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"
Released August 14, 1978[1]
Genre Disco[2]
Length 5:07 (LP version)
3:42 (Radio version)
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Cheryl Lynn, David Paich, David Foster
Cheryl Lynn singles chronology
"Got to Be Real"
"Star Love"
"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, and has since been called one of the defining moments 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]


On September 19, 2005, "Got to Be Real" was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.

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]

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.


Appearances in other media[edit]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-13. Retrieved 2014-11-13. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  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. 

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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