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
895 768
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
430 402
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 3 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
4
491 464
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 4 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
5
302 309
Cher is listed (or ranked) 5 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
6
266 303
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 6 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
7
148 169
Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)
John William "Johnny" Carson was an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, actor, and musician known for thirty years as host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. ...more
8
220 249
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 8 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
9
365 453
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 9 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
10
185 195
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)
Judy Garland was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. She was renowned for her vocals and attained international stardom which continued throughout a career that spanned more than 40 ...more
11
198 224
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
256 292
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 12 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
13
197 226
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 13 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
14
317 358
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
251 431
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
160 166
Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Died at 88 (1899-1987)
Fred Astaire was an American dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical ...more
17
237 285
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
403 463
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 18 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
19
388 457
Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
34 10
Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
DaveHarding added age 88
Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and politician. He rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Sergio ...more
21
177 221
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1933-2006)
James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of ...more
22
345 429
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 22 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
23
189 201
Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 23 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
24
122 139
Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1940-2005)
Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was an American comedian, actor, film director, social critic, satirist, writer, and MC. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and ...more
25
126 147
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Entertainers of All Time
age 69
William Martin "Billy" Joel is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973, Joel has become the sixth ...more