Billboard #1 Hits: #517: ‘Don’t You Want Me’- The Human League. July 3, 1982. #1 for 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: ‘Don’t You Want Me’- The Human League
- Record Company- Virgin
- Genre: Synthpop
- Written by Jo Callis, Philip Oakley, Philip Adrian Wright
- Time: 3;57
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Norway.
‘Don’t You Want Me’ was the Christmas #1 in the UK in 1981- it took a little longer to break in the US- what is really odd about this single is- it became The Human League’s biggest hit- and a ground breaking hit at that- but it was the fourth single released from their third album- Dare. This single really got the snythpop movement in the 80’s going. Lead singer- Philip Oakley was inspired to write the song from a photo-story in a teen girls magazine- but was also inspired by the movie A Star Is Born. When the song was finished- Oakley hated the sound and it was relegated to being the final song on side 2 of the album.