Where the Wild Songs Are
October 17, 2019 5:47 AM   Subscribe

Help! My six-year-old has requested that I make him "a playlist of songs where they just go wild." The only example he was able to provide was Candy Gun by Melt-Banana. I think what's he looking for is something that has a little build-up and then a part that allows him to practice his air-guitar skills, but I would love suggestions for anything that falls under your personal interpretation of "songs where they just go wild." Thanks!
posted by lollymccatburglar to Media & Arts (58 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
 
Blister in the Sun by the Violent Femmes?
posted by Admiral Haddock at 5:56 AM on October 17, 2019 [11 favorites]


My little brother and I used to flip out & jump around to the Velvet Underground's "Heroin." We were rocking out too hard to pay attention to the lyrics, fortunately.
posted by attentionplease at 5:59 AM on October 17, 2019 [2 favorites]


Song 2 by Blur?
posted by meronym at 6:01 AM on October 17, 2019 [12 favorites]


Pan y Café by Xenia Rubinos is my current go-apeshit favorite, though it's real sparse and no guitar.
posted by nebulawindphone at 6:05 AM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]


Kiiiiiii, Four Little Joeys (going extra wild around 2m12s.)
posted by buxtonbluecat at 6:09 AM on October 17, 2019 [4 favorites]


Anything Skrillex or dubstep in general (obv, keep an eye on the lyrics)
The Offspring - You're Gonna Go Far, Kid (Clean)
Jump Around - House of Pain (Clean Version)
posted by pyro979 at 6:10 AM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]


He might enjoy going through this list with you, or this one.

I find classic rock like ACDC good for this, as is Rage Against the Machine but he's a bit young for them.
posted by lafemma at 6:22 AM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]


La Bamba is good to flip out to but not aggressive.
posted by J.R. Hartley at 6:25 AM on October 17, 2019 [2 favorites]


Response by poster: All of these suggestions are amazing (keep 'em coming)! I just wanted to give special mention to that Kiiiiiii video that buxtonbluecat linked because it looks like it was lifted directly from his six-year-old subconscious.
posted by lollymccatburglar at 6:25 AM on October 17, 2019 [2 favorites]


Bohemian Rhapsody
You gotta wait a while but tell him it's worth it. I was only a year older when I fell in love with Freddie Mercury.
posted by phunniemee at 6:27 AM on October 17, 2019 [9 favorites]


Primus - Groundhog's Day (give it a couple minutes... around 2:40 it gets crazy)
Phish - Antelope. Huge buildup.
Metallica - Anesthesia/Pulling Teeth --> Whiplash
posted by bondcliff at 6:35 AM on October 17, 2019


the b-52s
posted by brujita at 6:38 AM on October 17, 2019 [3 favorites]


More than a Feeling, by Boston?
posted by WCityMike at 6:51 AM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]


Birdhouse In Your Soul - They Might Be Giants
Gigantic - Pixies
posted by neilbert at 6:58 AM on October 17, 2019


Sorry to be this obvious, but: Megalovania
posted by rollick at 7:07 AM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]


Bjork - It's Oh So Quiet.
posted by kbar1 at 7:14 AM on October 17, 2019 [5 favorites]


Clem Snide - Mike Kalinsky
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:17 AM on October 17, 2019


I Believe in a Thing Called Love is my all-time air guitar song (possibly slightly inappropriate lyrics tho? Mentions "touching" so I guess it depends on how you feel about that. )
posted by nuclear_soup at 7:19 AM on October 17, 2019 [8 favorites]


focusing on the 'songs with build-ups' aspect-

mogwai - mogwai fear satan (instrumental, so no actual satan talk)
joel plaskett - light of the moon
posted by noloveforned at 7:22 AM on October 17, 2019


The guitar solo at the end of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" seems perfect for this. Some of the lyrics are, um, suggestive, but also might well go over the head of a six-year-old.

Living Colour's "Cult of Personality" is built on a monster guitar riff.
posted by praemunire at 7:22 AM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]


Janelle Monae’s Come Alive is my personal favorite of this kind of song, and she even says it right in the song: “Now let’s go wiiiiiild!”
posted by KatlaDragon at 7:27 AM on October 17, 2019 [3 favorites]


Practicing Air guitar and no mention of Freebird?

I'd also recommend In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida for more of a crazy feel.

Dark side of the moon?
posted by koolkat at 7:40 AM on October 17, 2019


Smells Like Teen Spirit
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 7:48 AM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]


To me “what does the fox say” goes wild when they make the fox noise.... this song was all the rage with kids in Norway 5 years ago. It’s not exactly for kids though!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE
posted by catspajammies at 7:57 AM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]


Also, if he's looking for good songs to air-guitar to, it may be worth checking into what songs are popular in Guitar Hero ... they're likely to have good guitar solo sections.
posted by WCityMike at 7:58 AM on October 17, 2019


I can't believe no one has mentioned it already, but Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven."
posted by ubiquity at 8:03 AM on October 17, 2019


Polysics - Kaja Kaja Goo
posted by forbiddencabinet at 8:21 AM on October 17, 2019


Anything by The Boredoms
posted by SystematicAbuse at 8:58 AM on October 17, 2019 [2 favorites]


Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zepplin (or so many other songs in their oeuvre)
The original version of Layla - Eric Clapton
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
posted by carmicha at 9:05 AM on October 17, 2019 [2 favorites]


Animal, Pearl Jam
posted by effluvia at 9:20 AM on October 17, 2019


I cannot believe this hasn't been mentioned yet, but: HOCUS POCUS - Focus.
posted by coppertop at 9:36 AM on October 17, 2019 [3 favorites]


The Pietasters, Dollar Bill
posted by prize bull octorok at 9:39 AM on October 17, 2019


Art Star Yeah Yeah Yeahs
posted by defenestrated at 9:54 AM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]


Sleater-Kinney's "The Fox" goes crazy to such a point that I think Janet Weiss is eventually mudering a drum set in a beautiful way
posted by COBRA! at 10:26 AM on October 17, 2019 [2 favorites]


You may want to look up live concert videos for any of the suggestions above or any songs he already likes. Some bands go way more wild in the live performance than they do on the studio version.

The lyrics aren't in English, not sure if that makes a difference to your kid or not, but Sigur Ros's Glossoli builds to a glorious, wild climax.
posted by yasaman at 10:42 AM on October 17, 2019


maybe Punch Brothers - Another New World
posted by Jacob G at 10:49 AM on October 17, 2019


The Who's Baba O'Riley is kind of a canonical example of this.
Springteen's Candy's Room does this - content maybe not 6-year-old appropriate but on the other hand, it probably is because there will be no innuendo he can undersatnd.
posted by Miko at 10:58 AM on October 17, 2019


Steppenwolf's Magic Carpet Ride was my first go-wild song when I was a kid.

Party at Ground Zero by Fishbone was my college go-wild song
posted by horsegnut at 12:08 PM on October 17, 2019


Neil Young, Rockin’ in the Free World live on SNL, 1989 (things really get wild at 2:50). If he likes this, there’s a wealth of great Neil Young guitar solos out there.

For me as a kid, I could never stop dancing to anything Jackson 5. Not so much wild as controlled joy.
posted by sallybrown at 12:33 PM on October 17, 2019


Can’t believe no-one has mentioned Cannonball yet!
posted by cardinalandcrow at 1:01 PM on October 17, 2019 [2 favorites]


er, Wild Thing? (featuring the Muppets)
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 1:57 PM on October 17, 2019 [2 favorites]


Wolf Like Me, TV on the Radio.

(Sorry, broken browser, no linky.)
posted by ereshkigal45 at 2:47 PM on October 17, 2019


Grabsplatter - Deep Purple
Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix
posted by Chairboy at 3:34 PM on October 17, 2019


I was immediately reminded of Electric Surfin' Go Go by the Polysics. Someone else linked to another song of theirs above, but this one was my first thought.
posted by tacodave at 4:15 PM on October 17, 2019


Badlands, Bruce, live in 1978 for extra inspiration.
posted by she's not there at 4:54 PM on October 17, 2019


Seriously there are this many comments and no "Frenzy" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins??
posted by potrzebie at 5:31 PM on October 17, 2019


Helter Skelter
posted by Rash at 6:48 PM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]


The Dog Train soundtrack has a few songs that might fit the bill. Check out Tantrum, Pots & Pans, and Penguin Lament.
posted by Lady Sugar Maple at 9:23 PM on October 17, 2019


Wipe Out - the Safaris

Go Wild in the Country - Bow Wow Wow (I mean, it's literally "go wild")
posted by rekrap at 9:52 PM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]


Again with the Hendrix: All Along The Watchtower
posted by Chairboy at 11:55 PM on October 17, 2019 [1 favorite]


You Are My Face - Wilco

Proud Mary - Tina and Ike Turner
posted by BusyBusyBusy at 7:27 AM on October 18, 2019


WOOLLY BULLY
posted by speakeasy at 9:39 AM on October 18, 2019 [1 favorite]


ohh, and Sgt. Pepper's lonely hearts club band
posted by speakeasy at 9:41 AM on October 18, 2019


Frank Turner's Four Simple Words does this very well. It's a lovely song celebrating punk rock and dancing, but it does have swears in.
posted by bethnull at 8:29 PM on October 18, 2019


Hey Jude
Me and Bobby McGee
posted by Miko at 5:27 AM on October 19, 2019


I really want to recommend the Butthole Surfers' Booze! Tobacco! Dope! Pussy! Cars! because it has exactly the sort of being-sucked-into-a-tornado energy you're looking for. The title is the entirety of the lyrics so it's more goofy than inappropriate. Still, I guess maybe save it until they're at least ten.
posted by whuppy at 11:39 AM on October 21, 2019


If you're looking for a guitar-heavy rave up and/or freakout, look to Australia. Radio Birdman's Aloha Steve and Danno is guaranteed to amp up even the most moribund 6yo.
posted by whuppy at 12:14 PM on October 21, 2019


The Bells by The Loading Zone
posted by Rash at 3:51 PM on October 25, 2019


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