Dean Pitchford and Tom Snow wrote this song as a modern take on "She Loves You
" by The Beatles - the idea of hearing about someone's affections from another person. Snow and Pitchford were always swapping song ideas, and this song gelled when Snow came up with the vamp. Pitchford told Songfacts
: "If you listen to the bass line and the motif of that song. He played it for me and when he got to the chorus and the (singing) 'dun dun da da da da da da' I had this idea: this might be the song where we write our modern day 'She Loves You.' I said, this could be the 'You should hear.' But the first thing that I gave him was 'You should hear the way she talks about you,' and it was a little awkward, it tripped over itself. He took it and he jagged it up, with the (staccato), 'You. Should. Hear. How. She. Talks. About. You.' With all those catch-rhythms. That was another case where we planted that title on the first line. Then I took away the rest of the melody and wrote the rest from there."
Pitchford and Snow teamed up again to write the #1 hit "Let's Hear It For The Boy
" for Pitchford's movie Footloose