With the opening of “Fast 9” this weekend, another selection of tracks has been added to the “Fast and Furious” franchise. Ty Dolla $ ign and Anitta are just two of the artists who have songs on the new soundtrack.
Over the years, the franchise has produced some unforgettable songs. From G-Eazy and Kehlani’s staple “Good Life” to “Furious 7” “See You Again”, films continue to deliver hits that turn into pop culture sensations.
Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” with Charlie Puth made history, reaching over 5 billion streams on YouTube – one of five songs to do so. It’s a bittersweet track in “Furious 7” as Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (late Paul Walker) take their last ride together. âSee You Againâ was nominated for three Grammys and a Golden Globe and won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Song.
Under the Variety the staff picks out some of their favorite songs from the franchise.
“See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa, with Charlie Puth – “Furious 7”
“Furious 7” had the impossible task of saying goodbye to Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner while paying homage to the late actor who played him, but luckily the film had Charlie Puth’s plaintive falsetto and heartfelt lyrics by Wiz Khalifa to help carry the emotional load. “It’s been a long day without you my friend / and I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again” is a perfect feeling for the friendship that separates in the film, and for the actor who has passed away so soon. .
“Blanco” by Pitbull ft. Pharrell Williams – “ Quickly & Furious 4 â³
In the opening track for the fourth installment of âFast,â Pitbull delivers exactly what we expect from him: a contagious party hymn. “Blanco” sets the stage for a high octane adventure as the series welcomes the original “Fast” crew to the Dominican Republic. After an intense pursuit of tankers, the song’s thunderous bass invites audiences to raise the curtain on the light side of Dom and Letty’s new life together after their escape from the United States Punctuated by a velvety verse from crooner Pharrell Williams, this earworm is the perfect choice to kickstart a night out.
“Act a Fool” by Ludacris – “2 Fast 2 Furious”
You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t rap “2 Fast, 2 Furious” when they read the movie title – and it’s all thanks to the opening lines of Ludacris’ platinum hit. When Chris “Ludacris” Bridges joined the “Fast Family” as Tej, he didn’t just bring the heat to the screen; he also took the Los Angeles-native franchise to the Dirty South with his signature ATL stream. With lyrics like “Do you think 12’s gonna catch me?” Give me a break / I’m super loaded with the hidden license plate, âthis track was subsequently nominated for a Grammy and peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Rap Song chart. Luda also produced the soundtrack under his label Disturbing Tha Peace.
“Tokyo Drift” by Teriyaki Boyz – “Tokyo Drift”
As âTokyo Driftâ took the âThe Fast and the Furiousâ franchise in a new direction by introducing a range of new characters, it made sense that its main theme would stand out as well. Marking the most popular single from Japanese hip-hop group Teriyaki Boyz, this track features a catchy beat played on electronic steel drums that are sure to keep the energy flowing. Hip-hop artists like Lil Yachty and Pusha T also added to the song’s relevance to pop culture by releasing their own remixes. It even inspired a TikTok trend where people slid across their parquet or a corner of their house while bumping the titular song in the background.
Skylar Gray’s “I Will Be Back” – “Furious 7”
While “See You Again” is the dark song fans almost always associate with “Furious 7” and Walker’s shocking death, Skylar Gray’s overlooked single “I Will Return” is equally punchy. Beginning with a melancholy piano solo that transforms into an enhanced guitar riff, the song is written from the perspective of someone who has passed away and left a loved one behind. Threading the energetic âI will come back, never lower your headâ line, the song serves as heartwarming solace to those battling a tragic death that they will reunite with those they loved once again.
“Danza Kuduro” by Don Omar ft. Lucenzo – “Fast Five”
In the movies, it’s hard to beat a well-deserved cut. And in the story of the edit, you’ll be hard pressed to find a song more perfectly suited to a Brazilian vault heist and double-cross than the ending track of “Fast Five” and claiming to be the most successful song. All-time eye-catcher “Danza Kuduro” by franchise star Don Omar and Lucenzo. In âFive,â the unmistakably cheerful reggaeton earworm plays on footage revealing how each member of the Fast Family has used their share of the hard-earned wealth. In a series of films with no immediately recognizable score, “Danza Kuduro” is an ode to the good times with the family you create along the way.
“Rollin ‘(Urban Assault Vehicle)” by Limp Bizkit, DMX, Method Man and Redman – “The Fast and the Furious”
Before the huge sets and monologues about the family, the “Fast” saga was about street racing in the streets. No group captured this sweaty ethos fueled by Red Bull better than Limp Bizkit, a group that at the time was panting its last superstar sighs. Fortunately, the verses are filled with contributions from rappers with much more stamina than Fred Durst, as the late DMX delivers wacky lyrics (“A tisket / a tasket / I really need my ass kicked”) while Meth and Red clown.
Joe Budden’s “Pump It Up” – “2 Fast 2 Furious”
From a bygone era when Joe Budden was known for rap instead of podcast, this Just Blaze classic put him on the map. With a bouncy beat that toppled a horn sample from Kool and the Gang’s “Soul Vibrations,” Budden’s club-ready anthem was the perfect accompaniment to the bustling 2000s end credits of “2 Fast. 2 Furious “. As Sega Dreamcast cars roam digital streets, âPump It Upâ acts like a time machine to a point where the windy energy of Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson was the best special effect in the series.
“We Own It” by Wiz Khalifa and 2 Chainz – “Fast and Furious 6”
“We Own It” from “Fast and Furious 6” is easily one of the catchiest songs in the awesome “Fast and Furious” universe. Wiz Khalifa and 2 Chainz’s lyrics perfectly embody the show’s themes of loyalty and family: “Stuck to the plan, I always said we would get up, never go running / Us family, and the loyalty would never change. It is a perfect duo that must be assembled with the windows down.
Good Life by Kehlani & G-Eazy – “The fate of the furious”
This song was played everywhere in the summer of 2017 when it was released – and for good reason. It is, in simple terms, a banger. It is an earworm made to open a Corona and enjoy a family barbecue.
Adam B. Vary, William Earl, Angelique Jackson, David Viramontes and Antonio Ferme contributed to this report.