"I Don't Want to Talk About It" is a song written by Danny Whitten. Whitten's band Crazy Horse released it as a track on their 1971 eponymous album. In 1975, Rod Stewart recorded the song at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama, for his album Atlantic Crossing. This became successful when it was released as a single. In the United States, it became a top fifty hit on the BillboardHot 100 in 1979. In the United Kingdom, it topped the UK Singles Chart as a double A-side with "The First Cut Is the Deepest" in 1977, although it has been controversially suggested that the charts were manipulated to keep The Sex Pistols' single "God Save the Queen " from number one. In June 1988, Everything but the Girl released their cover version as a single. This also met with great success in the UK, peaking at number three on the UK Singles Chart. It was their first British top ten hit and would remain their only one until 1995, when the remix of "Missing" also peaked at number three. Tracey Thorn has said that Rod Stewart had been regarded as "a heroic figure" in her home when she was growing up, and that her brother Keith owned the "albums with grimy-sounding titles like An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down, and Gasoline Alley". She herself had "always liked Atlantic Crossing."
In 1989, Rod Stewart recorded a new version of "I Don't Want to Talk About It", which received extensive airplay on adult contemporary radio stations in the United States, reaching number two on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Rod Stewart sang this song as a duet with Amy Belle during his 2004 tour and it is included in his concert DVD.
Other notable artists who have recorded versions of this song include Rita Coolidge, Billie Jo Spears, Ian Matthews, Pegi Young, D'ZRT, Nils Lofgren, who also helped Whitten write the song though he received no album credit for this, Dina Carroll, David Sneddon, winner of the BBC's Fame Academy, Geoff Muldaur, Llama Farmers, Alex Parks, Indigo Girls on the Philadelphia soundtrack, and Andy Williams. Joe McElderry covered the song for his fourth studio album, Here's What I Believe. A-Mei recorded a version in English in June 1997.