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The Greatest Crooners of All Time 

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Who are the greatest crooners of all time? This list of crooners includes many of the greatest male singers ever, in any genre, and there are some modern day, popular crooners included as well. Put simply, a crooner is a singer, typically male, who sings softly, slowly, and, often, sentimentally. Some of the best crooners of all time were masters of jazz standards. Crooning certainly emphasizes strong vocals.

Picture a huge, smoky ballroom full of people swaying to the music, as crooner singers stand on the stage, serenading them with the standards – many with themes of lost love, found love and other heartfelt sentiments. Romantic? You bet. “Croon” does rhyme with “swoon,” after all.  If you’re a fan, you’ll likely find your favorite crooners listed here – but you may also find some new favorites to check out.

Back in the day - and by “day” this means the 1930s, '40s, and '50s, good crooners were a staple of popular music. By the mid-1960s, crooning had lost a bit of its luster. It is by no means dead, however. While many of the top crooners are no longer with us (Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin), some still are: Tony Bennett still tours, as does Johnny Mathis. And there are plenty of new modern-era crooners available for you to discover. Harry Connick, Jr., Michael Buble, and Michael Feinstein are all contemporary crooners, putting their own, unique spin on the classics.

Are these the greatest crooners ever? You decide, with your votes. Vote for the best crooners of all time, and let’s see who comes out on top.

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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Andy Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Perry Como is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Bobby Darin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Matt Monro is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Mel Tormé is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Robert Goulet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Jerry Vale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Frankie Laine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Vic Damone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Engelbert Humperdinck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Pat Boone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time