Church told Taste of Country that “It’s a bit of a statement. I wanted to send a message with this album that it’s gonna be different, it’s gonna be another level". He also described it as a mix of Waylon Jennings and Metallica.
Giving it 3.5 stars out of 5, Will Hermes of Rolling Stone wrote that "doubles down on his hard-rock/hip-hop fixations with a song that opens on an unfuckwithable snarl-rap, ramps into a high-lonesome stadium chorus over a Southern-rock stomp, then feigns a Black Keys garage skronk before barreling into a prog-metal capper." It received 4.5 stars from Matt Bjorke of Roughstock, who wrote that it was "musically interesting" and that it should "give Eric Church enough of a buzzworthy launching point for his upcoming 2014 album".
On its first week, the song debuted on the Country Airplay chart at No. 25, which is Eric Church highest debut on the chart. The song entered the Hot Country Songs chart at No. 6, the highest leap in that chart since October 2012 when the chart's ranking methodology was modified to include sales and streaming. The song sold 81,000 copies on its debut, the best-selling country song of the week.
As of February 2014, the single has sold 466,000 downloads in the United States.
^Bjorke, Matt (2013-10-30). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - October 30, 2013: Eric Church "Outsiders" #1; Cassadee Pope, Blake Shelton Gold, Scotty McCreery and Chris Young Notables". Roughstock.