singers The Greatest Crooners of All Time  

Ranker Music
Originally by
10.2k votes 1.4k voters 24.3k views 47 items Embed

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.

list ordered by

1
425 237
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

2
379 203
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
299 184
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Bing Crosby Merry Christmas, Bing Crosby's Christmas Classics, White Christmas

4
311 195
Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Nat King Cole Merry Christmas, The Magic of Christmas, The Nat King Cole Christmas Album

5
218 179
Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 5 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

6
181 152
Bobby Darin is listed (or ranked) 6 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

7
259 256
George Michael is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Milla added George Michael Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1

8
184 161
Perry Como is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Perry Como Greatest Christmas Songs, Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music, Christmas With Perry Como

9
177 173
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Louis Armstrong Hot Fives and Hot Sevens, American Freedom, C'est si bon

10
166 149
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
171 153
Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Michael Bublé Call Me Irresponsible, White Christmas, First Dance

12
131 110
Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Sammy Davis, Jr. Christmas With the Rat Pack, Sammy & Friends, Our Shining Hour

13
143 145
Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 13 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

14
101 97
Mel Tormé is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Mel Tormé Complete Concord Recordings, Christmas Songs, Lulu's Back In Town

Famous Crooners

15
142 131
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
104 106
Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
153 194
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
102 110
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
83 107
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
86 94
Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
72 94
Matt Monro is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Matt Monro Yesterdays, Matt Monro Sings, The Greatest

The Creepiest Shows on TV Right Now

22
40 41
Jerry Vale is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
67 89
Barry Manilow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time

24
74 117
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
56 76
Al Martino is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Al Martino Spanish Eyes, The Very Best of Al Martino (disc 2), Evergreen Selection

26
54 78
Pat Boone is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
54 80
Frankie Avalon is listed (or ranked) 27 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]

28
72 110
Paul Anka is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Paul Anka Rock Swings, Three Great Guys, 32 Greatest Hits

Rock Stars Who Died at Age 30

29
48 72
Robert Goulet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Robert Goulet Camelot (1960 original Broadway cast), 16 Most Requested Songs, Greatest Hits

30
52 79
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

31
49 89
Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Todd Howard added Luther Vandross This Is Christmas, Every Year, Every Christmas

32
48 73
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
53 98
Scott Walker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
lili added Scott Walker Tilt, The Drift, Scott 3

34
50 87
John Legend is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
John Legend Get Lifted, Once Again, Evolver

35
42 75
Chris Isaak is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Chris Isaak Heart Shaped World, Christmas, Wicked Game

15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

36
35 70
Billy Eckstine is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
22 66
Al Bowlly is listed (or ranked) 37 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

38
21 66
Gene Austin is listed (or ranked) 38 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

39
32 71
Rudy Vallée is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Rudy Vallée As Time Goes By, The Voice That Had Them Fainting, Collection

40
34 77
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

41
25 67
Johnny Hartman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Johnny Hartman The Voice That Is!, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, Songs From the Heart

42
16 64
Art Gillham is listed (or ranked) 42 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

43
18 73
Michael Feinstein is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Michael Feinstein The Power of Two, Hopeless Romantics, Pure Gershwin

44
5 27
Jamie Cullum is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
TobiasBrammerKristensen added Jamie Cullum Catching Tales, Twentysomething, Momentum

45
17 66
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
6 43
Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
TraciLeighDillard added Layne Staley

47
5 40
Brenton Wood is listed (or ranked) 47 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