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The Work It Soundtrack Will Get You On Your Feet

Work It is a welcome addition to the dance movie canon. Like its predecessors, the film features a plucky heroine who learns to let loose, a fierce competition with high stakes, and a cast that knows how to move. When straight-shooter Quinn Ackerman (Sabrina Carpenter) accidentally implies she’s a member of her school’s esteemed dance team during an admissions interview, she decides there’s only one logical next step: make the team.

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Even after a few lessons from her talented best friend, Jas (Liza Koshy), Quinn is all but laughed off the stage. Quinn has a Plan B, though: enlist Jas, track down former dance prodigy Jake Taylor (Jordan Fisher), and start her own team. Next stop, the Work It dance competition.

Music supervisor Andrea von Foerster seems well aware that the key to a good dance movie is a soundtrack that makes you want to get up and get dancing, which is why Quinn’s team — and their competitors — dance to upbeat hits by the likes of Big Freedia, Dua Lipa, Normani, and more. The soundtrack even features original music by the multi-talented cast, including a brand-new track by Carpenter herself.

Even if you’re a dance newbie like Quinn, you’ll find yourself adding every Work It bop to your go-to workout playlist.

Tropkillaz, “Baby Baby”

We first meet the Thunderbirds and get a look at resident dance legend Isaiah — or, as he makes everyone call him, Juilliard (Keiynan Lonsdale) — just seconds into the film. The crew is dancing to this high-energy song as Quinn’s (Sabrina Carpenter) voice-over begins.

Gloria Estefan, “Get On Your Feet”

In an attempt to get Quinn in the zone before her Duke interview, her mom plays her “pump-up jam” in the car. It’s a goddamn classic though, and don’t you forget it.

Onset (ft. Mad Zach), “Haiku Hands”

Jas (Liza Koshy) tells Juilliard she thinks she’s just as talented as he is, and a dance-off ensues in front of a crowd of students.

Daphne Willis, “Do It Like This”

Quinn wants to join the Thunderbirds, but as Jas aptly puts it, “Auditions are in two weeks, and more importantly, Juilliard hates you.” (Reminder: Juilliard is a person’s nickname. I, for one, am still not over that moniker.) This means Quinn has to step it up. This dance tune plays over a montage of Jas teaching Quinn everything she knows.

YehMe2 and Wuki, “Throw It”

Quinn auditions for the Thunderbirds to this track.

Jordan Fisher, “Mess”

We get our first look at Jake Taylor (Jordan Fisher), choreographer extraordinaire and Work It‘s clear heartthrob, as Fisher’s own song plays in the background. Quinn and Jas watch footage of Jake dancing, and then, Quinn proceeds to track him down at a studio.

Kallico, “When I Get Going”

Jas and Quinn recruit new members to their makeshift team as this song plays.

Gizzle, “Go Up”

This Gizzle song plays over one of Jake’s routines. It’s no wonder Fisher won Dancing With The Stars with moves like his.

Danger Twins, “Feelin It”

After hours, Jas and Quinn’s ragtag team of dancers practices their craft in Jake’s studio.

Big Freedia, “Rent”

For the dance crew’s first official rehearsal, Quinn brings her team to the nursing home to perform a routine for an audience of one: an older man named Harold. The song plays again when the team heads to Qualifiers.

Pitbull, Static, and Ben El, “Further Up (Na, Na, Na, Na, Na)”

The team’s first rehearsal was a bust, so they decide to try something new — a freestyle performance in Jake’s studio.

Normani, “Motivation”

Quinn, Jas, and the rest of the group head to Qualifiers to audition for Work It, the dance competition the Thunderbirds have been winning for years. Normani’s hit plays as they watch the competition.

Dua Lipa, “Break My Heart”

“Motivation” segues into “Break My Heart” as more dance teams perform for a panel of three judges. 

Nu Shooz, “I Can’t Wait”

Rock Solid, another competing dance team at Qualifiers, dances to this ’80s classic.

Daemon, “Feel Good”

Jake and Quinn watch as a troupe dances to this song in front of a crowd.

Zara Larsson, “WOW”

Jake turns up this song to give Quinn an impromptu freestyle lesson. After they dance together, they share a kiss.

Meghan Trainor, “Treat Myself”

Quinn tells us early on that she always listens to TED Talks as she gets ready in the morning. After her first kiss with Jake, though, she decides to brush her teeth to a feel-good pop song.

Goldfrapp, “Ooh La La”

Quinn isn’t the only one with a love interest: this song plays as Jas stares at the cute mattress shop employee during the team’s first choreography meeting.

Hannah Georgas, “Lost Cause”

In just ten minutes, Quinn gives up the dance team and Jake, asserting that she’s strayed from her goals: her grades, homework, and, most importantly, her admission to Duke. Afterwards, this Hannah Georgas song plays as Quinn brushes her teeth, drives to school with her mom instead of Jas, and watches the Thunderbirds rehearse.

Ciara, “Thinkin Bout You”

Quinn is working at the nursery home, reflecting on her recent decisions, when she suddenly starts to dance.

Dua Lipa, “Cool”

Quinn dances with Jake in his apartment to another Dua Lipa hit.

Galantis, “Satisfied (ft. MAX)”

The dance team (at this point, it looks like their official name is TBD) starts practicing for the Work It competition.

Kamauu, “Pŭrl”

The crew (minus Quinn, who’s still on her way) watches the Thunderbirds perform.

Joey Bada$$ ft. Kiesza, “Teach Me”

TBD hits the Work It stage. This Joey Bada$$ song then segues into a medley that includes Quinn’s mom’s favourite: “Get On Your Feet” by Gloria Estefan.

Sabrina Carpenter, “Let Me Move You”

As everyone’s dancing makes way for the film’s closing credits, this new Sabrina Carpenter song plays.

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