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?

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Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1925-1990) Samuel George "Sammy" Davis Jr., was an American entertainer. Primarily a dancer and singer, he was also an actor of stage and screen, musician, and impressionist, noted for his ...more

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344 271
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1958-2009) Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music and dance, along with his publicized personal ...more

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 60 Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery ...more

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173 149
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1915-1998) Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, director, and producer. Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, ...more

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230 224
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014) Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy ...more

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204 196
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1963-2012) Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop ...more

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140 123
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 79 Anna Mae Bullock, known by her stage name Tina Turner, is a singer, dancer, actress, and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and ...more

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224 216
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 76 Barbra Joan Streisand is an American singer, songwrighter, actress, director, writer, composer, producer, designer, author, photographer, and activist. During a career spanning six decades, she ...more

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1932-2003) John R. "Johnny" Cash was a singer-songwriter, actor, and author, widely considered one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century. Although primarily remembered as ...more

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126 123
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 68 Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he has become one of ...more

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116 102
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 70 (1901-1971) Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter, singer, and an influential figure in jazz music. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" trumpet ...more

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134 129
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1911-1989) Lucille Désirée Ball was an American actress, comedian, model, and film studio executive. She was the star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, ...more

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223 239
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 50 Celine Dion is a Canadian Singer born on March 30, 1968. She entered the music industry at an early age. She has won a lot of awards over the last two decades and is one of the most famous ...more

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187 201
Cher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 72 Cher is an American singer, songwriter, actress, model, fashion designer, television host, comedian, dancer, businesswoman, philanthropist, author, film producer, director, and record producer. ...more

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103 91
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1917-1995) Dean Martin was an American singer, actor, comedian, and film producer. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed the "King of ...more

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156 161
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74 Diana Ernestine Earle Ross is an American singer, actress, record producer and an occasional songwriter. Born and raised in Detroit, she rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of the ...more

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106 104
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 79 (1917-1996) Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and ...more

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128 122
Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dave_7672 added Dec. at 36 (1926-1962) Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. After spending much of her childhood ...more

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94 79
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Down in Florida added age 73 Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music. Her career began as a child performer ...more

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110 109
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 76 Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer and songwriter. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was ...more

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103 99
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1930-2004) Ray Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician and composer, who is sometimes referred to as "The Genius". He pioneered the ...more

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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 47 (1922-1969) Judy Garland was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. She was renowned for her vocals and attained international stardom which continued throughout a career that spanned more than 40 ...more

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Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 45 (1939-1984) Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter and musician. Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records, first as an in house session player in the 1960s and later as a solo artist with a ...more

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113 121
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 36 (1945-1981) Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley OM was a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim. Starting out in 1963 with the group the ...more

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 71 Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since ...more