According to Adam Levine, Maroon 5's lead singer, the concept of "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" was to be more upbeat than their previous album, "Songs About Jane." Levine stated that the album was inspired by Michael Jackson, Talking Heads and Prince.
"It Won't Be Soon Before Long" has no concept storywise, unlike "Songs About Jane," which only featured songs about the title character. According to Levine, the band wrote the songs on the album to be more energetic than the tracks on "Songs About Jane." He also stated that the album was designed to be more self-confident and lyrically powerful. Levine was inspired by working with other artists between Maroon 5's albums, such as Kanye West and Alicia Keys, and stated in an interview that their talents inspired him.
Some of the songs on "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" include "Makes Me Wonder," "Wake Up Call" and "If I Never See Your Face Again." The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and, as of 2011, had sold over 5 million copies worldwide. In addition to the members of Maroon 5, musicians who performed on the album include David Campbell, Lenny Castro and Mike Elizondo. Some famous singers also contributed to the album, such as Rihanna, Mary J. Blige and Rashida Jones.