Top moneymaking music act of 2005:

U2
According to Billboard Magazine's Money Makers chart, U2 pulled in $255 million from sales of recordings and concert tickets in 2005.
Source: The Boston Herald, 1/20/2006

 
   
  Second highest moneymaking music act of 2005:

The Rolling Stones
The Stones pulled in $152.3 million from sales of recordings and concert tickets.
Source: The Boston Herald, 1/20/2006

 
   
  Third highest moneymaking music act of 2005:

Kenny Chesney
Chesney pulled in $87.7 million from sales of recordings and concert tickets.
Source: The Boston Herald, 1/20/2006

 
   
  Fourth highest moneymaking music act of 2005:

Paul McCartney
McCartney generated $84.3 million in sales of recordings and concert tickets.
Source: The Boston Herald, 1/20/2006