There’s nothing like seeing your favorite artist in concert. No matter how often you listen to them at home, seeing a live show with a large crowd is a completely different experience. And this year, music lovers are in luck. A huge number of artists will be hitting the road in 2018, and fans of any music genre will be able to find at least one concert they will not want to miss. There will be rockers, rappers, pop icons, and country music legends touring across America.
24/7 Wall St. compiled a list of the 100 most popular artists touring the U.S. in 2018. We determined the most popular artists based on follower counts on live music tracking website Songkick, as well as daily Wikipedia page views.
The 100 most popular artists touring this year span a wide range of styles. Pop fans can enjoy the uptown funk of Bruno Mars, fresh off his huge Grammy success. For R&B lovers, teenager Khalid will have dozens of shows in the U.S. and abroad. The 84-year-old Willie Nelson is on the road again for 22 concerts in 2018, to the delight of country and blues admirers.
For some fans, this might be the last chance to catch your favorite artists before they hang up their microphones for good. After over 50 years on the road, Elton John announced his farewell tour. The Rocket Man will play more than 70 shows before retiring. Paul Simon will also play his final run of shows in 2018. Heavy metal fans can bang their heads one last time for Ozzy Osbourne, who announced his farewell tour earlier this month.
In order to determine the most popular musicians on tour this fall, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed artists with at least one show in the United States during 2018 who also have at least 200,000 fans tracking their tour dates on Songkick.com. Individual artists, bands, and DJs were ranked based on a weighted average of the number of fans tracking the tour dates on Songkick as well as the average daily number of visits to the act’s Wikipedia page over the past 12 months. The number of fans and Wikipedia page hits comprise 70% and 30% of the weighted average. A musician’s hometown or where a band was formed came from open source music encyclopedia Musicbrainz.org. The end of each artist’s tour also came from Songkick.