Season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race is about to come to an end. Soon, we’ll see the lipsyncs to the crown, which is how the winner is determined. A top 4 was chosen and at the finale, the cast reunite, show off their fancy outfits on the stage and then there’s a lipsync tournament. The songs that are typically lipsynced to on Drag Race are poppy songs, but sometimes you hear something a little different. I would love to hear some more classic rock lipsyncs.
Here are 20 musicians whose songs I dream to see drag queens lipsyncing for their life to. These musicians have never had their songs lipsynced to and some of these surprise me. Let me know in the comments what songs you want to see a LSFYL to.
Here’s the full playlist:
First, we’ll start with male musicians. I’d love to hear more songs that were sung by male musicians, especially ones who weren’t afraid to genderbend and dress androgynous.
1. David Bowie
Obviously, he’s on the top of my list of dream lipsyncs. I’m surprised that David Bowie hasn’t been a runway category, considering how iconic he was and how important he was in LGBT representation in music and how he embodied Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent. I’m thinking maybe they’re saving that category for Drag Race UK or the rights to use his songs costs way too much. Drag Race didn’t always have a high budget, but now they have the might of VH1 behind them. It’s time for a Bowie lipsync and runway. But I think for the David Bowie runway, you have to assign each queen a David Bowie era, or else it’s just a Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane runway. That was one iconic era, but I want to see other eras on the runway. Unlimited possibilities here! A Ru-sical about David Bowie’s life? I’m here for it.
Dream lipsync songs: “Rebel Rebel”, “Space Oddity” (perfect for a space runway), “Suffragette City”, “Golden Years” (love his take on disco), “Queen Bitch”, “Under Pressure”, “Oh You Pretty Things”.
What is Drag Race waiting for? The reason they haven’t used a Queen song in a lipsync is very likely money. They don’t want to blow their entire music licensing budget on using one Queen song and using a Queen cover? Blasphemy! Like David Bowie, you could do a whole Freddie Mercury runway, a challenge based off the “I Want to Break Free” music video, or a Ru-sical based on the story of the band. Hands down, he was the best frontman ever. No one can connect to an audience like he did and he deserves a tribute on Drag Race. Please tell me this is being saved for Drag Race UK.
Dream lipsync songs: Everything Queen do is lipsync worthy. You could go with hits like “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “I Want to Break Free”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, Killer Queen”, “Another One Bites the Dust”, “Fat Bottomed Girls”, “Somebody to Love”, and “I Want It All”.
Some other lipsync worthy songs are the angry “Death on Two Legs”, “Liar”, the epic and controversial “March of the Black Queen” (that one line can easily be edited out), the thrash metal “Stone Cold Crazy”, and the romantic “Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy”. I’d be happy with pretty much anything in their discography.
Naomi Smalls did a nice tribute to Prince on the runway in All Stars 4, but I want to see a runway category dedicated to The Purple One. His music is so funky and fun. The reason I don’t think they’ve had a Prince song for LSFYL is because he was stingy about licensing. It took ages for his music to be on Spotify, so I’m not expecting a Prince lip sync anytime soon.
Dream lipsync songs: “Let’s Go Crazy”, “1999”, “I Wanna Be Your Lover”, “When Doves Cry”, “Raspberry Beret”, “Purple Rain”, “Controversy”, and “Sexy Dancer”.
4. Little Richard
Kennedy Davenport thought out of the box and did an impersonation of Little Richard for Snatch Game. Little Richard was a trailblazer in rock and roll and in androgyny and getting out of rigid gender expression. It’s time to honour him with a LSFYL.
Dream lipsync songs: “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally”.
5. Marc Bolan/T. Rex
Glam rock is significant in LGBT music history and not many people know that Marc Bolan was bisexual. He and David Bowie were the two of the biggest glam rock solo artists. He needs to be appreciated more and I think a LSFYL would introduce young people to his music. His music was so energetic.
Dream lipsync songs: “Get It On”, “Jeepster”, “Telegram Sam”, “Children of the Revolution”, “Solid Gold Easy Action”, “20th Century Boy”, and “I Love To Boogie”.
6. Elton John
Technically, one of his songs, “The Bitch is Back” was a lipsync for your legacy (the All Stars twist on lipsync of your life), but it wasn’t a version performed by him.
Dream lipsync songs: “Rocket Man”, “Tiny Dancer”, “I’m Still Standing”, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, “Bennie and the Jets”, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”.
Most of the songs lipsynced to on Drag Race are sung by women so the rest of this list are going to be female solo artists or female fronted bands.
7. Kate Bush
I’m definitely not the only one who wants to see a Kate Bush lipsync on Drag Race. I’d think there are a few drag queens who love her music. Her music is beautiful and at times campy. Is Kate Bush popular in America? If not, you guys are missing out!
Dream lipsync songs: “Wuthering Heights”, “Babooshka”, “Them Heavy People” (would make for a fun, campy lipsync), “James and the Cold Gun”, “Running Up That Hill”, “The Big Sky”, and her duet with Peter Gabriel “Don’t Give Up”.
The Wilson Sisters may not have been the first sisters of rock and roll, but they broke the mould and showed us that girls could rock just as hard as guys. Ann and Nancy were the stars of the show and in the 70s things were done on their terms. We need more hard rock lipsyncs. They have enough mainstream popularity and I think their mid-80s comeback era songs, while they weren’t Ann and Nancy’s favourite era, would make great lipsyncs. I’d love to see Ann and Nancy as guest judges.
Dream lipsync songs: “Crazy On You”, “Heartless”, “Barracuda”, “Kick it Out”, “Dream of the Archer” (perfect for a medieval/renaissance fair runway), “Little Queen”, “Straight On”, “Even It Up”, “City’s Burning”, “How Can I Refuse”, “What About Love?”, “Never”, “These Dreams”, and “Alone”.
9. Siouxie and the Banshees
I could totally see a gothic/oddball queen like Sharon Needles or Yvie Oddly lipsyncing to Siouxie and the Banshees.
Dream lipsync songs: “Hong Kong Garden”, “Happy House”, “The Passenger”.
Not only were they one of the first big all girl groups, most of the members were gay or bi. Let’s hear it for WLW representation! This band are maybe a bit obscure if you’re not a classic rock buff. Can’t imagine their songs would be too expensive to get the rights to.
Dream lipsync songs: “Hey Bulldog” and “Badge” would be my top picks. Both are covers, but I’d argue they come close to the originals. “Charity Ball” would be a good one too.
11. Fleetwood Mac
Thorgy Thor played Stevie Nicks in All Stars 3 in their VH1 Divas musical. Did a great job looking the part. I think production screwed her over though. Stevie Nicks is the first band member I think of when Fleetwood Mac is mentioned and let’s not forget about Christine McVie.
Dream lipsync songs: “Rhiannon”, “Landslide”, “Dreams”, “The Chain”, “You Make Lovin’ Fun”, and “Little Lies”.
Frontwoman Jinx Dawson is so iconic and this band were so influential in the goth and metal scenes. Before there was Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath, there was Oz Osborne in Coven and a song called “Black Sabbath” on their 1969 album, Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls. Their songs would have been perfect for that Halloween runway in Season 11 or for someone like Sharon Needles to lipsync. The reason there’s no Coven lipsync? They may be too obscure for the audience.
Dream lipsync songs: “White Witch of Rose Hall”, “Black Sabbath”.
13. Jefferson Airplane
Who says there can’t be a hippie lipsync? I’d be here for it. I know it may not fit the mood of Drag Race, but why not do something different? Who wouldn’t want to lipsync to anything Grace Slick sings?
Dream lipsync songs: “Somebody to Love”, “White Rabbit”.
14. Janis Joplin
Why not? She could perform and sing. She was also bisexual. Suprised that “Piece of My Heart” wasn’t done yet as a lipsync.
Dream lipsync songs: “Me and Bobby McGee”, “Piece of My Heart”.
15. Suzi Quatro
Influential glam rock bassist and singer. She’s iconic and inspired The Runaways. We need more glam rock lipsyncs.
Dream lipsync songs: “48 Crash”, “Devil Gate Drive”, “Can the Can”, “The Wild One”, “Glycerine Queen”.
An absolute surprise. Where is the ABBA lipsync? Is it hard to get rights to ABBA? With that VH1 money, you’d think they could get the rights to licence ABBA songs for LSFYL. An ABBA runway or Ru-sical would be awesome too. They’re up there with David Bowie and Queen. It’s a crime their songs haven’t been used in Drag Race. So many possibilities.
Dream lipsync songs: “Dancing Queen”, “Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)”, “Mamma Mia”, “Waterloo”, “Voulez Vous”, “Take a Chance on Me” (what a fitting title for a LSFYL), “Ring Ring”.
17. The Ronettes
More girl groups please! For this list, I picked two great girl groups from the 60s, The Ronettes and The Shangri-Las. I guess 60s girl groups might be too old for the target audience, but there are lots of young people who love the 60s.
Dream lipsync songs: “Be My Baby”, “Baby I Love You”.
18. The Shangri-Las
The bad girls of rock and roll.
Dream lipsync songs: “Leader of the Pack”, “Remember (Walkin’ In The Sand)”, and “Give Him A Great Big Kiss”.
19. Laura Nyro
Bisexual icon. So influential. I want to see a Laura Nyro lipsync.
Dream lipsync songs: “Stoned Soul Picnic”, “Eli’s Comin'”, “Wedding Bell Blues”.
20. Patti Smith
She’s badass, a “punk poet laureate”. What’s not to love? I think her music can be fitting.
Dream lipsync songs: “Because the Night”, “Gloria”, “People Have The Power”.
These are just one song I’d love to hear, but not a whole list from one musician:
- “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” – Nancy Sinatra
- “Back on the Chain Gang” – The Pretenders
- “Oh Bondage! Up Yours!” – X-Ray Spex
- “Rough Boys” – Pete Townshend
- “Lola” – The Kinks
- “Wordy Rappinghood” – Tom Tom Club
- “Love is Strange” – Mickey & Sylvia
- “You’re Dead” – Norma Tanega
- “Son of a Preacher Man” – Dusty Springfield
- “We’ve Only Just Begun” – The Carpenters
- “Jolene” – Dolly Parton
Musicians who have had their songs used in Drag Race, but other songs I want to hear:
- “River Deep Mountain High” – Tina Turner
- “The Acid Queen” – Tina Turner
- “Proud Mary” – Tina Turner
- “Love Hangover” – Diana Ross
- “It’s Your Move” – Diana Ross (better if it’s the vaporwave remix by Macintosh Plus)
- “Bad Reputation” – Joan Jett
- “I Love Rock and Roll” – Joan Jett
- “Crimson and Clover” – Joan Jett
- “Rapture” – Blondie
- “One Way or Another” – Blondie
- “La Isla Bonita” – Madonna
- “Holiday” – Madonna
- “Like a Virgin” – Madonna
- “Material Girl” – Madonna
- “Lucky Star” – Madonna
What songs would you like to hear lip synced on Drag Race? Who are your favourite queens? Are you Team A’Keria, Brooke Lynn, Silky, or Yvie? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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