It’s basically asking the girl you love who’s already in a relationship to be with you because you can treat her better. In an interview on the Elvis Duran Show Shawn talked the song, he said: “it’s more like, this guy is mean and i can treat you better.” Mendes then added: “The way that i actually viewed it when i was writing is that.. i have like a million girl cousins and 1 guy cousin so i have been very lucky. I’m very comfortable around girls and i have some really close friends who are girls who would tell me about their guy problems. So i kind of flipped it a little bit, if there was a thing between me and a girl, and i knew that they guy treated her really bad i’ll be like ‘Stop coming to me about the problems! why don’t you just break up with him and be with me because then you won’t have problems’ does that make sense?” it’s a little bit selfish in a way but sometimes love is selfish. I’m just saying that sometimes if you’re not a selfish person at all there’s things in the world like love that will overpower your personality completely and make you selfish.” This song was penned with Scott Harris and Teddy Geiger, in an interview with Songwriter Universe, Harris said: “I remember we wrote it in LA. Teddy had worked with Shawn before and Shawn was excited to get the three of us together. I’ve known Teddy for a while. My band actually opened up for him for six weeks one time. The vibe was immediately right. We all get along really well and it kind of came right out. It was actually a full-on reggae song until we switched the guitar part right before we recorded the demo.”
Release Date: June 3, 2016
Songwriter/s: Shawn Mendes – Teddy Geiger – Scott Harris
Label: Island – Republic – Universal
Chart Rankings: In the US, the song peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 but topped the Adult Contemporary and the Adult Top 40 charts. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Platinum for sales over 1 million copies. In the UK, it reached number 6 of the Official Charts Company and was certified Platinum for sales over 600,000 copies. ‘Treat you better’ topped the charts in Canada, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. It reached the top 10 charts in several countries including Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Netherlands, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Scotland and Sweden. The song was certified Quadruple Platinum in Sweden, triple Platinum in Australia, Italy and Poland. In Canada, Denmark, France, Germany and Spain it was Platinum.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Shawn Peter Raul Mendes was 17 years old when he released this song.
Cover Versions: Amateur artists such as Leroy Sanchez – Sara Farell – Boyceavenue – JFla – Johnny Oralndo – Rolluphils (piano cover) – JoJo – Samantha Harvey – Giselle Torres – Alex Aiono – Conor Maynard – Sam Tsui, Casey Breves & Kurt Hugo Schneider – Conkarah (Reggae cover) – JoJo and others.