It was released as the album's second single and title track on December 19, 2011 in the United States. "Wild Ones" received favorable reviews from critics, which many praised the collaboration with Furler and the pop-vibe from the song. Some critics, however did dismiss the generic production, especially through the year's singles that had been influenced by heavy dance music. It did, however manage to be listed on some year-end lists of 2011. The song received excellent success through global charts, peaking at number one in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Norway, whilst it peaked inside the top forty in every country chart it charted on. The song peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100.
The music video was released, featuring Flo Rida having fun with his friends. Furler, however was not featured in the final video. This song along with "Good Feeling" was selected to serve as one of the official theme songs to WrestleMania XXVIII and it was also featured in The Rock's Road to Wrestlemania vignettes where he prepares for his match with John Cena at the event. Flo Rida performed the songs "Good Feeling" and "Wild Ones" live at the event to precede Rock's entrance for the match. With over 11 million copies sold globally, it remains Flo Rida's best selling single to date and is one of the best-selling singles in history.
The "Titanium" project got Sia into Guetta's powerful inner circle, including Atlantic Records director of A&R Ben Maddahi, who then connected Sia with the Flo Rida team, yielding "Wild Ones". The song serves as the second official single from Flo Rida's Wild Ones.
"Wild Ones" is an uptempo dance-pop song that includes influences of house music and electro house. According to Bill Lamb from About.com, "There is clearly a well worn formula to Flo Rida's blend of hip hop, dance, and pop. [...] he has not worn out his welcome. It is the moments when "Wild Ones" breaks down into that simple combination of synth keyboards and Sia's voice that the song commands our attention." David Jeffries from Allmusic compared the song to Katy Perry's Firework", which was released one year previous, saying "The title cut [Wild Ones] with [Sia] is close to Katy Perry's "Fireworks" but crafted to support a sports highlight reel instead of teenage dreams [...]"
In the lyrics, Sia starts of singing "Hey I heard you were a wild one, ooh / If I took you home it’d be a home run / Show me how you do / I want to shut down the club with you / Hey I heard you like the wild ones, ooh.” After her introduction, Flo Rida raps “I like crazy, foolish, stupid / Party going wild, fist pumping music / I might lose it / Blast to the roof, that’s how we do’z it / I don’t care the night, she don’t care we like / Almost there, the right vibe / Ready to get live / Ain’t no surprise, take me so high.”
"Wild Ones" has been generally well received by music critics. Scott Shelter from PopCrush gave the song three-and-a-half stars out of five. He said, "Though the up-tempo track makes use of synths, it never reaches electropop territory. It’s more of a straightforward dance tune, with good vibes and an infectious melody". He also labelled the song the "worthy successor".Billboard.com described Sia's voice as a "bell-clear, campfire-warm voice [that] has mostly been applied to her own elegantly quirky creations". DJBooth.com compared the song to "Good Feeling", stating that it is a "slightly more subdued, but equally dancefloor/radio-ready follow-up". Tim Byron from The Vine stated, "When [Sia] sings the chorus, phrases like ‘I heard’ and ‘if I took you home’ speak of uncertainty. She likes the idea of wildness, but isn't certain how it will go. Flo Rida's role in the song is to convince her that she actually does want to be a wild one, to convince her that it is okay to let go, to obliterate herself."
Bill Lamb from About.com awarded the song four stars out of five, praising Sia's "intoxicating" vocals. He said "There is a longing in Sia's vocals that is intoxicating. She wants to bring the "wild one" home for an unforgettable experience. It all comes to a climax with the sultry bridge where Sia sings, "I am a wild one, break me in. Saddle me up, and let's begin." The unmistakable invitation has been delivered [...]" The song was nominated to the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
The song made its first debut at number twelve on the New Zealand Singles Chart. In it's second week, it entered the top ten on ten, and in it's third week it peaked atop of the charts. It became Flo Rida's second number one single in that country and Furler's first number one. The song was certified Gold in it's first month and eventually received double platinum in May 2012, staying in the charts for twenty-two weeks. In Furler's native Australia, it debuted at twenty-nine. In it's third week, it rose to number two and eventually peaked at one for six consecutive weeks, pushing Foster The People's single "Pumped Up Kicks" of the top spot. It became Furler's first number one and only, while it was Flo Rida's third number one. The song received septuple platinum in Australia, selling over 500,000 copies there and had over five songs that received certifications in one year.
In France, the song debuted at seventy-six. Despite a slow start, it eventually peaked at number eleven on the chart, being one position of to enter the top ten. The song debuted at twenty-nine on the Swedish Singles Chart, during the New Year's Day week. The song eventually peaked at number three on the chart and was certified quintuple platinum by the IFPI, selling over 200,000 copies and is the eighty-third best selling single in that country. In Norway, the song entered at fifteen on their native singles chart and eventually peaked at number in it's fifth week and in total spent twenty-one weeks on the chart.
The song made it's official debut at number fifty-seven on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song later gained huge success and peaked at number five on the chart, becoming a big success. The song spent thirty-six weeks on the chart, making it his third-longest charting single on the chart, just behind "Low" and "Good Feeling". The song was successful on it's component charts, peaking at two on the Pop Songs, eight on the Rap Songs and thirty on the Hot Dance Club Songs. The song was certified triple platinum by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with over 3,000,000 sales sold there. In the United Kingdom, the song peaked at number four on their singles chart after debuting at number four. It sold 695,000 copies in the UK in 2012, making it the 10th best-selling single of 2012.
Chart recognition and accolades
In New Zealand, the song was the sixth best-selling single of 2012, while his then-next single "Whistle" was the fifth best selling single that same year. In Canada, the song was the eighth best-selling single of 2012, while in the United Kingdom, it was the tenth best selling single. In the United States, the song was the eleventh top-selling single according to Billboard.
In the United States, the song sold over 3,620,000 copies there, making it the 113th top 200 digital singles in music history, marking it his fifth entry inside the list and Sia's first. With the sales of his other singles and "Wild Ones"; "Low" (#6,786,026), "Right Round" (#5,475,096), "Good Feeling" (#3,903,872), "Whistle" (#3,791,107) and "Club Can't Handle Me (#3,079,302), the sales all tally over 26 million sales worldwide, marking him the best selling rapper in the digital music era.
As of December 2012, the song has sold 3,444,000 digital copies in the United States and over 6 million copies worldwide, making it Flo Rida's third best selling single in his entire career.
The video directed by Erik White was released on February 9, 2012 showing Flo Rida partying in Dubai and Miami. In Dubai, it shows the Infinity Tower, Burj Al Arab, and Palm Jumeirah. While the song features artist Sia Furler, she does not appear in the video. Sia's vocals were lipsynched by Analicia Chaves. The video also features Cuban model Dayami Padron on the boat scenes to the left of Flo Rida.