The Fast & Furious movie franchise seems to grow bigger with every new installment, and that’s no different when it comes to the soundtracks, as Fast X boasts a few of the very best Fast and Furious songs. With over-the-top action sequences and big-budget action, the soundtracks grow with the movies, and even the songs of the Fast and Furious films team up superstars, just like the ever-expanding casts. The songs bring together several popular artists, especially in the hip-hop and pop genres.
Over time, some of these songs have gained an iconic status, such as the titular song in There Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, which has become more popular than the film itself. Ludacris’s “Act a Fool” has so much energy and perfectly mirrors 2 Fast 2 Furious vibrant filmmaking. Then, of course, “See You Again” adds a significantly emotional touch to Furious 7. However, there are so many other great hype tracks and reggaeton songs from the series, and the best Fast & Furious songs aren’t only the ones that were exclusively made for the movies.
15 “Bang” By Rye Rye Featuring M.I.A.
Fast & Furious
“Bang” is one of the coolest and most stylish songs in the Fast & Furious franchise, though it might not be quite as well-remembered as other tracks. The song might not be part of any specific street racing or action scene in Fast & Furious, as it plays as the credits roll, but it’s a perfect upbeat song that perfectly captures the mood of the whole film. As the Fast & Furious series has always been about style and urban culture, especially in 2009, the song perfectly mirrors that too. The track is by Rye Rye and M.I.A., two female rappers who were absolutely at the top of their games in 2009, and M.I.A. was especially leading the rap zeitgeist.
14 “Exotic Race” By Murci Featuring Sean Paul & Dixson Waz
It seemingly isn’t a Fast & Furious movie unless there’s a Spanish-speaking hype track. “Exotic Race” is that token song, and it’s one of the best in the series. Sean Paul featuring on a Fast & Furious soundtrack is long overdue, as his phenomenal popularity as a rapper in the 2000s made it a shock that he didn’t appear in the series until 2021. However, he featured in F9 in the best way possible, as “Exotic Race” has so much unstoppable energy. The song plays when Dom and the crew arrive in Montequinto in F9, driving armed tanks and giant vehicles, and the hype is on another level, making it one of the best Fast and Furious songs.
13 “Toretto” By J Balvin
It comes as a surprise that it wasn’t until 10 movies in that a song called “Toretto” was commissioned for the franchise. The series has become all about Dom having almost superhero-like powers and turning into a mythic figure, so it only makes sense that he has his own theme song of sorts. While the song isn’t particularly specific to the character when it comes to the lyrics, J Balvin brings his typical reggaeton beats and rhythm to the song, which is Toretto all over. It represents Dominic Toretto’s Latin American roots and his love of places like Brazil, and it fits perfectly with those sequences in Fast X.
12 “Deep Enough” By Live
The Fast And The Furious
“Deep Enough” has become iconic in Fast & Furious history and is easily one of the best Fast and Furious songs. The track plays at the beginning of the first movie when Brian is introduced in his green Mitsubishi Eclipse, then drives to Toretto’s Market in a Ford Lightning, and continues to play during Brian and Mia’s iconic tuna sandwich conversation. The lyrics have nothing to do with the movie whatsoever, as the rock song’s lyrics, “I wanna know are those replacement hips, is that a Swatch Watch, do you know what time it is?” hilariously plays as Brian walks to the market, but that’s what makes it so entertaining.
11 “Better As One” By The Heavy
Hobbs & Shaw
“Better as One” has become one of the most memorable Fast & Furious songs, and it’s thanks to the Hobbs & Shaw sequence that’s the most outright comedic scene in the franchise. The song plays over a split-screen sequence of the titular characters’ very different but very similar morning routines. They both have eggs for breakfast, though Hobbs has his raw, and they both drive very different vehicles but clearly have a passion for cars. They both even steal drinks from their respective bars at the end of the montage. Not only is “Better as One” a groovy soundtrack, but the title foreshadows the characters teaming up too.
10 “Rest Of My Life” By Ludacris Featuring Usher & David Guetta
Fast & Furious 6
Rapper-turned-actor Ludacris has been playing Tej Parker since 2 Fast 2 Furious, a film that also featured his iconic hit “Act A Fool.” “Rest of My Life” is an EDM-influenced feel-good anthem that finds Ludacris stressing about working hard and then living life like there’s no tomorrow. Usher, who had previously collaborated with Ludacris on “Yeah,” helms the chorus while French DJ David Guetta handles the instrumental hook. Even though it was released as a single from the album Ludaversal, “Rest of My Life” plays in the closing credits of Fast & Furious 6, continuing the trend of optimistic ending songs in the franchise.
9 “All Roads Lead Home” By Ohana Bam
Hobbs & Shaw
Serving as a standalone adventure for characters Hobbs and Shaw, Hobbs & Shaw had a multi-genre soundtrack that seemed to focus more on electro-house and rock along with the usual dose of hip-hop. In this context, rapper Ohana Bam’s “All Roads Lead Home” stands for the family-related themes that the film’s second half presents. As Hobbs heads back to his childhood home in Samoa after years, he reunites with his estranged brother as they plan to team up to defeat the terrorist Brixton Lore and his forces. The song plays as the protagonist’s Samoan peers prepare for war, making for a rousing anthem.
8 “Hey Ma” By Pitbull Featuring J Balvin & Camila Cabello
The Fate Of The Furious
Continuing the tradition of using Spanish songs in the soundtracks, the eighth installment opens with a track called “Hey Ma” that brings together rapper Pitbull, pop/R&B vocalist Camila Cabello, and reggaeton artist J Balvin. Available in both Spanish and English versions, “Hey Ma” is an easygoing love song as Balvin and Cabello croon on being infatuated with each other. Pitbull, on the other hand, stresses his Cuban roots while describing a lively setting in the country. Interestingly, as Pitbull revealed in an interview, the song was initially recorded with Britney Spears and Romeo Santos before his new-age collaborators stepped in (via Us Magazine).
7 “Good Life” By Kehlani & G-Eazy
The Fate Of The Furious
Kehlani and G-Eazy collaborated for “Good Life,” a song that perfectly fits with the traditional family scenes at the end of almost all recent Fast and Furious films. Similar to “Rest of My Life,” “Good Life” is a celebratory tune and one of the best Fast and Furious songs that allows both artists to show off the successful lives they lead. At the same time, they also seem to encourage listeners to follow their intuition and stick with their “day ones” to make it big in life. Similarly, Dominic Toretto’s crew has been together since the start with every member having each other’s back.
6 “We Own It” By Wiz Khalifa & 2 Chainz
Fast & Furious 6
One of the most successful rap songs on Youtube, “We Own It” is one of the best Fast and Furious songs too. The track captures the adrenaline-fueled essence of the film. From Fast Five onwards, the franchise went beyond the street-racing territory and went on to increase its scope to even larger storylines. However, be it a heist in Brazil or a nuclear war in Iceland, high-speed car chases have always formed a crucial part of the universe, and “We Own It” sums it up. Wiz Khalifa and 2 Chainz boast of their courage and ‘ride or die’ attitude all through the song, with Khalifa’s hook being a notable highlight.
5 “I Will Return” By Skylar Grey
While Furious 7‘s “See You Again” is the most popular track from the album, even Skylar Grey lent her voice to a ballad dedicated to the late Paul Walker. Though the former mostly conveys the perspective of Vin Diesel and the other cast members, Grey’s “I Will Return” seems to be written from the perspective of Walker himself. The track is haunting testimony of a person who has left their loved ones but wishes to come back. Brimming with mourning as well as hope, “I Will Return” is one of the more introspective songs from the Furious 7 soundtrack and low-key one of the best Fast and Furious songs.
4 “Danza Kuduro” By Don Omar
Puerto Rican reggaeton artist Don Omar has had a long history with the film series, a musical relationship that dates back to Tokyo Drift when he dropped “Conteo” and “Bandoleros.” In Fast Five, he even shared an acting credit as Rico Santos while his dance hit “Danza Kuduro” plays in the final scene. The song, which also features vocals from Lucenzo, plays over a perfect montage that shows the activities of Dom and his team after the Fast Five heist in Rio. Splitting the money and going their separate ways, each one of the crew members seems to have a happy ending, and “Danza Kuduro” is a fitting track.
3 “Act A Fool” By Ludacris
2 Fast 2 Furious
Ludacris’ single from 2 Fast 2 Furious is a time capsule of sorts. His flow evokes the head-bobbing energy of his older albums, while the accompanying music video would offer nostalgia to diehard fans of the series. Ludacris drives in flashy-colored cars, speeding and drifting them to perfection. It offers a simpler glimpse at the world of Fast & Furious, a franchise that was once just content with drag racing and 2000s hip-hop. “Act A Fool” earned Ludacris a Grammy nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media, a feat that would later be repeated by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth for See You Again.
2 “Tokyo Drift” By Teriyaki Boyz
The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift
“Tokyo Drift” is the magnum opus of the Japanese hip-hop group Teriyaki Boyz, garnering a cult status over the years. Teriyaki Boyz’s fiery flows aside, the song is also iconic for its production, particularly the cowbell-like instrumentation. It’s an ambitious crossover on its own as the production was handled by The Neptunes, the production duo of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. Originally featured in the drifting scenes from the film, “Tokyo Drift” continues to stay relevant, as hip-hop artists ranging from Pusha T to Rich Brian still remix and sample it, and it’s still one of the best Fast and Furious songs.
1 “See You Again” Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth
Paul Walker’s untimely death was naturally a shock for the industry. With Walker posthumously appearing in the series’ seventh installment, “See You Again” served as a touching tribute to the late actor. Wiz Khalifa, a regular musical guest on the Fast and Furious films, pours out his emotions while rapping about true friendships, making allusions to Vin Diesel and Walker’s on-screen/off-screen bond. The song definitely served its purpose and moved listeners all over the world while also establishing featured vocalist Charlie Puth’s career. Puth’s piano intro and soulful chorus continue to hold goosebump-inducing melancholia, and the song plays in the following Fast & Furious movies too.