Since its vaseline-filtered debut back in 2009, RuPaul’s Drag Race has become a certified pop culture phenomenon. Although a reality show documenting the Supermodel hitmaker in his search for “America’s Next Drag Superstar” sounded like another soon-to-be cult series with a ‘save it from cancellation’ change.org petition, the series has defied all odds to become one of the most championed reality competitions of all time.
Thanks to the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent (and in some cases, synergy) of the fierce contestants, who bring it week after mothertucking week with their innovative runway presentations and lip-sync smackdowns, RuPaul’s drag empire has been honoured with 19 Primetime Emmy Awards – including five consecutive wins for Outstanding Host. Not only that, the franchise has branched out into international territories including Thailand, the UK, Canada, Holland, Australasia, Spain and Italy, with new versions to follow this year including in the Philippines. C’mon worldwide domination!
To celebrate Drag Race’s expanding herstory, we ranked all 25 seasons of the show (with RuPaul on hosting duties) from worst to best. We did not consult with the judges, the final decision rests with us, GAY TIMES. There’s bound to be some pushback with a few of our choices, but remember: it’s just drag! Water off a duck’s back and all that. Without further ado…
25. Season 1 (Drag Race Down Under)
Most iconic moment: “That means nothing” – Art Simone
From the offset, the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under was mired in controversy. Two of the contestants, Karen from Finance and Scarlet Adams, were exposed for their racist pasts; subsequently igniting a conversation around Australasia’s long-standing issue with people of colour, while also begging the question: do the producers, y’know, background check? The situation worsened when both queens made it to the final and Scarlet, who was actually called out for blackface on the mainstage by RuPaul, won two more maxi-challenges than her two closest competitors. And although Art Simone was mourned by fans after her infamous exit – her delivery of “That means nothing” was, like her namesake, art – her ruturn proved controversial. Unlike past alum such as Carmen Carrera, Trixie Mattel and Naysha Lopez, who all returned in the same season, RuPaul failed to explain her reasoning to the cast and viewers at home, while Jojo Zaho and Coco Jumbo were paid absolute dust. However, the season did provide us with some incredible contestants such as Kita Mean, Maxi Shield and Anita Wigl’it, as well as a fierce lip-sync assassin and underdog storyline in Elektra Shock. But sadly, with the amount of favouritism towards some of the queens and racist scandals, the first season of Drag Race Down Under was doomed from the start.
24. All Stars 1
Most iconic moment: Raven vs Jujubee – Dancing on My Own
Collecting contestants from the first four seasons, All Stars 1 had the potential to be the best season of RuPaul’s Drag Race due to the sheer amount of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent that sashayed back into the werkroom. Sadly, the producers felt the need to add ‘S’ to the aforementioned C.U.N.T. for ‘synergy’ and thought we would be gooped to see the queens perform in teams of two. Wrong! We don’t wanna throw any queens under the bus, but if some of these contestants competed as individuals, the season would’ve looked very different. Manila Luzon? Top three, that’s a given. Nina Flowers? Top five, possibly. Mimi Imfurst? Still last place, but – in the words of Yara Sofia – “Someone needs to go home first!” Although we’ve ranked All Stars 1 so low, we have to give credit where credit is due. To this day, the battle between Jujubee and Raven stands as one of the most emotional moments in the show’s herstory, the first episode of its Untucked is potentially the best of all time and Chad Michaels is the perfect first All Star representative of RuPaul’s empire. It was about time this legend got a crown.
23. Season 1
Most iconic moment: Shannel – “I am beautiful”
The season that started it all. While the inaugural season of the franchise – also known as the “lost season” – is responsible for catapulting hundreds of drag entertainters to mainstream success and launching a drag empire, it doesn’t feel like quintessential Drag Race. Snatch Game didn’t exist at this point and, because of that vaseline filter (as well as Rebecca Glasscock’s entrance look), it’s impossible to watch without our retinas taking a bit of a hit. Oh, and the budget? Non-existent. Despite this, we couldn’t possibly think of a more fitting competitor than Bebe Zahara Benet to represent Drag Race as the franchise’s first-ever crowned queen (stream Jungly Kitty now or perish!). And, after bravely coming out as HIV-positive to RuPaul and her fellow queens, Ongina also broke boundaries for queer people on the small screen; igniting a much-needed discussion about attitudes and stigmas towards those living with the virus. The beauty of season one, we should add, is how the contestants didn’t come prepared with hit-or-miss catchphrases to solidify their brands, or reign in their personalities out of fear of how they would be perceived by fans. If this was a ranking based on authenticity, season one would easily take the top spot.
22. Season 11
Most iconic moment: Brooke Lynn Hytes vs Yvie Oddly – Sorry Not Sorry
Compared to all the other shows on our screens at the time, Drag Race season 11 still reigns supreme. But when you place it within this line-up, it was – in the words of Ru after witnessing Nina West and Silky Nutmeg Ganache’s showdown to No Scrubs – “meh”. The drama felt mean rather than shady, Snatch Game was a bust (bar Silky and Nina) and the challenges were lackluster. Did we really need a Trump Rusical? Regardless, Brooke Lynn Hytes and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo memorably provided viewers with Drag Race’s first-ever on-screen romance while “OPPALANCE” dominated the brains of queers around the world. And let’s not forget the Gay Super Bowl of 2019! After bombing Snatch Game, Drag Race’s most important challenge, Brooke and Yvie Oddly embraced their inner Cirque de Soleil in a sickening display of acrobatics and ruveals for Demi Lovato’s dance-pop anthem Sorry Not Sorry. It made the rounds on social media, attracting praise from lip-sync powerhouses such as Kennedy Davenport, Alyssa Edwards and Tatianna, and almost caused an earthquake of epic proportions after gays across the globe let out a collective “YAAAAAAS!” It was a moment.
21. Season 13
Most iconic moment: Denali vs Kahmora Hall – 100% Pure Love
Season 13 is tricky. Like the above entry, the most iconic moment is (arguably) a lip-sync. Denali, who deserved to advance much further in the competition (eighth place does not make sense with our fantasy), delivered one of the most effortless performances as she battled against her friend Kahmora Hall to the beat of Crystal Waters’ 100% Pure Love. When compared to the Britney-dominated smackdowns in the finale, it – and this isn’t a controversial opinion in the slightest – tops all three combined. Other notable moments include: Gottmik breaking boundaries for trans representation as she became the first openly trans male competitor on the series (as well as her eerily accurate impersonation of Paris Hilton on Snatch Game); Kandy Muse’s tumultuous feud with Tamisha Iman; and Utica Queen’s unintentionally hilarious and offensive roast, which led to RuPaul giving her the finger. Unfortunately, the season was just too long – clocking in at 16 episodes – and with the excellent second season of Drag Race UK airing at the same time, it lost a lot of steam. Symone’s win, however? [Insert chef’s kiss here.]
20. Season 8
Most iconic moment: RuCo Empire
‘Season eight below seven?!’ Yes, season eight below seven. It was strong from start to finish and the talent was insane, but upon reflection, it was rather… predictable? Unlike other seasons on this list, there was a clear frontrunner for the crown in Bob the Drag Queen, who became one of the most formidable competitors viewers have ever seen after earning three maxi-challenge wins in seven episodes. Viewers were also robbed of an iconic lip-sync to Gloria Gaynor’s powerhouse disco anthem I Will Survive when Laila McQueen and Dax Exclamation Point flailed around the stage and received a rare – yet deserved – double sashay. In spite of this, the season boasted some of the fiercest talent in winner Bob, top model Naomi Smalls, fashion powerhouse Kim Chi and the late Chi Chi DeVayne. Then there’s Derrick Barry, who was just made for television. But, with only 10 episodes – making it the shortest regular season since the first – we wish it was just a bit longer.
19. Season 7
Most iconic moment: Violet Chachki’s tartan reveal
Season seven receives a lot of hate from fans, and we understand why. A cast consisting primarily of fashion powerhouses were wasted on a season overstuffed with scripted comedy challenges that failed to bring in the laughs. The John Waters and Shakespeare-inspired episodes were uncomfortable to watch due to the lack of queens with Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme-levels of comedic prowess, and the challenge dedicated to the disappearance of season one and two judge Merle Ginsburg was… whelming. Snatch Game, however? Killer. Ginger Minj and Kennedy Davenport became the first competitors to score a double win for the fan-favourite challenge as Adele and Little Richard, and while we’re not particularly keen on ties (we’ll come to that later), this was well deserved. Overall, with a cast like this (Ginger, Kennedy, Katya, Pearl, Violet Chachki, Trixie Mattel, Miss Fame, Max etc), it should’ve been just as strong as its predecessor. Special shoutout to Violet’s iconic tartan reveal and ‘Death Becomes Her’ runway, two of Drag Race’s most unforgettable fashion moments.
18. UK vs the World
Most iconic moment: Pangina’s elimination
The first-ever international version of Drag Race was a mothertucking ride. From Jimbo’s introduction of Casper the Baloney Ghost to Janey Jacké’s berserk arm choreography in the Vengaboys lip-sync, as well as Baga Chipz’s unhinged impersonation of Kathy Bates, the six-episode first season boasted a plethora of viral moments and resulted in many heated debates online. It will go down in the herstory books for eliminating the two strongest queens of the season back-to-back with Jimbo and Pangina Heals; prompting fans to question whether “current All Star rules” should be scrapped entirely if the strongest talent aren’t going to reach the final. Once the two aforementioned stars left the series, it felt – and this is no shade to the finalists – like a non-event. Controversies aside, seeing some of the most legendary Glamazon Warriors from all corners of the franchise duke it out for the title of ‘Queen of the Mothertucking World’ felt monumental – it was the queer equivalent of Avengers: Endgame, really – and we can’t wait to see what RuPaul has in store for the next international spin-off.
17. UK season 3
Most iconic moment: Victoria Scone making herstory
minutes months after the second season of Drag Race UK, which has since been hailed as one of the franchise’s best, the third instalment was another wild ride for the British spin-off. In the words of Anubis, there were more twists and turns than “a cheese twist in a bakery” thanks to – and the list is long – legacy lip-syncs, double shantays, double sashays, medical-related departures and RuPaul’s decision to withhold a badge from the queens. It was utter bedlam. The season also broke new ground for, not just Drag Race, but drag visibility in general when Victoria Scone sashayed onto the series as the first cisgender female contestant. Although season three didn’t reach the same heights as its predecessor, it delivered some top tier Drag Race moments with Snatch Game – Ella Vaday’s Nigella Lawson and Kitty Scott-Claus’ Gemma Collins had us pissing with laughter – Vanity Milan’s captivating lip-syncs and Krystal Versace’s awe-inspiring runway presentations. It definitely gave us all the BDE (Big Drag Energy) we needed, and that’s what matters most, right?
16. All Stars 5
Most iconic moment: Shea Couleé’s win!
Listen, we love all of the queens on All Stars 5 and, like all viewers at home, cried with joy when Shea Couleé finally won her crown. Sadly, the challenges weren’t all that memorable and the new twist – which saw past lip-sync assassins return to compete against the maxi-challenge winner – didn’t live up to expectations. It was an exciting change to the format, and it was utilised a lot better the following year on All Stars 6, but it should’ve had a better line-up of assassins (Trinity K. Bonet and Peppermint, ahem). Also, you’re telling me that Kennedy Davenport – the Dancing Diva of Texas – packed her bags, flew on a goddamn plane and hitched an Uber to perform a Reba McEntire song? The audacity! However… Jujubee cemented her status as one of the most beloved entertainters ever and the queen of one-liners (“sensible 74”); Alexis Mateo and India Ferrah’s feud had us all at the edge of our seats with popcorn in hand; Yvie Oddly and India’s showdown to Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loca was the bomb.com.org.co.uk and, like we said above, Shea finally redeemed her season nine loss. We were so proud to see it.
15. All Stars 3
Most iconic moment: BenDeLaCreme’s self-elimination/Shangela’s downfall
It doesn’t feel right to rank a season with BenDeLaCreme, Shangela, Trixie Mattel, Kennedy Davenport, Bebe Zahara Benet, Chi Chi DeVayne, Milk, Morgan McMichaels, Thorgy Thor and Aja this low. But, we all know what went wrong here don’t we? Say it with us: SHANGELA WAS ROBBED. Has an elimination ever hurt this much? Manila Luzon on All Stars 4 comes pretty close, as well as Pangina Heals on UK vs the World, but Shangela’s long-awaited induction into the Drag Race Hall of Fame was right… there. Daylight robbery aside, the third season of All Stars was responsible for several of the most exhilarating moments in Drag Race herstory: Bebe becoming the first winner to ruturn as a competitor; the jury vote; “Is she going to jump from there?” and BenDeLaCreme deciding to give herself the chop after winning not one, not two, but five maxi-challenges. At least there was only one winner though, right?
14. Season 10
Most iconic moment: “Miss Vaaaaaaaaaaaaanjie”
Season 10 featured the most viral moment for the franchise so far when Vanessa Vanjie Mateo sashayed away (backwards) from the main stage and repeatedly recited her middle name – Miss Vanjie, Miss Vanjie, Miss… Vaaanjie – spawning meme after meme and adoration from A-List stars such as Andrew Garfield. Aquaria also proved to be one of the most dazzling fashion queens the show has ever seen, several fan-favourites were controversially eliminated by lip-sync assassin Kameron Michaels and The Vixen vs Eureka usurped Sharon Needles and Phi Phi O’Hara as the most explosive rivalry in the show’s 14-year run. And although The Vixen didn’t make it as far as we anticipated, she notably stepped up for Black entertainers and helped lift the lid on the continuous racism at the hands of so-called ‘fans’. Sadly, season 10 came to an anticlimactic end with the showdown for the crown as the queens attempted to outperform season nine’s now-iconic stunts. Honourable mention to Asia O Hara’s butterflies, may they rest in peace.
13. All Stars 6
Most iconic moment: Laganja Estranja’s return
Pre-release, we had absolutely no clue how All Stars 6 would unfold. With a majority of the cast unable to place higher than seventh on their original season, there wasn’t a clear frontrunner for the title – which made it even more exciting and unpredictable. Plus, it had the biggest variety of talent, with every season represented bar one and eight, making it feel like a true amalgamation of everything Drag Race has delivered so far. While some ‘fans’ argued that it didn’t feel like a season of All Stars due to the contestants’ prior track records – because Drag Race placements clearly reflect a queen’s worth! – the level of talent was impeccable. Ginger Minj, Eureka O’Hara and Silky Nutmeg Ganache served comedy, while Ra’Jah O’Hara, Trinity K. Bonet and Kylie Sonique Love turnedt it out in the lip-sync smackdowns – special shout out to Ra’Jah’s battle with Brooke Lynn Hytes and Trinity’s face-off with Laganja Estranja. Can you believe these epic performances happened in consecutive weeks? We were truly spoiled! Although we would’ve been happy with each of the finalists taking home the crown, it was about mothertucking time we saw a transgender queen win a season of Drag Race hosted by RuPaul. Kylie winning felt… It felt correct.
12. Season 1 (Drag Race UK)
Most iconic moment: The Frock Destroyers – Break Up Bye Bye
After years and years of rumours and anticipation, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK finally launched back in 2019 to widespread acclaim (can everyone please give a round of applause to Michelle Visage for sharing a bedroom with Katie Hopkins and Perez Hilton to get this goddamn show off the ground?!). The crass sense-of-humour and references to iconic soaps and dramas, as well as the interactions between the contestants, was a breath of fresh air for Drag Race (even though RuPaul didn’t have a fucking clue what was going on), resulting in peak British television. It wasn’t Americanised, like we initially feared. The challenges were more of the same, but the way they were executed? Perfection. Downton Draggy deserved a BAFTA (if Love Island can, Drag Race most certainly can!). The Vivienne and Baga Chipz deserved to win Academy Awards (or at least Teen Choice Awards) for their impersonations of Donald Trump and Margaret Thatcher, respectively. And The Frock Destroyers? There’s a reason why Little Mix are taking a break!
11. Season 14
Most iconic moment: The trans sisterhood
Admittedly, we thought Ru’s Willy Wonka-inspired chocolate bar format would flop harder than season eight’s Shade Tree but – and this might not be an opinion shared by many – we had a great time with it. What’s camper than a drag queen unwrapping a RuPaul-branded chocolate bar on stage to discover if she’s in possession of a golden ticket, followed by the sound of a trombone if aforementioned ticket isn’t gold? That! Is! Camp! As well as the chocolate bar, the season featured some other exhilarating curveballs such as the return of Daya Betty and Orion Story, Snatch Game-gate, the subsequent lip-sync smackdown and RuPaul’s decision to accelerate five queens to the grand finale – one of the best final five’s of all time, we should add. More importantly, season 14 was the most “transtastic” season ever with five openly trans contestants: Kornbread “The Snack” Jete, Kerri Colby, Bosco, Jasmine Kennedie and Willow Pill, who became the first trans winner of a regular US series. With this gorgeous trans sisterhood, and Kylie Sonique Love breaking boundaries as the first trans entertainer to win a RuPaul-led season on All Stars 6, we entered the trans age of Drag Race – officially! – and it’s about goddamn time.
10. All Stars 4
Most iconic moment: Double crowning/The downfall of Manila Luzon
We won’t lie, we thought it was a bit overkill to have two seasons of All Stars within a year. But with a stellar cast like this, our complaints were quickly put to bed. Trinity The Tuck, Monét X Change, Monique Heart, Naomi Smalls, Jasmine Masters, Valentina, Farrah Moan and Gia Gunn came back for a second shot at the crown, joined by All Stars 1 contestants Latrice Royale and Manila Luzon. Despite first competing nine years ago, Manila proved that she hadn’t gone soft and swept the competition. But of course, every season needs its controversial, Shangela-esque elimination, right? Even though she had the best track record with three consecutive maxi-challenge wins, she was shockingly eliminated by Naomi with zero remorse… and it was her first time in the bottom! Gag of the century? Yas, until the finale, which saw both Monét and Trinity win the title and 100,000 dooollahz each.
9. Season 12
Most iconic moment: Jan’s face
Despite several setbacks, including COVID and Sherry Pie being ousted by production because of her unforeseen disqualification, season 12 was truly that bitch (now available on streaming services). Like some of the contestants stated during its run, season 12 felt like a season of All Stars, because the amount of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent? Far too much. Snatch Game and Madonna: The Unauthorized Rusical redeemed season 11’s whelming efforts, the Superfan Makeover left us in absolute tears and the lockdown finale put the top three’s creativity to the test with three ingenious lip-sync showdowns. Crystal Methyd regurgitating the life cycle of a bird lives in our heads – say it with us now – RENT FREE. And while we usually live for the drama and conflama between the contestants, this season really was RuPaul’s Best Friend Race, and we loved to see it.
8. Season 2
Most iconic moment: “I don’t think you’re seeing that Tyra is a complete bitch”
Drag Race’s sophomore season is when the show came into its own. Thanks to the contestants’ unfiltered personalities, it’s the bitchiest of them all with iconic throwdowns such as Mystique Summers Madison vs Morgan McMichaels (“Bitch, I am from Chicago!”), Tatianna vs Tyra Sanchez (“I don’t think you’re seeing that Tyra is a complete bitch”) and Tyra against, well, everyone. Season two also featured the first-ever Snatch Game – and the best impersonation of Britney Spears to date (sorry Derrick Barry) – the lip-syncs were turned up a notch thanks to Jujubee, and the maxi-challenges weren’t solely focused on whether the queens can triumph over Meryl Streep at the Oscars. We will admit: the budget wasn’t entirely there and the fashion wasn’t earth-shattering, but whatever, it’s an absolute classic.
7. Season 9
Most iconic moment: Valentina – “I would like to keep it on please”
Lady Gaga. Eureka O’Hara’s injury. Valentina refusing to take off her mask (so ahead of her time!). Sasha Velour’s rose-petal extravaganza. Charlie Hides telling kids to get off her lawn. LINDA EVANGELISTA! We were not ready for the amount of iconic moments on the ninth season of Drag Race. It was unprecedented, really. How many shows out there reach another peak in their ninth run? Every single contestant came to play and slay, hence why three of them – Sasha Velour, Trinity the Tuck and Shea Couleé – went on to win crowns and $100,000 doollahz. All Stars 7 winner Peppermint (we, like Shangela, see it in the cards) also broke new ground for the series as the first openly transgender contestant (Kylie Sonique Love and Monica Beverley Hillz came out as trans during their stint), the lip-sync showdown for the crown spiced up the finale format and Valentina’s love for telenovelas resulted in the most severe reunion in all 14 seasons. Valentina may or may not love Farrah Moan, but we love this season.
6. Season 3
Most iconic moment: “GET HER OFF OF ME!”
In hindsight, season three is probably the most difficult season of Drag Race. It had more obscure sewing challenges than any other season, such as: holiday thrift store drag; couture cake-inspired outfit; three outfits for a hair show – one made entirely of hair; and a dress made out of money. Like Raja recently said on the Pit Stop with Bob the Drag Queen, it’s the “last season” that utilised the contestants’ craftiness. That’s what we loved about it, seeing these queens concoct high-fashion garments out of crap, basically. More of this, please! Manila Luzon also blessed viewers with the first batshit crazy lip-sync when she threw down to MacArthur Park against Delta Work, Raja and Carmen Carrera served soft porn as they gyrated on each other to the beat of Paula Abdul, and Mimi Imfurst proved that drag is not a contact sport as she catapulted India Ferrah over her shoulders. It was – in the words of Alexis Mateo – a “BAM!” of a season.
5. Season 4
Most iconic moment: Willam’s disqualification
Although RuPaul and Michelle Visage continuously claim that drag will “never be mainstream,” Drag Race season four is when the show started to make its presence known. Sharon Needles became – as cliché as it is to say – a beacon of light for young fans who were ostracised for being different. The horror queen’s relationship with Phi Phi O’Hara still stands as the most iconic rivalry of the entire series (Yvie vs Silky and Kandy vs Tamisha were more explosive, however), boasting the now-infamous line: “Go back to party city where you belong!” The season also featured the debut of Willam – who became the first contestant to be disqualified from the series – as well as Chad Michaels and Latrice Royale, who both cemented their statuses as drag legends. Let’s not forget Dida Ritz and her lip-sync to Natalie Cole’s signature hit This Will Be in her gladiator-esque couture. Like Latrice said, it was “high drag at its finest!”
4. Season 5
Most iconic moment: “Back rolls?!”
We’re gonna throw it out there: season five is Drag Race at its peak when it comes to funny. From Jinkx Monsoon’s impersonation of Little Edie in Snatch Game to Roxxxy Andrews’ mispronunciation of “sequins” and Coco Montrese’s lack of hope in Can I Get An Amen?, it was a barrel of laughs. The feud between best frenemies Alyssa and Coco resulted in some of the show’s finest cases of unintentional comedy and the consistent goopery in the lip-syncs left us floored. Roxxxy vs Alyssa, anyone? Jinkx vs Detox? Alyssa vs Coco? And we all stan an underdog storyline, don’t we? Although Jinkx competed in a season chock-full of heavyweight drag competitors, her quirky aesthetic and wit saw her make history as the first (and only) contestant to place in the top for nine consecutive weeks; paving the way for one of the most satisfying finales in Drag Race herstory.
3. UK season 2
Most iconic moment: UK Hun?
Following a year without Drag Race UK due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, the series returned and bing, bang, bong’d the hearts of viewers around the world in the first lockdown. Never has a season boasted as many shock eliminations, from the likes of Joe Black, Asttina Mandella and Ginny Lemon; particularly the latter, who sashayed away from the stage mid-performance and failed to return. In the words of Tayce, “The cheek, the nerve, the gall, the audacity and the gumption!” The runways were also turned up a notch thanks to the likes of A’Whora, Bimini Bon Boulash and Sister Sister, as well as the lip-sync smackdowns. We can’t forget RuPaul’s now-iconic rant about H&M, COVID’s interruption halfway through the series – which resulted in Veronica Green contracting the virus – and the takeover of the United Kingdolls. Now that it’s over, we’re not UK Hun.
2. Season 6
Most iconic moment: “I feel VERY attacked!” (Untucked)
Now this is quintessential Drag Race. Season six was the perfect blend of comedy and drama and had an equal amount of design and performance challenges. It’s often considered to have the most iconic top three in Bianca Del Rio, Adore Delano and Courtney Act, and the lip-syncs were unmatched thanks to Trinity K. Bonet, who may have not slain every challenge, but established herself as the most versatile lip-syncer in herstory. Let’s not forget, it was the season of the catchphrase thanks to Gia Gunn (“Absolutely” / “Feeling like pussy, feeling like cunt” / “I don’t jump guns, I am the boom boom gun”) and Laganja Estranja (“C’mon season six, let’s get sickening!” / “Yas gawd!” / “I’m young, hung, and clearly march to the sound of my own drum so props to ya mawma”). There was just one other season that did it better…
1. All Stars 2
Most iconic moment: Alyssa Edwards vs Tatianna – Shut Up and Drive
Not a joke, just a fact: All Stars 2 is the definitive season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. All 10 contestants were either fan-favourites, lip-sync assassins or runner-ups on their original season – Alaska, Katya, Detox, Roxxxy Andrews, Alyssa Edwards, Tatianna, Phi Phi O’Hara, Ginger Minj, Adore Delano and Coco Montrese – making it (arguably) the strongest cast of all time. Revenge of the Queens, which provided fans with the fiercest lip-sync in all 24 seasons when Tatianna and Alyssa made our engines explode (explode, explode) to Rihanna’s Shut Up and Drive, often tops ‘Best of Drag Race’ lists because of aforementioned showdown and, of course, that mirror scene. Roxxxy also made it abundantly clear that she’s a future recipient of the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance trophy with her verse in Read U Wrote U, which still stands as the best musical moment in Drag Race’s herstory. Will All Stars 2 ever be topped? Can it be topped?