Frontman Luke Pritchard told the Independent newspaper May 9, 2008 about the lyrics for this song: "'When I look back on it and when I sing it on stage, on reflection, that's probably when I've written my most soulful lyrics. It's about first love - it's as simple as that. I hold simplicity in a high place. One of the things is trying to say a whole lot in a short amount of time. I write reams of words of what I might write in two verses. You want to make every word count. You often don't need words to know what the song is about."
Ariana Grande's collaboration with Zedd, "Break Free" came about after the Russian-German producer overheard Grande performing at a label showcase while he was backstage, and he mentioned to his team that he wanted to work with her.