This was the third single to be released from Ambitions, the eighth full-length album by the Japanese band, One Ok Rock. It was the first time that the quartet released an English version of a LP in parallel with one in their native Japanese.
Singer Takahiro Moriuchi explained the song's meaning to Kerrang: 'The lyrics are about a boy and a girl fighting each other. It's about that weird in-between stage when you're not dating someone, but you still have that physical relationship. It's odd, but the fun part about being in the relationship is having that back-and-forth. So it's kind of a battle."
Moriuchi told Kerrang about the music clip. "We shot the video in Manchester (England). It was at a huge castle where there were still people living there. Just one person, a grandma. She was very kind to us, and she bought tea and stuff out."
Angus Young created the distinctive opening guitar part for "Thuderstruck" by playing with all the strings taped up, except the B. He learned the studio trick from his older brother George Young, who was the rhythm guitarist for The Easybeats.