Cabello interpolates Fastball's 1998 hit, "Out Of My Head" during the chorus, bending that song's meaning to fit the sexually charged narrative of "Bad Things." Asked by Billboard
magazine if he was bothered by the flipping of his original words, Fastball singer-songwriter Tony Scalzo
"Not at all. I think it's great, because it's super-creative… it's something totally different. I'm not totally familiar with the artists - obviously I did a little research a month ago when it was brought on the table - but I think that they basically were familiar with the tune, right? I don't think they went as far as to even try to cover the tune, they just basically re-wrote a lot of the words, and changed the meaning around, and that's really innovative and awesome."