16 Songs We'd Love To See Lip Synced on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

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Between RuPaul’s Drag Race earning 8 Emmy nominations and the news that 'lip sync for your life' spots are giving artists massive streaming boosts, we're sure Ru's inbox is stuffed with pitches from labels trying to get their acts on the next season. Rather than make Mama Ru sift through all her emails -- she’s a busy lady, after all! -- we decided to take on the task of curating a season of songs. (Editor’s note: this was a completely joyless task and we weren’t living our fantasies at all.)

To keep things interesting, we stuck to songs by artists who have yet to be featured on the show. So, Ru: here are sixteen tracks for your consideration -- complete with a handy playlist.

Christina Aguilera, “Bobblehead”

Given that her Disney squirrel friend Britney Spears has had four tracks performed on the show (and one of them, “Stronger” has appeared twice), it seems like an oversight that Xtina hasn’t gotten any Drag Race love. While her catalogue of hits is packed with lip sync-ready numbers -- “Ain’t No Other Man” and “Come On Over” would be inspired choices -- this deep cut from her overlooked Bionic album would be a showstopper.

Queen, "Killer Queen"

There haven't been too many LSFYF songs from men, and while we're not complaining, it would be fab to include one from queer icon Freddie Mercury. While the old-timey flamboyance of "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy" would be cute, "Killer Queen" – quite possibly the greatest one night stand between classic rock and campy theatrics – is a deliriously fun tune that's guaranteed to blow your mind, anytime.

Little Mix, “Power”

Even before the girl group featured Alaska, Courtney Act and Willam in the music video for this track, they weren’t quiet about their love of drag. In 2016, group member Jade Thirlwall named RuPaul her “woman crush Wednesday” on Instagram and responded to a homophobic commenter who questioned how she could support “these kinds of things.” Jade’s response? “If you don’t ‘support’ these kind of ‘things’ (assuming you mean drag queens or the gay community) then I suggest you go and comment on somebody else’s Instagram. Someone just as homophobic, ignorant and as warped as yourself.” Yaaas, queen!

Cyndi Lauper, "She Bop"

How has Drag Race gotten this far without one song from tireless LGBTQ warrior Cyndi Lauper? Her advocacy aside, Cyndi's debut She's So Unusual is one of the strongest start-to-finish '80s pop albums, and "She Bop" – her winking ode to female masturbation – would provide plenty of opportunities for the queens to express, shall we say, self-love. Because if you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?

TLC, "Creep"

Neither a big-chorus pop anthem nor a rafter-shaking ballad, TLC's "Creep" is a sensual, slow-burning girl group classic that wouldn't be an easy lip sync, but would reveal which performer has the better attention to detail. There's no big moment in this song, so it's all about the body language to sell this slinky, sexy ode to sneaking around behind your man's back.

Carly Rae Jepsen, "Run Away With Me"

From the opening sax solo to the explosive, ebullient chorus, CRJ's "Run Away With Me" is an instant pop classic, a favorite for gay Twitter memes and probably the best song from Carly Rae. It would be worth making this a LSFYF just to experience the wave of screaming joy that would wash over every gay bar hosting a Drag Race screening when this song came on.

The Cardigans, “Lovefool”

Between Nina Persson’s sex kitten delivery and dramatic lyrics like “pretend that you love me,” this song has plenty to offer. Bonus: the queens would literally be begging Ru to “love me, love me/ Say that you love me.”?

Barbra Streisand, "I'm the Greatest Star"

"Don't Rain on My Parade" might be the more obvious choice (and it wouldn't elicit any complaints from us), but another Funny Girl classic provides more facial expression fodder: the playful, braggadocious "I'm the Greatest Star" requires the lip syncer to mimic playing a flute, having a coughing fit and -- if they're brave enough -- pull off Barbra's brag that she's got 36 expressions ("six expressions more than all those Barrymores put together").

Kesha, "Praying"

Ballads are generally skipped over as lip syncs; their slow-moving nature wouldn’t be great for TV. But this would be a stellar exception. Not only is the song an emotional punch to the gut, but Kesha’s vocal phrasing could lend itself to some unique miming choices. If they edited it down for a faster build, this could be a really inspiring moment.

Nicki Minaj, “Super Bass”

Do drag queens got bars? Let’s find out. The show is headed into its tenth season, after all -- it’s time to up the ante. Whether the queens nailed the number or failed miserably, it would make for an unquestionably memorable moment.

Gwen Stefani, "What You Waiting For?"

There hasn't been a Gwen lip sync yet – what they waiting for? "Hollaback Girl" is the obvious choice, but "What You Waiting For?" has a relentless energy that would make it perfect for LSFYL. It's a synth-y dance banger delivered with rock star sneer -- the type of song that catapults you into the stratosphere whether you're ready or not. Plus, you know you want to see two queens mouthing "take a chance you stupid ho!" over and over.

Mariah Carey, "Fantasy"

There are so many Mariah songs that would give performers the chance to deliver an all-time classic lip sync, but "Fantasy" is the clear choice for bringing the music of Mimi to Drag Race. Has there ever been a song this unabashedly pop that boasts so many casually flawless vocal runs? Plus, it's just sheer joy from start to finish, and exactly the kind of song that shows off a queen's frothy, fun side.

M.I.A., “Bad Girls"

This anthem is dripping in swagger -- something we haven’t seen much of with Drag Race song choices. Even better? The midtempo beat would force the queens to try something other than jump splits and death drops.

Divine, "You Think You're a Man"

Apart from RuPaul, there haven't been any lip syncs of songs from drag queens on Drag Race (Sylvester balked at the designation "drag queen"). Between her deliciously demented John Waters movie roles and her major impact on the NYC club scene, Divine is the perfect queen for a LSFYL, and her ferociously sassy breakup anthem "You Think You're a Man" would be an excellent '80s dance jam for the queens to sink their nails into.

Madison Avenue, "Don’t Call Me Baby”

Some of the best ‘lip sync for your life’ songs are forgotten but beloved bangers -- there’s a reason Dolly Parton’s “Baby I’m Burning” saw a 2114 percent streaming surge after Farrah Moan and Alexis Michelle battled it out to the 1979 Hot Country Singles chart topper. Madison Avenue’s turn-of-the-century dance classic is just obscure enough that it could resonate in a similar way.

Diana Ross, “I’m Coming Out”

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: how have we made it to season ten without a Diana Ross number? Ru doesn’t hide his stan status for Miss Ross -- he even managed to drop some trivia about his idol during his Ozy Fest speech. Our best guess is that Mama Ru has been waiting for the right moment. A tenth season is certainly worthy of celebration. This song’s origin makes it an exceptionally perfect lip sync choice: Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were inspired to write a gay anthem for Diana after seeing three drag queens impersonate the diva at a New York City nightclub.

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