Born to Be Wild

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"Born to Be Wild"
Single by Steppenwolf
from the album Steppenwolf
B-side "Everybody's Next One"
Released June 1968
Recorded Fall 1967
Genre Hard rock, proto-metal
Length 3:30
3:02 (7")
Label Dunhill
RCA / #D-4138
Songwriter(s) Mars Bonfire
Producer(s) Gabriel Mekler
Steppenwolf singles chronology
"A Girl I Knew"
(1967)
"Born to Be Wild"
(1968)
"The Pusher"
(1968)

"A Girl I Knew"
(1967)
"Born to Be Wild"
(1968)
"The Pusher"
(1968)

"Born to Be Wild" is the third single off Canadian-American rock group Steppenwolf's self-titled first studio album. The song was released in June 1968.

On the Billboard charts, the song was able to peak at #2 on the Hot 100.[1]

In 2004, the song was ranked #130 on the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list by Rolling Stone.[2] It has also been ranked at #53 on the 100 Hard Rock Songs list by VH1.[3] The song was first featured in the 1969 movie Easy Rider and has since been featured in many movies, trailers, TV shows and commercials. It was ranked #29 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of the top songs in American cinema.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Steppenwolf Album & Song Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-3-9.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-3-9.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. "Vh1 Top 100 Hard Rock Songs". Spreadit.org. Retrieved 2015-3-9.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. "AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs". American Film Institute. Retrieved 2015-3-9.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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