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"Born to Be Wild" is a rock song written by Mars Bonfire (actual name Dennis Eugene McCrohan, born 21 April 1943 in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada; name changed to Dennis Edmonton in the early 1960s); it was made famous by the Canadian rock band, Steppenwolf. Often used in popular culture and in movie soundtracks, most notably in the soundtrack for the movie "Easy Rider" (1969), the song is sometimes described as the first heavy metal song ever written and is also said to have inspired the name of the emerging heavy metal genre; although these claims are disputed, the song's second verse (which refers to "heavy metal thunder," though it is a reference to the weight of the motorcycle) contains the first recorded reference to "heavy metal." Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.