Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesTours by Madonna, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Tina Turner are included on a new list of the "Top 100 Greatest Tours of All Time."
The list, complied by the independent ticket marketplace Vivid and Consequence of Sound, is a ranking of "the most significant, groundbreaking and memorable concert tours" to ever hit the road.
Michael Jackson's 1987-1988 Bad World Tour is #2 on the list because -- amazingly -- it was his first official solo tour. The elaborate pop production visited 15 countries, and showed that when it came to singing, dancing and fashion, MJ had no equal at that point in time.
Madonna's 1987 Who's That Girl World Tour is #4 on the list. The sold-out global trek drew record crowds, and featured a larger-than-life multimedia setup, stage and costume changes, setting the standard for all future female pop star concerts.
Elton's 1974 North American tour made the cut for his outrageous style and, as the survey notes, turning "what could've been polite piano recitals into full-blown rock revivals." Tina's 1987 Break Every Rule World Tour caught Tina at the height of her '80s comeback, complete with record attendance and her signature big hair and endless legs.
Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball of 2012-2013 boasted a medieval castle-themed stage set, massive props, costumes by Versace and so much dancing that Gaga severely damaged her hip. And Taylor's 1989 World Tour, in 2015, raked in an astonishing 250 million bucks and featured a big-name guest nearly every night.
The #1 tour on the list? The Beatles' 1965 U.S. tour, which pretty much invented the modern pop/rock tour as we know it.
Read the whole list on VividSeats.com.
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