Bentley wrote this song with his longtime collaborator and songwriting partner Brett Beavers and his brother Jim.
This is a duet with Patty Griffin. Bentley explained to CMT why he chose the singer-songwriter to accompany him on this tune: "Patty Griffin is iconic, and there's no other word to really describe her. She is iconic for a lot of people - not only for me but for a lot of fans. Her voice is one of a kind, and she's such an important figure in the American music scene... She's just amazing. And so I asked her. My only question was whether she would do it. Was she going to sing with a Country dude? But she knew I was a fan, and she said yes, and I was thrilled to have her on the record. I think that her voice adds some weight and gravity to the whole song, to kind of keep it rooted. It's not just fluffy – 'Oh, it's a beautiful world, everything's going to be great.' No, there are a lot of problems, but the lyrics and her voice really help cement that sentiment."
Bentley told AOL about this song: "It's definitely new ground for me. Usually I write songs about hanging out with my boys, having fun drinking beers and raising hell. But 'Beautiful World' is more of a topical song. What the world is, is however you perceive it to be. If you want it to be a beautiful place, you've got to think about it that way and then go out there and make it so. We wrote that song and just really knew it was special."
In an interview with CMT Bentley explained that he wrote this song whilst his wife was pregnant with their daughter, which had a bearing on his songwriting. He said: "You hear people sometimes say, 'Man, I can't imagine bringing a child into this world. It's so bad.' That's just such a negative outlook. You cannot live your life with that viewpoint of the world. Yes, there are a lot of things that are wrong, but it is a beautiful world, and you need to find the positive in it."
Bentley performed this at the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize Concert. He told AOL that it "was a no-brainer" for him to choose to sing this song, "because it's something that really brings people together."