"Born to Be Wild" is a song first performed by the band Steppenwolf, written by Mars Bonfire. The song is often invoked in both popular and counter culture to denote a biker appearance or attitude. It is sometimes described as the first heavy metal song, and the second verse lyric "heavy metal thunder" marks the first use of this term in rock music (although not as a description of a musical style). 
 
Lyrics 
 
Get your motor runnin' 
Head out on the highway 
Lookin' for adventure 
And whatever comes our way 
Yeah Darlin' go make it happen 
Take the world in a love embrace 
Fire all of your guns at once 
And explode into space 
 
I like smoke and lightning 
Heavy metal thunder 
Racin' with the wind 
And the feelin' that I'm under 
Yeah Darlin' go make it happen 
Take the world in a love embrace 
Fire all of your guns at once 
And explode into space 
 
Like a true nature's child 
We were born, born to be wild 
We can climb so high 
I never want to die 
 
Born to be wild 
Born to be wild

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Alpha and Omega
part of Alpha and Omega

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This Movie plays Born to be Wild performed by Steppenwolf
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Born to Be Wild

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Born to Ride

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Camilla

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Coming Home

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Connie and Carla

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Dudley Do-Right

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Easy Rider
part of Easy Rider

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Fandango

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Flashback

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Hotel for Dogs

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Lost in America

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One Crazy Summer

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Paddington
part of Paddington

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Problem Child
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Recess: School's Out

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Serial

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Sleepover

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Speechless

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The Wild Life

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Wanderlust

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Wild America

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Wolf Creek 2
part of Wolf Creek

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It is played in these television episodes...

My Name Is Earl:
Season:  1  / Episode:  4 
Faked My Own Death

This Television Episode plays Born to be Wild performed by Steppenwolf
This song plays as Earl remembers #84 (faked my own death) when the Crab Shack was rented out for a biker party, and Earl learned the new phrase "open bar".

Six Feet Under:
Season:  2  / Episode:  8 
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

This Television Episode plays Born to be Wild performed by Steppenwolf
This is played at Jessie's funeral, because it was his favorite song.

The Simpsons:
Season:  13  / Episode:  13 
The Old Man and the Key

This Television Episode plays Born to be Wild performed by Steppenwolf

It is played in these video games...

Cool Riders

This Video Game plays Born to be Wild performed by Steppenwolf
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Mafia III
part of Mafia

This Video Game plays Born to be Wild performed by Steppenwolf

Rock n' Roll Racing

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Space Bunnies Must Die!

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It is played in these television commercials...

Amazon Fire TV Stick Commercial

This Television Commercial plays Born to be Wild performed by Steppenwolf

Loto Commercial

This Television Commercial plays Born to be Wild performed by Steppenwolf
The song played in this Loto ad is 'Born To Be Wild' originally by Steppenwolf. The artist in this ad is unknown.
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Mercedes-Benz Commercial for Mercedes-AMG and Super Bowl LI 2017

This Television Commercial plays Born to be Wild performed by Steppenwolf

Mercedes-Benz Commercial for Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster and Super Bowl LI 2017

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Halfords Commercial

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Other Connections and Related Pop Culture

The Pusher
performed by Steppenwolf

Magic Carpet Ride
performed by Steppenwolf

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Rock Me
performed by Steppenwolf

More by Steppenwolf

 

Born to Be Wild

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Born to be Wild
performed by Kim Wilde

Born to be Wild
performed by Rose Tattoo

Born to be Wild
performed by Tanja Dexters


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