Sometimes big things grow from small seeds, a single segment on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show and now? Everyone wants to do a lip sync battle.
But to do it right, you need the rules and the right songs and we’ve got you covered with both, check it out.
How To Do A Lip Sync Battle
First, you need to set some rules for your lip sync battle (or it will only end in tears). We base ours on the original TV show’s rules:
- Two people. Each gets to choose two songs. They get 10 minutes to practice their songs, no more than that.
- Song number one. The contestant’s job is simply to lip sync the words. They can spice up their performance using gestures and any dance moves they know.
- Costume change. Because that’s too easy for a real lip sync battle, before song number two comes a costume change. The contestant must dress up flamboyantly for the next round – if they can look like the original performer, bonus points.
- Song number two. Time to camp it up. Lip sync matters but so does the way you emphasize and exaggerate your dance moves and gestures.
- Everyone else. They cheer for each performance. The loudest cheers decide the winner. Easy right?
The Best Songs For A Lip Sync Battle
The songs you pick will really influence your chances of winning a lip sync battle. We’d recommend that, if in doubt, you go for something you’re sure your audience knows and loves.
There is no point in doing Rammstein for your grandma, she won’t appreciate it and you’ll lose.
So, with that in mind, our top picks are:
- Bohemian Rhapsody. Well, because a.) Wayne’s World and the lip sync scene in the car and because b.) everyone knows this song. It doesn’t matter if they’re 3 or 93.
- Respect. Aretha Franklin’s performance here is a virtuoso measure and the song speaks to the soul of any audience. Who doesn’t want some respect in their life, right?
- Holding Out For A Hero. A campy classic that will ensure that your lip sync performance is larger than life and that is what you’re aiming for.
- Single Ladies. Beyonce is the one and if you’re playing to an audience of women, this is going to be a song that makes them feel some girl power.
- Rock and Roll All Nite. This is a feel good number that’s going to help people jam out good and if it’s your second song, it’s time to slap the makeup on and go full Kiss!
- Don’t Stop Believin’. Done right, there won’t be a dry eye in the house by the time you’re done and done wrong? It’ll be the funniest thing in history. You can’t lose.
- I Wanna Dance With Somebody. Get dancing and get your audience dancing, it’s a bold ploy but they won’t be watching your lips as closely when they’re grooving with you.
- It’s Tricky. You’re going to need some fast lips to get this one down but if you do, everyone’s going to give you mad respect and you’ll have earned it.
- Call Me Maybe. An earworm! Carly Rae’s voice rings in our head just thinking about it, but “Hey, I just met you and this is crazy…” and it’s going to win them over, big style.
- My Heart Will Go On. It’s big, it’s bold and camper than a row of tents. You can’t go wrong and everyone knows this. Literally, everyone. You could do this in the Sahara and be fine.
Final Thoughts On Lip Sync Battle Songs
Don’t hold back when you do a lip sync battle. Go completely overboard, the objective isn’t to be good, it’s to be entertaining, you win by audience vote not technical proficiency.
And don’t forget to make sure you’ve got good sound, these great bookshelf speakers, some speakers from Audioengine or these cool motorbike speakers (if you’re lip syncing outdoors) can help with that.