According to music trade publication Pollstar, Australian rock band AC/DC landed at number two for the second year in a row, with tickets sales from their recent tour totalling 115m.
U2, the top worldwide act in 2009, came in at third place, with ticket sales totalling 104.6m.
Lady Gaga followed in fourth place, with Metallica at number five.
Gaga, who has become well known for her flamboyant outfits, earned 86.8 million from her tour.
But the Poker Face singer worked harder than any other musician in the top 10, after she played 138 shows.
By contrast, Bon Jovi played 80 shows, AC/DC performed 40 shows and U2 played 32.
In sixth place was Michael Buble's tour taking 67.7 million.
The educational family show Walking with Dinosaurs took 67.7 million to earn seventh place ahead of Sir Paul McCartney with tour takings of 60 million.
At number nine were The Eagles with ticket sales totalling 59.9 million while ex-Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters was in 10th place with 58.1 million earned.