Meaning of “Back to You” by Selena Gomez

“Back to You” is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Selena Gomez. This love song lyrically tells the story of a woman, who despite having her heart broken again and again by her lover, still has feelings for him and wants to be with him. According to Gomez, the song is very special to her.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Selena Gomez's Back to You at

The theme of the lyrics have made many to believe that the song was inspired by the relationship between Gomez and Canadian singer Justin Bieber whom she first dated in 2010 and broke up with in 2012. The couple went on to have an on-again, off-again relationship for several years.

But is this song really about the romantic relationship between Gomez and Justin Bieber?

Despite the fact that everything about the lyrics clearly indicate that it was inspired by the on-and-off relationship between Gomez and Bieber, the singer (Gomez) is yet to confirm that it is autobiographical. All she has so far said about this song is that it is “special” and that that she wanted to use it to send a “beautiful message” in a way that was “complicated” and “fun” at the same time.

The lyrics of "Back to You" by Selena Gomez

Facts about “Back to You”

  • This song was co-written by Selena Gomez and four other songwriters (Amy Rose Allen, Parrish Warrington, Micah Premnath and Diederik Van Elsas).
  • The production of this tune was taken care of by music producers Ian Kirkpatrick and Trackside. It is worth noting that the Kirkpatrick also handled the production of Gomez’s 2017 hit “Bad Liar”.
  • “Back to You” was officially released on May 10th, 2018 – about 9 days after Selena took to the social media platform Instagram to announce the song to her fans and the world at large. It was Gomez’s first single of 2018.
  • The song is a single (the lead) from the soundtrack album of the second season of Netflix’s mystery teen drama web TV series 13 Reasons Why. According to an interview this web series’ music supervisor Season Kent had with Billboard, the lyrics of “Back to You” fit perfectly into the storyline of the romance between two of the shows characters. FYI: Gomez acted as an executive producer on the soundtrack album in question.
  • The song made its debut on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number 31 before going on to peak at number 22. On the UK Singles Chart, the song currently occupies the number 13th position.


What kind of musical genre(s) is this song?

It is a dance-pop and electropop song.

Did “Back to You” sample any other song?


Which major awards has this track won?

At the 2018 Teen Choice Awards, this track won the Choice Summer Song Award. It beat the likes of “Nice for What” by Drake and “One Kiss” by Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa to achieve this feat.

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2 Responses

  1. khloe says:

    i love this song and i just wanted to know the story behind it. and i never knew that she dated justin bieber cuz i like his singing too

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