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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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 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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716 672
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 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

3
360 386
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
297 326
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 4 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

5
325 359
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 5 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

6
230 259
Cher is listed (or ranked) 6 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

7
157 152
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. 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

8
222 239
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 8 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

9
208 236
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
138 131
Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1899-1987)
Fred Astaire was an American dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical ...more

11
168 180
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
187 200
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

13
343 377
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)
Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona ...more

14
158 175
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
231 254
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
143 134
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
143 143
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
166 165
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

19
278 304
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
308 368
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)
Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and ...more

21
145 158
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 21 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

22
134 144
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
148 174
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1933-2006)
James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of ...more

24
163 179
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 75
Sir Michael Philip Jagger, better known as Mick Jagger, is an English singer, songwriter and one time actor, best known as the lead singer and a founder member of The Rolling Stones. Jagger's ...more

25
169 183
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 25 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