Greatest Musical Entertainers of All TimeThere 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.
The Top Ten
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.
Michael Joseph Jackson happens to be the greatest legend of all time. The whole world is inspired by him and we all truly miss this humble, yet extraordinary person.285 Comments
THE greatest entertainer in the world at any time. His stage act was second to none, his voice was magical, his looks were amazing, he was and still is no. 1. Plus, he was an extraordinarily generous man, humble and caring. In short he was the complete package. Thousands of people around the world earn money trying to copy him. He was music, man.
Throughout history no one has had the stature that Elvis had. The greatest entertainer of all time and no one will ever take his crown, the King.
The greatest most wonderful singer, musician, innovator ever. He stands alone in music history. He did over and above musically what any other artist in the world has ever even attempted. Elvis the king.
Elvis is untouchable, the greatest artist who has ever lived. Jackson was obsessed with him and tried to copy him - no way! Elvis you gave your all the most amazing singer entertainer ever. The king.125 Comments
She has the voice. The body. The moves. Performances that will blow your mind. She comes with something new every time. She does her thing without bothering anyone or trying to be more than anyone, she just does her thing without trying to break records or sell numbers.
She shows respect, appreciation and does the tributes to other huge artist. Artist admire her. And the ones who hate her, doesn't really hate her, they hate that people talk as she was some kind of god and that's not her fault. I kinda think that she is underrated because radios don't play her music and they compare her to other s that are not on her level
She most definitely deserves a spot on here somewhere.
Greatest of all time. The GOAT of the 00s and 10s. Underrated vocalist, work ethic unmatched of any performer alive.58 Comments
Instead of pointing out that Madonna doesn't have the best voice in the business, how about pointing out that she dominated the 80s with live vocals in her shows with no backing tracks. She's a workaholic, and much of that work has been on herself--getting better and better at singing and dancing and expressing herself in her shows in some very innovative and incredible ways. She was born to be a live entertainer and every concert feels fresh and different from the one before. I've seen many live performers over the years and Madonna was only rivalled by Prince and Michael Jackson when it comes to seeing a superhero appear onstage before you. She raidates inspiration.
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
Only the evil, stupid, or nonmusical person can say that Prince wasn't the top and most prolific musician ever. He was and remains one of the greatest music geniuses.
Prince Rogers Nelson was the baddest musician to ever take foot into the music industry. He was not given the recognition he deserved. This is a man that could pick up an instrument and outshine a person that has been learning to play it their whole life. He framed music into his own view of perfection; he didn't need producers and directors to make a hit he knew what he needed and he applied it. Who have you ever seen go from an electric guitar to a harmonica.? I didn't think so. Purple Rain, 1999, Little red corvette... These are just a few of the many hits prince has made.."all of his songs are sexual" I strongly disagree prince had music that was based strictly on his religious beliefs and he had music that peopled viewed as sexual that were really not enforcing a dirty double meaning... yes he had some nasty records but like he said in a late interview," take some music from the songs today and you have straight pornography" I absolutely agree, what this man made was simply magic ...more
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.
Could do it all! Awesome talent!18 Comments
He is simply the best entertainer ever. The man with crown James Brown. He has made dance and singing an art to watch and to enjoy. He has reinvent singing, dancing and entertaining a live audience. There is still some to come to surpass this guy. He has the voice, he has the dance, he has the mentality, he is the Einstein of music and the Napoleon of the podium, James Brown the Godfather of Soul.
James Brown is one of my favorite singer - Dawkins274
Soul brother number one. God father of sould and King of Soul and R&B. Most sampled artist of all time. Nobody can beat James Brown. Michael Jackson himself confirmed in one event that James Brown was his biggest influence in music and dance.
He really was the hardest working man in showbiz8 Comments
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.
They are number one. Michael Jackson doesn't have an ounce of the creativity, ingenuity and intelligence they had!
Trumps Michael Jackson every time. They wrote music heads and tails above him and had depth and creativity that he could never imagine!
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 jackson8 Comments
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!
Awesome performer, energetic and great vocalist
She infuenced Beyonce, Janet Jackson, Mick Jagger (just to name a few)2 Comments
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!
Wow, now the haters don't even want her name to be allowed on a list no matter how many people vote for her, now that's modern democracy in action.
Haha! No way in the world is she the greatest musical entertainer!4 Comments
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.!
The Beatles and Jackie Evancho have no business on this list. They were/are very good singers, but "Greatest Singers" is not the subject of this poll. The Beatles stood in one spot and sang their songs, and that's all Jackie does. How can that possibly be called entertaining?
Have you ever heard Janet Jackson's first album? The girl can't sing one bit. She had the good sense to get with the fantastic writing and producing duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and they made her a superstar with songs that appealed to the masses but anyone can sing them. She was talent-less without them. Similar goes for Madonna and Beyonce. At least they are both good singers, but what would they be without their writers, producers, and choreographers? They would be nothing. And well, Mick Jagger just ran around acting like a fool on stage like most of the other rockers.
Real entertainers are born. They don't need and don't have teams of people telling them what to do, how to do it, ...more
Queen or at least Freddie deserve to be number 1. They weren't afraid to take risks like with bohemian rhapsody.They performed one of the greatest pieces of music in history (live aid).They're combination of vocal ranges was just amazing, not to mention they sounded the same as they did live and in studio.They had the ability to capture every single person in the room no matter how many people there were. They're songs were just captivating, they made you feel a thousand different feelings and made sure to leave the meaning of their songs a secret so everyone can have they're own personal connection to the song.Also every member had written a hit song which just shows how much they were connected and they were the first band to do so, like Brian who was the first person to write a song about time travel ('39). Freddie was an amazing musician and performer, he reached out to everyone and the room and told them they can to be who they want whilst he was trying to discover himself.Their ...more
This option was added too late. Freddie Mercury should easily be number one.
Some of the names in this list made me cringe. Freddie is the greatest performer of all time and the only one that is in the same league is Michael Jackson. He wasn't a good dancer but whatever moves he did, he owned them. His stage presence and charisma is unmatchable and so is his voice. HE DOESN'T DESERVE TO BE SO LOW. HE IS A ROCK GOD FFS.14 Comments
Why the hell is she not on the main list?
She belongs right behind her brother because she is the greatest female entertainer of all time. She doesn't need Michael she can do it own her own and that's why we love her so much
Michael has nothing to do with it. The Jacksons just have natural talent!
She isn't overrated and neither is Michael.13 Comments
Ask these top 100 entertainers who they would vote as their favorite, excluding themselves, of course. Betcha Bob Dylan would be rated #1. VYCPA
Before he became complacent about his genius, Dylan worked really hard to get to where he got. In his live shows in the sixties he is witty, charismatic and radiates mischief in its most intelligent incarnation. He is a troubadour, his place is out there in front of an audience telling stories, not in a studio, for this reason he beats the Beatles, who were only really performers in the beginning before they dedicated themselves to studio albums which were written to be played, not performed.
The most boring concert I have ever watched. He warmed up for Santana at SPAC Saratoga Springs,NY...
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
How is this 14? Madonna, Elvis, MJ, Beyoncé and frankly almost everyone above pink Floyd on this list ain't got $*it on pink Floyd, pink Floyd does not lip sync, they do not get famous for some stupid dance or whatever, the reason Pink Floyd got famous was because they made some of the most beautiful music and most deep lyrics, Pink Floyd is the absolute puriest music you can hear, if I meat an alien, and need to show him one musical artist that completely defines what music is, is show that alien Pink Floyd
Pure genius, the true total performer.
Greatest all round entertainer I have seen
Best stage performance combined with great vocals in different styles
Best Voice Of All Time1 Comment
Axl Rose - the best most powerful charismatic voice in rock today. Only Freddie Mercury is bigger than Axl. Mick Jagger, Elvis Presley, Elton John, Madonna etc can't reach that power and voice range that only Axl and Freddie can.
Axl has over 8 voice ranges and is only 2nd to Freddy Mercury and no one else, plus the blasting performance of Slash alongside is just a match made in heaven... pink Floyd,led zeppelin,Queen should always be on top of every list
The most dangerous, impredictable, charismatic rock band ever.
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.
2006 Williams entered the Guinness Book of World Records for selling 1.6 million tickets of his Close Encounters Tour in a single day.
By far the most charismatic and entertaining, the full package...
Total perfection in every way.
His live concerts are the best I've ever seen.
THE BEST ENTERTAİNER OF ALL TİME
She is the Goddess! No one compares.
Cher is known as "The Goddess of Pop"! How is she not in the top ten?
She is simply the best ever
Cher is the best!1 Comment
Watch the celia cruz tribute in the ama's 2013 and opening dance number at the ama's 2015. She should be in top 5
She should be in top 10
She could easily be in the top 10
Should be in the top 10
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 voice1 Comment
She was the greatest entertaining talent on the world stage and ended up with nothing at all, she had nothing left but the audience that loved her, what else counts?
Most people remember her as the girl next door Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. But she did 2 movies a few years later: "Babes in Arms", and "Babes on Broadway" that really showcased her incredible talent. Unfortunately those movies are never shown on T.V. or cable because they each had small vaudeville blackface scenes that are not politically correct. She was quite beautiful in her early 20's before the amphetamines Hollywood studios gave her slowly tarnished her looks and health. Fred Astaire said she was the greatest entertainer that ever lived. That pretty much says it all.
Even in her darkest days of drugs and when she was most ill in the late 60s this unsurpassable talent entertained her audiences in the most unbelievable manner. Nobody can ever mimick or beat a voice and a presence like Miss Judy Garland.
Cher us a joke, almost everyone on this list is a joke compared to Judy.5 Comments
Greatest entertainer along with Elvis of all time.
Hey, I'm a Prince fan, but he couldn't hold a candle to Frank as far as being an entertainer. Just because you like someone does not make them a great entertainer. They might be a great musician or songwriter, but entertainer is different. The Beatles were not entertainers. Frank was called the Chairman of the Board for a reason. He took control of every stage he walked on like no other except maybe Michael Jackson. Patti Labelle should be on this list too, but don't give me Madonna or Beyonce. Please..
No one tops frank Sinatra
GREATEST PERFORMER OF ALL TIME don't FIGHT ME
She's the best princess of pop. I love her performances and the ones from her prime era is untouchable.
PRINCESS OF POP... NOTHING ELSE TO SAY...
Britney Spears is absolutely iconic. Baby one more time is the only song is history to be number 1 in every single country it was released in. EVER! Her VMA performances and the iconic “It’s Britney Bitch”! She’s a legend.
There will always be great singers dancers etc but there will never be anyone who could do what sammy could and at the highest possible level. How much bigger a star would he have been if he had been tall and handsome. UNTOUCHABLE!
This is a nutso top entertainer in history poll! ANYBODY WITH COMMON SENSE knows this guy is in the top three. To me, when they say top entertainer, there not talking about simply being able to sing. I mean, they're talking the whole package, sing, dance, you name it. I LOVE Elvis, but he was simply a great looking guy who could sing. Naturally that's what all the males would rather be but we're talking entertainer here! I see other greats like Jackie Wilson not in here, that's crazy, simply crazy. Where the hell is the great Bobby Darin? This guy, along with Sammy is one and two but for all around, I've got to give it to Bobby. Darin did everything, I'm talking' 'bout songwriting, musical instruments he could play etc. I mean everything done today is all electronics, come on, Brittany Spears, are you serious?
- Singer, Dancer, Musician, Actor, Comedian, Impressionist... Probably # 1, but I'll even settle for Top 5.
Not one performer on list could do everthing that sammy could and at highest possible level.7 Comments
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
I like the dark hair Miley Cyrus I prefer her old songs. New Miley I do ot like her.
Bruno Mars is one of the most talented musical entertainers I know. From his 'outta this world' vocal range, to the variety of musical instruments he can play like a whizz, to his smooth moves - Bruno is top-notch.
His career has been a joy to watch. He has developed a style is evidently influenced by popular music of the late twentieth century, but with a little 'Mars sauce' (as he likes to call it) squirted all over his tracks.
It's these nostalgic but modern, feel-good vibes that Bruno has going on, which makes him a star, and will make him a legend.
P.S. - PUT HIM HIGHER ON THE LIST
His virtuosity and skill across multiple dimensions - vocals, dance, compositional ingenuity, multiple musical instruments, showmanship...is unmatched. He is a master of ALL.
The Best Entertainer Ever
I think she is the best performer of all time. I went to her concert once and wow she was amazing
She controls the crowd every single time. All eyes on her, yet you feel so connected and intimate because no matter the size of the attendance, she makes sure that her eyes are on you.
She won many awards for entertainer of the year, if she does not deserve it, she won't win the awards for so many times.
Simply the greatest voice ever
She is wonderful :-)
Tell me why the voice is below all these lessers
THE BEST OF ALL TIME
The first superstar, know has the World's Greatest Entertainer. All modern performers have been influenced by him.
I think he definitely was the greatest of them all!
Al Jolson, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson. In their day they were the greatest. It's not about judging their faults and mistakes its about admiring the fabulous talent that they all had. For me Al Jolson was the greatest of them all.
There is no denying that Jolson started it all. He truly was the greatest entertainer of all time. Not to take away from the other greats, but he leads the field. I wish I was old enough to see him perform.5 Comments
Garth is the only artist in history to have 7 diamond albums. His shows sellout at record pace. Nobody involves the audience likes he does at his shows. His stage persona is like not her. If we are talking pure entertainment then Garth is by far a top 5 entertainer of all time. To see the artists ahead of him is just mind blowing. He sets his ticket prices low to accommodate his fans. No other entertainer has ever done that. He is by far one of the greatest of all time.
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.
Greatest entertainer country/pop/rock of all time. His shows sellout at record clip. He is only one ever to have 7 diamond albums. He isn’t even done either. To see the ones in front of him on this list is just a disgrace.
The greatest country music artist/entertainer the world has ever seen.
Sir Elton John has sold more than 300 million records!
Elton John is without doubt the definitive paragon of musical entertainment genius and a true treasure...Number One; Hands down!
He should be #1or 2 he is one of the most talented people to ever live. It takes a lot to learn how to play the piano you take that and then add the fact that he also has a great life and you realize that he is amazing. He is also one of the top selling artists of all time. There are a bunch of people that can play the piano and a bunch of people that can sing but not very many that can do both other than maybe Billy Joal. It takes some serious talent to be able to do what he and the way he does it he should be a lot farther up on this list.
It's comical to see so many ahead of Elton on this list! The greatest rock entertainer ever " according to Billy Joel"! He is certainly a top 3 choice and his record breaking album sales prove it! What a bogus list!2 Comments
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.
I can't with his ego, he isn't as great as usher and even chris brown, a newcomer, is better at him in dancing and singing
Boundless energy, iconic voice, and a good dancer who is able to turn songs into stories with all the talent of an Oscar winning actress. Liza is a supremely hard working artist who gives everything during a performance and has well earned her 'egot' status as well as the respect of those such as Sinatra, Sammy D and, for the more modern audiences, Lady Gaga. The style may not be everyone's cup-of-tea, but it should be possible to recognise and appreciate a hard-working talent such as Miss Minnelli.
Eminem is the Best after Michael Jackson
Greatest Rapper of all time.
Goes to show how much people know about entertainment! Bobby Darin 39th, Sammy Davis 29th, and Jackie Wilson, 62! Are you KIDDING ME? Darin and Davis could do anything, entertainment wise, with the exception of songwriting Davis, was off the charts! Darin could do it all, Wilson excludeing the tenors on this list could out sing every male on this list! You people who voted had better take a look at the youTube videos and check out the VARIETY of different skills these three people I've just listed!
Pitbull is better than Eminem
This is a joke, right? Please tell me this is a joke
The best musical entertainer alive beating all the rest. DALEE!.
Also good in Rapping
One of the most popular guy of 21st century not just because of controversy but because of his musical talent and the most seen person on you tube, needs no ones approval he is and will always remain the essence of the musical world. Love you brother.
The least most entertaining in the world
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.2 Comments
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.
How on hell is Rihanna far bellow millet cyrus, when talk abt success Riri is there, when we talk about talent, Riri is there, Rihanna should be close to Beyonce in the rating, I don't know why people under rate this angelic vocalist.
Rap is one the most popular genres in the world, yet the world's greatest rapper isn't even top ten. How can you even feel human knowing that Pac is behind Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift?
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.2 Comments
Awesome showman and really cared about entertaining his audience! Brought his "A" game to every performance! The music, the spectacle, the showmanship amazing.
Easily the best. Do some research people. In a class of his own. Does not belong with this group.
A much better dancer than Michael Jackson.
"Very talented performer, who actually relies on his voice."
Just because I can
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