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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
Frank Sinatra Christmas With the Rat Pack, In the Wee Small Hours, Christmas Songs by Sinatra

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2
264 181
Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Dean Martin Christmas With the Rat Pack, Dino / You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me, A Winter Romance

3
237 176
Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Nat King Cole Merry Christmas, The Magic of Christmas, The Nat King Cole Christmas Album

4
219 164
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Bing Crosby Merry Christmas, Bing Crosby's Christmas Classics, White Christmas

5
235 197
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Milla added George Michael Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1

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156 163
Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Tony Bennett Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album, I Left My Heart in San Francisco, A Swingin' Christmas

7
124 130
Bobby Darin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Bobby Darin Beyond the Sea: The Very Best of Bobby Darin, You're the Reason I'm Living / I Wanna Be Around, Bobby Darin Sings Doctor Doolitle / Born Walden Robert Cassotto

8
134 128
Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Michael Bublé Call Me Irresponsible, White Christmas, First Dance

9
126 140
Perry Como is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Perry Como Greatest Christmas Songs, Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music, Christmas With Perry Como

10
122 136
Andy Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Andy Williams We Need a Little Christmas, The Andy Williams Christmas Album, Moon River

11
134 162
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Louis Armstrong Hot Fives and Hot Sevens, American Freedom, C'est si bon

12
115 131
Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Johnny Mathis Merry Christmas, Christmas With Johnny Mathis, A Personal Collection: The Christmas Music of Johnny Mathis

13
98 100
Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Sammy Davis, Jr. Christmas With the Rat Pack, Sammy & Friends, Our Shining Hour

14
109 114
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Ray Charles The Birth of Soul, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, The Spirit of Christmas

15
135 165
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
lisatyd added David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs

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72 86
Mel Tormé is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Mel Tormé Complete Concord Recordings, Christmas Songs, Lulu's Back In Town

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74 92
Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Harry Connick, Jr. What a Night! A Christmas Album, When My Heart Finds Christmas, Blue Light

18
76 90
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Tom Jones Praise & Blame, Live, She's a Lady

19
59 89
Engelbert Humperdinck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Engelbert Humperdinck Love Rollercoaster, The Magic of Christmas, Hello Out There

20
49 78
Matt Monro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Matt Monro Yesterdays, Matt Monro Sings, The Greatest

21
61 86
Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Fred Astaire "Nice Work": Fred Astaire Sings Gershwin, They Can't Take That Away From Me / Beginner's Luck, The Complete London Sessions

22
51 72
Barry Manilow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time

23
67 97
Paul Anka is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Paul Anka Rock Swings, Three Great Guys, 32 Greatest Hits

24
46 67
Frankie Avalon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Frankie Avalon Venus & Other Hits, The Teen Idols: The Very Best Of, Best of Frankie Avalon [MCA]

25
42 73
Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Todd Howard added Luther Vandross This Is Christmas, Every Year, Every Christmas

26
54 95
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Michele Masi added Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells a Story, Gasoline Alley, Downtown Train – Selections from the Storyteller Anthology

27
43 67
Al Martino is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Al Martino Spanish Eyes, The Very Best of Al Martino (disc 2), Evergreen Selection

28
43 68
Pat Boone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Pat Boone In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy, Love Letters in the Sand, The Best Of Pat Boone

29
47 87
Scott Walker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
lili added Scott Walker Tilt, The Drift, Scott 3

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42 68
Eddie Fisher is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Eddie Fisher The Very Best of Eddie Fisher, I'm Yours, Games That Lovers Play

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43 70
John Legend is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
John Legend Get Lifted, Once Again, Evolver

32
40 65
Frankie Laine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Frankie Laine This Is Country, 40 Great Performances, 50 Legendary Recordings

33
38 63
Robert Goulet is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Robert Goulet Camelot (1960 original Broadway cast), 16 Most Requested Songs, Greatest Hits

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18 33
Jerry Vale is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
horseplayer added Jerry Vale Christmas Greetings From Jerry, Jerry Vale 17 Most Requested Songs, Great Italian Hits

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29 59
Rudy Vallée is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Rudy Vallée As Time Goes By, The Voice That Had Them Fainting, Collection

36
30 65
Chris Isaak is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Chris Isaak Heart Shaped World, Christmas, Wicked Game

37
27 62
Billy Eckstine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Billy Eckstine Stormy / Feel the Warm, Now Singing in 12 Great Movies, Billy Eckstine Sings With Benny Carter

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4 17
Jamie Cullum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
TobiasBrammerKristensen added Jamie Cullum Catching Tales, Twentysomething, Momentum

39
22 58
Johnny Hartman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Johnny Hartman The Voice That Is!, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, Songs From the Heart

40
27 68
Jimmy Durante is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Jimmy Durante Jimmy Durante's Way of Life, Hello^! Young Lovers / One of Those Songs, September Song

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17 59
Al Bowlly is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Al Bowlly Say^! Don't You Remember...?, Essential Collection, Ray Noble - Midnight the Stars and You^! in London 1930-34

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17 60
Gene Austin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Gene Austin Ya Gotta How to Love / Bye Bye Blackbird, Someday Sweetheart / Forgive Me, Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue / Sleepy Time Gal

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10 36
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
TraciLeighDillard added Chris Cornell Carry On, You Know My Name, Euphoria Morning

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14 56
Art Gillham is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Art Gillham I'm Sitting on Top of the World / You're More Than a Pal to Me

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16 57
Richard Hawley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Richard Hawley Coles Corner, Lowedges, Truelove's Gutter

46
15 66
Michael Feinstein is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Michael Feinstein The Power of Two, Hopeless Romantics, Pure Gershwin

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4 30
Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
TraciLeighDillard added Layne Staley

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3 27
Tommy Duncan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Guest_7e54969f-7363-488d-a133-c48208a4fed5 added Tommy Duncan

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4 34
Julian Casablancas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Jesus Iracheta added Julian Casablancas Phrazes for the Young, My Drive Thru, I Wish It Was Christmas Today

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3 32
Brenton Wood is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Jesus Iracheta added Brenton Wood 18 Best, Baby You Got It, The Oogum Boogum Song and Other Hits