After Joey Hyde, Benjy Davis and Neil Medley wrote "Made It For You," they passed it onto Mojo Music song plugger Courtney Crist. Though she didn't know Jake Owen, Crist thought the song suited him, so she emailed him the demo. The singer immediately related to it on a personal level.
Having become a father for the first time in July 2019, one lyric especially stood out. "I love the line about 'Two a.m. was made for pissed-off dads,'" Owen told Billboard
. "I was a kid growing up who would piss off a dad because I probably brought his daughter home too late, and I'm going to be a pissed-off dad one day soon when my beautiful little girl will grow up and some kid brings her home late."