Songs The Best Songs About Being Wild  

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There's nothing wrong with letting loose and having a wild time! The best wild songs encapsulate the feeling of being young and enjoying life. Every musician has a different idea of what a "wild" lifestyle looks like - from the Talking Heads's "Wild, Wild Life," to Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa's "Young, Wild & Free." 

What's the most popular song about being wild? Steppenwolf's motorcycle-gunning "Born to Be Wild" tops our list. This hit biker clasc is widely considered to be the first heavy-metal song, and was released in 1968.  

Lou Reed's timeless classic, "Take a Walk on the Wild Side," is equally popular. Produced by David Bowie in 1972, Reed's "Wild Side" was considered risqué and taboo at the time, because it discussed transsexuality, oral sex, drugs, and male prostitution. Each character in the song (Holly, Candy, Little Joe, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Jackie) was based on one of the "superstars" at Andy Warhol's New York Studio, the Factory.

Likewise, Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg's modern hit, "Young, Wild & Free" deals with similar subject matter - going out, smoking weed, getting drunk, and partying. On the opposite end of the wild song spectrum, Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams" is all about fantasizing and daydreaming about an old flame.

Vote up the best songs about living life on the wild side, and be sure to add any to the list that we may have left out. 
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Steppenwolf, Bikers & Blues

2
34 5
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The Rolling Stones

3
25 4
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Van Morrison

4
26 6
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Quincy Jones, Lou Reed, Bikers & Blues

5
20 3
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Mr. Big

6
26 9
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Yusuf Islam

7
22 8
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Mötley Crüe

8
17 4
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24 11
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Duran Duran

10
15 4
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Stevie Nicks

11
16 5
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21 10
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David Bowie

13
21 12
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Tone-Lōc

14
29 20
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Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg

15
12 4
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Van Morrison

16
14 6
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17
16 8
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The Beach Boys

18
17 9
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Iggy Pop

19
15 8
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Skid Row

20
10 4
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The Doors

21
16 10
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Talking Heads

22
16 11
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23
11 6
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Wings

24
13 8
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25
14 9
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Bruce Springsteen

26
15 10
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John Mellencamp

27
12 7
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The Rolling Stones

28
17 12
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29
20 16
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Taylor Swift

30
17 13
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31
17 13
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds + Kylie Minogue, Kylie Minogue

32
16 12
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33
15 11
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The Beatles

34
10 6
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Thin Lizzy

35
7 3
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Van Morrison

36
12 9
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Foo Fighters

37
10 7
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Heart

38
9 6
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Bon Jovi

39
8 5
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Jefferson Airplane

40
7 4
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6 3
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

42
5 2
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Ted Nugent

43
17 15
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The Pizza Underground

44
8 6
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Johnny Cash

45
5 3
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46
5 3
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The Cult

47
5 3
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Electric Light Orchestra

48
5 3
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Rod Stewart

49
5 3
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Cheap Trick

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