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Are These the 50 Greatest Celebrities of All Time?

Embrace chaos with the ‘Ringer Dish’ squad, as they debate the best pop stars, actors, and athletes in history

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This past week, a list of the “Greatest Rappers of All Time,” featuring nonsensical, absurd choices—such as Joe Budden’s placement at no. 3—appeared on Twitter, and quickly went viral. The list sent the internet into shambles; Rob Harvilla was forced to blog; Wale was forced to submit a plea for attention to BTS’s fan base. It was that nuts—or, depending on how you see the world, that good. Inspired by the discourse created by the controversial list, a few brave Ringer Dish hosts set out with an even more ambitious idea: to assemble a list of the 50 Best Celebrities of All Time. To do so, the hosts commissioned 10 Ringer staffers to nominate five celebrities each—with essentially no parameters, and with “all-time” truly meaning “all-time.” That collection of nominees was then loosely ordered into a ranking, to the best of the hosts’ abilities. The final result is chaotic and often ridiculous, ranging from Elizabeth Taylor to, uh, Guy Fieri. But such is the nature of lists like these—if they aren’t just a tad batshit, then what’s the point?

Join Amanda Dobbins, Kate Halliwell, and Andrew Gruttadaro as they pick apart the list and defend their own choices for the top five celebrities. And if you dare, check out the full list below.

  1. Oprah
  2. Beyoncé
  3. Muhammad Ali
  4. Princess Diana
  5. Tom Cruise
  6. Madonna
  7. David Bowie
  8. Rihanna
  9. John Lennon
  10. Jesus Christ
  11. Marilyn Monroe
  12. George Clooney
  13. Cher
  14. Brad Pitt
  15. Leonardo DiCaprio
  16. Jack Nicholson
  17. Prince
  18. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  19. Lady Gaga
  20. Elizabeth Taylor
  21. Jennifer Lopez
  22. Joan of Arc
  23. Michael Jordan
  24. Bruce Lee
  25. Ariana Grande
  26. Will Smith
  27. Napoleon Bonaparte
  28. Aretha Franklin
  29. Kanye West
  30. Elvis
  31. Paul Newman
  32. Drake
  33. Tom Hanks
  34. Nicolas Cage
  35. Michelle Obama
  36. James Dean
  37. David Beckham
  38. Meryl Streep
  39. Jane Fonda
  40. Frederick Douglass
  41. Shaquille O’Neal
  42. Michael J. Fox
  43. Mariah Carey
  44. Dwayne Johnson
  45. Diplo
  46. Sophie Turner
  47. Joan Didion
  48. Cara Delevingne
  49. Guy Fieri
  50. Jamie Foxx

We’re extremely sorry … but also not sorry at all.