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

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

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Cher is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Cher age 71

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Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Robin Williams Died at 63 (1951-2014)

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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Whitney Houston Died at 49 (1963-2012)

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Jimi Hendrix Died at 28 (1942-1970)

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Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Mick Jagger age 74

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Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Louis Armstrong Died at 70 (1901-1971)

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Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Diana Ross age 74

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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Judy Garland Died at 47 (1922-1969)

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Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Bette Midler age 72

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

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Stevie Wonder age 67

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Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dave_7672 added Marilyn Monroe Died at 36 (1926-1962)

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Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Sammy Davis, Jr. Died at 65 (1925-1990)

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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Bob Marley Died at 36 (1945-1981)

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Boy George is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Boy George age 56

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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Ray Charles Died at 74 (1930-2004)

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Tina Turner age 78

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Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Richard Pryor Died at 65 (1940-2005)

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Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Lucille Ball Died at 78 (1911-1989)

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Johnny Cash Died at 71 (1932-2003)

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Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Johnny Carson Died at 80 (1925-2005)

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Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Bing Crosby Died at 74 (1903-1977)

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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Stevie Nicks age 69

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B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
B.B. King age 92

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Gene Kelly is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Gene Kelly Died at 84 (1912-1996)

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

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

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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

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

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Chuck Berry age 91

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Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Otis Redding Died at 26 (1941-1967)

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Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Marvin Gaye Died at 45 (1939-1984)

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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Ella Fitzgerald Died at 79 (1917-1996)

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Bono is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Bono age 57

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Sting is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Sting age 66

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James Brown is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
James Brown Died at 73 (1933-2006)

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Liberace is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Liberace Died at 68 (1919-1987)

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

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

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Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dean Martin Died at 78 (1917-1995)

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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Taylor Swift age 28

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

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Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
XavierLévesque added Dave Chappelle age 44

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Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Robert Plant age 67

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Peer van Mladen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
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