The List: A definitive ranking of actor/musicians
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 …