This song is about Jesus Christ, whom Lenny referred to as "the ultimate rock star." It's about how God gives choice to man about where to turn. The opening lines spell it out:I was born long ago
I am the chosen I'm the one
I have come to save the day
And I won't leave until I'm done
Ramon - Ottawa, Canada
This was not released as a single in the US, but in 1995 a live version was used as the B-side of Kravitz' "Rock And Roll Is Dead."
Kravitz played this on Saturday Night Live
Michael - Mountain View, CA
In an interview posted on his website, Kravitz explained the origin of this song: "We were just jamming in the studio. You know, I was jamming with Craig Ross, who I wrote the song with. It was one of those songs that happened in 5 minutes. We were jamming. I thought there was something happening. I told Henry to turn the tape machines on, and we played it. And that was it. And then I went and wrote the lyrics on a brown paper bag, I remember at my loft on Broome Street at the time. Went in and sang it the next day. And that was it."
Martin - Rostock, Germany
Kravitz thought he came up with a cool song but didn't expect it to become a big hit. He told Rolling Stone in 2018: "I thought the subject matter was really interesting, because it's coming from the mouth of Jesus Christ, as I thought. So basically, 'Are you gonna go my way?' meaning 'my way of love.' I had no idea that that song would become what it became. No idea. There was nothing on the radio like that. And the recording is so raw, it's ridiculous."
This was a #2 hit on the Modern Rock chart. Because it was released as an airplay-only single in the US, it wasn't eligible for the Hot 100. At the time, many record labels chose to only release promo singles to radio stations so listeners would have to buy the whole album to hear the song. While the strategy worked for album sales, it also kept artists off the chart until the rules changed in 1998.
Are You Gonna Go My Way was Kravitz' first Top 20 album in the US, where it peaked at #12. It hit #1 in the UK, Switzerland, Canada, and Australia.
The music video, directed by Mark Romanek, finds Kravitz and his band performing beneath a brilliant chandelier. The clip earned him the MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Artist.
Tom Jones recorded this for the 1995 comedy The Jerky Boys. It's also been covered by Robbie Williams, Mel B, and Adam Lambert.
This was used in the 1994 movie I Love Trouble, starring Julia Roberts. It also showed up on The Simpsons ("How I Spent My Strummer Vacation" - 2002) and Sex and the City ("Ghost Town" - 2001).
A remixed version was used at the opening theme to the 2001 video game Gran Turismo 3.
Kravitz did some intergender shredding with H.E.R. when he joined her to perform this song at the Grammy Awards in 2022 with Travis Barker on drums.