This is the title track of Hurts' third album. Vocalist Theo Hutchcraft told NME that "Surrender" is so named for the simultaneously "negative and positive connotations" it evokes. He added that it is Hurts' attempt at a "bold and brilliant pop record."
"Islands in the Stream" was originally written by The Bee Gees as an R&B song. It was originally written by the brothers for Marvin Gaye, however it was recorded instead as a duet by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton with the Gibb Brothers also contributing vocals.