On August 21, 2011, Flo Rida released the first single from the album, titled "Good Feeling", that samples Etta James' song "Something's Got a Hold on Me". Produced by Dr. Luke & Cirkut, the song was inspired by "Levels" by Avicii, which also contains the Etta James sample. The song was very successful all across the world, peaking at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and being certified 3× Platinum for shipping around two million copies in the US alone. The album's title track was released as the second single on December 19, 2011, and features Australian singer-songwriter Sia Furler as a vocalist. The third single "Whistle", produced by DJ Frank E, was first played on April 16, 2012, on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Sydney radio station 2Day FM. The single reached a peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming very successful around the world. Two promotional singles were released before the album's release, "Hey Jasmin" was released on June 6, 2012 with an accompanying music video and "Let it Roll" was released digitally on June 19, 2012. The fourth single, "I Cry", was inspired by "Cry (Just a Little)" by Bingo Players, which samples "Piano In The Dark" by Brenda Russell. The fifth single is "Sweet Spot", and the sixth single is "Let It Roll".
The album debuted at number fourteen on the US Billboard 200 chart selling 31,000 copies in its first week. In Canada, the album debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 14,300 copies. As of July 26, 2012, the album has sold 27,000 copies in Canada.
Upon release, Wild Ones received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns an average rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 54, based on ten reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Although he perceived the album's creative scope to be limited, David Jeffries of Allmusic called Wild Ones "gimmicky, lightweight, and best taken in small chunks, but get a glitter-friendly crowd together and it gets the party started, succeeding at its one and only goal". He also observed the album's material to be largely "hot, infectious fluff", but felt that the album "would be dragged down by any tacked-on sense of purpose, and thinking of Flo Rida as equal parts thrill seeker and hitmaker is easy". However, Rolling Stone's Jody Rosen felt the album's production to be too inconsistent, observing that the album's "inhumanly supersized... dance beats" were either "genius" or "insipid", also writing that Flo Rida "[is] content to surrender center-stage on his producers".
Complex called the album cover the sixth worst cover of 2012.