|Jacy Catlin's Vin Diesel/The Rock Shirt Tribute|
Today Furious 7, the latest and perhaps last ride in the Fast and Furious franchise as we know it, speeds into theaters. If this truly is the final installment before the series takes a radical post-Paul Walker departure, it marks the end of an era not just for fans of the wonderfully absurd action car films, but a very special chapter in the story of film and music.
Since the first film hit theaters in 2001, the Fast and Furious films might be the last of the film franchises to continue strengthening its relationship with its fans through the medium of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Along with serving as a time capsule for seven different eras of popular music, the soundtracks also made the tie between the rhythm and the racing that much tighter. It is with seven quarter-miles in our rearview mirror that we look back at the past and the music of The Fast and the Furious.