springsteen (Photo: Jo Lopez)

While there weren't any record-shattering mega-tours along the lines of U2's "360°" that dominated turnstiles last year, the artists that make up the top 25 tours of 2012 once again showcase the mix of genres, touring markets and positions on the career arc that bespeak of a healthy portfolio for the touring marketplace.

Urban, country, pop and rock of all types and veteran acts mixed in with artists still in their first stages of headlining -- and various levels in between -- make up the top 25, based on numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore for the period of Nov. 9, 2011-Nov. 10, 2012.