Most Travelled Musicians Ranking

At TravelBird, it’s always our aim to inspire travellers. To help us do so, we are constantly on the look-out for sources of inspiration to help amplify the travel experience. Attending a music event allows us to discover the things we enjoy. With this in mind, we looked to musicians, some of the most free-spirited and well-travelled people on the planet, to understand the ways in which they can inspire travel.

“A great gig takes you on a journey through time, brings you to new places and helps you experience something special” states Symen Jansma, Founder of TravelBird. “You can simply feel as free as a bird.”

Our list consists of 36 of the world's most famous performers, both classics and new sensations, from a range of genres. We then researched their total travel distance for all national, continental and world tours from the beginning of their careers, including arena shows and festival appearances. From this, we calculated exactly how many times around the world each artist could have travelled, as well as how many times they could have flown to the moon.

Their music may inspire us in many ways, but how far might it inspire you to travel? Many of the musicians in the list, and countless other amazing artists, are on tour in 2017. We hope this list inspires fans include a concert or festival in with their travel plans.

# Musician Years
active
Travel
miles
Last 12
months
Times around
the world
Times to
the moon
1 Tiësto 1994 - 1,557,131 209,773 62.53 6.52
2 Paul van Dyk 1990 - 1,442,993 115,968 57.95 6.04
3 Bob Dylan 1959 - 1,389,374 35,551 55.80 5.82
4 Metallica 1981 - 1,307,842 31,791 52.52 5.48
5 Aerosmith 1970 - 1,099,901 15,676 44.17 4.60
6 Muse 1992 - 1,070,332 37,281 42.98 4.48
7 Rolling Stones 1962 - 1,054,965 20,137 42.37 4.42
8 U2 1976 - 1,039,470 0 41.74 4.35
9 Cyndi Lauper 1977 - 958,672 29,977 38.50 4.01
10 Snoop Dogg 1992 - 866,234 40,180 34.79 3.63
11 Radiohead 1985 - 842,275 35,166 33.82 3.53
12 Coldplay 1996 - 805,195 81,510 32.34 3.37
13 Grateful Dead 1965 - 1995 704,078 0 28.28 2.95
14 David Bowie 1972 - 2004 614,415 0 24.67 2.57
15 Pink Floyd 1965 - 1995,
2012 - 2014
574,637 0 23.08 2.41
16 Rihanna 2003 - 528,409 44,044 21.22 2.21
17 Lady Gaga 2001 - 518,756 10,499 20.83 2.17
18 Alt-J 2007 - 515,225 0 20.69 2.16
19 Beyonce 2002 - 472,443 41,696 18.97 1.98
20 Kraftwerk 1969 - 447,935 30,737 17.99 1.88
21 Jay-Z 1986 - 426,919 7,941 17.14 1.79
22 Madonna 1985 - 413,325 21,936 16.60 1.73
23 Rammstein 1994 - 407,991 43,479 16.38 1.71
24 Britney Spears 1992 - 386,513 4,516 15.52 1.62
25 Kylie Minogue 1979 - 385,638 0 15.49 1.61
26 Kanye West 1996 - 364,637 13,909 14.64 1.53
27 Justin Bieber 2008 - 328,047 60,984 13.17 1.37
28 Michael Jackson 1964 - 2006 315,607 0 12.67 1.32
29 Led Zeppelin 1968 - 1980 307,418 0 12.35 1.29
30 Whitney Houston 1977 - 2011 306,795 0 12.32 1.28
31 Sia 1993 - 213,412 46,138 8.57 0.89
32 Stromae 2000 - 159,093 0 6.39 0.67
33 The Weeknd 2010 - 155,552 16,970 6.25 0.65
34 Adele 2006 - 132,214 28,650 5.31 0.55
35 The Beatles 1960 - 1970 95,870 0 3.85 0.40
36 The Smiths 1982 - 1988 65,787 0 2.64 0.28

Tiësto

Tiësto is a DJ and record producer from the Netherlands. DJ Magazine calls him the “best DJ of the last 20 years,” and his remix of John Legend's "All Of Me" won a Grammy award in 2015. In January 2017, the city of Las Vegas awarded the DJ the key to the Las Vegas Strip and renamed January 14th Tiësto Day for his enormous influence on the city’s nightlife.
62.53
times around the world
6.52
times to the moon

Paul van Dyk

Paul van Dyk is a DJ, record producer, and musician from East Berlin, Germany. He was the first artist to be nominated for the new category Dance/Electronica for his fourth studio album, Reflections. He hosts his own radio show, “Vonyc Sessions with Paul,” and advocates for dance music as political diplomacy.
57.95
times around the world
6.04
times to the moon

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is an American artist whose music blurs the lines between folk, blues, rock, country, and gospel. Since 1988, his Never Ending Tour has kept him scheduled at over 100 shows per year, and he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2016, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
55.80
times around the world
5.82
times to the moon

Metallica

Metallica is a heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Their third album Master of Puppets, released in 1986, is regarded as one of the most influential thrash metal albums. Current members James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo, and Lars Ulrich, as well as former members Jason Newsted and Cliff Burton, were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009.
52.52
times around the world
5.48
times to the moon

Aerosmith

Aerosmith is the highest-selling American hard rock band of all time, with sales standing at over 150 million records worldwide. The band’s main songwriters, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013. Songs “Dream On,” “Toys in the Attic,” and “Walk This Way” are all listed on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
44.17
times around the world
4.60
times to the moon
Methodology: We researched extensively the tour schedule of each artist and compiled official figures, excluding one-off special and private events.
Google Maps was utilised to collect ground miles, with the fastest available route on 1st February 2017. For air miles, we used as the crow flies distances between A to B, city to city, not venue to venue. There are several musicians that have travelled considerable distances, perhaps further than those musicians in this list. We hope that in the future, we could add additional musicians to this ranking. The 36 artists included in the ranking were selected via a poll of 100 influential artists. If you would like travel data for an additional artist, please contact pablo.martinez@travelbird.com
Distance used to travel around the world: 24,901 miles
Distance used to travel to the moon: 238,855 miles
Image Sources:
Flickr Bob Dylan,, Xavier Badosa CC BY 2.0 Some rights reserved
Flickr Madonna - Rebel Heart Tour 2015 - Zurich,, chrisweger CC BY 2.0 Some rights reserved
Wikimedia Commons Beyoncé - Concert in Barcelona in 2007 Cornel Pex CC BY 2.0 Some rights reserved
Flickr David Bowie, R.I.P., Ron Frazier CC BY 2.0 Some rights reserved
Flickr EDM / dance / festival, Patrick Savalle CC BY-SA 2.0 Some rights reserved
Flickr IMG_1222 Paul Van Dyk, Jorge Mejía Peralta CC BY-SA 2.0 Some rights reserved
Flickr Bob Dylan, Alberto Cabello CC BY 2.0 Some rights reserved
Flickr Metallica (Austin, Texas, 2015-06-06), Ralph Arvesen CC BY 2.0 Some rights reserved
Wikimedia Commons Aerosmith in Concert (Arnhem, Netherlands) Julio Aprea CC BY-SA 2.0 Some rights reserved