EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘What Do You Want?’ – Adam Faith

What was the number one song in the UK on 4th December 1959?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

British teen idol, Adam Faith was number one for 3 weeks with What Do You Want?

Ooooh it’s this song. I didn’t think I knew this one, until I had a listen. First of all, what IS Adam Faith’s voice. Was he trying (and failing) to do an Elvisesque voice? I’m not much of a fan of Adam Faith’s, if we’re talking frankly here. He kind of mumbles through this song and it’s barely discernible. The song only lasts 1 minute 30 seconds, so it begs the question- what is the point? Here’s a bizarre Adam Faith fact for you. Apparently, his final words before he died were “Channel 5 is all shit, isn’t it? Christ, the crap they put on there. It’s a waste of space.” To be fair, he had a point.

Wikipedia

“What Do You Want?” was a 1959 song that became a number one hit in the United Kingdom for Adam Faith. It was written by Les Vandyke and produced by John Burgess and arranged by John Barry. It first appeared on the UK Singles Chart on 20 November 1959 and spent 19 weeks there. It was at number one for three weeks, sharing the position for the final week with “What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?” by Emile Ford & The Checkmates. It is the shortest song to reach number one in the UK Singles Chart.

Lyrics

“What do you want if you don’t want money?
What do you want if you don’t want gold?
Say what you want and I’ll give it you, darling
Wish you wanted my love, baby
What do you want if you don’t want ermine?
What do you want if you don’t want pearls?
Say what you want and I’ll give it you, darling
Wish you wanted my love, baby
Well, I’m offering you this heart of mine
But all you do is play it cool
What do you want?
Oh, boy, you’re making a fool of me
One of these days when you need my kissing
One of these days when you want me, too
Don’t turn around ’cause I’ll be missing
Then, you’ll want my love, baby
Well, I’m offering you a diamond ring
But all you do is turn me down
What do you want?
Oh, boy, you’re goin’ to town on me
One of these days when you need my kissing
One of these days when you want me, too
Don’t turn around ’cause I’ll be missing
Then, you’ll want my love, baby
Well, then, you’ll want my love, baby”

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