The Troggs - Wild Thing

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"Wild Thing" is a song written by Chip Taylor. Originally recorded by American rock band The Wild Ones in 1965,

 "Wild Thing" is best known for its 1966 cover by the English rock band The Troggs, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1966. The song peaked at No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart.

As performed by The Troggs, "Wild Thing" is ranked #261 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Because of a distribution dispute, The Troggs' single was available on two competing labels: Atco and Fontana. Because both pressings were taken from the identical master recording, Billboard combined the sales for both releases, making it the only single to simultaneously reach No. 1 for two companies.

On the Atco label, "Wild Thing" is credited to Reg Presley (Troggs' lead vocalist) and "With a Girl Like You" (its flip side) to Chip Taylor. The author credits are reversed. On the Fontana label, "Wild Thing" is credited to Chip Taylor and the flip contains a different song, "From Home", credited to Reg Presley. The Fontana label credits production to Page One Productions, England, while the Atco label credits production as "A Larry Page Production, Recorded in England". They also did a version with Canned Heat

The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart on issue date June 25, 1966. Two weeks later (July 9), it leaped from #47 to #6. The song then rose to #2 where it remained for the next two weeks (July 16 & July 23), while "Hanky Panky" by Tommy James and the Shondells occupied the top spot. On issue date July 30, 1966, "Wild Thing" hit #1 where it remained for two weeks. The song ultimately logged eleven weeks on the chart, with eight of those weeks in the Top 10.

In Canada, the single (Fontana 1548) reached #2 on the RPM Magazine charts on August 8th, 1966.
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