This sad-yet-uplifting choir-assisted ballad was recorded around Christmas of 2011- one of the first songs Hurts laid down for Exile. The English duo enlisted a choir made up of fans from around the world for the expansive tune. "They were all brilliant," singer Theo Hutchcraft told NME. "It was such a powerful thing, watching them. So emotional. To hear a mass of people singing, 'I just need some help.' It was heartbreaking."
Elton John played the piano on this track. Hutchcraft couldn't believe the iconic musician agreed to help out on the song. "It was one of the greatest days of my life - for real. Watching Elton John play the piano on a song we wrote? I was speechless for weeks afterwards. Speechless," The Sun quotes the Hurts vocalist as saying. "To beat that we'll have to get a hologram of Elvis on the next one."
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.