Fast and Furious might have lost some of its potency as the franchise has gone on, but if there’s one thing you can always count on (asides from fast cars), it’s a great soundtrack. The soundtrack to the most recent installment in the series, F9, is no exception, delivering a triumphant collection of songs from artists such as Sean Paul, A$AP Rocky, Pop Smoke, King Von, and more. F9 ended up becoming the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2021, taking over $726 million at the worldwide box office. The soundtrack came up a little short of that, but still managed to hit number 12 on the UK R&B charts and number 11 in Japan. If you’re ready to listen to some top tunes, here’s how we rank all the songs from the Fast and Furious 9 soundtrack from worst to best.
14. Bussin Bussin – Lil Tecca
On Bussin Bussin, Lil Tecca reflects on life pre and post-fame. Apparently, post-fame life is better, richer, and has more women in it. Who knew?
13. Fast Lane – Don Toliver, Lil Durk & Latto
As Genius notes, both Lil Durk and Latto have worked together previously on the 2021 remix of Chris Brown and Young Thug’s May 2020 hit song, Go Crazy, but Fast Lane represents the first time either artist has worked alongside Houston rapper Don Toliver. The song was released as the second single from the soundtrack, but like the rest of the singles, missed out on making it to the charts.
12. Exotic Race (feat. Sean Paul & Dixson Waz) – Murci
F9 might have left the critics in a rage about the script and the unrealistic action sequences, but it took $726 million at the worldwide box office for some good reasons – Murci’s Exotic Race is one of them.
11. Rapido – Amenazzy, Farruko, Myke Towers & Rochy RD
Since 18 June 2021, Rapido has racked up over 5 and a half million views on YouTube with 74 thousand likes and not a single dislike. If that doesn’t speak volumes about its quality, nothing does.
10. Hit Em Hard – Offset, Trippie Redd, Kevin Gates, Lil Durk & King Von
Any song featuring this kind of talent just can’t miss, and Hit Em Hard definitely doesn’t do that. Every artist puts in a stellar performance, but King Von steals the show. Credit also has to go to Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated producer Andrew Cedar and ISM for the production.
9. Breathe (Liam H and Rene LaVice Re-Amp) (feat. RZA) – The Prodigy
Breathe got its first airing in 1996 as the second single from the Prodigy’s third album, The Fat of the Land. That time around, it topped the charts in the UK, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden. For the Fast and Furious 9 soundtrack, RZA delivers two remixes. Of the original, Billboard claimed that it got better the more spins you gave it. Fortunately, the same holds true for the remix.
8. Furiosa – Anitta
Women don’t get much of a look in on the male-dominated F9 soundtrack, but Brazilian singer and songwriter Anitta proves that the girls are more than a match for the boys on the Latin-flavored Furiosa.
7. Speed It Up (feat. Rico Nasty) – NLE Choppa
NLE Chopper’s rambunctious, melodious style never fails to deliver, and on Speed It Up, he and Rico Nasty don’t disappoint.
6. Ride Da Night (feat. Polo G & Teejay3k) – Kevin Gates
Not everything Kevin Gates touches turns to gold, but most things do, and here, his Midas touch is out in full force. Polo G doesn’t drop a single weak verse throughout the entire song.
5. Mala – Jarina De Marco
With a low key sound, a beat that won’t quit, and the perfect scene to accompany it, songs like Jarina De Marco’s Mala are one of the many reasons that even people who think the Fast and Furious films might be getting a little formulaic can never resist their soundtracks.
4. Bushido – Good Gas & JP THE WAVY
JP THE WAVY might not have the same level of fame as some of the other artists on the F9 soundtrack, but judging from Bushido, it’s only a matter of time before he does. The song ended up becoming one of the four promotional singles released from the soundtrack – the other three include Furiosa by Anitta, Mala by Jarina de Marco and Exotic Race by Murci featuring Sean Paul and Dixson Waz.
3. Real – Justin Quiles, Dalex & Konshens
Whether or not it’s the best song from the album is always going to be a matter of opinion, but only a stone-cold heart would argue that Real doesn’t accompany the best scene in the movie. When Brian’s skyline pulls up, the song hits harder than almost anything else on the soundtrack.
2. I Won – Ty Dolla $ign, Jack Harlow & 24kGoldn
The lyrics might be typical of the kind of songs that show up on Fast and Furious soundtracks (big cars and even bigger boasts), but there’s nothing repetitive about those slinky synth riffs, big bass hits, or Ty Dolla $ign’s jubilant hook “Medals round my neck because I won, I won/Now my momma set cause I won, I won.” And as for the way Jack Harlow slices through the beat like a hot knife through butter… perfection. The song was released as the first of three singles from the album, but just missed out on making the chart.
1. Lane Switcha (feat. A$AP Rocky, Juicy J & Project Pat) – Skepta & Pop Smoke
Pop Smoke never disappointed, but to have Pop Smoke, Project Pat and A$AP Rocky all on the same song is basically history in the making. With the additional benefit of Internet Money‘s Taz Taylor, Cxdy, and OK Tanner on production, the star-studded affair represents the first collaboration between Rocky and Pop Smoke (Skepta has worked with both artists previously, namely on Rocky’s Praise the Lord (Da Shine) and Pop Smoke’s Show Out) and one in a series of posthumous releases from Smoke following his death in February 2020.