Wild Thing (The Troggs)

3 JUNE 1966


The Troggs’ ‘Wild Thing’ was at its peak UK chart position of #2, and it reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It has gone down as an all-time Garage Rock classic and kick-started an 18-month burst of chart success for the Andover band.

This song was originally recorded by US band The Wild Ones in November 1965, when it failed to chart. The Troggs' version was released on two competing labels in the US because of a distribution dispute, but Billboard combined the sales for both releases as they were pressed from the same master recording, This made it the only single to simultaneously reach #1 for two companies.

B-side: 'From Home'
Released: 22 April 1966
Highest chart position: #2 (UK), #1 (US)
Length: 2:30
Label: Fontana
Writer: Chip Taylor
Producer: Larry Page

Wild Thing (The Troggs)