This was the first single taken from British rock band Roxy Music's seventh studio album, Flesh + Blood.
Guitarist Phil Manzanera recalled to The Mail on Sunday June 28, 2009: "In 1979, I had just built my first recording studio and I rang up Bryan (Ferry) and asked if he'd like to check it out. We decided to have a jam together, Bryan on bass and me on guitar with a rhythm box. Within five minutes we had written this track."
"Lean On" was originally sent by Major Lazer to both Rihanna and Nicki Minaj's camps as a slower reggae track. After both parties rejected the tune, Major Lazer recruited Danish singer MØ to supply vocals and recorded it themselves.