"Don't Leave Me" is a single by R&B group Blackstreet, produced by R&B and new jack swing producer Teddy Riley. Following the path of Tupac's "I Ain't Mad at Cha", a single released posthumously in September 1996, "Don't Leave Me" was the second song released as a hit single to implement the melody of "A Dream", an underground album track from the Motown family group by DeBarge featured on their 1983 LP, In a Special Way that otherwise would not have been as well-recognized without these songs of the late 1990s that implemented the melody. The popularity of the DeBarge melody that resulted from the Tupac and BLACKstreet songs gave way to "A Dream" making its way to the big screen by having a special rendition implemented in the dance audition scene of the 1997 20th Century Fox film Soul Food.
The song did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100 or the Hot R&B Singles chart due to Billboard rules at the time preventing songs not released as physical singles from charting. However, the song peaked on the Hot 100 Airplay and Hot R&B Airplay charts at No. 12 and No. 1, respectively. It went to No. 1 in New Zealand and No. 6 in the UK.