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List Rules Only individual people. No bands or group acts. Vote up the entertainers who put on the most riveting live shows.

When it comes to the greatest entertainers of all time, we're truly blessed to live in an age where technology allows us access to so many of these greats. Here you'll find a list of famous live entertainers who put on some of the best shows in recent history. Among them you'll find perhaps the most entertaining people on the planet, from singers to comedians.

Of course, many of the greatest entertainers to date were singers or musicians, or even dancing singers, such as Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Prince. However, you also have to consider top comedians and TV personalities, such as Jerry Seinfeld and Johnny Carson, respectively. 

Join the conversation about which were the best entertainers ever by voting for your favorites. Whether you were lucky enough to actually see one of their shows in person or have just enjoyed their talents through recordings, which ones do you think rank among the greatest entertainers ever to set foot on a stage?

list ordered by

1
220 135
Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1925-1990)

2
451 395
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 59

3
285 253
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1958-2009)

4
215 207
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

5
192 184
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1963-2012)

6
159 238
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 71

7
156 139
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)

8
211 204
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

9
124 113
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 78

10
115 111
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 67

11
178 187
Cher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 71

12
215 224
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 50

13
127 120
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1911-1989)

14
107 101
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1932-2003)

15
150 152
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74

16
98 97
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 79 (1917-1996)

17
94 83
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)

18
105 94
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)

19
63 103
D12 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

20
88 71
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Down in Florida added age 72

21
110 121
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 28 (1942-1970)

22
86 84
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 45 (1939-1984)

23
96 93
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1930-2004)

24
105 112
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 36 (1945-1981)

25
120 113
Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dave_7672 added Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)

26
99 103
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

27
109 105
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 47 (1922-1969)

28
133 259
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Matt1345 added age 45

29
92 88
Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1899-1987)

30
87 96
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1933-2006)

31
119 136
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74

32
72 72
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 68

33
80 90
B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 92

34
49 94
Royce da 5'9
age 40

35
53 103
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 42

36
81 87
Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)

37
71 74
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 91

38
78 81
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 70

39
66 63
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1903-1977)

40
65 66
Gene Kelly is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1912-1996)

41
81 100
Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1940-2005)

42
67 68
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 69

43
142 172
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

44
66 73
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 23 (1936-1959)

45
65 80
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

46
156 209
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)

47
62 67
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 77

48
56 76
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 26 (1941-1967)

49
100 249
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 53

50
68 85
Bono is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 57