Are You Gonna Go My Way (song)

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"Are You Gonna Go My Way"
Single by Lenny Kravitz
from the album Are You Gonna Go My Way
Released February 22, 1993
Format
Genre
Length 3:32
Label Virgin
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Lenny Kravitz
Certification see below
Lenny Kravitz singles chronology
"What the Fuck Are We Saying?"
(1992)
"Are You Gonna Go My Way"
(1993)
"Believe"
(1993)

"Are You Gonna Go My Way" is the first single to be released by Lenny Kravitz from the album Are You Gonna Go My Way. It was released in February 1993. It was written by Lenny Kravitz and Craig Ross. The single has been covered by numerous artists, such as Metallica, in a medley for "MTV Hits" at the 2003 MTV Music Video Awards, Tom Jones for the Jerky Boys OST, Robbie Williams on Jones' 1999 album Reload and Melanie Brown in her solo section, on the Spice Girls Reunion Tour. Serbian hard rock band Cactus Jack recorded a version on their live cover album DisCover in 2002. A remixed version is played as the opening theme song in Gran Turismo 3. Adam Lambert covered the song in November 2012 in his swing through South Africa.[3] The song was featured in one episode of Fox animated series The Simpsons. It was also featured in the music video game Guitar Hero World Tour.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Mark Romanek.[4] It consisted of Kravitz and his band playing, surrounded by people dancing.

Awards[edit]

The success of the song and the music video led to Kravitz being nominated for and winning several awards:

  • Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo: Nominated
  • Grammy Award for Best Rock Song: Nominated
  • MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction: Nominated
  • MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Artist: Won

Personnel[edit]

  • Lead and background vocals performed by Lenny Kravitz.
  • Drums performed by Cindy Blackman.
  • Electric guitar performed by Craig Ross.
  • Bass performed by Tony Breit.

Track listings[edit]

  • CD 1
  1. "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
  2. "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over"
  3. "Always on the Run"
  4. "Let Love Rule"
  • CD 2
  1. "Are You Gonna Go My Way" – 3:32
  2. "My Love" – 3:52
  3. "All My Life" – 6:16
  4. "Someone Like You" – 4:14

Chart performance[edit]

"Are You Gonna Go My Way" failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but reached no. 1 on the Album Rock Tracks and no. 2 on the Modern Rock Tracks. It also reached the top 5 in the UK, peaking at no. 4.[5] It is still Kravitz's most successful single in Australia, where it peaked at number-one for 6 weeks through April and May 1993.[6] "Are You Gonna Go My Way" is the only Diamond certified single in Brazil, with over 500,000 downloads.[7]

Preceded by
"Cats in the Cradle" by Ugly Kid Joe
Australian number-one single
April 4, 1993 – May 9, 1993 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I'm Easy" by Faith No More
Preceded by
"Livin' on the Edge" by Aerosmith
US Billboard Album Rock Tracks number-one single
June 12, 1993 – June 19, 1993 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Plush" by Stone Temple Pilots

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "We’re Gonna Go Lenny Kravitz’s Way". 100.3 Jack FM. CBS Local Media. February 22, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2013. "such ’90s funk-rock fare as “Let Love Rule,” “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” “Fly Away” and “American Woman”" 
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