Born To Be Wild
Steppenwolf 1968 Born To Be Wild 45

Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And what ever comes our way

Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1968
  • peaked at No. 30 on the UK Singles chart in 1969
  • RIAA certified Gold record
  • from the album Steppenwolf (1968)
  • the biggest hit single for Steppenwolf
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #130 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • featured in the 1969 film Easy Rider starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper
  • Ronnie James Dio (Dio, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell): "It's a great song- it's the first time you hear the words heavy metal - in a song"
  • on the record:
         John Kay- lead vocals, guitar
         Rushton Moreve- bass guitar
         Michael Monarch- guitar
         Goldy McJohn- organ
         Jerry Edmonton- drums
  • written by Mars Bonfire; Mars Bonfire was a pseudonym used by Dennis Edmonton, the brother of Steppenwolf drummer Jerry Edmonton
  • produced by Gabriel Mekler
  • recorded at American Recording Co. Studio, Studio City, California
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