Wild Thing

The Troggs

About Wild Thing

"Wild Thing" is a song written by American songwriter Chip Taylor and popularized by the English rock band the Troggs. It was originally recorded and released by the American rock band the Wild Ones in 1965, but it did not chart. The Troggs' single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK Singles Chart in 1966. Their version of "Wild Thing" was ranked at number 257 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It has also been performed by many other musicians.  


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Wild thing
You make my heart sing
You make everything groovy
Wild thing
Wild thing, I think I love you
But I wanna know for sure
Come on and hold me tight
I love you

Wild thing
You make my heart sing
You make everything groovy
Wild thing

Wild thing, I think you move me
But I wanna know for sure
So come on and hold me tight
You move me

Wild thing
You make my heart sing
You make everything groovy
Wild thing
Oh, come on, wild thing
Shake it, shake it, wild thing

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The Troggs

The Troggs were an English rock band from the 1960s that had a number of hits in the UK and the US. Their most famous songs include the Hot 100 chart topper "Wild Thing", "With a Girl Like You", and "Love Is All Around". "Wild Thing" is ranked #257 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was an influence on garage rock and punk rock. more »

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Written by: Chip Taylor

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10 facts about this song

Songwriter
"Wild Thing" was written by American songwriter "Chip Taylor". He is the brother of actor Jon Voight and the uncle of actress Angelina Jolie.
Popularity
The song was a major hit after it was covered by the British rock band "The Troggs" in 1966, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and No. 2 in the UK.
Style
The original version by "The Troggs" is a classic example of garage rock, a raw style of rock and roll that was popular in the mid-1960s.
Other Covers
The song has been covered by many artists, including Jimi Hendrix, who famously played it at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.
Music Video
Reg Presley, lead vocalist of the Troggs, is known for his expressive performance in the music video, which exhibits the raw and unrefined theme of garage rock.
Lyrics
"Wild Thing" is renowned for its three-chord progression which is easily recognisable, and its suggestive lyrics, which were relatively daring for their time.
Impact
The song's impact on pop culture extends beyond music, with the phrase "Wild Thing" being used in various works, from movie titles to baseball nicknames.
Cultural Significance
In 2007, the song was ranked #261 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
Accolades
"Wild Thing" is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
Legacy
The song continues to be a popular and frequently covered rock standard, making it a staple in the repertoire of many cover bands.

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