There's no one who melts hearts like Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The talented actor knows how to turn on the charm both on and off screen, and one of his signature ways is through song and dance. From lip-sync battles with Jimmy Fallon to sold-out hitRECord show performances where he sings R. Kelly's "Ignition," JGL understands what the people want, and boy does he deliver. Through the years, he's performed solo — like singing "Twist and Shout" on the radio or karaoking in (500) Days of Summer — and also with friends, like Zooey Deschanel or Lady Gaga and a bunch of adorable Muppets. But no matter whom he's with or what he's singing, he's incredible.
Although we won't see JGL in a musical movie anytime soon — at least not that I know of, and I have a strong radar for these things — there's no reason not to celebrate his fantastic pipes. With HitRecord on TV coming back for Season 2 in 2015, there's sure to be more memorable moments, but for now, let's just rank 25 of his past performances, shall we? And while we're at it, I'll say that he would have been the perfect match for Anna Kendrick in The Last 5 Years. Sorry, Jeremy Jordan.
25. Sam Cooke's "Any Day Now"
This soft acoustic is fantastic, but it's nothing compared to some of the other times he's sang.
24. The Beatles' "Twist and Shout"
This clip also features his take on "La Bamba." Both are fun, but not quite as sexy as his rockstar voice.
23. Peter Schilling's "Major Tom (Coming Home)"
This is Gordon-Levitt's raspy rock at its finest.
22. Oasis' "Don't Look Back in Anger"
This classic rock song is also incredible. It's hard to rank all of these, because they're all basically No. 1.
21. Brad Paisley's "Alcohol"
A little country never hurt anyone in general.
20. "Redneck Woman"
And JGL being a feminist makes this even better.
19. "American Scrimp n Save" With Sia
If you love this original song as much as I do, you can buy it on Amazon.
18. Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations" From Don Jon
Hey there, gun show.
17. Pixies' "Here Comes Your Man" From (500) Days of Summer
I would do anything to karaoke with JGL, or even just Tom from the movie.
16. "I Don't Wanna Live on the Moon" from Sesame Street
It's almost like a lullaby. So beautiful.
15. The Beatles' "Hey Jude"
Can he play one of the Beatles in a biopic, please?
14. Michael Jackson's "Thriller"
Even in a blood-soaked white suit, he is sexy.
13. Jackson 5's "Who's Loving You"
His deep voice on this song is a lot different than baby Michael Jackson's.
12. Nirvana's "Lithium"
As he sings the line, "I'm so horny," you may pass out.
11. "You're Not the Only One"
This is an original song that JGL performs in a recording booth. It's a lot to handle.
10. "Nothing Big" With Tasha Taylor
9. "Midnight Radio" From Hedwig and the Angry Inch
So, he's the next Hedwig on Broadway, right? It has to happen.
8. Carole King's "Natural Woman"
He makes me feel like a natural woman.
7. Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance"
Second-best to singing with Gaga. Speaking of...
6. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" With Lady Gaga
Don't have to ask me twice.
5. Jacques Brel's "La Valse à Mille Temps"
His French singing trumps all.
4. "Le Petit Soldat" With Anne Hathaway and Lorraine Hoey
In French and with Hathaway? Whoa.
3. "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" With Zooey Deschanel
2. R. Kelly's "Ignition Remix"
Just watch in awe. You'll understand.
1. Lip Sync Battle With Jimmy Fallon
I know this doesn't really qualify, but JGL's rendition of "Superbass" is amazing, even if it's technically just lip-synced.