The inspiration for this tune was the Stephen King horror film The Mist, which Dan + Shay were watching late one night. When a character burst into flames, Dan quipped that he needed to "stop, drop and roll," and the pair knew right away that it was a song. "We paused the movie and literally wrote it right then and there," laughed Shay.
Fall Out Boy's "The Kids Aren't Alright" song title is not a reference to The Offspring's 1998 single of the same name. It actually alludes to The Who's 1979 rockumentary film called The Kids Are Alright.