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. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Michael Jackson
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 Michael's awards and recognition for humanitarian efforts. Not to mention his fame lasted just about his entire life. That is no easy task or the world wouldn't have so many one-hit wonders. Michael truly is the King. The one and only. Inspirational story of "rags to riches." May he rest in peace.
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.
[Newest]There was times as a kid that I felt Michael Jackson was magical... like not a real human being he was just that amazing
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2Elvis Presley
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.
Although I myself am not a huge Elvis fan, I cannot deny his musical importance. Simply by shaking his pelvis and singing in a velvety deep baritone, Elvis changed rock 'n roll forever. He set the stage for other legendary rock acts like the Beatles. Elvis is still played worldwide and his contribution to American culture cannot be overlooked.
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!
[Newest]He was and still is the greatest

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


4Janet Jackson
Michael has nothing to do with it. The Jacksons just have natural talent!
She isn't overrated and neither is Michael.

5Prince
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.
The best ever. Never have I seen someone run around stage like him, playing every instrument, dancing, singing and bring the crowd into it.

6Beyoncé
She is amazing in concert!
I saw her in Chile, and she was perfection.
Her voice and the way she dance, plus she interect with the audience a lot wich make the show even more perfect.

7The Beatles
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

8Robbie 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.
THE BEST ENTERTAİNER OF ALL TİME

9K.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

10Cher

The Contenders

11Jennifer Lopez

12James Brown
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"

13The Rolling Stones
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.!

14Shakira

15Queen
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...

16Tina 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)

17Bob Dylan

18David Bowie

19Pink Floyd
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


20Lady GaGa
Although GaGa 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 GaGa is here to stay. Her albums explore aspects of real life, written down in clever lyrics and put to a catchy beat. "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" on The Fame talks about the prep school club scene in NYC. She does a fantastic job of capturing a moment in time and presenting it to our generation.

21Miley Cyrus
Miley is one of the most successful entertainer ever. She has achieved much success in just 5 years of singing. Come on Miley! Keep it up. And I know after some years she will be on top of this list. This is my guaranteed.
! Why are you in this position? Come on... I know you're deserve

22Guns N' Roses

23Christina Aguilera

24Liza Minnelli

25Taylor Swift

26Fred Astaire
Easily the best. Do some research people. In a class of his own. Does not belong with this group.

27Liberace
Awesome showman and really cared about entertaining his audience! Brought his "A" game to every performance! The music, the spectacle, the showmanship amazing.

28Michael Crawford

29Green Day
One of the best live bands of all time. Their powerful, motivational, and often hilarious live performances are truly enjoyable. They really pulls their audience in and gets that engaged and that's I love about the genre of Rock and Roll.

30Pitbull
The best musical entertainer alive beating all the rest. DALEE!.
Also good in Rapping

31Justin Timberlake
This may seem out of left field, but he is the 2nd best solo stage entertainer of all time only behind Elvis. Best male singer of his generation. He does not make sudden changes in his dancing stances like Usher & Chris Brown, BUT he moves much more smoothly than they do. Also can beatbox, play piano, guitar, and drums. He's a lot like the great Fred Astaire (if you don't know who he is, just look him up) and definitely alludes to him in some of his music videos. In many ways, JT has superseded Fred in every area except dancing since Fred is arguably the best dancer of all-time.

32Tupac Shakur
Tupac is the greatest for the message he placed in his music by far the most relatable lyrics ever
Best rapper of all time

Pac is the best rapper of all time
No doubt, TUPAC is the Greatest rapper of all time.

33Al Jolson
The undisputed greatest entertainer of the first third of the 20th century. Who else has had two bio movies, both box office smashes, made about them strictly as musical entertainers.
The Great "you ain't heard nothing' yet" singer; the first to play in theaters through out the U. S on long train tours of the country.
Recognized as the greatest musical entertainer of the
[Newest]The first, the best, the most loved for many generations.

34Garth Brooks
The fact that Justin Bieber is higher on this list is freighting... To start off Garth is the 3rd best selling artist of all time... AHEAD of Michael Jackson... Anyone who has had the rare chance to see this man live will tell you he is hands down the greatest live performer ever. His concerts have the fastest sell out rates of all time. He is one of the greatest country music stars ever and also one of the greatest artists in the history of music. Its hard to believe he is this far down on the list. Garth is a legend and arguably the greatest entertainer of all time.
The greatest country music artist/entertainer the world has ever seen.

35Janis Joplin

36Deep Purple
I have a recording of smoke on the water live on my iPod, and the lead singer of Deep Purple is truely the greatest entertainer in all of music.

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37David Lee Roth

38Sierra Boggess
A voice with the feather-smooth edge and a clear, angelic tone. A ligh, high tessitura that can belt efficiently. Wonderful Soprano, and great humorous personality!

39Usher
Usher is amazing. I love his voice, and his smooth dancing technique. He is one of the greatest Entertainers of all time.
He's like the greatest entertainer presently. He dances well, sings well also. He's just perfect

40Ramones
They were so different and scary but they changed rock n' roll forever and are one of it's greatest bands to ever exist, they will continue to influence generations of musicians regardless of genre and they also had a legendary stage performance. If it weren't for them no one would know what punk rock is.

41Bon Jovi

42Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber is amazing. By singing and dancing he was able to hit a billion views on YouTube on his single "baby" and he was only 19. He has the biggest fan base on social media.
The least most entertaining in the world

43Bobby Darin

44Andre Rieu
Must the amongst the top 5 for sure.

45Bob Marley
Bob is simply genius

46Kelly Clarkson

47Yo Yo Honey Singh

48Rihanna
A rising star. Truly a great Entertainer. She will eventually reign as the Queen. The music business is not about singing it is marketing. There are so many truly talented artists out there. Singing is God's gift.

49Mariah Carey
Great voice. Truly a great songstress.

50Judy Garland

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