Busted was the 8th best-selling album of 2003 in the UK. The album has been certified as 3× Platinum in the UK. The album spent 77 weeks on the UK Top 75 Albums chart. Six tracks were co-written with John McLaughlin and Steve Robson. The other remaining songs were written by the band themselves. who often collaborate with each other. Both "What I Go to School For" and "Year 3000" were covered by the Jonas Brothers, and released on their 2006 album It's About Time.
AllMusic states: "[Busted] slide smoothly between... dull teen pop ballads with the sickeningly overwrought vocals typical of the genre... and relatively more creative stuff that punches up the formula with pop-ternative production and smirking, yet still squeaky clean lyrical witticisms. At best it's BBMak with better cheekbones; at worst, Busted is a neutered Sum 41". On bbc.co.uk, Jacqueline Hodges wrote: "Think a younger, British Wheatus or Blink-182 junior and you will be along the right lines. Their cheeky and geeky Green Day-type lyrics... are endearingly refreshing in these days of Gareth Gates and Ronan Keating mush".Q was more positive, Dan Stubbs writing: "Tales of copping off, time travel and a five-fingered fantasy about a schoolteacher with a nice bottom are delivered through inspired one-liners and clever gimmicks".
Busted recorded a number of B-sides for their album campaign, including a number of classic covers, including cover versions of "Brown Eyed Girl", "Fun Fun Fun" and "Mrs Robinson", as well as new tracks including "Late Night Sauna", "My Good Friend" and "Last Summer", as well as the demo versions of "Dawson's Geek" and "Year 3000". The version of "Year 3000" which appears as the B-side is the version which the band presented to Universal Music before they were signed by the label. "My Good Friend" has never been released on CD, and only appears on the cassette release of "You Said No", becoming one of the rarest Busted tracks around. The demo versions were also only released on cassette, meaning they are also very rare and hard to find. The band also recorded a collaboration with fellow pop rock band McFly, a cover of The Kinks' "Lola", which appears as the B-side to the band's debut single "5 Colours in Her Hair".