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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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1958-2009)
Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music and dance, along with his publicized personal ...more

2
529 491
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 60
Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery ...more

3
286 237
Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1925-1990)
Samuel George "Sammy" Davis Jr., was an American entertainer. Primarily a dancer and singer, he was also an actor of stage and screen, musician, and impressionist, noted for his ...more

4
272 275
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)
Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy ...more

5
241 232
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1963-2012)
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop ...more

6
227 207
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)
Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona ...more

7
262 247
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 76
Barbra Joan Streisand is an American singer, songwrighter, actress, director, writer, composer, producer, designer, author, photographer, and activist. During a career spanning six decades, she ...more

8
209 188
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)
Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, director, and producer. Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, ...more

9
218 225
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)
Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and ...more

10
148 143
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 68
Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he has become one of ...more

11
190 295
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 71
Sir Elton Hercules John CBE is an English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since ...more

12
131 112
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)
Louis Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter, singer, and an influential figure in jazz music. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" trumpet ...more

13
159 152
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 79
Anna Mae Bullock, known by her stage name Tina Turner, is a singer, dancer, actress, and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and ...more

14
124 113
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1930-2004)
Ray Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician and composer, who is sometimes referred to as "The Genius". He pioneered the ...more

15
136 130
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1932-2003)
John R. "Johnny" Cash was a singer-songwriter, actor, and author, widely considered one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century. Although primarily remembered as ...more

16
126 120
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 76
Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer and songwriter. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was ...more

17
148 142
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1911-1989)
Lucille Désirée Ball was an American actress, comedian, model, and film studio executive. She was the star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, ...more

18
114 90
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Down in Florida added age 73
Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music. Her career began as a child performer ...more

19
118 103
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)
Dean Martin was an American singer, actor, comedian, and film producer. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed the "King of ...more

20
131 136
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 28 (1942-1970)
James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most ...more

21
171 170
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 74
Diana Ernestine Earle Ross is an American singer, actress, record producer and an occasional songwriter. Born and raised in Detroit, she rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of the ...more

22
118 114
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 79 (1917-1996)
Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and ...more

23
237 255
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 50
Celine Dion is a Canadian Singer born on March 30, 1968. She entered the music industry at an early age. She has won a lot of awards over the last two decades and is one of the most famous ...more

24
197 217
Cher is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 72
Cher is an American singer, songwriter, actress, model, fashion designer, television host, comedian, dancer, businesswoman, philanthropist, author, film producer, director, and record producer. ...more

25
142 131
Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dave_7672 added Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. After spending much of her childhood ...more