"Don’t You (Forget About Me)" was written by Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff, who wrote it as part of the score for the 1985 John Hughes movie The Breakfast Club. Forsey felt this would be a good fit for the Scottish band Simple Minds, but when the band heard the song, they weren’t interested, telling Forsey they preferred to do their own material. Forsey offered it to Brian Ferry and Billy Idol, neither of which was interested. A&M suggested Corey Hart, but Forsey didn’t think it was a good fit. After persuasion from A&M and Chrissie Hynde, wife of Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr, they finally agreed, rearranging and recording the song in about three hours and forgetting about it, thinking it was a forgettable song in a forgettable movie.
As it turned out, The Breakfast Club earned $51.5 million (on a budget of $1 million) and critical acclaim, and the song reached #1 in the US and Canada and was a Top 10 hit in much of Europe.