Contact Us

Paul McCartney, Elton John and Bon Jovi Make List of Highest-Paid Musicians

Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Jon Bon Jovi
Ian Gavan / Kris Connor / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

We might not hear much rock in the Top 40 these days, but the genre can still pay pretty well if you’re lucky enough to have the right audience. Just ask Paul McCartney, Elton John and Bon Jovi, all of whom cracked Forbes’ most recent list of the highest-paid musicians on the planet.

Of course, it was still a very good year for pop stars — Madonna topped the list at $125 million, with Lady Gaga coming in second with $80 million — but Bon Jovi’s $79 million haul was good for third, while eighth-place John broke the $54 million mark and McCartney, in 12th, made $47 million.

The list’s rock quotient is rounded out by Roger Waters, who came in 15th with $44 million, the Red Hot Chili Peppers at No. 20 ($40 million) and the Rolling Stones at No. 22 ($39 million).

Forbes’ totals were tallied starting June 1, 2012, and ending June 1 of this year, so we can presumably expect to see bigger totals next year for the artists behind some of the bigger rock releases of fall 2013 — a list that includes John and McCartney — as well as the names behind high-profile tours like the recently announced co-headlining jaunt that Sting and Paul Simon have planned for next year.

Next: Rock Stars Who Were Born Rich

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wmmq.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 94.9 WMMQ | Classic Rock | Lansing, Michigan quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on 94.9 WMMQ | Classic Rock | Lansing, Michigan quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!