The band's MySpace page helped this song become a hit. Trace Cyrus (vocals, guitar) told Cosmo Girl magazine how the website helped them: "It gave us a way to build a fan base without having to put money behind it. It's free publicity, and all you've got to do is make good songs and kids will tell their friends. We were touring before we had an album. Kids were coming to our shows and knowing the words to our songs. MySpace has helped us tons. We owe a lot to it."
Numerous fan videos for this song have been posted on YouTube. Mason Musso (Vocals/Guitar) told Cosmo Girl magazine about it: "I think Blake [Healy, synth-bass] was the first one to ever put up a "Shake It" fan video. He really enjoyed it, and ever since then it's just been this weird phenomenon. All these kids just keep making 'Shake It' videos and we keep putting them up on our MySpace."
Mason Musso told We Don't Buy Your Merch how they came up with name Metro Station: "It was only me and Trace at the time, and we weren't really stuck on it, but I was like, 'Dude, we ought to be named Metro Station' and he was like, 'Yeah, yeah we can go with it,' then, when Trace met Blake, and we were gonna do the name, it just kinda stuck with us."
The song's success meant that Trace Cyrus became the third member of his family to have a US Top 10 hit following his stepfather Billy Ray and half-sister Miley.
Trace Cyrus (from Rolling Stone Magazine: "We never thought this one would succeed. At first we just had the chorus. Our manager told us, 'You need to write verses for this.'"