RuPaul's Drag Race Top 20 Queens

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Nine seasons. Three All-Stars off-shoots. 113 queens. That's a whole lot of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent, mama.

But not all RuPaul's Drag Race queens are created equal. 

With All-Stars 3 currently airing on new network home VH1 and the franchise's landmark season 10 just around the corner, we thought the timing was right to open the library and read these queens to filth to determine which of Mama Ru's girls deserved to be in our Top 20. Why? Because reading is fundamental. (And also, because any opportunity we get to talk about Drag Race as "work," we'll take it.) 

Which queens made the cut and which had to sashay away? It wasn't easy narrowing this down. The sheer magnitude of talent among the amazing drag queens that RuPaul has introduced the world to is truly a force to be reckoned with. This show hasn't spawned an industry unto itself, complete with a yearly weekend-long fan convention, for no reason. And as you take a look at our list, you'll notice that simply winning a season wasn't enough for some queens to make the cut. 

As the show has evolved and grown, so too has the talent, making it harder and harder for those early queens to edge their way in. Not that they're not trailblazing and legendary in their own right. It's just that, when you're whittling the list down to 20, you've got to make some cuts somewhere.

So without any further ado, it's time to put your reading glasses on and find out which of Mama Ru's girls made our Top 20—and which one came out on top. 

RuPauls Drag Race, Peppermint, Season 9

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RuPauls Drag Race, Adore Delano, Season 6

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RuPauls Drag Race, Violet Chachki, Season 7

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RuPauls Drag Race, BenDeLaCreme, All-Stars 2

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RuPauls Drag Race, Raja, Season 3

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RuPauls Drag Race, Jinkx Monsoon, Season 5

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RuPauls Drag Race, Trixie Mattel, Season 7

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RuPauls Drag Race, Shangela Laquifa Wadley, All-Stars 3

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RuPauls Drag Race, Courtney Act, Season 6

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RuPauls Drag Race, Shea Coulee, Season 9

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RuPauls Drag Race, Sasha Velour, Season 9

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RuPauls Drag Race, Latrice Royale, Season 4

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RuPauls Drag Race, Detox, Season 4

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RuPauls Drag Race, Bob the Drag Queen, Season 8

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RuPauls Drag Race, Chad Michaels, Season 4

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RuPauls Drag Race, Alyssa Edwards, Season 5

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RuPauls Drag Race, Katya, Season 7

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RuPauls Drag Race, Sharon Needles, Season 4

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RuPauls Drag Race, Alaska, Season 5

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RuPauls Drag Race, Bianca Del Rio, Season 6

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Can we get an amen?

RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars 3 airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on VH1.

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