"Please Don't Let Me Go" is a pop song written by Olly Murs, Claude Kelly and Steve Robson and performed by Murs for his debut album, Olly Murs. The song was released as Murs's debut single in the United Kingdom and Ireland in August 2010. It has peaked at number one in the UK, and number five in Ireland.
The song is about a minor relationship Murs was in where he ended up feeling something for the other person. Murs commented: "Sadly she kept giving me the impression that she didn't like me as much, and ultimately it didn't work out, so that's where the idea of me singing 'Please Don't Let Me Go' came from." Murs said he was excited to be releasing the single, stating that it was important to him that it was an original song, and that he wanted it to be different from his performances on The X Factor.
The song premiered on British radio on 2 July 2010 on Capital FM.
The music video for "Please Don't Let Me Go" premiered on 23 July 2010. It was filmed on location at a house near Reading, Berkshire. The woman playing the female subject of the song was chosen personally by Murs. The owner of the house also appeared as an extra in the video. As Murs was well known for his dancing on The X Factor, he wanted a video in which he did not dance, to make it more about the song.
Nick Levine from Digital Spy described "Please Don't Let Me Go" as "a lovely summery reggae-tinged pop tune that bobs along in a thoroughly hummable and not un-Will Young-like fashion" and said that the music video "is just as quintessentially pleasant". A reviewer for children's news programme Newsround rated the song four out of five, stating: "The song is funky, catchy and easy to sing along to. It's quite a mellow, summery sound."
"Please Don't Let Me Go" entered the Irish Singles Chart on 3 September 2010 at number five. On 5 September 2010, it debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart. The following week, the single was knocked off the top spot by fellow The X Factor contestant Alexandra Burke with "Start Without You", sending Murs to number 4. On 19 September 2010, it fell to number 5 before dropping out of the Top 10 the week after, meaning the single spent three weeks within the Top 10. As of 31 October 2010, "Please Don't Let Me Go" has spent eight weeks within the Top 40, falling to number 45 on 6 November 2010. The single re-entered the Top 40 at number 39 on 28 November 2010 following the release of "Thinking of Me"; thus bringing its total number of weeks within the Top 40 to nine.