This is the title track of the debut studio album from American Blues-Rock band Alabama Shakes. The LP was released on April 9, 2012 and has reached the top ten of several countries including Holland, Ireland, the UK and the US.
This despondent waltz finds singer Brittany Howard recalling how she was mocked as a child for having a boy as a best friend. "We were best friends and we were like brother and sister," she told NME. "When we got older people always expected that we were a couple. Then we weren't as good friends any more and it wasn't fair."
The song started in the late 2000s as little piano part Howard had. She recalled to NME that bassist Zac Cockrell, "came over and asked what key it was in and I was like, 'Ok, now it's going to be a song.'"
Phil Oakey recorded his vocals for "Don't You Want Me" in the studio bathroom. The recording was disrupted by guitarist Jo Callis reaching through an open window from outside to repeatedly flush one of the toilets.