The night Harry Styles wrote the song, everyone had left the studio, apart from him, his frequent songwriting collaborator Tyler Johnson, and his engineer Sammy Witte. Harry told Apple Music
that he wanted to be true to how he was feeling about the breakup. At the same time he was feeling under pressure to make "big songs" that were more commercial than the music on his debut solo album. Johnson told him, "You just have to make the record that you want to make right now - that's it." So they stayed up and wrote "Cherry" that night."