This upbeat rock number is the debut single from Scottish alt-rock band Travis. According to lead singer Fran Healy, the song's inspiration came from Niko Bolas, a producer who showed up to one of their gigs in Scotland and tore them to pieces for their lackluster performance. Yet Bolas, who produced records for Neil Young and Keith Richards, saw potential in the band and agreed to help them make a demo. His advice transformed Healy's approach to songwriting.
"He kept talking about AC/DC and this idea of rocking - what it is to rock, to nail someone to the back wall with the kick drum, and don't get fancy, just keep it simple," Healy told Jaxsta
in 2020. "I carried that whole mantra out of the studio. And that's where 'All I Want To Do Is Rock' [originated], based on this thing he was trying to teach us, trying to keep it simple. And it was like, this is what I want to do, I want to be in a band, I want to take it to the top, I want to go all the way. And this idea of rocking, it's a metaphor for that."