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.
KING OF KINGV 251 Comments
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 didn't get Michael Jackson into music. James Brown and jackie Wilson, was Michael influence - Dawkins274
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!
Most hits,no1’s top 10,20,40 & top hundred.
Most hit Albums
Most records sold
Greatest of all time. The GOAT of the 00s and 10s. Underrated vocalist, work ethic unmatched of any performer alive.
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.
Have you been drinking are what you said Michael Jackson can't sing. Michael Jackson is one of the greatest singers I can tell you nothing about singing you are probably one of the one's that say Madonna can sing - Dawkins274
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.
Beyonce is the best female entertainer I'm happy she number 3 on the list - Dawkins274
Greatest singing and dancing combination in a single person after MJV 54 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.
Behind Beyoncé. Beyoncé is much more vocally talented and she dances much better than madonnaV 4 Comments
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!
Could do it all! Awesome talent!V 17 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.
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
James Brown is one of my favorite singer - Dawkins274V 8 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.
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.
Greatest entertainers of all time. I never ever tire of them. Their songs feel fresh no matter how many thousands of times i’v Heard them.V 6 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
This woman is electrifying on stage.She is like a force of nature...V 2 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.!
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!V 12 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.
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.V 3 Comments
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.
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.
Freddie Mercury deserves to be closer to the #1 spot. His performances were beyond electrifying. He is what you call a true performer. Not to mention that he sounded the same live as he did in the studio.
Queen should be near to Michael Jacksons position... I think the queen influenced the rock music of the generations...
Should be higher!V 5 Comments
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
Greatest all round entertainer I have seen
Best stage performance combined with great vocals in different styles
Best Voice Of All Time
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.
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.
By far the most charismatic and entertaining, the full package...
THE BEST ENTERTAİNER OF ALL TİME
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.
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
AmazingV 1 Comment
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 voiceV 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
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.
Cher us a joke, almost everyone on this list is a joke compared to Judy.
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.V 5 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.
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
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.
How is it that somebody as Talented as Sammy Davis isn't in the top 10? Top 5 even? With witty humour and charisma, some of the most astonishing tap ability you will see, nearly flawless pitch and great screen and stage presence. This was a performer who could do anything he was interested in. Don't believe Me? Go on youtube right now and watch his hour on BBC live in 1960. And tell me he wasn't the guy.
Multi talented singer dancer comedian. Has to be in the top ten
He did it all! Sang, danced, and then could play every instrument in the orchestra.
If we are talking about pure talent and mastery of craft from singing, dancing, acting,comedian, musician,and any other form of entertainment, there is no question. mimic you name it. Stage, screen, He is the greatest all around entertainer ever. there was nothing in the art of entertaining he was not a master of. If we are talking about world wide popularity; that's a different subject. He was born too soon to win on that criteria.V 2 Comments
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
Simply the greatest voice ever
She is wonderful :-)
Tell me why the voice is below all these lessers
THE BEST OF ALL TIME
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.
The greatest country music artist/entertainer the world has ever seen.
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.
The Best Entertainer Ever
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!
He should've been on the list before Beyonce
Lmao, Elton ranked behind Cher,shakira,Janet Jackson,Miley Cyrus,Jennifer Lopez etc! Elton belongs on the Mount Rushmore of live entertainers! Lmao, what a garbage list!
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.
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.
I think he definitely was the greatest of them all!V 4 Comments
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.
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.
This is a joke, right? Please tell me this is a joke
Pitbull is better than Eminem
The best musical entertainer alive beating all the rest. DALEE!.
Also good in Rapping
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
Awesome showman and really cared about entertaining his audience! Brought his "A" game to every performance! The music, the spectacle, the showmanship amazing.
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
He's the best today!
Being so young he definitely is the biggest entertainer
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
I apreciate his lyrics he is the best artist in the world I can uderstand why he doesn't on the topV 2 Comments
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."
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. - qaz9999
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