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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Born to Be Wild Steppenwolf, Bikers & Blues

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Walk on the Wild Side Quincy Jones, Lou Reed, Bikers & Blues

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Wild Boys Duran Duran

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Wild Horses The Rolling Stones

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Wild World Yusuf Islam

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Wild World Mr. Big

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Wild Thing Tone-Lōc

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Wild Night Van Morrison

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Young, Wild & Free Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg

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Wild Honey The Beach Boys

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Real Wild Child Iggy Pop

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Drive Me Wild Foo Fighters

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Breaking The Law: Weird And Wild Stories About Judas Priest

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Wild Is the Wind David Bowie

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Wild Heart Stevie Nicks

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Take a Bite of the Wild Slice The Pizza Underground

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Wildest Dreams Taylor Swift

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Wild Child The Doors

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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I Go Wild The Rolling Stones

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10 4
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Wild Honey Van Morrison

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Youth Gone Wild Skid Row

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Wild Billy's Circus Story Bruce Springsteen

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Wild Side Mötley Crüe

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15 9
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Wild Honey Pie The Beatles

Rock Stars Who Died at Age 30

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Wild Night John Mellencamp

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Wild Wild Life Talking Heads

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Where the Wild Roses Grow Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds + Kylie Minogue, Kylie Minogue

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Wild One Thin Lizzy

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Wild Life Wings

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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Mary of the Wild Moor Johnny Cash

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Call of the Wild Johnny Cash

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Wild America Iggy Pop

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The Wild Side of Life Rod Stewart

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Wild Night Is Calling Van Morrison

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Girls Gone Wild Ludacris

The Best Dodgers Catchers of All Time

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Wild Child Heart

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She Drives Me Wild Michael Jackson

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Wild Is the Wind Bon Jovi

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You Wild Colorado Johnny Cash

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Wild Things Run Fast Joni Mitchell

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Wild Turkey Jefferson Airplane