"Don't Tell Me" is a song by Canadian recording artist Avril Lavigne. It is the first single from her sophomore studio album, Under My Skin. "Don't Tell Me" was written by Avril Lavigne and Evan Taubenfeld. The track was produced by Butch Walker.
Lavigne explains what the song is about: "It's about being strong. There are a lot of guys out there who just want to take you out to dinner and then, like basically go home and 'unhh' you. That's what a lot of guys are like and I just think girls need to be strong and not let any guy pressure them into doing anything."
In a review of the album Under My Skin, David Browne of Entertainment Weekly said "Lavigne herself sounds more burdened; ... the sk8erboi of the first album has turned out to be a selfish, nasty creep who leaves when she won't go to bed with him" in reference to Don't Tell Me. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic highlighted the song as a 'track pick' in a review of the album, Under My Skin.
In an AOL Radio listener's poll, "Don't Tell Me" was voted Lavigne's ninth best song.
The music video for "Don't Tell Me" was directed by Liz Friedlander and filmed at Los-Angeles, California in March 2004. The video was nominated for Best Pop Video at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards.