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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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Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Christmas With the Rat Pack, Sammy & Friends, Our Shining Hour
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Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Merry Christmas, The Magic of Christmas, The Nat King Cole Christmas Album
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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Christmas With the Rat Pack, In the Wee Small Hours, Christmas Songs by Sinatra
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Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Christmas With the Rat Pack, Dino / You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me, A Winter Romance
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Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album, I Left My Heart in San Francisco, A Swingin' Christmas
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Andy Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
We Need a Little Christmas, The Andy Williams Christmas Album, Moon River
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Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Merry Christmas, Bing Crosby's Christmas Classics, White Christmas
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Johnny Mathis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Merry Christmas, Christmas With Johnny Mathis, A Personal Collection: The Christmas Music of Johnny Mathis
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Bobby Darin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
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
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Perry Como is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Greatest Christmas Songs, Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music, Christmas With Perry Como
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Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Call Me Irresponsible, White Christmas, First Dance
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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
The Birth of Soul, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, The Spirit of Christmas
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Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Hot Fives and Hot Sevens, American Freedom, C'est si bon
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Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
What a Night! A Christmas Album, When My Heart Finds Christmas, Blue Light
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Mel Tormé is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Complete Concord Recordings, Christmas Songs, Lulu's Back In Town
16
Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Praise & Blame, Live, She's a Lady
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Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
"Nice Work": Fred Astaire Sings Gershwin, They Can't Take That Away From Me / Beginner's Luck, The Complete London Sessions
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Robert Goulet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Camelot (1960 original Broadway cast), 16 Most Requested Songs, Greatest Hits
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Matt Monro is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Yesterdays, Matt Monro Sings, The Greatest
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Engelbert Humperdinck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Love Rollercoaster, The Magic of Christmas, Hello Out There
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Paul Anka is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Rock Swings, Three Great Guys, 32 Greatest Hits
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Jerry Vale is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
horseplayer added Christmas Greetings From Jerry, Jerry Vale 17 Most Requested Songs, Great Italian Hits
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George Michael is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
Milla added Faith, Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1
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Steve Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
ThePapasmurf1946 added Steve Lawrence Sings Sinatra, Go Away Little Girl / If You Love Her Tell Her So, The Steve Lawrence Sound
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Vic Damone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Crooners of All Time
GoyoWoods added 16 Most Requested Songs, Spotlight on... Vic Damone, That Towering Feeling / On the Swingin' Side