Brian Wilson co-wrote this with Jeff Lynne of the symphonic rock group Electric Light Orchestra. The pair penned the tune at Wilson's house in Malibu right by the seashore – it is instantly recognizable as both a Wilson song and a Lynne song.
Jeff Lynne recalled the collaboration to Uncut in 2016: "I really enjoyed doing the sessions. I remember fixing the bassline, which went from the highest letter on the grid right down to the bottom E or A string, and he walked in while I was doing it. He stared at me and said, 'That's the longest goddam bass string I've ever seen!' I was quite pleased with that."
Geffen Records made history on June 27, 1994 when Aerosmith's "Head First" became the first major label song made available for exclusive digital download. Download speeds at the time were so slow it took around 75 minutes to download the track.
"Cruise" climbed from 6-5 on the Hot 100 in its 34th week. In doing so it set a record for the slowest ascent to the Top 5 in the chart's history, which was beaten by Imagine Dragon's "Radioactive" 42-week clamber to #4 three weeks later.