Along with "Back To Zero," this was one of 2 songs Mick Jagger wrote for Dirty Work. Keith Richards did most of the work on the album because Mick Jagger was busy promoting his solo album, She's The Boss.
Two extended versions were released as 12-inch singles, the "London Mix" and "NY Mix."
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.