Where The “Wild Wild” Things Are: Solidly Savage Singles

Some real wild children.

Some real wild children.

Plenty of “wild” songs have given us some reckless records in the national spotlight over the decades, titles like “Wild Night”, “Wild Ones”, “Wild Thing”, etc. I could go on for hours, but I won’t. However, the latest track to make its way onto radio and retail services is a song title that pulls double duty. It’s “Wild Wild Love”, performed by pop mainstay Pitbull and the relatively new G.R.L., who are essentially dancer/choreographer Robin Antin’s latest attempt to try to make some form of the Pussycat Dolls happen. (Spoiler alert: they probably won’t, even if this song is a big hit.)

It’s doing decent numbers so far on both iTunes (currently top 40) and on CHR radio (bulleted in the top 50.) Should the collaboration between the rapper and the quintet chart on the Hot 100 this coming week, it will only be the fifth song since the survey began in 1958 to use that “wild” word twice in a song title. In fact, three of those five use the same title, and two of those climbed into the #1 spot. I say we get to these chaotic chart stats, shall we? Here are those berserk Billboard hits:

“WILD WILD LIFE”
Taken from their 1986 album True Stories, which also served as a “soundtrack” to the David Byrne film of the same title, New York’s rocking Talking Heads took their last top 40 single to #25 during the fall of that year. It is notable for winning Best Group Video and Best Video From A Film at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards. (Remember when MTV played music videos?) It also went top ten in Ireland and New Zealand. A cover by reggae group The Wailing Souls hit the Alternative chart in late 1993, but failed to enter the Hot 100; it was featured in the film Cool Runnings.

“WILD WILD WEST”
As I mentioned, three songs with this title entered the Hot 100, two in 1988 and one in 1999. The first was by rapper Kool Moe Dee, who took his song to #62 in May. It was his first of two top 5 singles on the R&B chart. A few months later, British rockers The Escape Club scored a #1 hit with their debut single for Atlantic Records. Both it and the album (of the same name) went Gold. Lastly, there’s rapper/actor Will Smith; his hit from the film Wild Wild West sampled Dee’s song and Stevie Wonder‘s “I Wish”. With Dru Hill on the chorus, it spent a week at the top in July.

Which one of these winners is wild enough for your playlist? Let me know! Follow the blog by using the tab below or find PGTC on social media by clicking the “Get Social!” tab at the top of the page.

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