When making a list of the top ten Christmas crooners of all time, I first wanted to get an exact definition of “crooner.” Thanks to the helpful folks over at Wikipedia, I can tell you that a crooner is “singer of popular ballads normally backed by orchestra or band.” Easy enough. Also, I omitted “crooners” with Christmas albums from the last decade or so. You may think Michael Buble’s Christmas album is great (it’s nothing special) but there’s no way you can put him in a list with the gentlemen I list below. Here are my top ten Christmas crooners.
Top Ten Christmas Crooners #10: Mel Torme
Many people consider “The Christmas Song” to be the best Christmas song ever recorded. You’re probably familiar with Nat King Cole’s version of the famous Christmas carol. The song was actually written by Mr. Mel Torme. You can enjoy more by this Christmas crooner by picking up the Mel Torme Christmas Songs album here.
Top Ten Christmas Crooners #9: Robert Goulet
I can almost see the stunned looked on many of your faces. The fact is Robert Goulet’s Christmas album is as classic and awesome as they come. I especially enjoy his renditions of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “O Holy Night.” This unheralded Christmas crooner must be heard by anybody who proclaims to enjoy classic Christmas music. Go out and get this album today.
Top Ten Christmas Crooners #8: Tony Bennett
I must confess that I’m not a huge Tony Bennett fan, in general. This great Christmas crooner, however, knows how to belt out those great Christmas classics. When it comes to Christmas music, Bennett may be best known for his Snowfall album. The medley on the album is quite entertaining and his version of “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” is great fun.
Top Ten Christmas Crooners #7: Elvis Presley
Much debate can be made if Elvis can even be considered a “crooner.” Listen to the entire Elvis Christmas Album (here) and there’s no denying that he deserves to be mentioned among the all-time great Christmas crooners. Sure, you probably are familiar with “Blue Christmas.” I particularly enjoy Elvis’ version of “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”
Top Ten Christmas Crooners #6: Perry Como
This is the part of my Christmas crooner list that I call the “no duh” portion as each of these artists could be named the best Christmas crooner ever. If you listen to Christmas music at all in December, you will hear at least two Perry Como classics. His best Christmas song without question, however, is not a “Top 40” radio hit. You will need to buy the Perry Como Christmas album (here) to listen to “Christmas Eve.”
Top Ten Christmas Crooners #5: Andy Williams
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” is what Mr. Andy Williams is famous for (Christmas-wise) but his Christmas album contains several other great hits that make him an all-time great Christmas crooner. One that I love and you never hear on the radio is “A Song and a Christmas Tree.” I’m sure you’ll recognize the tune in no time.
Top Ten Christmas Crooners #4: Dean Martin
I love Dino’s Christmas CD along with Christmas with the Rat Pack. Plenty of Martin’s Christmas hits are on the radio in December, including “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “Let it Snow, Let it Snow Let it Snow” and “Winter Wonderland.” Christmas wouldn’t be the same without this crooner.
Top Ten Christmas Crooners #3: Frank Sinatra
I live in Hoboken, the home of one Frank Sinatra. Of course he makes any list of all-time Christmas crooners. It doesn’t hurt that Frank’s version of “Jingle Bells” is my favorite. I also highly recommend “The Christmas Waltz” and “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” Oh, just get the entire album.
Top Ten Christmas Crooners #2: Nat King Cole
Where does one even begin with Nat King Cole and Christmas music? There isn’t a single not-awesome song on his holiday album. Other than “The Christmas Song,” I absolutely love “Deck the Hall,” “Adeste Fideles,” “I Saw Three Ships,” O Tannenbaum,” First Noel” and “Caroling Caroling.” Any Christmas music collection is empty without at least a dozen songs by this Christmas crooner.
Top Ten Christmas Crooners #1: Bing Crosby
No brainer. “White Christmas.” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” “Happy Holiday.” “Mele Kalikimaka.” “Silver Bells.” Crosby is the ultimate Christmas crooner who will be listened to every December as long as Christmas is celebrated.
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