Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen
told TeamRock the story of the song. "I had this bass riff floating around my head, and I wanted it to have a similar vibe to 'Billie Jean
' by Michael Jackson - almost a disco vibe," he recalled. "I didn't know what it was going to be called, then I played it to Joe [Elliott, vocals]; we went to [drummer] Rick Allen's 50th birthday, and he said, 'S--t! I've got a great idea for this song! And it's called 'Are You Man Enough To Be My Girl'."
"People have said it reminds them of 'Another One Bites The Dust
' by Queen," Collen continued. "It has this dancey appeal. Our song 'All Night' was a bit like that, and 'Excitable' on Hysteria
. But I think this is the first time we've really made it work. It just fell into place, and I think that's because we didn't restrict ourselves. Every song on the album's like that. It was, like, 'F--k everybody. This album was done for us.' It wasn't a business venture. We really didn't care what anybody thought. We went to town on it; it was a lot of fun."