Chris Cester responded to the media debacle, 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."
In 2014, WatchMojo.com ranked the songs' similarities #1 on Top 10 Sound-alike Songs.
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 and The Beatles album Revolver. The video was shot at Vinopolis, London. Cameron Muncey can be seen wearing an AC/DC shirt.
^Heather Phares. "Are You Gonna Be My Girl review on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. 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."