Lip Dub

Lip Dub

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Lip Dubs are do-it-yourself music videos featuring an individual or a group lip synching to a popular song of choice. Such videos are usually shot in one-take and later dubbed with the original track.


Jakob Lodwick, the founder of Vimeo, coined the term "lip dubbing" on December 14, 2006, in a video entitled Lip Dubbing: Endless Dream. In the video's description, he wrote, "I walked around with a song playing in my headphones, and recorded myself singing. When I got home I opened it in iMovie and added an MP3 of the actual song, and synchronized it with my video. Is there a name for this? If not, I suggest 'lip dubbing'."

Lodwick also directed the Flagpole Sitta 'office lip dub' in April 2007, often considered the first viral instance of lib dub phenomenon on the web.


By 2008, Lip-dubbing grew into a popular theme of user-generated videos on YouTube, with exceptionally high participation from the office crowds and college students. The meme also gained international followings with the foundation of University Lipdub, a worldwide initiative to document college students having some good clean fun. The project was conceived by six students studying digital media at the Furtwangen University in June 2008.

Lip Dub Edited Videos

There are numerous examples of lip dubs that show a character or characters from tv shows or movies talking or singing what they weren't originally animated to sing. This is the basis of how a number of abridged series on YouTube are produced.

Notable Examples

He-Man Sings

The most popular example of a lip-dubbed animated video is titled HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA which spawned the meme He-Man Sings (shown below).

Numa Numa

Another highly popular example of a lip-dub is from a viral video titled which spawned the Numa Numa meme (shown below).

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