Baltimore outfit Beach House were apparently the inspiration this track. The song begins with Drew Taggart singing,
Woke up on the west side Listening to Beach House, taking my time
However rather than incorporating Beach House's dream-pop sound, this is a prototypical Chainsmokers EDM cut. "We tried to get back to our roots on this with that classic OG Chainsmoker feel... And we were listening to a lot of Beach House," the duo wrote on Twitter.
"Cruise" climbed from 6-5 on the Hot 100 in its 34th week. In doing so it set a record for the slowest ascent to the Top 5 in the chart's history, which was beaten by Imagine Dragon's "Radioactive" 42-week clamber to #4 three weeks later.