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 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
Heavy metal, Hard rock

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27 34
Paul Stanley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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25 33
David Lee Roth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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15 19
Les Claypool is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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16 22
Gordon Downie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
dbourassa added Rock music, Alternative rock

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18 25
Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

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27 38
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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24 34
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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15 22
Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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15 22
Dave Matthews is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music

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Bono is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
ofthecosmos added Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

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The Who is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
ClashWho added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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7 12
Joshua Homme is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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13 22
Ryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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Townes Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
dbourassa added Outlaw country, Folk music, Country

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Father John Misty is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter

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Ian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
spanhead added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
ofthecosmos added Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly

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15 26
Corey Taylor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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7 14
Jeff Tweedy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Alternative rock, Alternative country

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11 21
Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

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11 21
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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7 15
Ed Kowalczyk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Post-grunge, Alternative rock, Hard rock

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5 12
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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8 17
Ben Harper is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Rock music, Gospel music, Blues

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Courtney Love is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Noise rock, Grunge, Folk rock

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8 17
Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Noise rock, Blue-eyed soul, Spoken word

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Robbie Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
sophia ellison added Hip hop music, Swing music, Rock music

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6 14
Dan Deacon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Synthpop, Indie, Electronic music

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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
dbourassa added Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

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4 11
Paul Baloff is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
dbourassa added Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Mikael Åkerfeldt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
dbourassa added Doom metal, Progressive metal, Psychedelic folk

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3 10
Robert Pollard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Rock music

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3 10
Keith Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

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Laurie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
dbourassa added Experimental music, Art rock

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Gary Lightbody is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Power pop, Britpop, Alternative rock

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Colin Meloy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Folk rock, Indie rock, Baroque pop

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Rody Walker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
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3 11
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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2 10
Robyn Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Jangle pop, Psychedelic folk, Alternative rock

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18 97
Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Pop music