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 Horses The Rolling Stones

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Wild World Yusuf Islam

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Wild Boys Duran Duran

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Wild World Mr. Big

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Wild Night Van Morrison

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Wild Thing Tone-Lōc

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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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Wild Is the Wind David Bowie

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Wild Side Mötley Crüe

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Wild Child The Doors

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Wild Heart Stevie Nicks

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Drive Me Wild Foo Fighters

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Wild Billy's Circus Story Bruce Springsteen

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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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I Go Wild The Rolling Stones

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Youth Gone Wild Skid Row

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Wild Honey Pie The Beatles

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Wildest Dreams Taylor Swift

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Wild One Thin Lizzy

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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 Night Is Calling Van Morrison

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Wild Child Heart

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Wild Is the Wind Bon Jovi

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Call of the Wild Johnny Cash

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Wild Turkey Jefferson Airplane

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Wild America Iggy Pop

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The Wild One, Forever Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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Wild Flower The Cult

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The Wild Side of Life Rod Stewart

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Spirit of the Wild Ted Nugent

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Flowers Grown Wild Bryan Adams

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Girls Gone Wild Ludacris