Music
4.4k voters

The Greatest Crooners of All Time

Updated July 13, 2020 35.8k votes 4.4k voters 86.5k views66 items

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.

Photo:
...more
  • 1
    Sammy Davis, Jr.
    1,164
    698

    Sammy Davis, Jr.

    Dec. at 65 (1925-1990)

    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Amazon buy button

    More Sammy Davis, Jr. 

    How Did Sammy Davis Jr. End Up $15 Million In Debt?#58 of 178 The Best Solo Artists Who Used to Front a Band

  • 2
    Nat King Cole
    1,108
    923

    Nat King Cole

    Dec. at 46 (1919-1965)

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Amazon buy button

    More Nat King Cole 

    The Best Nat King Cole Albums of All Time#265 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time

  • 3
    Frank Sinatra
    1,402
    1,225

    Frank Sinatra

    Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)

    BirthplaceHoboken, New Jersey, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Amazon buy button

    More Frank Sinatra 

    The Best Frank Sinatra Songs of All TimeSmooth Facts You Didn't Know About Frank Sinatra

  • 4
    Tom Jones
    584
    342

    Tom Jones

    Age: 80

    BirthplaceTreforest, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Amazon buy button
  • 5
    Dean Martin
    1,314
    1,158

    Dean Martin

    Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)

    BirthplaceSteubenville, Ohio, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Amazon buy button
  • 6
    Andy Williams
    732
    638

    Andy Williams

    Dec. at 85 (1927-2012)

    BirthplaceWall Lake, Iowa, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Amazon buy button

    More Andy Williams 

    #33 of 36 Twin Musicians#593 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • 7
    Bing Crosby
    962
    915

    Bing Crosby

    Dec. at 74 (1903-1977)

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Amazon buy button
  • 8
    Tony Bennett
    758
    734

    BirthplaceAstoria, New York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Amazon buy button

    More Tony Bennett 

    The Best Tony Bennett Albums of All TimeThe Best Tony Bennett Songs

  • 9
    Johnny Mathis
    573
    582

    BirthplaceGilmer, Texas, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Amazon buy button

    More Johnny Mathis 

    The Best Johnny Mathis Albums of All Time#244 of 363 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

  • 10
    Matt Monro
    467
    259

    Matt Monro

    Dec. at 55 (1930-1985)

    BirthplaceLondon, England

    NationalityEngland

    Amazon buy button

    More Matt Monro 

    #1240 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#141 of 195 The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

  • 11
    Perry Como
    637
    671

    Perry Como

    Dec. at 89 (1912-2001)

    BirthplaceCanonsburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Amazon buy button
  • 12
    Bobby Darin
    597
    679

    Bobby Darin

    Dec. at 37 (1936-1973)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Amazon buy button

    More Bobby Darin 

    #500 of 739 The Best Singers of All Time#45 of 152 The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 40

  • 13
    George Michael
    519
    573

    BirthplaceEast Finchley, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Amazon buy button
  • 14
    Elvis Presley
    98
    101

    Elvis Presley

    Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)

    BirthplaceTupelo, Mississippi, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Amazon buy button

    More Elvis Presley 

    The Best Elvis Presley Songs of All Time#131 of 162 1970s Christian Pop Artists

  • 15
    Vic Damone
    103
    93

    Vic Damone

    Age: 92

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Amazon buy button
  • 16
    Ricky Nelson
    72
    27

    Ricky Nelson

    Dec. at 45 (1940-1985)

    BirthplaceTeaneck, New Jersey, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Amazon buy button

    More Ricky Nelson 

    The Best Ricky Nelson Albums of All Time#53 of 603 The Best Rock Vocalists

  • 17
    Michael Bublé
    540
    635

    BirthplaceBurnaby, Canada

    NationalityItaly,Canada

    Amazon buy button
  • 18
    Ray Charles
    387
    519

    Ray Charles

    Dec. at 74 (1930-2004)

    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA, Albany

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Amazon buy button

    More Ray Charles 

    The Best Ray Charles Albums of All TimeThe Best Ray Charles Songs

  • 19
    Engelbert Humperdinck

    BirthplaceChennai, India

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom

    Amazon buy button
  • 20
    Jerry Vale
    191
    223

    Jerry Vale

    Dec. at 84 (1930-2014)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Amazon buy button
  • 21
    Mel Tormé
    353
    428

    Mel Tormé

    Dec. at 74 (1925-1999)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Amazon buy button
  • 22
    Louis Armstrong
    445
    600

    Louis Armstrong

    Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Amazon buy button

    More Louis Armstrong 

    The Best Louis Armstrong Albums of All Time#85 of 225 The Best Blues Artists of All Time

  • 23
    Al Martino
    166
    189

    Al Martino

    Dec. at 82 (1927-2009)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Amazon buy button

    More Al Martino 

    #297 of 464 The Greatest Pop Groups & Artists of All Time#62 of 215 The Best Easy Listening Bands/Artists

  • 24
    Pat Boone
    153
    198

    Pat Boone

    Age: 86

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Amazon buy button
  • 25
    Robert Goulet
    203
    274

    Robert Goulet

    Dec. at 74 (1933-2007)

    BirthplaceLawrence, Massachusetts, United States of America

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

    Amazon buy button

    More Robert Goulet 

    #44 of 58 All the Best New Artist Grammy Winners, Ranked#81 of 105 Celebrities Who Have Starred on Broadway