Alice Merton channelled a number of modern rock influences while writing "No Roots," but one band was initially a little bit too influential. When the musician was first writing the track with her producer, she realized some of her "oohs" sounded a little too much like the ones in Maroon 5's hit "Moves Like Jagger
"The first draft of it was a different 'ooh,' it was actually a different melody, but then we were like, 'Oh, that sounds too similar to Maroon 5, we can't take that,'" Merton recalled to ABC Radio
. "So we sat for an hour and just kind of contemplated on what kind of 'oohs' felt right."