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At number 79 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 best guitar riffs is “Born to be Wild” by American band Steppenwolf. This song was recorded in late 1967 and released in June 1968 and was written by band member Mars Bonfire (an unlikely name!). The song is sometimes described at the first heavy metal song. It got to number 2 in the US singles chart, but to only 30 in the DUK. It re-entered the DUK charts in 1999 and got to 18 this second time.

At number 79 in BBC Radio 2's 100 best guitar riffs is "Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf

At number 79 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 best guitar riffs is “Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf


It was their third single off their debut album “Steppenwolf”, and was their most successful hit song. In addition to being number 79 on this list, it is at number 129 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest songs of all time.

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 wanna die

Born to be wild
Born to be wild

Here is the video of this great song from the movie Easy Ride starring Dennis Hopper and a young Jack Nicholson (his first major movie), and is one of the reasons the song became so associated with the biker and hippy culture of the late 1960s. Enjoy!

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