Got to Be Real

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"Got to Be Real"
Got to Be Real NZ.jpg
Single by Cheryl Lynn
from the album Cheryl Lynn
B-side"Come in from the Rain"
ReleasedAugust 14, 1978[1]
RecordedAugust 1978
StudioSunset Sound Studios
(Hollywood, California)
Length5:07 (LP version)
3:42 (Radio version)
Cheryl Lynn singles chronology
"Got to Be Real"
"Star Love"
Alternative cover

"Got to Be Real" is a song by American singer Cheryl Lynn from her 1978 self-titled debut album. The song, which was Lynn's debut single, was written by Lynn, David Paich and David Foster. The song is one of the most popular and well-known in disco music.


For the recording, David Shields played bass, David Paich played keyboards, James Gadson played drums, and Ray Parker, Jr. was the session guitarist.

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, "Got to Be Real" spent three weeks at #12 on the pop chart and hit number one on the soul chart in early 1979.[3] Along with the album tracks "Star Love" and "You Saved My Day", "Got to Be Real" peaked at #11 on the disco chart.[4] The song was used for a 2010 British TV advertising campaign for Marks & Spencer, a department store, and it re-entered the main charts at #78 for the week ending April 4, the next week peaking at #70.[5][6]


"Got to Be Real" was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in September 19, 2005. RIAA Platinum Certification. In 2017, ShortList's Dave Fawbert listed the song as containing "one of the greatest key changes in music history". [7]

Track listing and formats[edit]

7" single

  1. "Got to Be Real" – 3:42
  2. "Come in from the Rain" – 3:35

12" single

  1. "Got to Be Real" – 5:10
  2. "Come in from the Rain" – 3:35

Charts and certifications[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 2004, Mary J. Blige and Will Smith covered the song for the soundtrack to the animated film Shark Tale.
  • In 1994, Erik covered the single, resulting in a UK club smash hit,[12] rising to number 42 in the UK singles chart.[13]


Appearances in other media[edit]

See also[edit]


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  1. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  2. ^ AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman. "Cheryl Lynn - Cheryl Lynn | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 368.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 162.
  5. ^ "Got to Be Real UK singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-29-5.
  6. ^ "Cheryl Lynn UK singles chart history". Retrieved 2009-12-12.
  7. ^ "The 19 greatest key changes in music history". ShortList. October 1, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-13. Retrieved 2014-11-13.
  9. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  10. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1979/Top 100 Songs of 1979". Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  12. ^ Davies, Chris (September 1998). British and American hit singles: 51 years of transatlantic hits, 1946-1997. BT Batsford. p. 1374. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
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