crazy to not see him in concert. He’ll change the way you think about his music, making you fall in love with songs you never expected to. It’s a great experience.

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Kip Moore

Kip Moore

Some say that if you’re going to go to one country concert, it ought to be Kip Moore. Apparently, he puts on a show with a lot of energy. It’s clear that this is one country music star that loves his fans!

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Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart

Something is to be said about an artist that can entertain millions of people all night long. Now, that’s talent. Some people were even lucky enough to catch Rod Stewart when he toured with Cyndi Lauper late 2017 and early 2018. Rod, in particular, is known for giving the crowd 110% even as he gets older.

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The Beatles

The Beatles

Anyone that saw The Beatles can tell you that it was loud, but it was incredible. The concerts were pretty short, but they were something that would be remembered. There’s something to be said about witnessing music history.

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Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton

If you love music and only music, Chris Stapleton is a concert for the ages. He isn’t one to throw in a bunch of fireworks and frills, but what fans do get is a great concert full of beautiful music with amazing lyrics. He entertains and engages the crowd even without all those gimmicky things.

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Muse

Muse

Muse’s music is incredibly unique, and the same thing can be said about their concerts. The props and effects are some of the best fans will ever see. The show is only made better due to the band's immense skill. It’s no wonder they have such a cult following.

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Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age

Of course, Queens of the Stone Age are great in concert—they learned from the best! Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters joined the band for a bit along with Troy Van Leeuwen, the former guitarist for A Perfect Circle. Great music plus amazing showmanship equals an unforgettable concert.

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Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney manages to live up and exceed everyone’s expectations with his concerts. Considering he has so many songs, it’s one of those concerts that go on and on in a good way. He’s also known for pairing up with other artists during larger tours. No matter who it is, Chesney pairs well with other artists like peanut butter and jelly.

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Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy is known for their showmanship. If any band gives all they got, it’s this one. Even if you don’t like their music, Fall Out Boy maximizes the space of their arena to include levitating platform stages, fireworks, fire, and fan interaction.

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Weird Al

Weird Al

Weird Al goes on tour? He does, and rumor has it that he has some of the best concerts ever. When you get down to it, Weird Al is a pure entertainer. His songs are a parody of other songs, so each one is drastically different. During his concerts, he’s known for changing costumes so often that it leaves fans wondering how.

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Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band

Who are the kings of country? Zac Brown Band. Sure, that’s arguable, but the members are true musicians—not just artists or performers. Their fans absolutely love their live shows, and some people have even become fans due to their concerts. That’s something you can’t say about many concerts.

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Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars is one of the best performers out there. The music is incredibly upbeat and fun, making the concert itself exciting. Then, he has an amazing light show that tries to steal the show away from the singer, but it’s impossible with a performer like Bruno Mars. 

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Guns N’ Roses

Guns N’ Roses

The members of Guns N' Roses are getting up there, but it’s still worth seeing them live. Axl Rose can still carry a crowd, but Slash is as talented as he was when he first stepped onto the scene (if not more). Honestly, we would watch a concert with just Slash and his guitar.

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Elvis

Elvis

So, you obviously can’t see Elvis live, but that doesn’t change the fact the King had insanely awesome concerts. Just to be clear, we’re talking about pre-bloated Elvis—when he was in his prime. Most fans remember his dancing and hip movements. Who couldn’t? Those were some hips that didn’t lie. 

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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin recently passed away, and it was a huge loss for music. The legendary soul singer was easily one of the best concerts a person could go to. Even though she’s won 16 Grammy Awards, Aretha still had one goal: she wanted to give the audience her best. Thank you, Aretha, for all you did. 

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Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana may be getting old, but he can still work a guitar like a dream. The tough part about Santana is catching him in the area. Regardless, it’s worth a drive (or flight) just to see him live. It’s absolutely unreal.

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