Lip Dub

Lip Dub

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Updated Mar 07, 2014 at 08:26PM EST by James.

Added Dec 28, 2008 at 11:58AM EST by Jamie Dubs.

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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 also videos, that show a character or characters from tv shows or movies kind of talking from an audio or singing from a song. The most popular example is HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA.

Notable Examples

June 2008: Furtwangen University in Germany (Nine Days – 257 Weeks)

September 2009: University of Quebec in Canada (Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling)

June 2010: Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain (Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go)

Current world record for the largest lip-dub performance was set by a group of students at the Popeu Fabra University in June 2010. Participants included students, teachers and administrative personnel.

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