My grandmother introduced me to the world of crooners. I spent a lot of time at her house and she always had great crooners on the stereo. Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Nat King Cole were just a few of the silky smooth voices I would hear. At Christmas time I would beg my grandmother to put on some Christmas music and we would sing the classics together with our favorite crooners. Music in that era was different. The voices were so raw and smooth and you would feel that Frank Sinatra was asking you to fly him to the moon. To this day my favorite Christmas music is sang by the crooners of the golden era. My top ten Christmas crooners of all time are listed here.
#1 Nat King Cole – As one of my favorite artists of all time, Nat holds a special place in the front of my CD collection. His Christmas songs are filled joy and he even had a few children’s classics including “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth”. A personal favorite Christmas song by Nat King Cole is “Deck the Halls”.
#2 Dean Martin – “Let it Snow!” fills your ears with his wonderful crooner voice and with the joy of winter. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is also a favorite Christmas song by Dean Martin.
#3 Elvis Presley – Although not always considered a “crooner”, Elvis Presley won his way into many hearts with instant classics and dancing. His Christmas songs warm our hearts with a little bit of rock and roll. “Santa Claus is Back in Town” is an upbeat classic that will warm the heart of Elvis fan.
#4 Bing Crosby – It not be Christmas without “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”. This classic Christmas carol is played everywhere during the holiday months including in my home and car. The richness of his voice combined with the lyrics put me in the Christmas Spirit even with crowded stores and icy roads. “Do You Hear What I Hear” is another beautiful Christmas carol from this famous crooner.
#5 Mel Torme – “Sleigh Ride” is an upbeat song with big band sounds that will have you tapping your foot in no time. His rich voice also croons “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” that will make you want to hear more.
#6 Johnny Mathis – Your heart will be thoroughly warmed by Johnny Mathis’ rendition of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”. This particular song holds a special place in my heart. My grandmother would tear up a little when hearing this song. It reminded her of the years she was in college and couldn’t be home with her parents for the holidays.
#7 Andy Williams – “White Christmas” is sung with the smoothness of a fresh winter snow by Andy Williams. This classic Christmas song by one of the best crooners of all time will have you wishing for a white Christmas. “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” will also warm your heart.
#8 Perry Como – My grandmother had quite the crush on this Christmas crooner. She would set the stereo to play his rendition of “Jingle Bells” and smile merrily while hanging ornaments on the tree. She would also get a little nostalgic listening to “There is No Place Like Home for the Holidays”.
#9 Tony Bennett- Tony sings his way right into your heart with “All I Want for Christmas is You”. He will also rev up some excitement in children with “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.
#10 – Harry Belafonte – With a wonderful classic feel to “I Heard the Bells” you will be in love in seconds. His rich and smooth voice croons his way over the speakers and makes you believe in Christmas all over again.
I hope this inspires you to add some wonderful Christmas crooners to your holiday music this year. I also hope that it encourages you to add some original songs from these amazing crooners to your every day listening. We can’t let this wonderful era of music die.