In Simpsons episode Maximum Homerdrive, Homer plays the song in the truck and refers to it as the ultimate truck-driver song. Homer sings the song in the episode Fraudcast News when the power was cut off by Mr. Burns and he uses the batteries "that have to power everything" in their house to play this song on the radio. (1999)
The song was used in The O.C. episode The Case of the Franks (2007).
The song was used in the finale episode The End's Not Near, It's Here of the fourth season of One Tree Hill. (2007)
In The Simpsons, Ralph Wiggum sang the opening lines of the song in the season 20 episode How The Test Was Done (2009)
The song was also used in the episode Stand Up And Holler of the CBS crime drama Cold Case.
In Monk's episode Happy Birthday, Mr Monk, Monk says, "You know what I want, what I really, really want?".
British intelligent dance music producer µ-Ziq recorded a cover of this song for his fourth album Lunatic Harness.
In 1998, American retro-satirist duo, The Lounge-O-Leers did a kitschy, lounge-inspired rendition of "Wannabe" for their debut album, Experiment in Terror.
The song was used in "Weird Al" Yankovic's polka medley Polka Power! on his album Running with Scissors. (1999)
The Heideroosjes covered the song as punk rock version on his Schizo album in 1999.
The song has been covered by pop punk/band Zebrahead on their 2004 EP Waste of MFZB.
Trash parody version by British punk rock band Snuff for their 1998 EP, Schminkie Minkie Pinkie.
Punk rock version by Dutch band Heideroosjes for their 1999 album, Schizo.
Punk version by Australian duo The Veronicas done in a live performance.
Punk version done in a live performance by Foo Fighters.
The London Double Bass Sound recorded an instrumental version in 1999, a dance remix was recorded by Jan Stevens, Denise Nejame, and Sybersound for the 1997 album, Sybersound Dance Mixes, Vol. 2, while an electronic version was recorded by the Street Girls for the 2005 album, The World of Hits of the 80's.
Glee's Jenna Ushkowitz, Becca Tobin, Alex Newell, Melissa Benoist and Heather Morris recorded the song for the show's Guilty Pleasure episode in 2012.