1. “We Own It” – 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa (from Fast & Furious 6): If you’ve been a Fast fan from the very beginning, you’ll appreciate a music video that rolls through highlights from the movie franchise. Because behind every good street race or high-risk heist is a driving beat that makes the mission that much more thrilling to watch.
2. “Rest of My Life” – Ludacris ft. User and David Guetta (from Fast & Furious 6): We can’t leave Ludacris off our list. He’s returning to the big screen as Tej Parker for Fast 6 (he previously appeared in 2 Fast, 2 Furious and Fast Five) and is rumored to be releasing a mixtape the same day the movie hits theaters (May 24).
3. “Ball” – T.I. ft. Lil Wayne (from Fast & Furious 6): “T.I.’s not only back, he might just be better than ever,” says Nathan Slavik, managing editor of DJBooth.net. “‘Ball’ is exactly the kind of swaggering, fearless rap that first earned The King of the South his crown, and with producer Rico Love providing a pacing beat that could have easily come from an early 2000s Cash Money record, ‘Ball’ is guaranteed to get you moving.”
4. “How We Roll” – Don Omar ft. J-Doe, Reek da Villian, and Busta Rhymes (from Fast Five): Fast Five is set in Brazil, so naturally the soundtrack includes a mix of reggaeton and Latin-inspired tracks. Don Omar appears in the film alongside Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, so it only made sense to get him onto the soundtrack, too.
5. “Blanco” – Pitbull ft. Pharrell (from Fast & Furious): “There’s nothing like hearing a feel-good track while you’re exercising,” says Navjosh, creator and editor of the blog Hip Hop N More. “This song may not be the most ‘hip-hop,’ but the tempo and energy will encourage you to sweat it out for sure.”
6: “Head Bust” – Shark City Click ft. Pharrell Williams (from Fast & Furious): You’re probably not familiar with Shark City Click (we weren’t either), but it’s what hip-hop artists Fam-Lay and Pharrell were, at one point, going to call themselves on collaborations. “Head Bust” is the only song you’ll find associated with Shark City Click, so we’re going to assume the name didn’t stick.
7. “Restless” – Evil Nine (from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift): English breakbeat/electronica duo Evil Nine provide a nice contrast to the Latin rhythms and Japanese rap tracks that make up much of the Tokyo Drift soundtrack.
8. “There It Go (The Whistle Song)” – Juelz Santana (from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift): “This is Juelz Santana’s most successful song and one of my favorites as well,” says Navjosh. “The track stands out in terms of both concept and arrangement. If you’re in the gym and catching a glimpse of an attractive lady working out, this is the perfect soundtrack for your frame of mind.”
9. “Act a Fool” – Ludacris (from 2 Fast 2 Furious): “I won’t lie, more than once I’ve been caught mouthing the words to ‘Act a Fool’ in the gym, and I don’t care,” says Slavik. “If some disapproving stares while I (silently) mouth the lyrics to Luda’s banger are the price I have to pay for some real sonic motivation while working out, it’s a price I’m more than willing to pay. Whatcha gonna do?”
10. “Pump It Up” – Joe Budden (from 2 Fast 2 Furious): “After all these years, this song can still get a party popping,” says Brian Miller of RapRadar.com. “Joe’s voice is commanding and the hook is easy to remember.”
11. “POV City Anthem” – Caddillac Tah (from The Fast and the Furious): “This song came out at the height of the Motorola two-way pager craze. I always got a kick out of the polyphonic beat,” says Miller. “And whenever working out, Cadillac Tah sounds like a barking drill sergeant. Very gangsta.”
12. “Hustlin’” – Fat Joe ft. Armageddon (from The Fast and the Furious): Fat Joe’s up there with artists like Ludacris, Pitbull, and Don Omar, who have all contributed to more than one Fast soundtrack. Listen for Joe’s “We Ridin’” on the 2 Fast, 2 Furious album.