Entertainment The Greatest Entertainers of All Time  

Celebrity Lists
Originally by
16.6k votes 1.2k voters 5.4k views 89 items

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
443 296
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 59

2
150 100
Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 65 (1925-1990)

3
179 163
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1963-2012)

4
198 186
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

5
195 184
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

6
141 124
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)

7
206 203
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 50

8
229 237
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1958-2009)

9
75 57
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Down in Florida added age 72

10
145 141
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74

11
109 99
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 78

12
169 171
Cher is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 71

13
111 102
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
96 86
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)

15
114 110
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1911-1989)

16
104 100
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 67

17
101 95
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)

18
98 94
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1932-2003)

19
86 79
Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1899-1987)

20
83 76
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)

21
87 85
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1930-2004)

22
79 76
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 45 (1939-1984)

23
61 53
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1903-1977)

24
68 63
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 68

25
79 77
Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)

26
88 90
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 79 (1917-1996)

27
85 86
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1933-2006)

28
72 69
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 70

29
63 58
Gene Kelly is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1912-1996)

30
91 96
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

31
113 126
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74

32
96 104
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 36 (1945-1981)

33
103 114
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 28 (1942-1970)

34
62 60
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 69

35
76 81
B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 92

36
63 65
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 23 (1936-1959)

37
65 68
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 91

38
59 60
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 77

39
131 163
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

40
77 91
Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1940-2005)

41
66 75
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 72

42
59 67
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 69

43
102 126
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 56

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

45
60 69
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

46
62 74
Bono is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 57

47
59 72
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

48
51 59
Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74

49
50 59
Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
XavierLévesque added age 44

50
54 67
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 26 (1941-1967)