The song is in part a country version of the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1977 cut "Breakdown
." "I wrote it with Ashley Gorley and Ross Copperman," Jaren Johnston told Taste of Country
. "We write together a lot, the three of us, and we literally went in there - I think Ross had a little bit of the track going when we walked in, and I picked up a guitar and started playing that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers thing."
The song's lyrics developed organically from there. "We all just started freestylin' over it, and it just came out ," Johnston recalled. "I don't even remember how we came across the title, 'Don't It.' It was one of those things where nobody had that title. We just kept going, and it led into that."
However, there was one line where the trio disagreed. "I remember when we got into it - one of the lines in the chorus, I said, 'Come on, baby, bring on it,' instead of bring it on, kind of a play on words," Johnston remembered laughing. "And Ashley loved it, so we put it in there. Ross kept questioning it, like, 'Man, is that gonna make sense? Are people gonna get that?' And I was like, 'Dude, that's the coolest line in the song, just trust me.' And now that's the one that everybody talks about, so it's a trip."