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Which Popular Music Artist Has Travelled the Most?

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Stones planePackage holiday company TravelBird has released the Most Travelled Musicians Ranking, presenting a comprehensive insight into the travel miles of the world’s most popular artists. TravelBird combined music, travel, and curiosity within the study of 36 popular artists. The ranking reveals which bands and musicians have the greatest number of travel miles under their belt and who holds the title of the world’s most travelled. In addition to presenting the most travelled artists, TravelBird also calculated how much it would cost an ultimate superfan to have followed each musician throughout their career.

To create the Ranking, TravelBird began with the 36 most popular performers, selected from the results of a poll on popular musicians created by TravelBird, both legends and new sensations, from a range of genres. Their total travel distance of their public engagements was then calculated, taking all national, continental, and world tours in account, from the beginning of their career. This includes arena shows, festival appearances, and road trips but excludes private engagements. Using this information, TravelBird 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. When possible, ground miles were used, and the figures reflect city-to-city rather than venue-to-venue distances. Full methodology is available to view at the base of the press release and on the TravelBird landing page.*

Interestingly, TravelBird found that the years an artist has performed does not always mean they have travelled further, with the top two farthest-travelling performers having been active since the 1990s, beating the likes of those who have been performing since the ’60s, ’70s or ’80s.

The study revealed the ten most travelled artists in the ranking are:

# Musician Career Miles Travelled Last 12 months Times around the world Times to the moon
1 Tiësto 1,557,131 209,773 62.53 6.52
2 Paul van Dyk 1,442,993 115,968 57.95 6.04
3 Bob Dylan 1,389,374 35,551 55.80 5.82
4 Metallica 1,307,842 31,791 52.52 5.48
5 Aerosmith 1,099,901 15,676 44.17 4.60
6 Muse 1,070,332 37,281 42.98 4.48
7 Rolling Stones 1,054,965 20,137 42.37 4.42
8 U2 1,039,470 0 41.74 4.35
9 Cyndi Lauper 958,672 29,977 38.50 4.01
10 Snoop Dogg 866,234 40,180 34.79 3.63

 

You can view the full results on the TravelBird landing page: https://travelbird.nl/most-travelled-musicians-ranking/

TravelBird also researched how much it would cost to be a superfan for each of the musicians in the study, calculating at current values the approximate cost of following each artist throughout their performing lifetime. Only travel costs were taken, price of gig tickets were not included, as it was assumed that a true superfan would receive free backstage passes.

To make the calculations, TravelBird used the average global cost of an air mile for a passenger and the total career miles travelled by each musician to calculate an approximate travel cost for a superfan.

Google Maps was utilised to collect ground miles, with the fastest available route on Feb. 1, 2017. For air miles, TravelBird 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.

Distance used to travel around the world: 24,901 miles

Distance used to travel to the moon: 238,855 miles

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