29: Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf

NeilTop 30 - Never Made It Songs

Year Released: 1968
Highest Chart Position: 69
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Born To Be Wild was Steppenwolf’s first significant single, released in 1968 and hardly making a ripple here in Australia. In the US, it only just missed reaching the top of the Billboard charts.

In 1969, the song was featured in the movie Easy Rider, starring Peter Fonda which brught it a second run of prominence but still didn’t reach the Australian top 40.

The lyrics contain the phrase “heavy metal thunder” which is purported to the first time that the phrase was used to describe what became a genre in its own right.

Steppenwolf’s only chart success here in Australia was also in 1968 when Magic Carpet Ride made it to the top 10.