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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?

list ordered by

1
222 136
Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1925-1990)

2
451 397
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 59

3
287 254
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1958-2009)

4
216 208
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

5
193 185
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1963-2012)

6
159 240
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 71

7
156 140
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)

8
212 205
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

9
126 114
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 78

10
217 224
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 50

11
179 187
Cher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 71

12
116 112
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 67

13
127 121
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1911-1989)

14
107 102
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1932-2003)

15
151 153
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74

16
98 98
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 79 (1917-1996)

17
105 95
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)

18
94 84
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)

19
89 71
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Down in Florida added age 72

20
63 104
D12 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

21
110 122
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 28 (1942-1970)

22
86 85
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 45 (1939-1984)

23
96 94
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1930-2004)

24
105 113
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 36 (1945-1981)

25
120 114
Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dave_7672 added Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)

26
100 104
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

27
133 260
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Matt1345 added age 45

28
109 106
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 47 (1922-1969)

29
88 97
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1933-2006)

30
92 89
Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1899-1987)

31
119 137
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74

32
72 73
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 68

33
49 95
Royce da 5'9
age 40

34
80 91
B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 92

35
53 104
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 42

36
79 82
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 70

37
81 88
Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)

38
71 75
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 91

39
66 64
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1903-1977)

40
81 101
Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1940-2005)

41
143 172
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

42
65 67
Gene Kelly is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1912-1996)

43
67 69
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 69

44
66 74
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 23 (1936-1959)

45
65 81
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

46
157 209
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)

47
63 67
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 77

48
100 250
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 53

49
56 77
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 26 (1941-1967)

50
68 86
Bono is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 57