This was the opening track from American musician Darius Rucker's debut Country album Learn to Live.
Rucker penned this with Chris Stapleton and Learn to Live producer Frank Rogers. He recalled on his record label's website: "I remember when Chris Stapleton and I wrote this: we'd finished writing another song and we said let's write one more - and this was it. We didn't think much of it, but then Frank Rodgers got a hold of it. It rocks now - I didn't think it was going to sound like that. Truthfully, I thought it was castoff."
Walk The Moon vocalist Nicholas Petricca got the idea for "Shut Up and Dance" when he and his girlfriend were taking forever to get drinks at a Los Angeles club bar. Petricca was getting frustrated, so his girlfriend told him to, "Shut up and dance with me!'"