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Classic rockers rank high on 2016 Forbes list


Further proof that age and experience are more valuable than youth and exuberance: The Rolling Stones worked just 27 nights this year, but they out-earned younger, hotter acts like Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Beyonce, according to Forbes.

Thanks primarily to their sold-out stadium shows, the Stones' raked in $66.5 million for the fiscal year ending June 15, good enough to make them eighth on the magazine's list of 2016's top-earning musicians.

Exhibit B: Madonna made $76.5 million, finishing fourth, one spot ahead of Rihanna, who got paid $75 million.

Other veterans on the 30-name list include AC/DC at No. 7 with $67.5 million, Bruce Springsteen (No. 11, $60.5), U2 (No. 15, $55 million), Elton John (No. 24, $42 million) and Jimmy Buffett (No. 27, $40.5 million).

Alas, they all finished way, way behind the year's No. 1 moneymaker, Taylor Swift. The country/pop sensation, who turns 27 December 13, earned an astounding $170 million. That makes her not only the highest-paid musician, but the biggest breadwinner among all celebrities.