This is the second single to be released by teenage American singer-songwriter Sky Ferreira. She penned the song with writer and producer Ryan Tedder, who is famed for his ballads such as Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" and Beyoncé's "Halo."
Ferreira told The Sun newspaper about the song's subject matter: "There are double meanings to it. It could be seen as being about wanting fame but it's also me joking about narcissism. There aren't that many people willing to sing about themselves in that way. It's so untasteful, it's almost tasteful."
The track also was appears on the soundtrack of the Vampire Diaries and featured in a promotional video for the 2010-11 season of the show.
This was supposed to be Ferreira's proper launch single, but the teenage singer brought the whole thing crashing down when she publicly slagged the song off. Speaking with The Guardian in April 2013, Ferreira claimed that she was forced into recording the tune: "[The label] were like, 'If you do this then you can do whatever you want later,' which wasn't true", she said.
"St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" was not written for the movie, but for Rick Hanson, a wheelchair athlete whose 1985 "Man In Motion" tour logged 24,856 miles on his wheelchair in 34 countries while raising $26 million for spinal cord research.