Ballerini co-wrote the song with Josh Kerr, Forest Glen Whitehead and Lance Carpenter. The singer told The Boot
that she knew early in the recording process that this was the perfect single to introduce her debut album. "What made me love the single and what made me want to lead with "Love Me Like You Mean It" was the confident-girl stance on it," she said. "And so, my whole album, I really wanted to have that theme of confidence in a girl, and being okay with who you are, and talking about heartbreak, and talking about all those things but trying to make it positive, and so with that mindset, it helped me narrow down songs for the album."