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.
Nothhing more to say. He is the best. All around the world.V 169 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 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.
No one has ever come close to his charisma, extreme talent, versatility, good looks, and his downright generous character. There will never ever be another Elvis Presley, he was one of a kind and the very best entertainer in the world. His contributions to music have influenced every rock band from Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin to every other musical talent in the rock genre. He will always be " THE KING" for a reason.
Elvis was the first during the conservative 50's he was amazing as much that he had going against him he it overcame it and conquer itV 71 Comments
The Top 5 ends here with Madonna Ciccone, arguably the most successful female artist of all time. Madonna's daring performances and irrestistible tunes both angered and excited people all over the world. Some say she is far too overrated; some insist she is overlooked. Whatever it may be, Madonna's sultry shows and Marilynesque style makes her an unforgettable piece of 80s and 90s pop culture.
Definitely my favorite of all time. The scope of live concert tours would be very different today had Madonna not come around. She continues to raise the bar even now 30 years into her career.
Madonna is simply the Best. I can't believe Lady Gaga is over her. She copies Madonna all the time and everyone realize that
Long Live the Queen of Music MADONNA - Alexandr
Absolutely love and admire Madonna. She may not have the best vocals but her concerts and stage presence is out of this world. Great innovator.V 3 Comments
Let me make this clear. I don't care if she can dance, I don't care if her choreography is good, I don't care about the costumes, I don't care about the swag, I don't even care if she is pretty or wiggles her butt at the audience. I only care if she can sing or not, and she is in fact a very mediocre singer.
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.
Greatest of all time. The GOAT of the 00s and 10s. Underrated vocalist, work ethic unmatched of any performer alive.
Vocal perfection. Stunning visuals. Hard-hitting choreography, frequent costume changes... and every single costume seems like it was made specifically for the song she was performing. Definitely one of the GOATs, no other female performer (or performer in general) can compare, except maybe Gaga - anewmanV 30 Comments
Dude had it all. He could shred with the best. He could sing with the best. No one, except maybe Meat Loaf, poured themselves out to the audience with every ounce of energy they had like Prince did. And some of his most beautiful work is stuff 99% of the people never heard, because they weren't radio hits. But it was beautiful art. It's hard to compare, because everyone has their own niche, but, in my opinion he and Meat Loaf should be floating around the top. Elvis was a great vocalist. He engaged the crowd. But he didn't put on a SHOW like Prince. Find Prince's Super Bowl half time performance, in a torrential downpour. He killed it. Rain didn't bother him, or his dancers. Anyone who thinks this guy isn't one of the best knows nothing about music or entertainment. Or Prince. That's what it looks like from where I'm standing, anyway.
Prince is the greatest. All of the other artist on this list are loved. Prince has always been an industry outsider and hated for the most part, but it was his talent that has kept him afloat. I can remember the industry denying him a star on the walk of fame and then turned right around and gave Mary Heart of Entertainment Tonight a star: She only reports on people like prince, go figure!
I once dragged two friends to a prince concert. I say dragged because they didn't like his music and considered his persona with disdain. Whilst they the concert left feeling the same way, he was best act they had ever seen. That's how good he is live.
No one has or ever will be as good a dancer as Prince was. The man had so many moves like no one else.V 11 Comments
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
The King of Soul Soul Brother #1 Minister of the new Super Heavy Funk and THE GODFATHER OF SOUL.Stands alone at the top.No one comes close. he is The MAN as Sammy Davis Jr said.How could anyone put Janet Jackson,Cher, Beyonce,M Jackson,Prince or anyone else above or before James Brown you must be very ignorant.Stan B.V 5 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.
Michael Jackson is better. Live with it.
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 spent his life wishing he were a Beatle.V 4 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.
Awesome performer, energetic and great vocalist
The Greatest female entertainer of all time!V 3 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.
These "voter suppression" tactics have accomplished nothing. Jackie has earned her high rankings and will win many more. - BobG
I have personally seen "live" in concert: the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, the Beach Boys, Eric Clapton, Prince, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, The Eagles, and many other HOF acts. I know what greatness looks like, and Jackie Evancho is true greatness.
Its very funny that the haters seem to always be fans of Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and other worthless pop princesses.
What is a little disconcerting is that the haters seem unable to comprehend that somebody could actually disagree with them, and could dare to vote differently than they would. Welcome to life, get used to it.
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 the number 3 slot after Michael Jackson and Elvis. For singing only, he was better than both of them.
Queen should be near to Michael Jacksons position... I think the queen influenced the rock music of the generations...
All always on the topV 2 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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