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
441 288
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 57

2
143 100
Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 65 (1925-1990)

3
177 162
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1963-2012)

4
194 186
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

5
192 183
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

6
139 124
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)

7
204 203
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 50

8
75 55
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Down in Florida added age 72

9
167 169
Cher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 71

10
144 141
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74

11
108 99
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 78

12
224 237
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1958-2009)

13
109 101
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
94 86
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)

15
113 110
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1911-1989)

16
103 99
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 67

17
98 93
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1932-2003)

18
100 95
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)

19
83 75
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)

20
84 79
Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1899-1987)

21
87 84
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1930-2004)

22
68 62
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 68

23
78 76
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 45 (1939-1984)

24
88 89
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 79 (1917-1996)

25
85 85
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1933-2006)

26
60 53
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1903-1977)

27
71 68
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 70

28
78 77
Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)

29
91 95
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

30
113 125
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74

31
61 58
Gene Kelly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 84 (1912-1996)

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
102 113
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 64
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
58 59
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 77

39
77 90
Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1940-2005)

40
66 74
Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 72

41
102 125
Boy George is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 56

42
60 68
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

43
128 163
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

44
58 67
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 69

45
56 65
Sting is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 66

46
59 71
Little Richard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

47
62 74
Bono is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 57

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