Greatest Musical Entertainers of All Time

There are many great entertainers, but there are a select few who can induce tears and fainting before they even begin to sing. There are artists who meet expectations, and artists who shatter them. There are singers who raise the bar, and singers who break the bar. Many entertainers' art is music. To some, music turns into art. The following, in order, are the artists and singers and entertainers who have exceeded expectation, broken the bar, and transformed their music into art.

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1Michael JacksonMichael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was a singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, entertainer and humanitarian. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King ...read more.

Just the fact that a little black boy from a Midwestern town was able to become a seemingly mythical pop legend is mind-blowing. The electrifying dance moves and angelic voice just add to the recipe that makes up Michael Jackson, the greatest entertainer of all time. He revolutionized music and was the first artist to turn it into art. His extraordinary wardrobe, his take on the music video, and his amazing dances made his music come alive. He pioneered the music video format with Thriller, and none of his videos disappointed. He never settled and was never second-best. For him, it was all or nothing. If he couldn't excite and please his fans, he didn't want to do it at all. His perseverance, perfectionism, talent, and hard work is what makes him the greatest entertainer of all time.

Michael Jackson is the one and only. I'm 36 and I feel blessed I managed to witness his peaking years in the 80's. I was military brat, living overseas, and I must say, Michael Jackson was the most popular artist. Everyone imitated his dance moves and his music was heard everywhere. I've never met anyone who has not heard of the King of Pop. The fact that his fame is GLOBAL proves his success and passion for his music. I never heard of the Beatles or Elvis Presley until we moved to the U.S. Michael is blessed with pure talent and originality. He proved it from when he was still a little kid with the Jackson 5 and he peaked as a solo artist; the Beatles would be nothing without each other. It's proven that they fell off the charts when the band broke up. Elvis now? He was mostly famous because teenage girls at that time had no other "hottie" to idolize. Did Elvis dance like Michael? Did he entertain like Mike GLOBALLY? Nope. That proves everything. I'm not even talking about all of ...more

The man dances and you See Music.
The man sings and you Hear Music.
The man writes and you Know Music.

He does all this and you're Entertained beyond anything you've ever seen, heard, or known of.

The man is Musical Entertainment at its finest along with Musical Artistry created.

He is the best

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2Elvis PresleyElvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

He was the King; one cannot get into 4 Official Music Halls of Fame without a reason. Another thing to remember is that he has outsold every other solo performer, and is on par with the Beatles (both having claimed to sell over one billion records). To thro into the mix is that he had such emotion and passion that he put into the really good songs, and it made these recordings amazing. Also, when he was younger (from when he started out, until about 1973), his dance/karate moves were amazing.

Everyone who has ever enjoyed modern music has this man and his peers to thank (guys like Little Richard, Chuck Berry, etc). If it wasn't for all of them, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, and so much of the music that we now love and enjoy would not be here. And if you don't believe this, remember that John Lennon himself said that it was Elvis who had got him into music.

No one has ever come close to his charisma, extreme talent, versatility, good looks, and his downright generous character. There will never ever be another Elvis Presley, he was one of a kind and the very best entertainer in the world. His contributions to music have influenced every rock band from Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin to every other musical talent in the rock genre. He will always be " THE KING" for a reason.

Well I think Elvis should take the number one spot as he changed music with his own style of music this now called Rock and roll. Before Elvis music was a joke.

I'm not saying Michael Jackson is not up there with his dance move's etc

But Elvis gave us rock and Roll had changed the world. Long live the king!

The greatest of all, the King.

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3Madonna

The Top 5 ends here with Madonna Ciccone, arguably the most successful female artist of all time. Madonna's daring performances and irrestistible tunes both angered and excited people all over the world. Some say she is far too overrated; some insist she is overlooked. Whatever it may be, Madonna's sultry shows and Marilynesque style makes her an unforgettable piece of 80s and 90s pop culture.

Definitely my favorite of all time. The scope of live concert tours would be very different today had Madonna not come around. She continues to raise the bar even now 30 years into her career.

Madonna is simply the Best. I can't believe Lady Gaga is over her. She copies Madonna all the time and everyone realize that
Long Live the Queen of Music MADONNA - Alexandr

Absolutely love and admire Madonna. She may not have the best vocals but her concerts and stage presence is out of this world. Great innovator.

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4The BeatlesThe Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

The Beatles were nothing if not epic. Their albums were so ambitious and out-there they crossed back to mainstream. The Beatles managed to get pyschedellic pop to Number One. The Beatles made girls cry just by standing onstage. Never has any band achieved so much success. The Beatles are still being swooned over by females from age fifty to age fifteen. The Beatles were like crack cocaine: they were short-lived, made people become ecstatic, and left everyone wishing for more.

The Beatles wrote their own material, pushed the boundaries of music, challenged their contemporaries to keep up and opened the door for everyone who followed. No one stands above them. Not even the vastly overrated Michael jackson

Michael Jackson is better. Live with it.

Michael Jackson is way better! Just live with it...

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5The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.

I think their way more better than the Beatles, who are largely overrated in comparison to their other British counterparts. The Beatles were okay but they largely copied Chuck Berry, but somehow Americans in particular manage to shoot them to fame. Perhaps so typical of them, they enjoy entertainment so much in a fashion that anything goes. Just think one direction.!

6Bob Dylan
7Beyoncé

She should easily be top 5. The only people who disagree will be those who have never seen her live

Beyoncé. I've been to every concert since Destiny Fulfilled and each time I thought it couldn't get any better, and it did! She's an anomaly! I always leave happy and exhausted lol

I think bey is moving up on the scale!

Hands down, the best alive.

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8Pink FloydPink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour, Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright. ...read more.

omg are you serous lagy gaga chithra, miley cyrus, and madonna above pink floyd sorry but that is just wrong. many of the fake artists I mentsioned lip sing but all can't sing. Pink Floyd is the ultimate stoner music it is the closest thing to a drug I can think of. their live shows are preatty awesome too. They were among the 1st to use bright colored light shows then their live. all these artist I mensioned are gona die soon anyway. bands like beatles rollin stones and PINK FLOYD will live on forever. - russian

9Jackie Evancho

She is the whole package: immensely talented, cute, funny, positive and caring. She lights up everything around her. - BobG

The affect she has on the audience is astounding.
Comes across as genuine and humble, even naive, but has a voice that is other-worldly!

10QueenQueen are a British rock group formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

Best songs of all time and best concerts were performed via Freddie Mercury. When he sang all stadium would feel his presence. I think when he was on stage he felt like at home, if you would let me say his second home. Its to bad he isn't here to sing for us one last time.

Queen should be near to Michael Jacksons position... I think the queen influenced the rock music of the generations...

Freddie Mercury is my favorite singer - Ajkloth

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12PrincePrince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958, and died on April 21st, 2016. he was a music legend from the 80s up until his death, best known for songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry".

Dude had it all. He could shred with the best. He could sing with the best. No one, except maybe Meat Loaf, poured themselves out to the audience with every ounce of energy they had like Prince did. And some of his most beautiful work is stuff 99% of the people never heard, because they weren't radio hits. But it was beautiful art. It's hard to compare, because everyone has their own niche, but, in my opinion he and Meat Loaf should be floating around the top. Elvis was a great vocalist. He engaged the crowd. But he didn't put on a SHOW like Prince. Find Prince's Super Bowl half time performance, in a torrential downpour. He killed it. Rain didn't bother him, or his dancers. Anyone who thinks this guy isn't one of the best knows nothing about music or entertainment. Or Prince. That's what it looks like from where I'm standing, anyway.

Prince is the greatest. All of the other artist on this list are loved. Prince has always been an industry outsider and hated for the most part, but it was his talent that has kept him afloat. I can remember the industry denying him a star on the walk of fame and then turned right around and gave Mary Heart of Entertainment Tonight a star: She only reports on people like prince, go figure!

I once dragged two friends to a prince concert. I say dragged because they didn't like his music and considered his persona with disdain. Whilst they the concert left feeling the same way, he was best act they had ever seen. That's how good he is live.

My favorite artist of all time. Charismatic performer who could make you feel as if you were the only one in the room while even though there is arena full of people. Just awesome.

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13Robbie Williams

2006 Williams entered the Guinness Book of World Records for selling 1.6 million tickets of his Close Encounters Tour in a single day.

Total perfection in every way.

His live concerts are the best I've ever seen.

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14Janet Jackson

Michael has nothing to do with it. The Jacksons just have natural talent!

She isn't overrated and neither is Michael.

She's the greatest female entertainer in the world now go figure thank you

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15K.S. Chithra

Chithra is just so totally unique, and... the world needs to see and hear such a nice young lady with so much talent. "
"surprisingly beautiful voice - original"
"Wonderful singer would graciate any stage
Although Chithra is fairly new to the music scene, she has already inspired countless people, including myself, to never be afraid to be different. Her outlandish costumes and extravagant stage shows, along with the artistry of her music, have proven that Chithra is here to stay. Her songs explore aspects of real life, written down in clever lyrics and put to a catchy beat.. She does a fantastic job of capturing a moment in time and presenting it to our generation. - bradman

Chithra is most loved entertainer the people by her songs of wide range

Chithra's out put of songs is something great to hear

She inspired all the world with her Magical voice

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16Cher

She is the Goddess! No one compares.

Cher is known as "The Goddess of Pop"! How is she not in the top ten?

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17James Brown

He really was the hardest working man in showbiz

He's the grestest of all time. He inspired Michael jackson and prince and plenty more huge icons like beyonce his music never gets old

James Brown is one of the greatest entertainers to have ever lived. If there were no Mr. Brown there would be no Prince or Michael Jackson, and there would be no such thing as funk and or hip-hop, ask Dr. Funkenstein, he'll tell ya himself.
"Toe-Knee"

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18Tina Turner

The most professional, hard-working, dynamic and unique female musical act ever. Legend. And just a wonderful person, to boot. There will never be another Tina Turner.

The Greatest female entertainer of all time!

She infuenced Beyonce, Janet Jackson, Mick Jagger (just to name a few)

19Shakira
20David BowieDavid Robert Jones was born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016, a hero to millions. ...read more.
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