Born to be Wild
Featured in Episodes
Top Chart Position (Hot 100)
2 (August 24, 1968, three weeks)
Year Released
Mars Bonfire
RIAA Certification
Sequence song appears
During Boat Race (The Great McCarthy)
Opening in Batisste's bar (Better Living Through Chemistry)
Previous Song(s)
"Self Control" (The Great McCarthy)
"Fly On The Windscreen" (from El Viejo)
Next Song(s)
"We Got To Get Out Of This Place" (from Glades)
"Tequila" (Better Living Through Chemistry)

"Born To Be Wild" is a song performed by Steppenwolf, recorded on their album Steppenwolf in 1968. The song appeared in the Miami Vice episodes "The Great McCarthy" and "Better Living Through Chemistry".


  • "Born to Be Wild" is one of ten songs that were reused in more than one episode of Miami Vice.
  • The song was the first 1960s song to appear in Miami Vice. Up to now most of the music used was from the 1970s and 80s. It was kept from the #1 spot by the Rascals hit "People Got To Be Free".
  • The song has been covered by artists ranging from Kim Wilde and INXS to the Hampton String Quartet.
  • "Born To Be Wild" was featured in the 1969 motorcycle movie Easy Rider and has since become an anthem to the biking community.


  • John Kay: guitars, harmonica, vocals
  • Rushton Moreve: bass guitar, vocals
  • Michael Monarch: guitars, backing vocals
  • Goldy McJohn: hamond organ, piano, electric piano
  • Jerry Edmonton: drums, percussion, vocals


Steppenwolf - Born to be wild 196903:11

Steppenwolf - Born to be wild 1969

"Born To Be Wild" video

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