Got to Be Real

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"Got to Be Real"
Single by Cheryl Lynn
from the album Cheryl Lynn
B-side Come in From the Rain
Released November, 1978
Recorded 1978
Genre Disco
Length 5:07 (album version)
3:45 (radio edit)
Label Columbia Records
Writer(s) Cheryl Lynn
David Paich
David Foster
Cheryl Lynn singles chronology
"Got To Be Real"
(1978)
"Star Love"
(1979)

"Got to Be Real" is a 1978 disco song by Cheryl Lynn from her self-titled album. The song, which was Lynn's debut single, was penned by David Paich, David Foster, and Lynn, and has since been called one of the defining moments in disco. Along with the tracks, "Star Love" and "You Saved My Day", "Got to Be Real" peaked at number eleven on the disco chart.[1] For the recording, David Shields played bass, David Paich played keyboards, James Gadson played drums and Ray Parker Jr. was the session guitarist. The song peaked at number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and number one on the R&B chart in early-1979.[2] On September 19, 2005, "Got to Be Real" was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.

The song was used for a 2010 UK TV Advertising Campaign for Marks & Spencer, a British department store, and it re-entered the UK Singles Chart at 78 for the week Ending 4 April, the next week peaking at #70.[3][4]

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly singles charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [5] 12
U.S. Billboard Disco chart 11
U.S. Cashbox Top 100 [6] 10
Canadian RPM Top Singles [7] 16

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1979) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [8] 69
U.S. Cashbox [9] 89
Canada [10] 124

Cover versions[edit]

Live cover performances[edit]

In 1994, PWL artist Erik covered the single, resulting in a UK club smash hit, and minor chart hit.

  • Philippine girl group A.K.A. JAM performed the song on X Factor Philippines' Top 12 live show on August 4, 2012.

Sampling[edit]

Appearances in other media[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
"Le Freak" by Chic
Billboard's Hot Soul number one single (Cheryl Lynn version)
January 6, 1979
Succeeded by
"September" by Earth, Wind & Fire