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.
|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|
|7||Rolling Stones||1962 -||1,054,965||20,137||42.37||4.42|
|9||Cyndi Lauper||1977 -||958,672||29,977||38.50||4.01|
|10||Snoop Dogg||1992 -||866,234||40,180||34.79||3.63|
|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
|17||Lady Gaga||2001 -||518,756||10,499||20.83||2.17|
|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|
|33||The Weeknd||2010 -||155,552||16,970||6.25||0.65|
|35||The Beatles||1960 - 1970||95,870||0||3.85||0.40|
|36||The Smiths||1982 - 1988||65,787||0||2.64||0.28|
Paul van DykPaul 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.
Bob DylanBob 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.
AerosmithAerosmith 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.
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 email@example.com
Distance used to travel around the world: 24,901 miles
Distance used to travel to the moon: 238,855 miles
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