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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1
440 282
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 59

2
141 97
Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 65 (1925-1990)

3
139 121
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)

4
174 161
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1963-2012)

5
193 184
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

6
191 180
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

7
202 201
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 50

8
73 53
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Down in Florida added age 72

9
223 236
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1958-2009)

10
165 168
Cher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 71

11
142 141
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74

12
108 100
Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dave_7672 added Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)

13
105 99
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 78

14
93 85
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)

15
112 109
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1911-1989)

16
102 98
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 67

17
97 92
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1932-2003)

18
99 94
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)

19
82 74
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)

20
84 77
Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1899-1987)

21
86 83
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1930-2004)

22
77 75
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 45 (1939-1984)

23
87 88
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 79 (1917-1996)

24
84 84
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1933-2006)

25
66 61
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 68

26
70 67
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 70

27
77 76
Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)

28
59 53
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1903-1977)

29
113 124
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74

30
90 95
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

31
96 103
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 36 (1945-1981)

32
62 59
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 69

33
102 113
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 28 (1942-1970)

34
60 58
Gene Kelly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1912-1996)

35
75 81
B.B. King is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 92

36
62 64
Buddy Holly is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 23 (1936-1959)

37
58 59
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 77

38
64 68
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 91

39
77 89
Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 65 (1940-2005)

40
66 73
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 70

41
102 124
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 56

42
60 67
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

43
58 67
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 69

44
127 163
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

45
62 74
Bono is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 57

46
55 65
Sting is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 66

47
58 71
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

48
54 66
Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 26 (1941-1967)

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

50
49 59
Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74