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The Greatest Crooners of All Time

Updated July 13, 2020 35.9k votes 4.4k voters 86.6k 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.

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    Sammy Davis, Jr.
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    Nat King Cole
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    Nat King Cole

    Dec. at 46 (1919-1965)

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

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    Frank Sinatra
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    Frank Sinatra

    Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)

    BirthplaceHoboken, New Jersey, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Tom Jones
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    NationalityUnited Kingdom

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    Dean Martin
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    Dean Martin

    Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)

    BirthplaceSteubenville, Ohio, United States of America

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    Andy Williams
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    Dec. at 85 (1927-2012)

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    Bing Crosby
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    Dec. at 74 (1903-1977)

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

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    Johnny Mathis
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    Matt Monro
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    Dec. at 55 (1930-1985)

    BirthplaceLondon, England

    NationalityEngland

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    Perry Como
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    Perry Como

    Dec. at 89 (1912-2001)

    BirthplaceCanonsburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Bobby Darin
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    Bobby Darin

    Dec. at 37 (1936-1973)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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    George Michael
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    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

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    Elvis Presley
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    Elvis Presley

    Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)

    BirthplaceTupelo, Mississippi, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Vic Damone
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    Vic Damone

    Age: 92

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Michael Bublé
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    BirthplaceBurnaby, Canada

    NationalityItaly,Canada

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    Ricky Nelson
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    Ricky Nelson

    Dec. at 45 (1940-1985)

    BirthplaceTeaneck, New Jersey, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Ray Charles
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    Ray Charles

    Dec. at 74 (1930-2004)

    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA, Albany

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Jerry Vale
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    Jerry Vale

    Dec. at 84 (1930-2014)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Louis Armstrong
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    Louis Armstrong

    Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Mel Tormé
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    Mel Tormé

    Dec. at 74 (1925-1999)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Pat Boone
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    Pat Boone

    Age: 86

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    Al Martino
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    Al Martino

    Dec. at 82 (1927-2009)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    Engelbert Humperdinck

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    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom

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    Robert Goulet
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    Robert Goulet

    Dec. at 74 (1933-2007)

    BirthplaceLawrence, Massachusetts, United States of America

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

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