"Don't Talk to Strangers" was written by Ron Elliott and Bob Durand. Sylvester Stewart, later known as Sly Stone, produced the track. The song has received generally positive reviews in the decades since its release. San Francisco Chroniclemusic criticJoel Selvin called the song inventive, while author Maury Dean praised the song's "raging chord patterns and dynamic harmonies," and called the instrumental bridge "second to none in punch and pulse in power." The song has been criticized, however, for sounding too similar to The Byrds in regards to the harmonies and twelve-string guitarlicks.