Top 10 Lip Sync Battles: Ultimate Ranking



Top 10 Lip Sync Battles: Ultimate Ranking

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It's time to settle this once and for all with the “Lip-Sync Battles” ultimate ranking. For this list, we went through all of our previous “Lip Sync Battle” videos and selected the best of the best – coming up with brand new entries for all the lucky winners. Our countdown includes Fifth Harmony, the cast of “Stranger Things,” Channing Tatum vs. Jenna Dewan, and more!
It’s time to settle this once and for all. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Lip Sync Battles (Ultimate Ranking).

For this list, we went through all of our previous “Lip Sync Battle” videos and selected the best of the best – coming up with brand new entries for all the lucky winners. Let’s get to it!

#10: Fifth Harmony

Group episodes of “Lip Sync Battle” are the best. There, we said it. While we loved watching Pentatonix members Kirstin Maldonado, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi and Kevin Olusola fight for lip syncing supremacy, we simply could not leave Fifth Harmony off of our list. Whether it was watching Lauren Jauregui become Amy Winehouse during a rendition of “Rehab”; Dinah Jane bringing the laughs with “You’re Welcome” from the “Moana” soundtrack; or Normani Kordei emphatically slaying Destiny’s Child’s “Bootylicious”, this episode was overflowing with eye-catching performances. Of course, we gotta give it up for winner Ally Brooke, who combined Selena’s “Como la Flor" with J-Lo’s “On the Floor” to maximum effect. Entertaining? Uh, yeah, you could say that.

#9: Dwayne Johnson vs. Jimmy Fallon (Round 1)

The premiere of “Lip Sync Battle” remains one of the series’ most watched episodes. A big reason for this was the fact that Dwayne Johnson and Jimmy Fallon BROUGHT IT from start to finish. While their closing performances were nothing to scoff at - The Rock crushed the iconic disco track “Stayin’ Alive” and Fallon unleashed his inner Madonna for a rousing rendition of "Like a Prayer" – it was their opening songs that made it clear “Lip Sync Battle” was going to be a success. Whether it was watching Johnson sing “Shake It Off” with the gusto of a 12-year-old girl at a Taylor Swift concert, or Fallon dancing across the stage to “Jump in the Line”, this episode was the catalyst for dozens of incredible future lip sync battles.

#8: Zoe Saldana vs. Zachary Quinto

These “Star Trek” co-stars held nothing back when they duked it out back in season two of “Lip Sync Battle”. Zoe Saldana went the rap rock route, opening with "Stressed Out" by Twenty One Pilots, before blowing minds with her performance of “No Scrubs” by TLC. Oh, and she brought TLC members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas along for good measure. Anyone in their right mind would have folded from the pressure, but not Zachary Quinto. Despite killing it out of the gate with an epic performance of George Michael’s "Freedom! '90", Quinto turned things up a notch when he closed with "Get Ur Freak On" by Missy Elliott. Though his performance might’ve left LL Cool J speechless, it was actually Ms. Nyota Uhura who ultimately won this battle.

#7: Ricky Martin vs. Kate Upton

This one was much closer than we could have ever anticipated. Ricky Martin is pop music royalty, whereas Kate Upton is best known for her modelling work in publications like the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Vanity Fair. However, the “Lip Sync Battle” stage is the great equalizer, and Upton wasn’t about to roll over. She absolutely nailed the choreography of Britney Spears’ "…Baby One More Time", setting the stage on fire with her sultry dance moves. Unfortunately for her, she was up against Ricky Martin, whose dance skills were on full display in his version of Kenny Loggins’ "Footloose". Martin may have taken the crown, but Upton put the world on notice and proved that she was much more than just a pretty face.

#6: The Cast of “Stranger Things”

What do you get when you ask the burgeoning stars of one of television’s hottest shows to battle it out in a lip-syncing competition? Must-see TV, that’s what. Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin left it all on the stage during their season three appearance on “Lip Sync Battle”, bringing the laughs and even a few tears with their eclectic performances. Wolfhard’s "Buddy Holly" was spot-on and Schnapp stole our hearts by doing his best Adam Levine impression. However, this one came down to Matarazzo and McLaughlin, with the latter’s rendition of "I'm Bad" by co-host LL Cool J taking home the show’s top prize. If these kids had performed a song together, they would have landed much higher on this list.

#5: Anna Kendrick vs. John Krasinski (Round 2)

Talk about two actors that are simply impossible to hate on. “Lip Sync Battle” co-creator John Krasinski went toe-to-toe with Anna Kendrick in just the show’s fourth episode, and neither had any intention of taking a loss. Round 1 saw both taking the boy band route, with Kendrick absolutely crushing One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” and Krasinski going full puppet in his impersonation of NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye”. Of course, round 2 was where things really began to heat up. While we’d love to say John Krasinski’s “Proud Mary” was the high point, it couldn’t hold a nickel to Anna Kendrick’s steamy rendition of “Booty” – with a surprise cameo by Jennifer Lopez all but ensuring she’d walk away victorious.

#4: Anne Hathaway vs. Emily Blunt (Round 2)

Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt were flexing their musical chops long before they appeared in season one of “Lip Sync Battle” – having starred in the musicals “Les Misérables” and “Into the Woods”, respectively. However, all that experience is for naught if you don’t bring it on stage; and boy oh boy did these two actresses bring it! The round one appetizer saw Hathaway deliver a sizzling Mary J. Blige impression, while Blunt went old school, performing Blackstreet’s “No Diggity”. Incredibly, both performances were overshadowed in round 2, with Blunt throwing it back even further with her impersonation of Janis Joplin, and Hathaway stripping down for a rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” that was as good (if not better) than the original music video!

#3: Neil Patrick Harris vs. Laverne Cox vs. Taraji P. Henson vs. Hailee Steinfeld

Season four of “Lip Sync Battle” kicked things off with a star-studded Michael Jackson Celebration. Featuring the (lip) singing and dancing talents of Neil Patrick Harris, Laverne Cox, Taraji P. Henson and Hailee Steinfeld, the episode was chock full of awesome Michael Jackson tracks – brilliantly brought to life by some of Hollywood’s most exciting entertainers. Cox and Henson had previously appeared on the show - losing out to Samira Wiley and Terrence Howard, respectively - but this time around the real winners were the fans in attendance! Each actor performed an individual song, before they all came together for a rendition of “Wanna be Startin’ Somethin’”. If the goal was to celebrate one of pop’s most iconic singers, we’d say this episode passed with flying colors.

#2: Channing Tatum vs. Jenna Dewan (Round 2)

With their magnetic personalities and impressive dance resumes, the hype was real when Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan signed on for an episode of “Lip Sync Battle”. Round one saw Tatum deliver a heartfelt rendition of Idina Menzel’s "Let It Go" from “Frozen” (dressed as Elsa no less), while Dewan countered with an exceptionally choreographed performance of “Cold Hearted” by Paula Abdul. However, round 2 was where these two truly left their mark. Jenna Dewan’s mocking, yet weirdly sexy, version of “Pony” (which Tatum performed in “Magic Mike”) was a showstopper that left Tatum red faced with laughter. But it was Tatum who had the last laugh thanks to his epic rendition of "Run the World (Girls)" – which featured a cameo from Queen B herself!

Before we unveil our number one pick, here are some honorable mentions:

Prince Royce vs. Lele Pons

Alicia Silverstone vs. Mena Suvari

LaVar Ball vs. Lonzo Ball

Ashley Graham vs. Jermaine Fowler

Common vs. John Legend (Round 1)

#1: Tom Holland vs. Zendaya

The duel between “Spider-Man” co-stars Tom Holland and Zendaya has been universally recognized as one of the show’s best – a wildly entertaining musical melee that showed off both actors’ impressive dance chops. Zendaya is the spitting image of Bruno Mars during her impersonation of his hit 2016 song “24K Magic” and drove the crowd into a frenzy when she showered Holland in cash. However, no one in attendance could have prepared themselves for what was to come next. Performing "Singin' in the Rain" by Gene Kelly and "Umbrella" by Rihanna, Tom Holland was nothing short of electric. His moves emphatic and his style impeccable, Holland transcended “Lip Sync Battle” and took over the internet with this insane performance!
Yeah, this is a shit list without Joseph Gordon Levitte.
This is definitely spot on with #2 and #1...My absolute favorites. But I would add Queen Latifah's "Radio" tribute to LL COOL J as well.