Regarding the decision to release the song as a single, guitarist Michael Einziger noted, "I think it’s the most easily digestible song for our fans. I was surprised when we turned all this music in, "Adolescents" was actually the last song we wrote for this album. We actually had a few other songs that we left off of the album and we didn’t even know if we were going to put "Adolescents" on the album. It was kinda like one of the floater songs. I mean we loved all the songs but we wanted to make an eleven-song record; we didn’t want to have a thirteen-song record. We wanted it to be less is more. Everybody that we played the music for seemed to just automatically think that song would be a good segue into this album for our fans."