Rolling Stones, One Direction Top Most Expensive Concert Tickets of 2013

If you got to the end of 2013 and thought to yourself “you know, I don’t think I have a sufficient grasp on the relative musical record-breaking achievements of the year” – don’t worry – Forbes has got you covered, having staged an investigation into the top ten most expensive tours of the year.

Obviously, for most artists these days, actual record sales are in a bit of a funk meaning it can be difficult to make substantial sums of money from them – so where do they make up for the short fall? Merchandise and concert tour sales. This thought led Forbes magazine to conduct a study to find out who did the best at the ticket booth this year – the results, however, are not as reflective of the year’s music as you may think, with artists like Paul McCartney, and The Rolling Stones taking center stage.

Here’s the list in full:

10. Paul McCartney ‘Out There!’ tour – Average secondary market ticket price: $241 – Highest priced ticket: $443
9. Pink ‘The Truth About Love’ tour – Average secondary market ticket price: $270 – Highest priced ticket: $829
8. Fleetwood Mac World Tour 2013 – Average secondary market ticket price: $282 – Highest priced ticket: $1281
7. Beyonce ‘Mrs Carter Show’ world tour – Average secondary market ticket price: $294 – Highest priced ticket: $764
6. The Who World Tour 2013 – Average secondary market ticket price: $314 – Highest priced ticket: $748
5. Justin Timberlake ’20/20 Experience’ tour – Average secondary market ticket price: $339 – Highest priced ticket: $512
4. The Eagles ‘History of the Eagles’ tour – Average secondary market ticket price: $354 – Highest priced ticket: $1187
3. Maroon 5, Neon Trees, Owl City ‘Overexposed’ tour – Average secondary market ticket price: $364 – Highest priced ticket: $577
2. One Direction ‘Take Me Home’ tour – Average secondary market ticket price: $460 – Highest priced ticket: $918
1. The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour – Average secondary market ticket price: $624 – Highest priced ticket: $1044

Food for thought, eh? Or, rather, food for thinking about how rich these 10 acts must be.

Bear in mind also, that this is probably the first and last time you will ever see One Direction and The Rolling Stones occupy the top spots in the same list ever again, which surely represents some serious history-making record breaking in and of itself?