What does a community look like when it comes together to sing about its greatness — and break a world record along the way? The Kawartha Lakes-region town of Lindsay, Ontario set out to discover that when they filmed an all-inclusive lipdub on May 31, 2012, to bring the town together and smash previous attempts at the title of World's Biggest Lipdub.
Citing community pride and getting young people excited about Lindsay as their inspiration in their equally impressive behind-the-scenes video, creators Kyle Dutka and Tom Collver were inspired by Grand Rapids, Michigan's 5,400-strong performance last year and set out to top that city's participant number.
Drawing from the town's population of approximately 20,000, Collver told MyKawartha.com there were more than 7,600 community members in their video — not including the onlookers and latecomers who attended (the lipdub's site puts the number at 9,300). Celebrities like George Stroumboulopoulos, Rick Mercer, the Toronto Argonaut cheerleaders and Craig Kielburger from Free the Children (the organization to which proceeds from the lipdub's gala event went) all threw their support behind the video as well.
And whether you love these one-shot lip syncing videos or abhor them, it's hard not to smile while watching the pure joy on every citizen of Lindsay's face as the camera passes through their group. And if mouthing the words to Hedley's "We Are Unbreakable" or Sweet Thing's "Change Of Seasons" (who, yes, appear in the video thanks to their Lindsay roots) is what brings a town together — and yes, claim temporary hold of the title of World's Biggest Lipdub until the next act comes together — then we are certainly all for that.
Cleveland High School
The junior and senior classes at Cleveland High School in Cleveland, Tennessee put together an impressive, continuous ten-minute lip-dub. Watch as they roll through "We Go Together" from Grease, "Dirty Pop" by N*SYNC, and "2012" by Jay Sean with enough enthusiasm and gusto to get you up on your feet and singing along!
Cypress Ranch High School
Cypress Ranch High School in Cypress, Texas is passionate about standing up to bullying. Rather than let the issue slide, they performed and filmed this crazy cool lip-dub. The song they chose, "Who Do U Think U R," was even written and sung by one of their own students, <a href="http://www.KaitlynK.com" target="_hplink">Kaitlyn K</a>. How's that for talent?!
Russellville High School
Over 1000 students participated in this lip-dub from Russellville High School in Russellville, Arkansas. They flipped, cheered, and fist-pumped along to "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas. Don't they make you want to be a Cyclone, too?
Hobbton High School
Hobbton High School from Sampson County, North Carolina won the grand prize in <a href="http://www.fox50.com/community/lip-dub" target="_hplink">Fox 50's 2012 Lip Dub contest</a>. Their video earned them a $10,000 check and a first place trophy. Congrats!
East Kentwood High School
Lip-dubs can go big or go home. This ambitious project from East Kentwood High School in East Kentwood, Michigan, features six songs continuously over twelve minutes and includes props such as a parrot, a golf cart, and a swimming pool.
Shorewood High School
With a sunny tune ("You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates), top-notch film editing, and serious school spirit, it's not hard to see how this lip-dub from Shorewood High School in Shoreline, Washington earned close to 2 million views on YouTube. We're seriously impressed!
Lakewood High School
This high-energy lip-dub from Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Colorado is bound to have you singing along. Their upbeat performance of Katy Perry's "Firework" erupts into a gym filled with hundreds of students dressed in school colors - it's tough to show more school spirit than that!
State College Area High School
Confetti, flags, and crazy costumes set this lip-dub apart from the rest. Created by State College Area High School in State College, Pennsylvania, this energetic video features Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" and "We Are Young" by Mika.