X Ambassadors linked up with OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder and his frequent songwriting partner Zach Skelton to pen this track. Other collaborations between Tedder and Skelton include James Blunt's "Love Me Better" and Hailee Steinfeld's "Most Girls."
X Ambassadors frontman Sam Harris explained the track's meaning: "'Don't Stay' is a song about letting go," he said. "And all the doubt, anger, pain, and guilt that comes with it. But as intimate, sad, and confessional as it is lyrically, it still makes me wanna dance when I listen to it. Which is why I love it so much."
The lyrics to "Heartbreak Hotel" were written by a steel guitar player who was once a dishwasher repairman. He was inspired by a newspaper story about a man who killed himself and left behind a note saying only, "I walk a lonely street."