"I Want You to Stay" was the fifth single released from Maxïmo Park, taken from their debut album A Certain Trigger. It was the last single from the album, released on 20 February 2006. "I Want You to Stay" reached number 21 on the UK Singles Chart. The music video for the song was also the first video not to feature the band.
A B-side from Maxïmo Park's February 2005 single for "Apply Some Pressure" features a song called "I Want You to Leave," a play on the title of "I Want You to Stay." The song is also included on the band's 2006 compilation album Missing Songs.