Several of the songs on Life Changes push the country boundaries with rhythmic, pop-based production. This track, for instance, has a Latin feel to it. Rhett explained it was his time on stage performing for fans that gave him the courage to keep experimenting with his sound.
"The more I started getting comfortable being me on stage, whether that means dancing or playing a Bruno Mars song in our set, the more it changed the way I wrote songs," he said. "I want to continue making our concerts a fun place for all people, including people who wanna dance to love songs and people who wanna rock to rock songs. I just love having a mixture."
Thomas Rhett wrote the song with Sean Douglas, Sam Ellis and Emily Weisband. He discussed the tune during a media listening event. "I was very influenced with - a lot of the pop songs about a year ago were definitely heavily Latin-beat influenced, if you will," he said. "So I wanted to write a song with that Latin bass beat.
My buddy Sean Douglas said the title 'Gateway Love,' Rhett continued. "I think we got really excited about writing a song like that. It was just really fun to be able to put such a lyric like that over such a Latin beat, if you will."
"Whole Lotta Love" was Led Zeppelin's only US Top 10 hit, charting at #4. Many of their songs, including "Stairway To Heaven," were not released as singles, as it was considered bad form in England to make people pay for singles that were on albums.
"Lean On" was originally sent by Major Lazer to both Rihanna and Nicki Minaj's camps as a slower reggae track. After both parties rejected the tune, Major Lazer recruited Danish singer MØ to supply vocals and recorded it themselves.