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 (2016-07-21)
Genre
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, co-written by Jamie Hartman, and produced by Two Inch Punch.[2] It was released as a digital download on 21 July 2016, through Sony Music[3] and Columbia Records.[4] 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.[5]

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."[6]

In 2018, the song won a Brit Award for British Single of the Year.[7]

Live performances[edit]

Rag'n'Bone Man performed "Human" on Later... with Jools Holland on 20 September 2016.[8] He also performed the song on Australian talk show The Morning Show on 28 October 2016.[9] Another live performance of "Human" took place on The Graham Norton Show on 10 February 2017.[10] He appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on 16 February 2017.[11]

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,[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

In the United States, the song reached at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart and number two on Rock Airplay.[15] It was certified Gold by the RIAA on 7 July 2017,[16] and has sold 324,000 copies in the US as of September 2017.[17]

The song had widespread chart success internationally, with it reaching the #1 spot on charts in more than 15 countries. As of June 2020, the music video has received 1.1 billion YouTube views.[18]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[103] 2× Platinum 140,000double-dagger
Austria (IFPI Austria)[104] Platinum 30,000double-dagger
Belgium (BEA)[105] 2× Platinum 40,000double-dagger
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[106] 2× Diamond 500,000double-dagger
Canada (Music Canada)[107] 4× Platinum 320,000double-dagger
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[108] 2× Platinum 180,000double-dagger
France (SNEP)[109] Diamond 233,333double-dagger
Germany (BVMI)[110] 2× Platinum 800,000double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[111] 4× Platinum 200,000double-dagger
Mexico (AMPROFON)[112] Gold 30,000double-dagger
Netherlands (NVPI)[113] Gold 20,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[114] Gold 15,000double-dagger
Poland (ZPAV)[115] Diamond 100,000double-dagger
Portugal (AFP)[116] Platinum 10,000double-dagger
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[117] Gold 20,000double-dagger
Sweden (GLF)[118] Platinum 40,000double-dagger
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[119] 5× Platinum 150,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] 3× Platinum 1,800,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[16] 2× Platinum 324,000[17]

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide 21 July 2016 Digital download Sony [120]
Italy 7 October 2016 Contemporary hit radio [121]
United States 21 March 2017 Columbia [122]

Tom Thum featuring Ruel cover[edit]

"Human"
Human by Tom Thum.jpg
Single by Tom Thum featuring Ruel
Released8 December 2017 (2017-12-08)
Length3:30
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Tom Thum
Music video
"Human" on YouTube

In December 2017, Australians hip hop beat boxer Tom Thum[123] and vocalist Ruel released a cover version with the backing track constructed exclusively from layers of Tom's vocal technique and Ruel singing over top.[124]

The video was filmed as part of YouTube Australia's Pop-Up Space in Sydney's AFTRS studios.[125][126]

Track listing[edit]

One-track single

  1. "Human" – 3:30[127]

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