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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
424 195
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 59

2
185 154
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 50

3
169 150
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

4
124 110
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74

5
145 134
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 49 (1963-2012)

6
142 139
Cher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 71

7
75 64
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 79 (1917-1996)

8
41 43
D12 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

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
38 41
Royce da 5'9
age 40

13
71 63
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 73 (1933-2006)

14
107 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
83 77
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 78

17
40 48
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 42

18
78 73
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 71 (1932-2003)

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
67 57
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 78 (1917-1995)

23
93 93
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 78 (1911-1989)

24
89 95
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 28 (1942-1970)

25
74 74
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

26
82 85
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 36 (1945-1981)

27
61 59
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 45 (1939-1984)

28
71 71
Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 65 (1940-2005)

29
76 69
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 70 (1901-1971)

30
67 62
Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 80 (1925-2005)

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
68 61
Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 88 (1899-1987)

33
125 196
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 71

34
58 53
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 91

35
52 47
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 68

36
59 54
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 70

37
52 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
55 55
Robbie Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

48
51 50
Sting is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 66

49
56 58
Bono is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 57

50
54 52
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time