The Drums frontman Jonny Pierce penned this song about his strictly religious mom and dad, who were anti-LGBTQ. As Pierce is himself gay, the judgmental attitude of his Pentecostal parents made his life uncomfortable.
"Growing up in that atmosphere led to a childhood that was riddled with self-doubt, confusion and a lot of self-hate," he said. "I find that the past still dominates a lot of my daily experiences - sometimes to the point of feeling paralyzed. The goal is to heal, and I think I am - but at a much slower pace than I am comfortable with."
The song title is a reference to Horseheads, the town in upstate New York where Jonny Pierce grew up.
Meghan Trainor and her producer Kevin Kadish originally wrote "All About That Bass" for another artist to record. However, after Epic Records boss LA Reid heard Meghan play a demo of the song on a ukulele, he signed the young songwriter to his label and told her she should sing it.