Sponsored
16.9k voters

The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

Updated December 31, 2020 306.6k votes 16.9k voters 122.3k views583 items

List RulesOnly 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?

Photo:
...more
  • Michael Jackson1
    8,696
    6,434

    Michael Jackson

    Dec. at 51 (1958-2009)

    BirthplaceUSA, Indiana, Gary

    Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter,...  more

    More Michael Jackson 

    The Best Michael Jackson Songs of All TimeThis May Have Been The Strangest Road Trip Ever – If It Indeed Happened Like They Say It Did

  • Tina Turner2
    3,476
    3,185

    BirthplaceNutbush, Tennessee, United States of America

    Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock, November 26, 1939) is an internationally recognized...  more

    More Tina Turner 

    The Best Tina Turner Songs#132 of 225 The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time

  • Freddie Mercury3
    4,000
    5,389

    Freddie Mercury

    Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

    BirthplaceStone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

    Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British...  more

    More Freddie Mercury 

    All About Mary Austin, The Love Of Freddie Mercury's Life#1 of 739 The Best Singers of All Time

  • Charlie Chaplin4
    1,530
    1,685

    Charlie Chaplin

    Dec. at 88 (1889-1977)

    BirthplaceWalworth, United Kingdom

    Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor,...  more

    More Charlie Chaplin 

    18 Surprising and Revealing Facts About Charlie Chaplin#18 of 113 The Best English Actors of All Time

  • Elvis Presley5
    2,829
    3,869

    Elvis Presley

    Age: Died at 42 (1935-1977)

    BirthplaceTupelo, Mississippi, USA

    Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was...  more

    More Elvis Presley 

    The Best Elvis Presley Songs of All Time#131 of 162 1970s Christian Pop Artists

  • Johnny Cash6
    1,041
    1,506

    Johnny Cash

    Dec. at 71 (1932-2003)

    BirthplaceKingsland, Arkansas, United States of America

    John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American...  more

    More Johnny Cash 

    The Best Johnny Cash Songs of All Time#5 of 279 The Greatest American Rock Bands

  • Bette Davis7
    2,053
    973

    Bette Davis

    Dec. at 81 (1908-1989)

    BirthplaceLowell, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (; April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of...  more

    More Bette Davis 

    Why Did Bette Davis And Joan Crawford Have A Legendary Feud?#1 of 843 The Best Actresses in Film History

  • Gene Wilder8
    605
    847

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016), known professionally as Gene Wilder, was...  more

    More Gene Wilder 

    The 25+ Best Gene Wilder Movies of All Time, Ranked#24 of 302 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

  • Judy Garland9
    858
    1,233

    Judy Garland

    Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)

    BirthplaceGrand Rapids, Minnesota, United States of America

    Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American actress,...  more

    More Judy Garland 

    The Best Judy Garland Movies#19 of 602 The Best Female Vocalists Ever

  • Betty White10
    705
    959

    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois, United States of America

    Betty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922) is an American actress and comedian, with...  more

    More Betty White 

    #11 of 349 The Best American Actresses Working Today#30 of 36 The Worst Wax Figures at Madame Tussauds

  • Louis Armstrong11
    1,004
    1,448

    Louis Armstrong

    Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops,...  more

    More Louis Armstrong 

    The Best Louis Armstrong Albums of All Time#85 of 225 The Best Blues Artists of All Time

  • Dolly Parton12
    924
    1,337

    BirthplaceSevierville, Tennessee, United States of America

    Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter,...  more

    More Dolly Parton 

    26 Weird And Charming Facts About Dolly Parton19 Wholesome Dolly Parton Tweets That Prove She’s Still America’s Sweetheart

  • Dick Van Dyke13
    493
    600

    BirthplaceWest Plains, Missouri, United States of America

    Richard Wayne Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an American actor, comedian, singer, and...  more

    More Dick Van Dyke 

    #44 of 339 The Funniest People Of All Time#46 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021

  • Frank sinatra14
    1,957
    2,877

    Frank sinatra

    Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)

    BirthplaceHoboken, New Jersey, United States of America

    Francis Albert Sinatra (; December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer, actor and...  more

    More Frank Sinatra 

    The Best Frank Sinatra Albums of All Time#84 of 355 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

  • Lucille Ball15
    1,372
    2,004

    Lucille Ball

    Dec. at 78 (1911-1989)

    BirthplaceJamestown, New York, United States of America

    Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedian,...  more

    More Lucille Ball 

    16 Fascinating Facts About Lucille Ball You Probably Didn't Know#102 of 199 Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

  • Paul McCartney16
    1,446
    2,096

    BirthplaceWalton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

    Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician,...  more

    More Paul McCartney 

    The Best Paul McCartney Songs#85 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

  • David Bowie17
    689
    969

    BirthplaceLondon, England

    David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (,...  more

    More David Bowie 

    David Bowie and His Mysterious Connections to the Occult and Paganism#630 of 1,017 The Best Actors in Film History

  • Ray Charles18
    973
    1,412

    Ray Charles

    Dec. at 74 (1930-2004)

    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA, Albany

    Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), professionally known as simply Ray...  more

    More Ray Charles 

    The Best Ray Charles Albums of All Time#47 of 193 Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

  • Aretha Franklin19
    1,338
    1,943

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Memphis

    Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter,...  more

    More Aretha Franklin 

    The Best Aretha Franklin Albums of All Time#7 of 188 The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

  • Jimi Hendrix20
    850
    1,240

    Jimi Hendrix

    Dec. at 28 (1942-1970)

    BirthplaceWashington, Area code 206, Western United States, Northwestern United States, United States of America

    James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18,...  more

    More Jimi Hendrix 

    Wild Stories From The Guitar-Shredding Life Of Jimi Hendrix#3 of 29 Members of The 27 Club

  • Carol Burnett21
    680
    871

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, United States of America

    Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer and...  more

    More Carol Burnett 

    #20 of 233 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time#17 of 126 The Greatest Broadway Stars of All Time

  • Clint Eastwood22
    902
    1,147

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Clinton Eastwood Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American actor, filmmaker, musician, and...  more

    More Clint Eastwood 

    Unbelievably Macho Stories About Clint Eastwood#35 of 264 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

  • Prince23
    1,580
    2,315

    Prince

    Dec. at 57 (1958-2016)

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

    Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter,...  more

    More Prince 

    Everything The World Should Know About Prince From His Band, The Revolution#10 of 196 The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

  • Alfred Hitchcock24
    511
    717

    Alfred Hitchcock

    Dec. at 81 (1899-1980)

    BirthplaceLeytonstone, London, United Kingdom

    Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English film director and...  more

    More Alfred Hitchcock 

    What Alfred Hitchcock’s Colleagues Said About Working With Him#44 of 97 Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

  • James Stewart25
    577
    729

    James Stewart

    Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)

    BirthplaceIndiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an American actor and military...  more

    More James Stewart 

    #2 of 310 The Coolest Actors Ever#184 of 403 Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person