Train's 2006 album For Me, It's You
was a very personal one for lead singer Pat Monahan, who was going through tribulations in his personal life, including a divorce. It fared poorly, and the band split for a while. When they returned to action, they had a new strategy: Make pop music with hit potential, and get help making it.
The result was their 2009 album Save Me San Francisco
. The first single was "Hey Soul Sister
," which became one of the most ubiquitous songs of 2010. The next single was "If It's Love," which Monahan wrote the same day and relies on the same kind of clever wordplay. He worked on it with the New York songwriter Gregg Wattenberg, who produced it along with Martin Terefe and the Norwegian hit-making team Espionage.