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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?

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1
424 191
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 59

2
182 154
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 50

3
168 149
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

4
123 109
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74

5
143 134
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 49 (1963-2012)

6
141 139
Cher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 71

7
40 42
D12 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

8
74 64
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 79 (1917-1996)

9
154 156
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 63 (1951-2014)

10
81 74
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 67

11
69 60
B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 92

12
71 63
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 73 (1933-2006)

13
37 41
Royce da 5'9
age 40

14
106 97
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 83 (1915-1998)

15
51 32
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Down in Florida added age 72

16
39 47
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 42

17
78 73
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 71 (1932-2003)

18
82 77
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 78

19
73 66
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 74 (1930-2004)

20
97 100
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74

21
90 83
Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dave_7672 added Died at 36 (1926-1962)

22
93 93
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 78 (1911-1989)

23
82 85
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 36 (1945-1981)

24
66 57
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 78 (1917-1995)

25
88 95
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 28 (1942-1970)

26
71 71
Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 65 (1940-2005)

27
73 74
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

28
67 62
Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 80 (1925-2005)

29
60 59
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 45 (1939-1984)

30
75 69
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 70 (1901-1971)

31
86 83
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 47 (1922-1969)

32
58 53
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 91

33
124 196
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 71

34
67 61
Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 88 (1899-1987)

35
59 54
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 70

36
51 47
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 68

37
51 45
Gene Kelly is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 84 (1912-1996)

38
72 73
Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 65 (1925-1990)

39
102 105
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 56

40
49 51
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 26 (1941-1967)

41
53 55
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

42
54 53
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 23 (1936-1959)

43
48 42
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 74 (1903-1977)

44
52 48
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 69

45
51 48
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 77

46
61 61
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 72

47
51 50
Sting is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 66

48
56 58
Bono is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 57

49
54 52
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

50
45 47
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 70