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The 500 Greatest Entertainers of All Time

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Michael Jackson is the #1 entertainer of all time. Who are the other 499? Read on!

Michael Jackson is the #1 entertainer of all time. Who are the other 499? Read on!

The skill and finesse with which a person or group of individuals are able to connect with an audience and keep them engrossed reveals a great deal about the art of entertaining. Indeed, trying to entertain people is certainly not an easy task. The sole aim of entertainers is to perform for audiences and keep them entertained.

The list below showcases the best entertainers from different entertainment landscapes that have enthralled audiences globally with their skill, flair, and personality. If you have a view, opinion, or suggestion, let us know in the comments section.

The 10 Greatest Entertainers of All Time

1. Michael Jackson

2. Elvis Presley

3. The Beatles

4. Madonna

5. Charlie Chaplin

6. Beyoncé

7. Freddie Mercury

8. Bob Dylan

9. Tom Cruise

10. Johnny Depp

Understanding Entertainment and Entertainers

The term "entertainment" is a rather wide-ranging term that encompass entertainers from different disciplines. The list of entertainers from different fields is endless. However, it is only the ones that are able to strike the right chord with audiences that actually emerge successful at what they do. The commitment and dedication to raise the bar another level is what makes these entertainers special.

Professional musicians, performers, singers, actors, bands, artists, and athletes put in a monumental effort to ensure people from around the world are amazed, amused, bewildered, mesmerized, and thrilled with their performance. While the school of thought associated with athletes being entertainers is divided, we must not forget that every sport has an audience, and athletes participating in sports and sporting events are entertainers in every sense. Sports and sporting events are well and truly an integral part of entertainment.

Madonna is our #4 entertainer of all time.

Madonna is our #4 entertainer of all time.

#11—20

11. Tom Hanks

12. Jimi Hendrix

13. Harrison Ford

14. Taylor Swift

15. Clint Eastwood

16. Dean Martin

17. Mariah Carey

18. Jack Nicholson

19. Morgan Freeman

20. Robin Williams

What Is the Role of an Entertainer?

Regardless of the entertainment occupation, the role of an entertainer is to work a memorable experience for audiences with thorough professionalism and skill of expertise. The ability to engage people with an exhibition of brilliance varies among entertainers. It’s the use of skill sets combined with natural talent that gives a brilliant entertainer an edge over the others. Every entertainer has a persona and image that keeps an audience glued.

Aside from the skill and natural talent entertainers possesses, it’s also their personality that impacts audiences deeply. Every entertainer has certain special characteristics or features that need to be displayed and exhibited across different levels during a performance. The distinctive style of a performer or entertainer bring unique identity in a performance. Spontaneity is a quality that audiences find incredibly attractive in entertainers.

Elvis Presley is our #2 entertainer of all time.

Elvis Presley is our #2 entertainer of all time.

#21—40

21. Bob Hope

22. Clark Gable

23. John Cena

24. Gregory Peck

25. Frank Sinatra

26. Hulk Hogan

27. Johann Sebastian Bach

28. Stevie Wonder

29. The Undertaker

30. Brad Pitt

31. Aretha Franklin

32. Meryl Streep

33. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

34. Whoopi Goldberg

35. Led Zeppelin

36. Gary Cooper

37. Elton John

38. Jim Carrey

39. Steve Austin

40. Whitney Houston

What Are the Different Types of Entertainers?

In the wide-ranged landscape of entertainment, we come across different types of entertainers. The types of performers in the realms of entertainment vary in accordance with entertainer occupation. Every occupation associated with entertainment demands different types of skill sets. Performers across various disciplines may use creative elements along with flair to highlight or showcase various aspects of their performance.

In every entertainer occupation, the performer captivates a crowd or an audience with their impeccable timing. The ability to seize a moment while performing lies in the mastery, prowess, and dexterity of the entertainer. Skilled attributes entertainers often incorporate in their craft are adeptness, artfulness, adroitness, proficiency, and expertise. Depending on the type of entertainment, a plethora of techniques are incorporated by entertainers in their scheme of things. The different types of entertainers we come across in the entertainment environment include the following:

Singers

Dancers

Musicians

Comedians

Athletes

Circus Performers

Beatboxers

Actors

Flair Bartenders

Hosts

Impressionists

Filmmakers

Illusionists

Mime Artists

Magicians

Emcees

Ring Girls

Poets

Internet Personalities

Rappers

Street Performers

Photographers

Radio Personalities

YouTubers

Streamers

Models

Stunt Performers

Cheerleaders

Podcasters

Writers

#41—60

41. Paul Newman

42. Randy Orton

43. James Dean

44. Fred Astaire

45. Shawn Michaels

46. Carol Burnett

47. The Rolling Stones

48. Marilyn Monroe

49. Ariana Grande

50. Ludwig van Beethoven

51. Samuel L. Jackson

52. Marvin Gaye

53. Chuck Berry

54. Bruce Lee

55. Tina Turner

56. Brock Lesnar

57. Sam Cooke

58. Halle Berry

59. Anthony Hopkins

60. Mel Brooks

#61—80

61. Eminem

62. Little Richard

63. Guns N’ Roses

64. Britney Spears

65. Aerosmith

66. Triple H

67. Jackie Gleason

68. Celine Dion

69. ABBA

70. Sean Connery

71. Diana Ross

72. Jennifer Lopez

73. Ozzy Osbourne

74. Louis Armstrong

75. Audrey Hepburn

76. Marlon Brando

77. U2

78. Jay-Z

79. Bob Marley

80. George Carlin

#81—100

81. Ray Charles

82. Mel Gibson

83. Prince

84. Lionel Messi

85. Julia Roberts

86. Betty White

87. Dua Lipa

88. Eddie Murphy

89. Billy Joel

90. Ingrid Bergman

91. Dave Chappelle

92. Nirvana

93. Scarlett Johansson

94. Robert Downey Jr.

95. Adele

96. Jim Henson

97. Greta Garbo

98. Matt Damon

99. Bruce Springsteen

100. Rowan Atkinson

#101—125

101. Foo Fighters

102. David Bowie

103. Justin Bieber

104. The Doors

105. Katharine Hepburn

106. Leonardo DiCaprio

107. Christian Bale

108. Ella Fitzgerald

109. Red Hot Chili Peppers

110. Katy Perry

111. Joni Mitchell

112. Dolly Parton

113. Eddie Guerrero

114. Bruno Mars

115. Al Pacino

116. Rush

117. Johnny Cash

118. Metallica

119. Elizabeth Taylor

120. Jackie Chan

121. The Who

122. Denzel Washington

123. Nicole Kidman

124. The Weeknd

125. Willie Nelson

#126—150

126. Ed Sheeran

127. Eagles

128. Jerry Seinfeld

129. Selena Gomez

130. Ric Flair

131. Sophia Loren

132. Black Sabbath

133. Penelope Cruz

134. Lady Gaga

135. Kurt Angle

136. Janet Jackson

137. Oprah Winfrey

138. The Police

139. Red Skelton

140. Helen Mirren

141. Chris Jericho

142. Michael Caine

143. AC/DC

144. The Carpenters

145. Charlize Theron

146. Randy Savage

147. Jodie Foster

148. Keanu Reeves

149. Will Smith

150. Chris Rock

#151—175

151. Pink Floyd

152. Otis Redding

153. Rihanna

154. R.E.M.

155. John Wayne

156. Deep Purple

157. Henry Mancini

158. Calvin Harris

159. Muhammad Ali

160. Avril Lavigne

161. James Brown

162. Cate Blanchett

163. Robert De Niro

164. Kanye West

165. Sofia Vergera

166. Green Day

167. Judy Garland

168. Spencer Tracy

169. Justin Timberlake

170. Christina Aguilera

171. Judi Dench

172. Camila Cabello

173. Valentino Rossi

174. Steve Martin

175. Kendrick Lamar

#176—200

176. Cristiano Ronaldo

177. B.B. King

178. Amy Winehouse

179. Dustin Hoffman

180. John Travolta

181. Virat Kohli

182. Alice Cooper

183. Michelle Pfeiffer

184. Simon & Garfunkel

185. Bon Jovi

186. Miley Cyrus

187. Lucille Ball

188. Humphrey Bogart

189. Barbara Streisand

190. Edward Norton

191. Linkin Park

192. Cher

193. Shakira

194. Creedence Clearwater Revival

195. Kate Winslet

196. Alicia Keys

197. Buddy Holly

198. Sia

199. Neil Diamond

200. Richard Pryor

#201—225

201. Coldplay

202. Nicki Minaj

203. Diego Maradona

204. Grace Kelly

205. The Beach Boys

206. Russel Crowe

207. Garfield Sobers

208. Julianne Moore

209. Billie Holiday

210. Daniel Craig

211. Nat King Cole

212. Shawn Mendes

213. Rod Stewart

214. Don Bradman

215. Cardi B

216. Wanda Sykes

217. Sigourney Weaver

218. Gene Wilder

219. Janis Joplin

220. Usain Bolt

221. Eric Clapton

222. Tom Brady

223. Bing Crosby

224. Alison Krauss

225. Oliver Hardy

#226—250

226. Lewis Hamilton

227. John Legend

228. Sachin Tendulkar

229. Iron Maiden

230. Dick Van Dyke

231. James Stewart

232. David Guetta

233. Kenny Rogers

234. Bruce Wills

235. Woody Allen

236. Sammy Davis Jr.

237. Daddy Yankee

238. Erykah Badu

239. Angelina Jolie

240. Jerry Rice

241. Tupac Shakur

242. Fats Domino

243. Rafael Nadal

244. Kelly Clarkson

245. Michael Jordan

246. Lynyrd Skynyrd

247. Avicii

248. BTS

249. Michael Schumacher

250. Sean Penn

#251—275

251. Miles Davis

252. Blackpink

253. John Williams

254. Rey Mysterio

255. Babe Ruth

256. Pink

257. Viv Richards

258. One Direction

259. Daniel Day-Lewis

260. Carlos Santana

261. Bo Diddley

262. Arctic Monkeys

263. Joaquin Phoenix

264. Demi Lovato

265. The Notorious B.I.G.

266. Lana Del Rey

267. Imagine Dragons

268. Serena Williams

269. Bessie Smith

270. Vince Gill

271. Tony Hawk

272. Billy Crystal

273. Jim Brown

274. Robert Lewandowski

275. Shane Warne

#276—300

276. Arnold Schwarzenegger

277. Gwyneth Paltrow

278. Lizzo

279. Charli Parker

280. Johan Cruyff

281. Travis Scott

282. Pearl Jam

283. Bill Hicks

284. 21 Pilots

285. Michael Phelps

286. Luka Modric

287. George Michael

288. Andy Griffith

289. Hugh Jackman

290. Lin Dan

291. Zico

292. LeBron James

293. Rakim

294. Lionel Richie

295. Ronaldo

296. Tina Fey

297. George Burns

298. Nas

299. Jeff Bridges

300. Backstreet Boys

#301—325

301. Romario

302. Mike Tyson

303. Bill Withers

304. Radiohead

305. Drake

306. Stevie Nicks

307. John Denver

308. Ronaldinho

309. Tiger Woods

310. Joe Montana

311. Waseem Akram

312. Luis Suarez

313. Bette Midler

314. Pharrell Williams

315. Lauryn Hill

316. Brian Lara

317. Paolo Maldini

318. Roger Federer

319. Allen Iverson

320. Tim McGraw

321. Johnny Carson

322. 50 Cent

323. Anderson Silva

324. Jennifer Lawrence

325. Peyton Manning

#326—350

326. Mark Spitz

327. Franz Beckenbauer

328. The Chainsmokers

329. Rodney Dangerfield

330. Kaka

331. Willie Mays

332. Natalie Portman

333. Chad Johnson

334. Post Malone

335. Snoop Dogg

336. David Frost

337. Sam Smith

338. Mary J Blige

339. Tiesto

340. Andres Iniesta

341. Nina Simone

342. Zaltan Ibrahimovic

343. Childish Gambino

344. Kylie Minogue

345. Ayrton Senna

346. Bryan Adams

347. Muttiah Muralitharan

348. Goldie Hawn

349. Jim Thorpe

350. Andrea Pirlo

#351—375

351. Khabib Nurmagomedov

352. Ferenc Puskas

353. Shania Twain

354. Michel Platini

355. Xavi

356. George Strait

357. Pele

358. Carl Lewis

359. George Best

360. Willem Dafoe

361. Manny Ramirez

362. Bobby Charlton

363. Deion Sanders

364. Fernando Tatis Jr.

365. Anne Hathaway

366. Steve Carell

367. Novak Djokovic

368. Emma Watson

369. Black Eyed Peas

370. Ice Cube

371. Aaliyah

372. Tom Petty

373. Sean Penn

374. Frances McDormand

375. Carrie Underwood

#376—400

376. Maroon 5

377. Rory McIlroy

378. Jessica Lange

379. Katie Ledecky

380. Marc Marquez

381. Usher

382. Don Knotts

383. Halsey

384. Mahalia Jackson

385. Heath Ledger

386. Karim Benzema

387. Jon Jones

388. Lothar Matthaus

389. Martin Garrix

390. Steffi Graff

391. Russel Crowe

392. Billie Eilish

393. Peter Sellers

394. Adam Sandler

395. Isaac Hayes

396. Garth Brooks

397. Paul van Dyk

398. Terrell Owens

399. John Coltrane

400. Conor McGregor

#401—425

401. Fernando Alonso

402. Luther Vandross

403. Zinedine Zidane

404. Mike Trout

405. Leslie Nielsen

406. Bo Jackson

407. Reese Witherspoon

408. Norah Jones

409. Larry Bird

410. My Chemical Romance

411. Van Halen

412. Gene Kelly

413. Busta Rhymes

414. Hilary Swank

415. Lawrence Taylor

416. Ne-Yo

417. XXXTentacion

418. Nickelback

419. Gwen Stefani

420. Sacha Baron Cohen

421. Mookie Betts

422. Jack Nicklaus

423. Lil Wayne

424. Israel Adesanya

425. David Spade

#426—450

426. Stan Laurel

427. Giacomo Agostini

428. Isabelle Huppert

429. Laura Dern

430. Will Ferrell

431. Jack Benny

432. Wayne Gretzky

433. Tony Bennett

434. Al Green

435. John McEnroe

436. Gordie Howe

437. Bobby Orr

438. Kevin Durant

439. Arcade Fire

440. Marion Cotillard

441. Evel Knievel

442. Gene Hackman

443. Kobe Bryant

444. Brad Paisley

445. Andre Agassi

446. Sylvester Stallone

447. Emily Blunt

448. Donna Summer

449. Walter Payton

450. Bonnie Tyler

#451—475

451. Mario Lemieux

452. Alain Prost

453. Casey Stoner

454. Phil Mickelson

455. Michael Johnson

456. Armin van Buuren

457. Burt Reynolds

458. Chris Brown

459. Martina Navratilova

460. Babe Didrikson Zaharias

461. Alan Jackson

462. Wilma Rudolph

463. Smokey Robinson

464. Moe Howard

465. Ben Kingsley

466. Ted Williams

467. George C. Scott

468. Jack Black

469. Max Biaggi

470. Margot Robbie

471. Roberta Flack

472. Shaquille O’Neal

473. John Candy

474. Paul Rudd

475. Charles Barkley

#476—500

476. Hank Williams

477. Rachel Weisz

478. George Clooney

479. Dr. Dre

480. Bonnie Raitt

481. Megan Fox

482. Chaka Khan

483. Gary Oldman

484. Raquel Welch

485. Bill Russell

486. John Cleese

487. Toni Braxton

488. Barry Bonds

489. Jerry Rice

490. Magic Johnson

491. Bill Murray

492. Wilt Chamberlain

493. Ralph Fiennes

494. Ben Stiller

495. Julius Erving

496. J. Cole

497. Alanis Morissette

498. Mike Myers

499. Owen Wilson

500. Jackie Joyner-Kersee

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