This song links to one of the concepts of Days Go By, which is that people feel like they've had enough of these current difficult times. Frontman Dexter Holland told Spinner: "You can almost sense something in the air, whether it be the Occupy movements or the elections. People are about ready to turn the tables. It's an observation and a warning. Something's got to give or something's really going to give."
Walk The Moon vocalist Nicholas Petricca got the idea for "Shut Up and Dance" when he and his girlfriend were taking forever to get drinks at a Los Angeles club bar. Petricca was getting frustrated, so his girlfriend told him to, "Shut up and dance with me!'"