Watch: 10 Songs We'd Love to See in a 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Lip Sync

by Barry Levitt

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday July 17, 2022
Originally published on July 1, 2022

The Vivienne, left, and Raja, right on lip sync during an episode of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Season 7.
The Vivienne, left, and Raja, right on lip sync during an episode of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Season 7.  (Source:YouTube screenshot)

From the very first episode of "RuPaul's Drag Race," lip syncs have been a glorious part of the show's tradition. Watching two queens lip sync for their lives to stay in the competition is a spectacle each and every week. Though there have been a million lip syncs on "Drag Race" over its 14 American seasons and spinoffs (including international, "All-Stars" editions and more), there are still some seriously glaring omissions when it comes to lip sync songs. Without further ado, here are 10 songs we're dying to see in a "RuPaul's Drag Race" lip sync!

"Judas" by Lady Gaga

We've had a lot of Lady Gaga on "Drag Race," which begs the question: How on earth have we not seen a lip sync to what might just be her best song, "Judas?" There's so much variation for queens to play with here, and some absolutely ridiculous lyrics ("Judas, kiss me if offensed, or wear ear condom next time") for the performers to ham up. It's got everything that makes for a spectacular lip sync, and in the right hands, this has "double shantay" written all over it.

"Jolene" by Dolly Parton

There's so much fun that can be had with Dolly's epic tale of "Jolene," the ultimate man-stealer. It's the kind of song where a sincere dramatic rendition or a zany comedic take make equally perfect fits for the classic song. There's not a lot of musical variety going on here, which would make for a challenging lip sync, but as The Vivienne recently showed us, a Dolly Parton lip sync can be magical.

"Gloria" by Laura Branigan

Laura Branigan's '80s classic anthem hit no. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the bop was on the charts for 36 weeks — a record for a solo female artist at the time. The song is a thrilling blend of disco, pop, and rock, and could be interpreted all sorts of different ways. It would be a great chance for a really fun lip sync, as well as an opportunity to bring a terrific song to a new audience.

"Wuthering Heights" by Kate Bush

It's pretty wild that this song hasn't made its way into "Drag Race" yet. Kate Bush's magnificent banger gives queens an extraordinary amount of range to work with. This song is dynamic, and there are a plethora of ways a queen could bring the song to life. With the artist's surprising (and totally deserved) resurgence thanks to "Stranger Things," here's hoping that we'll see "Wuthering Heights" make its "Drag Race" debut sooner rather than later.

"Misery Business" by Paramore

While pop music makes up the vast majority of lip sync music on "Drag Race," it's always fun when things go in an unexpected direction. Pop-rock band Paramore's "Misery Business" would be a blast, with fast-paced, complex lyrics for queens to master, and watching them rock out would be a real treat. There's plenty of instrumental glory for the queens to unleash their inner rock goddesses, and "Misery Business" could be one for the ages.

"At Last" by Etta James

Man oh man, have we been craving a good old-fashioned park-and-bark lip sync ever since Latrice Royale perfected the art to Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." Etta James' "At Last" is an exquisite, passionate love song that could make an incredible impact — just imagining two beautiful divas bringing this perfect song to life gives us chills. We have a sneaking suspicion that in the right hands, this one could be an all-timer.

"Be My Baby" by The Ronettes

"Drag Race" has never been afraid to play classic pop for a lip sync, and what's more classic than the freaking Ronettes? "Be My Baby" isn't just one of the best pop songs ever; it's straight-up one of the greatest songs ever recorded. It would be positively spellbinding to see a queen channel the stunning, uplifting emotion of this legendary song.

"Partition" by Beyoncé

No matter how many Beyoncé lip syncs we get (there are never enough), we won't be satisfied until "Partition" blasts onto the main stage of "RuPaul's Drag Race." The song oozes such tantalizing confidence, and oh my goodness gracious is it ever sexy. Remember Raja and Carmen Carrera's scintillating lip sync to Paula Abdul's "Straight Up?" Just imagine something even steamier and even more glorious to Beyoncé's "Partition."

"Run Away With Me" by Carly Rae Jepsen

Lip syncing to Canada's pop princess has been all over the place in "Drag Race" herstory. "Cut to the Feeling" was an unmitigated disaster, "I Really Like You" was a blast on "Canada's Drag Race," and "Call Me Maybe" had a sweet moment in Season 13. Her song best-suited to a lip sync is her masterpiece, "Run Away With Me." It has all the wonderful highs and lows that make for an elite-level lip sync. Also, why on earth hasn't Jepsen been a guest judge yet?

"Umbrella" by Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

It's hard to believe there haven't been more lip syncs to Rihanna songs. There are so many that would make for epic moments, but can you believe that "Umbrella" hasn't entered the pantheon of world-class "Drag Race" lip syncs yet? Maybe they're holding off because of Tom Holland's pretty iconic lip sync on "Lip Sync Battle," but let's be honest, a pair of professional drag queens would leave Holland's efforts in the dust.