music 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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Wild Boys Duran Duran

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Drive Me Wild Foo Fighters

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Born to Be Wild Steppenwolf, Bikers & Blues

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Wild Horses The Rolling Stones

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

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Wild Heart Stevie Nicks

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Wild World Mr. Big

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Wild World Yusuf Islam

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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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Wild Thing Tone-Lōc

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Real Wild Child Iggy Pop

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Wildest Dreams Taylor Swift

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Wild Is the Wind David Bowie

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Take a Bite of the Wild Slice The Pizza Underground

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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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Wild Child The Doors

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Wild Honey Pie The Beatles

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I Go Wild The Rolling Stones

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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 Night John Mellencamp

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Wild Wild Life Talking Heads

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Wild Life Wings

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Mary of the Wild Moor Johnny Cash

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Wild One Thin Lizzy

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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

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She Drives Me Wild Michael Jackson

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Wild Child Heart

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Wild Is the Wind Bon Jovi

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You Wild Colorado Johnny Cash

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Wild Turkey Jefferson Airplane

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Wild Flower The Cult

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