The Troggs

Wild Thing

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One of the most popular of all the sports rock anthems started life as a demo by Chip Taylor, also author of "Angel in the Morning." The tune was originally recorded by a New York Chicano group called the Wild Things, sporting six-foot-high pompadours, but the record went nowhere. Picked up as a song demo, the tune was brought to international acclaim by a group called the Troggs. As a song, "Wild Thing" is little more than the same three-chord progression as "Twist and Shout" or "La Bamba" or "Louie Louie" with a deadpan vocal that belies its sexual message. The Troggs' hit version features the unlikely use of an ocarina in the middle for the instrumental solo. That the tune can be interpreted a variety of ways is obvious in its most famous cover by Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival where he uses the song as a guitar-smashing set closer. The song also sprouted legs as a continuing theme in the movie Major League. A true garage-punk classic, the simplicity of "Wild Thing" has given it life into the 21st century of popular song.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
West Side Story/Decades Collection 1960s 1961
Various Artists
Metro Goldwyn Mayer 2:36
No Image 1966 Collectables 2:37
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang/Decades Collection 1960s 1968
Various Artists
Metro Goldwyn Mayer 2:36
No Image 1975 Pye 3:24
No Image 1976 2:33
Oldies But Goodies: Legendary Hits 1979
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:34
Nuggets: A Classic Collection From the Psychedelic Sixties 1986
Various Artists
Rhino 2:35
Classic Rock: 1966 1987
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:37
The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 3 1988
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1988
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Rhino
Greatest Movie Rock Hits 1989
Various Artists
Rhino
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 12 1990
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:35
Dick Clark's All-Time Hits, Vol. 3 1990
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:37
History of Rock: The Rockin' 60's - WCBS FM 101 1991
Various Artists
2:36
No Image 1991 Polygram
Archeology (1967-1977) 1992 Polydor / Chronicles 2:38
70 Ounces of Gold: Rock & Gold 1992
Various Artists
Compose Records 2:42
Billboard Top Rock & Roll Hits: 1962-1966 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 2:37
Wild Things 1994 See For Miles Records 3:34
The Best of the Troggs [Fontana/Chronicles] 1994 Fontana Distribution / Fontana / Chronicles 2:35
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Peter Pan (ISP)
D2: The Mighty Ducks 1994
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 3:24
The Best of the Troggs [Griffin] 1995 Griffin 2:42
CBS-FM Oldies 93: History of Rock, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Collectables 2:35
Great Britons, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Special Music
No Image 1995 Universal International
Sixties: More Groovy Hits 1995
Various Artists
St. Clair / Prime Cuts 2:36
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Arsenal
Hard Rock Essentials: 1960's 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 2:37
Alterno-Daze: Origin of the Species -- 2000 BC To ? 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 2:37
Happy Days: 100 Rock 'N' Roll Hits 1995
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:39
Rock Dreams, Vol. 1 [Eclipse Music Group] 1996
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 2:42
Wild Thing: 60s Rock Bands 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:32
Sixties Groovy Hits [1996] 1996
Various Artists
St. Clair / Boxsets 2:36
Golden Hits 1996 Intercontinental Records
Party Time, Vol. 1: Ultimate Party Album 1996
Various Artists
SPG 2:27
ABC Monday Night Football: Official Party Album 1996
Various Artists
Hollywood 2:37
Disc Jockey Hits, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Stardust Records 2:35
Groovin' Greats: Hits of the 60's, Vol. 7 1996
Various Artists
Creative Sounds 2:35
D2: Mighty Ducks/D3: Mighty Ducks 1997
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 3:24
Sixties Generation: 1966 1997
Various Artists
Retro Music 2:45
Power Chords, Vol. 1 [Hip-O] 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O
20th Century Rocks, Vol. 7: '60s Rock Bands - Wild Thing 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:36
70's Rock [Madacy 1997] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 0:00
Hits to Remember, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Galaxy Music 3:28
Whole Lotta Rock: 1966-1967 1997
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:22
Songs of the Swingin' 60's 1997
Various Artists
Mega Stars 3:47
The Best of Juke Box Hits of the 60's 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 2:32
Greatest Hits of the 60's: 1966 1998
Various Artists
CMM Music 2:36
100 Jukebox Hits: 50's & 60's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:36
Party Favorites [Intercontinental] 1998
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 0:00
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 7: The Great Bands 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:34
60's Rock Hits [Polygram] 1998
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:35
Rockin' Sports Jams 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records / PSM 2:35
#1 Hits: Party Favorites 1998
Various Artists
St. Clair / Number 1 Hits 2:41
Beat Goes On [Rivie're] 1998
Various Artists
Riviere International Records 3:54
Chart Toppers: Rock Hits of the 60s 1998 Priority Records 2:36
60's Greatest Rock & Roll Hits 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:36
Discovery Channel: Animal Planet -- Sing with the Animals 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:35
Wild Thing [Madacy] 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 2:32
Psychedelia [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Frat Rock! 3 Pac 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:35
Ultimate Driving Collection: California 1998
Various Artists
Chronicles / Polygram 2:34
Vietnam: A Musical Retrospective 1998
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Uptown / Universal 3:08
Non-Stop Dancing [Madacy] 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 1:59
Non Stop Hits: R&R of 50's 60's & 70's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 1:57
45's on CD, Vol. 3 (1966) 1998
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / Rebound Records 2:35
Mods Vs. Rockers 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:40
The 60's, Vol. 2 [Platinum] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:35
Millennium 60's Rock Party 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:37
Millennium Party [Rhino Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:37
Sports Illustrated for Kids: Game Time 1999
Various Artists
Madacy 62:36
Millennium Party Madness 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:35
Little Bit of England 1999
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 2:42
Hits of the 60's 1999 Spectrum Music 0:00
Greatest Hits of the 60's [Platinum] 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:35
The Best Jukebox Album in the World...Ever! 2000
Various Artists
Virgin 2:36
Party Time [SPG] 2000
Various Artists
SPG 2:27
Sixties Generation: 1966-1967 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:45
Sixties Shakin' All Over 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:35
60's: Wild Things 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:43
British Rock: Changing of the Guard 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:35
Golden Legends 2000 Direct Source 2:40
Memorable Party Favorites 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:41
Ole Ole Song Of The Game 2000
Various Artists
Goldies 2:30
High Profile 2000 Direct Source 2:41
60's Flower Power 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:43
The 60's [K-Tel] 2000
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:36
Jukebox Hits of 1966, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Jukebox Hits / Jukebox Records 2:35
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:34
Forever Gold: The 60's Groovy Hits 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:36
This Is Alabama Football 2000
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 2:37
British Invasion [Madacy] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:35
2001 K-Tel CD Calender 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Hits of the 60's, Vol. 4 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 2:41
Go Cardinals: University Louisville's Greatest Hit 2001
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 2:35
Minnesota Vikings: Purple Pride 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 2:31
More Cold Feet 2001
Original Soundtrack
Bmg Tv 2:32
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 60's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:34
Mega 60's 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 2:38
Love Is All Around: The Very Best 2001 Hallmark Recordings 2:41
Wolfman Jack's: Party Tunes 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:54
Jammin' Oldies: Swingin' 60's 2001
Various Artists
Masters / Intercontinental Records 2:36
Go Hawkeyes: Iowa's Greatest Hits 2001
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 2:35
Go Sun Devils: Arizona State's Greatest Hits 2001
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 2:34
All the Hits Plus More 2001 Prestige / Prestige Elite Records 2:42
Memories of the 60's 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 2:38
Alterno-Daze 2001
Various Artists
Special Product / MCA
Celebrate! 2002
Various Artists
Polygram 2:33
The Sixties Groovy Hits [2002] 2002
Various Artists
Deuce Boxed Sets 2:36
Love Is All Around [UK Import] 2002 Import 2:38
Jukebox Hits 1966 [Madacy 2 CD] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:36
Rock N' Roll Hits: Golden 1966 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:34
The Best of British Rock Group Invasion 2002
Various Artists
Park South Records / Orpheus Records 2:35
Mad Mods and Englishmen 2002
Various Artists
404 Music Group 3:51
The British Are Coming, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Sanctuary 2:37
Pure 60's: The #1 Hits 2002
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:35
The Hit Box, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
United Multi Consign 2:40
Sixties Jukebox Classics 2002
Various Artists
Universal International 2:31
Forever Gold: Gold Collection: 60's Groovy Hits 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:30
Best of the 1960's [Direct Source 2003] 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source Special 2:43
Ultimate British Invasion Collection 2003
Various Artists
Magada International / WEA International 2:36
Grooviest Hits Ever 2003
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:40
The Sixties [Platinum Disc] 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:35
Greatest Hits of the 60's [2003 Platinum] 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:34
Wild Thing [Prism] 2003 Blumountain Records 2:36
Rock N Roll Reunion 1966 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:31
Best of the 50's and 60's, Vol. 1 [United Audio] 2003
Various Artists
United Audio Entertainment 2:40
Jukebox Hits, Vol. 3 2003
Various Artists
United Multi License 2:43
Rock 'N' Roll Greatest Hits of the 60's 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:34
The British Are Coming 2003
Various Artists
Sanctuary 0:00
#1 Pop Hits of the 60s & 70s [Madacy Box] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:41
Hit Box 2, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
United Multi License 2:40
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: 60's Rock 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 2:36
WCBS FM: Motown, Soul and Rock N Roll: Motown 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 0:00
More Explosive Dance Sports 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 3:11
Box of Rock 2003
Various Artists
Import 2:34
Stars on 45 [K-Tel] 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:37
Sexbombs and Other Sexy Songs 2004
Various Artists
Goldies 2:32
Gold Collection: Feelin' Groovy 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:39
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection 2004 Mercury 2:37
The Best Air Guitar Album in the World...Ever! 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:35
The Sounds of Summer [Box Set #1] 2004
Various Artists
MCPS / United Audio Entertainment 2:40
Happy Days of Rock 'n' Roll 60s [Bonus DVD] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 0:00
I Love Rock & Roll, Vol. 20 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:36
Hit Single Anthology 2004 Polygram / Fontana 2:36
Gimme Some Lovin' 2004
Various Artists
Allegro Corporation 2:29
Ultimate Decades [Box] 2004
Various Artists
United Audio Entertainment 2:40
Halloween Party [K-Tel UK] 2004
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:32
A Trip Down Memory Lane 2005
Various Artists
Liquid 8 2:33
Frat House Favorites [Columbia River] 2005
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:29
60's Groovy Hits 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:29
Rolling Back the Years: 40 Hits from the 60s 2005
Various Artists
Dove 2:39
All 60's! All Hits! 2005
Various Artists
Legacy 2:35
Wild Thing: The Best of the Troggs 2005 K-Tel Distribution 2:35
The 60's Pop Classics [Legacy] 2005
Various Artists
Legacy 2:35
Groovy Hits of the 60s 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:29
Rock Chronicles: The Sixties 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:38
60's Rock N Roll [Madacy 2005] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:29
U 40 Partykracher 2005
Various Artists
ZYX Music
The Singles A's & B's 2005 Repertoire 3:29
Rock N Roll Classics [Madacy MP3] 2005 Madacy
Supergroups of the 60s 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:36
Pop Classics [K-Tel] 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:37
60's Flower Power [Direct Source 2006] 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:29
Golden Legends: 60's Legends 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:29
#1 Hits of the 60s [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:35
Music for Housewives: Desperate or Otherwise [Laserlight] 2006
Various Artists
Laserlight 2:30
#1 Hits of the Summer: Summer Hits 2006
Various Artists
Collectables 2:36
Sound of Summer [United Multi License] 2006
Various Artists
United Audio Entertainment / United Multi License 2:39
60's Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:36
Hits of the 60s [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Ground Floor 2:29
Gold: British Invasion 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:36
Rock N Roll of the 50s & 60s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:29
20th Century Masters: Best of 60s Rock N Roll 2006
Various Artists
UMVD 2:39
Wild Things: Godfathers of Punk 2006 Music Avenue 2:42
100 Golden Jukebox Oldies of the 50s, 60s & 70s 2006
Various Artists
Deja Vu 2:42
Party: 3-CD Box Set 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 2:35
Early Rock Favorites/Classic Rock Hits 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:40
#1 Hits of the 50s and 60s [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:29
#1 Hits of the 50's and 60's [Madacy CD 3] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:29
Karaoke: Classic Rock, Vol. 1 2007 Audio Stream Karaoke 2:56
Rock Hits: 18 Greatest 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:41
Number 1's: '60s Pop 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:36
Hits of the 60's: The Ultimate Collection 2007
Various Artists
Red Box 2:39
Billboard Top 10 Karaoke: 1960's, Vol. 4 2007 Sybersound Records 3:11
Wild Thing [Pegasus] 2007 Pegasus (Pinnacle) 2:31
Forever Gold: #1 60s Pop, Vol. 1 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:29
Legends Informercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:37
Die Ultimative Rock Box 2007
Various Artists
Brunswick 2:36
Number 1 Pop Hits of the 60s, Vol. 2 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:29
Top of the Pops: 1966 2007
Various Artists
BBC Music / EMI 2:36
Flower Power [Time Life Box] 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:37
Music for Partying 2007
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:35
Karaoke: The Sixties Hits, Vol. 4 2007
Karaoke
Chartbuster Karaoke 2:48
The Singles 2007 BR Music 2:37
Flower Power: Groovin' [Time Life #1] 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:37
Best of the 60s [Diamond] 2008
Various Artists
TGG Direct / Diamond Recordings 2:29
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Delta 2:44
The 60s Collection 2008
Various Artists
Brunswick 2:37
Greatest Ever Dad: The Definitive Collection 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:35
60s Beat Party 2008
Various Artists
ZYX Music 2:29
25 Best: Guitar Heros 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:29
Dad's Jukebox 2008
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Distribution 2:38
100 Hits: Drive Time 2008
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:35
Tour of Duty: Top 100 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:34
Dad Rocks! 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:34
Legends of Rock 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal
Wild Thing: The Songs of Chip Taylor 2009
Various Artists
Ace
Total Drivetime 2010
Various Artists
Universal 2:36
Sixties: Collected 2010
Various Artists
USM 2:35
Gods of Guitar [Universal] 2011
Various Artists
Universal 2:36
Party Rock 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:36
Salut Les Copains 1959-1968: Best of 2013
Various Artists
UMSM / Universal Music 2:34
Latest & Greatest Festival Anthems 2014
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:35
'60s Music Revolution: Magic Carpet Ride
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:36
100 Essential 60's
Various Artists
Universal 2:36
100 Essential Hits: 60s
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:37
100 Tubes Pour Danser
Various Artists
Wagram Music 2:29
12 Best of 60's Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
Madacy
16 Best of 60's Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
Madacy
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 2:35
8 Best of 60's Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
Madacy Special Products
Box of Rock [Disc 1]
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 2:34
No Image
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 2:36
No Image
Various Artists
Eurotrend 3:45
Greatest Hits [Universal] Universal 2:40
No Image
Various Artists
Sire 2:33
No Image
Various Artists
2:38
Party Rock: Dance To The Music
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:36
Pure 60's
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:33
Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame, Vol. 2: Wild Thing
Various Artists
Salut Les Copains, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Universal 2:34
Sixties Collection, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Going For A Song 2:41
No Image
Various Artists
Audio Fidelity
No Image
Various Artists
The 60's Collection
Various Artists
Going For A Song 2:41
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 2:37
The Best Rock Anthems ...Ever!
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:34
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:36
The Hits That Rocked the Airwaves
Various Artists
Universal 2:38
The Troggs [Single] BR Music
No Image
Various Artists
Record Collection Music 2:32
Total 60s
Various Artists
Universal 2:36
Total Workout: Classic Rock (Ideal for Running, Cardio Machines, 32 count Aerobics Classes)
Various Artists
Total Fitness
True Party
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:35
Unforgettable Ballads, Vol. 3: California Dreamin'... and More Hits
Various Artists
Artemis Records / Zebralution
Victoria Day
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing / Universal Music 2:37
No Image Fontana Distribution 2:30