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.

The Top Ten

1 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...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.

Michael is the best person in the world! He helped charity and everyone who dint have money! He is the best dance, entertainer, singer IN THE WHOLE WORLD! ( King Of Music)

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2 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis 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.

Elvis Presley, hands down was the best entertainer of all time. Elvis died 40+ years ago and people still talk about him and play his music. His home, Graceland is the most visted house in America, it is a national historic landmark. What other artist can say that? He's been gone for so long but people from all around the world go and visit! It really is incredible, I had the privilege to go and let me tell you I want to go again! Mind you I didn't grow up in his time era (unfortunately) I'm just 21. Not only was he the greatest but he was also such a genuine person and so giving. Lets not forget he was a veteran! He was a remarkable human being and his charisma and presence speaks volumes. All he had to do was stand there on stage without saying a word and thousands would cheer. Sure there has been great artist and currently are amazing artist but there's never been anyone quite like Elvis Presley and there never will be.

Elvis Presley launched rock and roll. Yes, there were other people at the beginning but they did not have the power and the audience to propel rock and roll into the dominant music of both the 20th and the 21st Century. Elvis influenced the entire genre. Think if he had lived to 70, like McCartney! He died at 42. The biggest solo performer in record sales in history and his sales were made when records were much less common purchases and when the statistics of records sold were primitive. The world is on a first name basis with Elvis and the man died in 1977...40 YEARS ago. Dead! 40 years ago. Not in his heyday for 57 years!

It' s not even close. Elvis commanded an audience like no other person. Sold out performances in Las Vegas, a billion records sold and counting. He changed America like no other entertainer. As John Lennon said "without Elvis, there would have been no Beatles". Long live the "King".

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3 Beyoncé Beyoncé Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from ...read more.

Greatest of all time. The GOAT of the 00s and 10s. Underrated vocalist, work ethic unmatched of any performer alive.

Best female performer of this generation and in general right behind Michael Jackson. Her level of production and get work ethic is unmatched. A true performing legend.

To the bottom comment, Michael jackson wasn't a very good singer either. In fact, he was also a "mediocre" singer. These are not vocalists to be clear. But the truth is, there's no one in today's industry (other than probably gaga) who can sing and dance the same time, the way Beyonce does. Beyonce is, the female MJ of this generation, whether you like it or now. On top of that, Beyonce is a very good vocalist. Technically, Beyonce is better than the super overrated Adele. She is the gold standard for what a modern day performer should be.

Greatest female performer of all time. Her work ethic is unparallel

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4 Madonna Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has ...read more.

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.

Behind Beyoncé. Beyoncé is much more vocally talented and she dances much better than madonna

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5 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

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.

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!

Best performance I've ever seen on screen. Gutted I never saw him live. Truly one of the greats.

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6 James Brown James Brown

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 showbiz

Between him and Frank Sinatra. - BeatlesFan1964

Best ever!

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7 The Beatles The Beatles The 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.

The greatest ever in everything no contest

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8 Tina Turner Tina Turner Tina Turner, née Anna Mae Bullock, is a singer, dancer, actress and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards.

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.

Awesome performer, energetic and great vocalist

The Greatest female entertainer of all time!

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9 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The 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.!

10 Janet Jackson Janet Jackson Janet Jackson is a singer and dancer who is well known for her sexually graphic records, iconic performances, and slightly weak voice. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and videos.

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.

She is amazing!

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The Contenders

11 Jackie Evancho Jackie Evancho Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and five albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts .

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.

We've seen some of the greats of music but Jackie Evancho is the only one that we would travel anywhere in the world to hear sing. And she is only 17.

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12 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .

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.

13 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band 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... deserves the number 3 slot after Michael Jackson and Elvis. For singing only, he was better than both of them.

One of the best vocalist of all time. Dramatic on stage presence. Lyrical genius.

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14 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), ...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

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

15 Guns N' Roses

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.

16 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.
17 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Tanzanian-born British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Before he became a singer ...read more.

Greatest all round entertainer I have seen

Best Voice Of All Time

18 Robbie Williams Robbie 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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19 Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is the first female artist to ever since Cher to get nominated by the Grammys and Emmys . In 2013, during her era on Artpop, she was chosen to perform in a concert from iTunes . ...read more.

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.

20 K.S. Chithra K.S. Chithra Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra, often credited as K. S. Chithra or simply Chithra, is an Indian playback singer from Kerala. Chithra also sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music.

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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