The List: A definitive ranking of actor/musicians

Erica Thompson

When we got word that Kiefer Sutherland was scheduled to perform at A&R Music Bar on April 26, we started thinking about other actors who decided to make the leap from the soundstage to the concert stage. Here's a definitive ranking of the actor/musicians who immediately stood out in our minds.

1. Jack Black

In addition to playing memorable roles in movies like "High Fidelity" and "Bernie," Jack Black is also half of beloved rock duo Tenacious D and co-writer of the greatest song in the world.

2. Jason Schwartzman

While acting in a long list of projects, Francis Ford Coppola's nephew has also made time to compose for film and TV, and to play multiple instruments on two decent indie-pop albums.

3. Jennifer Lopez

Whether or not you like her brand of pop music or rom-coms, you can't deny the power of J.Lo. She and Ja Rule once dominated the music charts and produced sugary hooks that you still hum in the shower.

4. Jamie Foxx

The Oscar winner actually played piano in "Ray," collaborated with Kanye West on two number-one songs and encouraged you to blame your bad behavior on the al-al-alcohol.

5. Steve Martin

The comedy legend really, really loves playing the banjo, and his three Grammy Awards prove that he's pretty good at it, too.

6. Kevin Bacon

I didn't know what to expect when I began listening to the Bacon Brothers, but the group's take on country/folk rock is pretty good (check out "36 Cents").

7. Zooey Deschanel

Before you write off She & Him as "adorkable," remember, Deschanel recorded a song with Prince.

8. Gwyneth Paltrow

Her impressive singing in "Duets" and "Glee" might have gotten her a higher spot on this list, but she's just so damn annoying.

9. Jared Leto

What one person considers trite is another one's treasure. Either way, I'd rather listen to Gwyneth Paltrow.

10. Johnny Depp

I'm seriously pleading ignorance on this one. Is Johnny Depp a really good guitar player? Or is he just acting the part?

11. Eddie Murphy

He's been confusing us since the 1980s with a discography that includes "Party All the Time" and "Whatzupwitu" with Michael Jackson (yep, that's a thing).

12. Keanu Reeves

"The Matrix Revolutions" was slightly more entertaining than some of the Dogstar performances on YouTube.

333. Russell Crowe

This ranking might be a bit too high for Crowe & the Ordinary Fear of God (TOFOG), but he just seems so sincere in his performances. It's awesomely bad, but at least he didn't film a music video in a coliseum. Oh, wait …