Taste of Country reviewed the single favorably, saying that "Songs about summer love that couldn’t last aren’t anything new in country music. But if the theme is classic country, Bryant kicks it up a notch (or ten) with a strong rock ‘n roll feel that you won’t find on most traditional songs." Markos Papadatos of Digital Journal gave the song four stars out of five, writing that Bryant's vocals are "pleasant" and "he really knows how to shred the guitar on this tune." Papadatos added that "the production is strong, and the melodies and chorus are infectious."
"Take It On Back" debuted at number 51 on the U.S. BillboardCountry Airplay chart for the week of August 2, 2014. It also debuted at number 47 on the U.S. BillboardHot Country Songs chart for the week of August 30, 2014. The song has sold 111,000 copies in the US as of February 2015.