"What Have I Done to Deserve This?" is a song by English synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys, featuring singer Dusty Springfield.

When released as a single in late 1987, it peaked at #2 in the UK charts and also at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the fourth Top Ten hit for Pet Shop Boys as well as the biggest hit of Springfield's career in the U.S. It was kept from the top spot by "Seasons Change" by Expose and "Father Figure" by George Michael on that chart. The single made it to #1 on the Irish singles chart, where it was Pet Shop Boys' second #1 hit in the space of just six weeks.

The song's success helped revive Springfield's career and led to a resurgence of interest in her music. Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield performed the song for the 1988 BRIT Awards. Following the duet the Pet Shop Boys wrote and produced the singles "Nothing Has Been Proved" and "In Private" for Springfield, both included on her 1990 album Reputation.

The music video was filmed in a music hall, featuring a female chorus line and male members of the pit orchestra. It made significant use of the theater drapes and stage curtains for dramatic effect.

The song has been covered by Jason Prince. At the 2009 BRIT Awards where the duo were due to receive an Outstanding Contribution to Music award, Pet Shop Boys performed the song with American singer Lady Gaga.


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Track listing[edit]Edit

7": Parlophone / R 6163 (UK)[edit]Edit

  1. "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" – 4:19
  2. "A New Life" – 4:55

12": Parlophone / 12 R 6163 (UK)[edit]Edit

  1. "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (Extended Mix) – 6:53
  2. "A New Life" – 4:55
  3. "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (Disco Mix) – 8:13
  • also available on CD (Parlophone / CD R 6163)

12": EMI / 12 V 56080 (USA)[edit]Edit

Side A

1. "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (The Shep Pettibone Remix) - 8:28

2. "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (Dub Mix) - 7:17

Side B

1. "Rent" (The Francois Kenvorkian Remix) - 7:04

2. "I Want a Dog" - 4:48

Chart performance[edit]Edit

Chart (1987-1988) Peak


Australian Singles Chart[citation needed] 22
Austrian Singles Chart[1] 11
Belgian Singles Chart[citation needed] 4
Canadian Singles Chart[2] 3
Dutch Singles Chart[3] 2
French Singles Chart[citation needed] 8
German Singles Chart[4] 4
Irish Singles Chart[5] 1
Italian Singles Chart[6] 11
New Zealand Singles Chart[7] 6
Norwegian Singles Chart[8] 9
Polish Singles Chart[citation needed] 6
South African Singles Chart[9] 16
Spain (AFYVE)[10] 4
Swedish Singles Chart[11] 2
Swiss Singles Chart[12] 5
UK Singles Chart[13] 2
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart[14] 14
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[15] 2
U.S. Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart[15] 1

Cover Versions[edit]Edit

  • In 1987, Hong Kong Singer Prudence Liew covered this song in Cantonese.
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