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Ranking the Best Seasons of 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

Updated December 30, 2020 7.2k votes 1k voters 11.3k views13 items

All the seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race have been great, but which seasons really werk? Drag superstars compete in challenges, lip-sync for their lives, work the runway, and more all under the expert guidance of RuPaul. Some of the most memorable contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race are, let's rank every RuPaul's Drag Race season from best to worst.

RuPaul's Drag Race is a reality competition series featuring contestants going head-to-head, showing off their charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent to be named “America's next drag superstar.” RuPaul's Drag Race premiered on Logo on February 2, 2009 and moved to VH1 for the ninth season and beyond. The series, which is produced by World of Wonder, and has earned RuPaul four consecutive Emmys (2016 to 2019) for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.

Vote up your favorite seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race, and vote down any seasons that were busted, despite how much you loved any individual contestants. It can feel shady to put one RuPaul's Drag Race season over the other when there are so many seasons that give you life, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

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    RuPaul's Drag Race - Season 9

    The ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race premiered on March 24, 2017 and contains 14 episodes. This season finds season 8 contestant Cynthia Lee Fontaine getting another chance.

    Winners of RuPaul's Drag Race season 9 received the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar," a one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics, a cash prize of $100,000, and a crown and scepter provided by Shandar.

    Contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race season 9: Sasha Velour, Peppermint, Shea Couleé, Trinity Taylor, Alexis Michelle, Nina Bo'nina Brown, Valentina, Farrah Moan, Aja, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Eureka, Charlie Hides, Kimora Blac, and Jaymes Mansfield.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Oh. My. Gaga!," "Good Morning Bitches," and "Reality Stars: The Musical."

     Memorable moments from Season 9 include:

    • Lady Gaga poses as a contestant.
    • The contestants interview Naya Rivera.
    • The final four face-off in a lip-sync showdown.

    Lip-sync Songs from season 9:

    • "Love Shack" (The B-52's)
    • "Holding Out for a Hero" (Bonnie Tyler)
    • "I Wanna Go" (Britney Spears)
    • "Woman Up" (Meghan Trainor)
    • "Music" (Madonna)
    • "Finally" (Cece Peniston)
    • "Baby I'm Burning" (Dolly Parton)
    • "Greedy" (Ariana Grande)
    • "Cool for the Summer" (Demi Lovato)
    • "Macho Man" (Village People)
    • "U Wear It Well" (RuPaul)
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    RuPaul's Drag Race - Season 3

    The third season of RuPaul's Drag Race premiered on January 24, 2011 and contains 16 episodes. This season found Michelle Visage replacing Merle Ginsberg as a judge.

    Winners of RuPaul's Drag Race season 3 received a headlining spot on the Absolut Tour, a lifetime supply of Kryolan makeup, and a cash prize of $75,000.

    Contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race season 3: Raja, Manila Luzon, Alexis Mateo, Yara Sofia, Carmen Carrera, Shangela, Delta Work, Stacy Layne Matthews, Mariah, India Ferrah, Mimi Imfurst, Phoenix, Venus D-Lite.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Totally Leotarded," "Face, Face, Face of Cakes," and "RuPaul's Hair Extravaganza."

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

    • The queens make a fitness video with Susan Powter.
    • Delta gives her family phone call prize to Shangela.
    • The queens perform stand-up comedy.

    Lip-sync Songs from season 3:

    • The Right Stuff" (Vanessa Williams)
    • "Bad Romance" (Lady Gaga)
    • "Don't Leave Me This Way" (Thelma Houston)
    • "Meeting in the Ladies Room" (Klymaxx)
    • "Looking for a New Love" (Jody Watley)
    • "Knock on Wood" (Amii Stewart)
    • "MacArthur Park" (Donna Summer)
    • "Mickey (Spanish version)" (Toni Basil)
    • "Believe" (Cher)
    • "Even Angels" (Fantasia Barrino)
    • "Straight Up" (Paula Abdul)
    • "I Think About You" (Patti LaBelle)
    • "Champion (DJ BunJoe's Olympic Mix)" (RuPaul)
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    RuPaul's Drag Race - Season 10

    The tenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race premiered on March 22, 2018 and contains 14 episodes. This season finds season 9 contestant Eureka O'Hara back after recovering from a torn ACL.

    Winners of RuPaul's Drag Race season 10 received the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar," a one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics, and a cash prize of $100,000.

    Contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race season 10: Aquaria, Eureka, Kameron Michaels, Asia O'Hara, Miz Cracker, Monét X Change, The Vixen, Monique Heart, Blair St. Clair, Mayhem Miller, Dusty Ray Bottoms, Yuhua Hamasaki, Kalorie Karbdashian Williams, and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including "PharmaRusical," "The Last Ball on Earth," and ""The Unauthorized Rusical."

     Memorable moments from Season 10 include:

    • Christina Aguilera serves as a celebrity judge.
    • The contestants compete in a photo-bombing photo shoot.
    • The queens perform "Cher: The Unauthorized Rusical."

    Lip-sync Songs from season 10:

    • "Ain't No Other Man" (Christina Aguilera)
    • "Best of My Love" (The Emotions)
    • "Celebrity Skin" (Hole)
    • "Pound the Alarm" (Nicki Minaj)
    • "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" (Shania Twain)
    • "I'm Coming Out" (Diana Ross)
    • "Cut to the Feeling" (Carly Rae Jepsen)
    • "Groove Is In the Heart" (Deee-Lite)
    • "New Attitude" (Patti LaBelle)
    • "Good as Hell" (Lizzo)
    • "Nasty Girl" (Vanity 6)
    • "Call Me Mother" (RuPaul)
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    RuPaul's Drag Race - Season 2

    The second season of RuPaul's Drag Race premiered on February 1 and contains 12 episodes. This season upped the number of contestants from nine to 12.

    Winners of RuPaul's Drag Race season 2 received a lifetime supply of NYX Cosmetics and be the face of nyxcosmetics.com, an exclusive one year public relations contract with LGBT firm Project Publicity, be featured an LA Eyeworks campaign, join the Logo Drag Race tour, and a cash prize of $25,000.

    Contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race season 2: Tyra Sanchez, Raven, Jujubee, Tatianna, Pandora Boxx, Jessica Wild, Sahara Davenport, Morgan McMichaels, Sonique, Mystique Summers Madison, Nicole Paige Brooks, and Shangela Laquifa Wadley.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Gone with the Window," "Here Comes the Bride," and "The Diva Awards."

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • The queens do a photo shoot inspired by Gone with the Wind.
    • The contestants compete in "Chicken, or What?"
    • The final three show off eighties outfits while shooting the video for RuPaul's "Jealous of My Boogie."

    Lip-sync Songs from season 2:

    • "Cover Girl (Put the Bass in Your Walk)" (RuPaul)
    • "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" (En Vogue)
    • "I Hear You Knockin'" (Wynonna Judd)
    • "Two of Hearts (song)" (Stacey Q)
    • "Carry On" (Martha Wash)
    • "Black Velvet" (Alannah Myles)
    • "He's the Greatest Dancer" (Sister Sledge)
    • "Shake Your Love" (Debbie Gibson)
    • "Something He Can Feel" (Aretha Franklin)
    • "Jealous Of My Boogie (Gomi and RasJek Edit)" (Rupaul)
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