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“Wild Thing” is a song by American rapper Tone Lōc, released in October 1988 with “Loc’ed After Dark” on the B-side. It is one of Tone Lōc’s most successful and well-known tracks, characterized by its catchy hook, funky beat, and humorous lyrics. The song was included on his debut album, “Lōc-ed After Dark.”

Tone Loc Wild Thing Single Cover

“Wild Thing” was written by Tone Lōc (real name Anthony Terrell Smith), along with Young M.C. and producers Matt Dike and Michael Ross. The song was produced by Matt Dike and Michael Ross, who were co-founders of the Delicious Vinyl record label. The track features a sample from Van Halen’s song “Jamie’s Cryin’,” which contributes to its recognizable guitar riff and overall funky sound.

“Wild Thing” was a commercial smash, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. It became one of the best-selling singles of 1989 and was certified Platinum by the RIAA, indicating sales of over one million copies. The song’s success helped propel Tone Lōc’s debut album, “Lōc-ed After Dark,” to the top of the charts, where it also achieved Platinum status.

Tone Loc – Wild Thing – Lyrics