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By January 2, 2017, a solo version of the song was registered in the ASCAP database.
"Bad Things" is a mid-tempo ballad that features an interpolation of the 1999 Fastball single "Out of My Head". Lyrically, the song incorporates themes of pain-is-pleasure type of love. The song shares a bass line with Pachelbel's Canon lending it an air of familiarity.
- MGK and Cabello performed the original song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on November 23, 2016, and on December 1, 2016 for the The Late Late Show with James Corden. They later performed the song on January 30, 2017 on The Ellen DeGeneres Show following Cabello's exit from girl group Fifth Harmony.
- The original song was nominated for a RDMA for Best Musical Collaboration.
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