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Are You Gonna Be My Girl

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"Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl? CD cover.jpg
Single by Jet
from the album Get Born
  • 25 August 2003 (2003-08-25)
  • 24 May 2004 (2004-05-24) (US release)
GenreGarage rock revival[1]
Producer(s)Dave Sardy
Jet singles chronology
"Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
"Rollover DJ"

"Are You Gonna Be My Girl" is a song by Australian rock band Jet, featured on their 2003 album Get Born. It was the first single from the album, released in 2003 in Australia and the United Kingdom, and in 2004 in the United States.

The song hit number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it their first top 40 hit and their highest charting single; it also hit number three on the Modern Rock Tracks and number seven on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. Even though it did not hit number one like the next hit, "Cold Hard Bitch", "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" stayed longer on the charts and is the band's most successful song, often regarded as their signature song. The single has sold 1.3 million copies in the United States since 2012.[2]

In January 2018, as part of Triple M's "Ozzest 100", the 'most Australian' songs of all time, "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" was ranked number 38.[3]


Written by Nic Cester and Cameron Muncey, the song is often cited for similarities to Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life" (particularly its drum pattern and near-identical guitar riff);[4][5] and the 1999 song "Screwdriver" from The White Stripes.[6] The band, however, argues that "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" has more in common with 1960s Motown songs, namely "I'm Ready for Love" by Martha and the Vandellas and "You Can't Hurry Love" by The Supremes.

Chris Cester responded to media commentary regarding the similarities, stating in a Jared Story interview that the beat was taken from Motown, referring to a meeting between Iggy Pop and himself:

It's funny because I asked him point blank about that. He said I was crazy. He said that when he and David Bowie were writing "Lust for Life", they were ripping off Motown's beat. It's funny that he said that to me because we also thought we were ripping off Motown more than "Lust for Life". To be honest with you that kind of annoyed me a lot, because I always thought it was really lazy. People just go well Lust for Life is more well-known so that's what they go for, but if you listen to a song like "You Can't Hurry Love" (The Supremes) I think you'll find its closer to "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" than "Lust for Life" ever was. And that's what Iggy said as well.[7]

Music video

The music video is shot in black and white, and shows Jet performing in a blank studio. As they play, black ink starts pouring out of their equipment and forms a landscape resembling the cover art on their album Get Born, The Beatles album Revolver and silhouettes of dancing girls. The video was shot at Vinopolis, London. Cameron Muncey can be seen wearing an AC/DC shirt.

Track listings

Australian versions

  • iTunes EP
  1. "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
  2. "Last Chance"
  3. "Hey Kids"
  4. "You Were Right"

American versions

  • iTunes EP
  1. "Are You Gonna Be My Girl (UK acoustic version)"
  2. "That's Alright Mama"
  3. "Cigarettes and Cola"
  4. "You Were Right"
  5. "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"


Charts and certifications

Awards and nominations

APRA Awards

The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).[31] [32]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2004 "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" Song of the Year Nominated
2005 Most Performed Australian Work Overseas Won
2006 Most Performed Australian Work Overseas Won
2007 Most Performed Australian Work Overseas Won

MTV Video Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2004 "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" Best New Artist Nominated
Best Rock Video Won
Best Editing Nominated


  1. ^ Heather Phares. "Are You Gonna Be My Girl review on Allmusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 July 2013. ""Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" is one of the most immediate – if not creative – singles to come out of the garage-rock revival of the early 2000s."
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  3. ^ "Here Are The Songs That Made Triple M's 'Ozzest 100'". Musicfeeds. 27 January 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  4. ^ Eliscu, Jenny (8 April 2004). "Jet's High Times". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 27 November 2006. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  5. ^ single review Archived 6 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Jet: Are You Gonna Be My Girl sounds like The White Stripes: Screwdriver – Sounds Just Like".
  7. ^ "Jet gets reborn". Uptown Magazine. 15 October 2009. Archived from the original on 20 October 2009.
  8. ^ " – Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  9. ^ "RR Canada Rock Top 30" (PDF). p. 65. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  10. ^ " – Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Are You Gonna Be My Girl". Irish Singles Chart.
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 51, 2003" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  13. ^ " – Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  14. ^ " – Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  17. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  18. ^ "Jet Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Jet Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Jet Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  21. ^ "Jet Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  22. ^ "Jet Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  23. ^ "Jet Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  24. ^ "Jet awards on Allmusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  25. ^ " – Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl" (in French). Les classement single.
  26. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Singles 2003". ARIA. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  27. ^ "Top 100 Songs of 2004 – Billboard Year End Charts". Archived from the original on 9 November 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2003 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  29. ^ "British single  certifications – Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  30. ^ "American single  certifications – Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 7 December 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  31. ^ "APRA History". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  32. ^ "2007 Winners – APRA Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2010.

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