” Don’t You Want Me ” is by The Human League, the British synthpop group. Taken as the fourth single from their album, Dare, in 1981 it is the group’s most successful song.
Philip Oakey, the lead singer, got inspiration for the song from a teen girl’s magazine, he originally recorded the song as a solo. However he later decided to turn ” Don’t You Want Me ” into a duet, lyrically it is a lovers conflict.
Susan Ann Sulley, one of the two female band members, provided the vocals on the track. Both Susan and the other female group member, Joanne Catherall, were backing vocals for the group’s songs.
The song was released in 1981 as a single in the United Kingdom and entered the UK Singles Chart at number nine; it soon moved up to the Number One position a week later and remained there for a total of five weeks.
” Don’t You Want Me ” was to be that years Christmas chart-topper and the most significant sellers of that year, also the song was to end the decade as the fifth biggest-selling single.
The group had more success with the song some six months later when ” Don’t You Want Me ” was released in the United States, There it reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100, holding the position for three weeks.
In 1995, the song was remixed and re-released this time reaching number sixteen on the UK Singles Chart. As of 2012, the song has sold over 1.5 Million copies in the United Kingdom, making it the 23rd best selling single there.
In 2014, there was another chart entry for the single at number nineteen in the UK after a campaign by fans of Aberdeen Football Club on social media took the song to Number One in Scotland.
The accompanying music video was filmed in Slough in the UK, with director Steve Barron setting the theme as a filming and editing of a murder mystery movie with band members playing both the characters and production staff.
Today, ” Don’t You Want Me ” is appreciated as a classic song. However, Philip Oakey still thinks the song is over-rated. But at the same time is willing to admit that the song made the group what it is today.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 2, Canada (RPM) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 5, France (SNEP) 13, Germany (Official German Charts) 5, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (AFI) 15, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 2, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 3, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 4
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/TheHumanLeague
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