The 15 top-earning musicians of 2016

Billboard has released its annual list of the top money-makers in music.

The top of the list is a mix of the usual suspects, with a few notable absences (wherefore art thou, Taylor Swift?).

Needless to say, being a world famous musician is a very lucrative career. Click through to see who took the number one spot.

(All figures in U.S. dollars)

<p>No. 15: Metallica<br>2016 earnings: $18.5 million<br>(AP) </p>
Highest paid musicians of 2016

No. 15: Metallica
2016 earnings: $18.5 million
(AP)

<p>No. 14: Carrie Underwood<br>2016 earnings: $19.9 million<br>(International Business Times) </p>
Highest paid musicians of 2016

No. 14: Carrie Underwood
2016 earnings: $19.9 million
(International Business Times)

<p>No. 13: Twenty One Pilots<br>2016 earnings: $21.1 million<br>(Reuters) </p>
Highest paid musicians of 2016

No. 13: Twenty One Pilots
2016 earnings: $21.1 million
(Reuters)

<p>No. 12: Rihanna<br>2016 earnings: $22.3 million<br>(Cosmopolitan) </p>
Highest paid musicians of 2016

No. 12: Rihanna
2016 earnings: $22.3 million
(Cosmopolitan)

<p>No. 11: Billy Joel<br>2016 earnings: $23.6 milion<br>(Getty Images) </p>
Highest paid musicians of 2016

No. 11: Billy Joel
2016 earnings: $23.6 milion
(Getty Images)

<p>No. 10: Kenny Chesney<br>2016 earnings: $25.4 million<br>(Photo by Kevin Winter:Getty Images for Stagecoach) </p>
Highest paid musicians of 2016

No. 10: Kenny Chesney
2016 earnings: $25.4 million
(Photo by Kevin Winter:Getty Images for Stagecoach)

<p>No. 9: Kanye West<br>2016 earnings: $26.1 million </p>
Highest paid musicians of 2016

No. 9: Kanye West
2016 earnings: $26.1 million

<p>No. 8: Luke Bryan<br>2016 earnings: $27.3 million<br>(Getty Images) </p>
Highest paid musicians of 2016

No. 8: Luke Bryan
2016 earnings: $27.3 million
(Getty Images)

<p>No. 7: Justin Bieber<br>2016 earnings: $30.5 million<br>(Popsugar) </p>
Highest paid musicians of 2016

No. 7: Justin Bieber
2016 earnings: $30.5 million
(Popsugar)

<p>No. 6: Coldplay<br>2016 earnings: $32.3 million<br>(AP) </p>
Highest paid musicians of 2016

No. 6: Coldplay
2016 earnings: $32.3 million
(AP)

<p>No. 5: Adele<br>2016 earnings: $37 million<br>(Refinery29) </p>
Highest paid musicians of 2016

No. 5: Adele
2016 earnings: $37 million
(Refinery29)

<p>No. 4: Drake<br>2016 earnings: $37.3 million<br>(Popsugar) </p>
Highest paid musicians of 2016

No. 4: Drake
2016 earnings: $37.3 million
(Popsugar)

<p>No. 3: Bruce Springsteen<br>2016 earnings: $42.2 million<br>(International Business Times) </p>
Highest paid musicians of 2016

No. 3: Bruce Springsteen
2016 earnings: $42.2 million
(International Business Times)

<p>No. 2: Guns N’ Roses<br>2016 earnings: $42.3 million<br>(Vilhelm Stokstad_TT via AP) </p>
Highest paid musicians of 2016

No. 2: Guns N’ Roses
2016 earnings: $42.3 million
(Vilhelm Stokstad_TT via AP)

<p>No. 1: Beyonce<br>2016 earnings: $62.1 million<br>(Instagram/Beyonce) </p>
Highest paid musicians of 2016

No. 1: Beyonce
2016 earnings: $62.1 million
(Instagram/Beyonce)

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