1. The UQAM Dub
Lip Dub Hub Mark: 97%
In our humble opinion the only serious contender for this coveted position at the head of pack is the Connected Ventures one (see below). A large number of the participants were first years and their enthusiasm is not only palpable but contagious. The song selection is equally dead-on and the choreography meticulous but DIY enough for the viewer to relate and applaud. This Dub aired on MusiquePlus one night and shortly thereafter pretty much the entire Province of Québec had viewed it on YouTube.
2. The Connected Ventures Dub
Lip Dub Hub Mark: 96%
Directed by Jake Lodwick, one of the great architects of the art form, this one makes work feel like play. It also brought an oldie (but a goodie) back from the dead. It also spurred a lawsuit. Ultimately, it made a few million people happy for a few weeks. And who doesn’t love the SILF guy spinning on the ground?
3. The Hey Ya Highschool Dub
Lip Dub Hub Mark: 92%
Not as crazy viral as the UQAM or Connected Ventures efforts, but boy can these kids move! Again, fantastic song selection, unbridled hormones and an earnest spirit that evokes a subconscious “right on!” after every view.
4. The Futureheads Webcam Dub
Lip Dub Hub Mark: 89%
This one gets almost no marks for organization, choreography etcetera. All of the genius comes from the energy and spontaneity. If aliens visited and asked about adolescence this video just might make the cut. Sometimes you want to slap the obnoxious bazooka joe arrogance right out of of the central character and at other points you can’t help but laugh along at his silly show and might even be tempted to bring him and his friends some cookies. Great song selection as well.
5. The Calvin College Dub
Lip Dub Hub Mark: 88%
The execution here is almost flawless. From the rock-climbing wall to the pool, every scene is perfectly played out. The timing is also impeccable. A better song and a tad more spontaneity would have edged them well over the top. Nonetheless, the video is a joy to watch. The precision is spellbinding.
6. The Polish Footloose Dub
Lip Dub Hub Mark: 87%
The economy may have sucked when this one came out, but you’d think quite the opposite by the looks of this group of aspiring economists. The raucous energy resonates and a sense of joyous defiance permeates the entire outing.
7. The Slow Motion Parisian Dub
Lip Dub Hub Mark: 85%
HEC literally turns the Lip Dub on its head. It’s a slow motion dub boasting such precision as to rival Calvin College’s effort. A collaboration between said schools on either side of the pond would be something else… Excellent costumes. Excellent confetti. Excellent idea. Wonderful result.
8. HEC’s Winter of 69
Lip Dub Hub Mark: 85%
This one possesses a similar (some might argue stronger) energy than the UQAM dub. Not surprising noting Montreal’s prominence regarding all things Lip Dub. The news reporting segment at 2:41 introduces a nice touch that has been replicated in a number of dubs since. Just a solid effort all round aided by the timeless irony of the song title and the winter gear and the hockey jerseys.
9. The Guelph Slumber Party Dub
Lip Dub Hub Mark: 83%
The paper keyboard is pretty cool. So is the sun and the moon. Skateboards, pyjamas and rows of lockers. It’s one giant scholastic slumber party. In fact this whole thing’s pretty “alright” just as Win Butler would sing it.
10. The Singapore Rihanna Dub
Lip Dub Hub Mark: 80%
This dub gets an “A” for funny. And an “A” for creepy funny (if you hang out till the end of the video you’ll understand).