Entertainment The Greatest Entertainers of All Time  

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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
443 306
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 57

2
156 103
Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1925-1990)

3
182 164
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1963-2012)

4
199 187
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

5
199 185
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

6
143 124
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)

7
207 205
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 50

8
78 57
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Down in Florida added age 72

9
230 237
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1958-2009)

10
111 100
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 78

11
171 172
Cher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 71

12
145 142
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74

13
112 102
Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dave_7672 added Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)

14
97 86
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)

15
115 110
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1911-1989)

16
102 95
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)

17
105 101
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 67

18
99 94
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1932-2003)

19
87 79
Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1899-1987)

20
83 77
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)

21
87 86
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1930-2004)

22
79 77
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 45 (1939-1984)

23
89 90
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 79 (1917-1996)

24
64 58
Gene Kelly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1912-1996)

25
61 54
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1903-1977)

26
68 64
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 68

27
79 78
Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)

28
85 87
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1933-2006)

29
72 70
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 70

30
104 114
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 28 (1942-1970)

31
91 97
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

32
113 127
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74

33
96 105
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 36 (1945-1981)

34
62 61
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 69

35
76 82
B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 92

36
66 68
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 91

37
60 60
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 77

38
63 66
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 23 (1936-1959)

39
133 164
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

40
77 92
Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1940-2005)

41
66 76
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 72

42
102 127
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 56

43
59 68
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 69

44
58 67
Sting is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 66

45
60 70
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

46
59 73
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

47
62 76
Bono is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 57

48
51 60
Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74

49
50 60
Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
XavierLévesque added age 44

50
54 68
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 26 (1941-1967)