Running down the chart-topping Fox show's best original tracks

By Maria Yagoda
Updated September 22, 2015 02:40 PM
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After a long summer without our favorite musical melodrama, Empire is finally poised to return Wednesday.

While we can’t wait to be reunited with our role model Cookie, played by the incomparable Taraji P. Henson, and we’re also excited for more dope musical performances from Lucious Lyon’s (Terrence Howard) sons Hakeem (Bryshere "Yazz" Gray) and Jamal (Jussie Smollett), as well as other star performers on the Empire label, including Teana (Serayah McNeill).

Here are the top seven performances you need to watch to pregame the new season of Empire. (Just remember to leave space in your heart for a whole new season of impromptu musical numbers.)

6. "Keep It Movin’"
Serayah and Hakeem’s fictional Teen Choice Awards performance was steamier than the bathtub scene between Hakeem and Camilla (Naomi Campbell).

5. "No Apologies"
All we have to say about this one is: daammmmmn … work!

4. "Good Enough"
“You just keep making me jump through hoops / What do I gotta do? I just want you to look at me / And see that I can be worth your love.” Lucious, you should have loved your son better. (Then again, if he had loved him properly, would Jamal have become such an excellent musician? These are the questions.)

3. "Conqueror"
We could listen to Jamal read us the Arby’s menu – especially with Estelle making sweet harmonies.

2. "You’re So Beautiful"
We love seeing the whole family having a good time together, if only for three minutes and 40 seconds out of the entire first season. (We may be exaggerating, but not by that much – the Lyons are a volatile bunch.)

1. "Drip Drop"

The video shoot may seem campy and low-budget, and even though Hakeem and Teana’s on-screen romance had already gone to shambles by this point, the duo’s chemistry is fire.

Empire

premieres Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.