musicians Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter  

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List Rules Vote based on the artist's on-stage, between songs banter and personality only.

A concert isn't all about the music. Some of the best moments at any live show are what happens in between the songs - the musician's onstage banter, both with the audience and other band members. This is the time where musicians with good personalities can shine the most and part of why many bands are so good live. 

Some musicians could definitely have had careers as stand up comedians. Robyn Hitchcok's surreal stories are a show in among themselves. John Fogerty takes any chance he gets to take shots at Jerry Garcia. Jeff Tweedy's dry one-liners would make Stephen Wright proud. Diehard fans know that there are two different Ryan Adams one might see in concert. There's Good Mood Ryan Adams and Bad Mood Ryan Adams, but both are a true delight.

Musicians who talk between songs may be hated by some. But for the most members of the audience who are drenched with sweat, pressed up against strangers, or are getting thrown unwittingly into a mosh pit, a few moments of comic relief can be quite refreshing.

Which musicians have the best between song jokes, stories, and tales to tell? Who fills the time while tuning his or her guitar the best? Upvote the best live musicians who have good banter onstage and add anyone who entertained you between songs when you saw them in concert.

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Matt1345 added Eminem Hip hop music, Horrorcore, Hardcore hip hop

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Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Axl Rose Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Paul Stanley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Paul Stanley Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
ClashWho added The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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Bono is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
ofthecosmos added Bono Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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Corey Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Corey Taylor Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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Gordon Downie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
dbourassa added Gordon Downie Rock music, Alternative rock

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Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Morrissey Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

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Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Billie Joe Armstrong Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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David Lee Roth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
David Lee Roth Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Ryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Ryan Adams Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
ofthecosmos added Tom Petty Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Tom Waits Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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Dave Matthews is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Dave Matthews Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

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Edward Kowalczyk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Edward Kowalczyk Post-grunge, Alternative rock, Hard rock

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Les Claypool is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Les Claypool Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

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Ian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
spanhead added Ian Anderson Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Jack White is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Jack White Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Billy Bragg Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Lou Reed Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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Robbie Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
sophia ellison added Robbie Williams Hip hop music, Swing music, Rock music

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Townes Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
dbourassa added Townes Van Zandt Outlaw country, Folk music, Country

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Courtney Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Courtney Love Noise rock, Grunge, Folk rock

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Paul Baloff is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
dbourassa added Paul Baloff Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
John Fogerty Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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Dan Deacon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Dan Deacon Synthpop, Indie, Electronic music

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Colin Meloy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Colin Meloy Folk rock, Indie rock, Baroque pop

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Father John Misty is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter

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Laurie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
dbourassa added Laurie Anderson Experimental music, Art rock

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James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
James Taylor Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Keith Jarrett Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

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Robert Pollard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Robert Pollard Rock music

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
dbourassa added Leonard Cohen Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

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Jeff Tweedy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Jeff Tweedy Alternative rock, Alternative country

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Mikael Åkerfeldt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
dbourassa added Mikael Åkerfeldt Doom metal, Progressive metal, Psychedelic folk

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Ben Harper is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Ben Harper Rock music, Gospel music, Blues

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Joshua Homme is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Joshua Homme Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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Rody Walker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
tyler-sampson added Rody Walker Singer for Protest The Hero

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Robyn Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Robyn Hitchcock Jangle pop, Psychedelic folk, Alternative rock

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Gary Lightbody is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Gary Lightbody Power pop, Britpop, Alternative rock

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Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Kanye West Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music