Human (Rag'n'Bone Man song)

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"Human"
Human - Rag'n'Bone Man Single.png
Single by Rag'n'Bone Man
from the album Human
Released21 July 2016
FormatDigital download
GenreBlues rock, R&B
Length3:19
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Two Inch Punch
Rag'n'Bone Man singles chronology
"Healed"
(2016)
"Human"
(2016)
"Skin"
(2017)
Music video
"Human" on YouTube

"Human" is a song by British singer and songwriter Rag'n'Bone Man. The song was co-written by Rag'n'Bone Man, Jamie Hartman and produced by Two Inch Punch.[1] It was released as a digital download on 21 July 2016, through Sony Music[2] and Columbia Records.[3] The song is included on his debut studio album of the same name, released in February 2017. It was later used as a theme song for the American web television series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, which was released in 2018.

Composition[edit]

The song is written in the key of B minor (tuned 1/4 step flat) with a common time tempo of 75 beats per minute. The vocals span from A2 to B4 in the song.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Cameron Adams of The Daily Telegraph compared the song to "Take Me to Church" by Hozier for both having an "instant impact, honest lyrics and throwback to ‘real’ music in a time of corporate pop."[5]

In 2018, the song won a Brit Award for British Single of the Year.[6]

Live performances[edit]

Rag'n'Bone Man performed "Human" on Later... with Jools Holland on 20 September 2016.[7] He also performed the song on Australian talk show The Morning Show on 28 October 2016.[8] Another live performance of "Human" took place on The Graham Norton Show on 10 February 2017.[9] He appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on 16 February 2017.[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

On 23 December 2016, the song reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, scoring the Christmas number two of 2016. Still, the song was the most downloaded and top-selling single throughout the week,[10] with the lack of streams influencing the overall chart position to be lower, denying the song the coveted Christmas number one. The song was certified Platinum on 17 February 2017 and 2× Platinum 21 July 2017 by the BPI.[11] It has sold 1,269,000 combined units in the UK as of September 2017, which comprises 522,000 copies in actual sales and 75 million in streams.[12]

In the United States, the song reached at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart and number two on Rock Airplay.[13] It was certified Gold by the RIAA on 7 July 2017,[14] and has sold 324,000 copies in the US as of September 2017.[15]

As of November 2019, the music video has received 1.0 billion YouTube views.[16]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[95] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[96] Platinum 30,000*
Belgium (BEA)[97] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[98] Platinum 80,000double-dagger
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[99] Platinum 90,000^
France (SNEP)[100] Diamond 233,333*
Germany (BVMI)[101] 2× Platinum 800,000^
Italy (FIMI)[102] 4× Platinum 200,000double-dagger
Netherlands (NVPI)[103] Gold 20,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[104] Gold 15,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[105] 3× Platinum 60,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[106] Gold 20,000^
Sweden (GLF)[107] Platinum 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[108] 5× Platinum 150,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] 3× Platinum 1,800,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[14] Platinum 324,000[15]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide 21 July 2016 Digital download Sony [109]
Italy 7 October 2016 Contemporary hit radio [110]
United States 21 March 2017 Columbia [111]

Tom Thum featuring Ruel cover[edit]

"Human"
Human by Tom Thum.jpg
Single by Tom Thum featuring Ruel
Released8 December 2017 (2017-12-08)
Format
Length3:30
LabelTom Thum
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Tom Thum
Ruel singles chronology
"Don't Tell Me"
(2017)
"Human"
(2017)
"Dazed & Confused"
(2018)
Music video
"Human" on YouTube

In December 2017, Australian hip hop beat box vocalist Tom Thum[112] featuring Australian Ruel released a cover version. Tom Thum vocally performed every layer of the song's instrumental, with Ruel on the song's lead vocal.[113]

The video clip was filmed as part of YouTube Australia's Pop-Up Space in Sydney's AFTRS studios. Matching inventive beat boxing against a tender, emphatic vocal, the clip itself is draped with digital effects, ultra-addictive eye-candy.[114][115]

Track listing[edit]

One-track single

  1. "Human" – 3:30[116]

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