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"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 is one of the most popular and well-known in disco music.

"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


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

Chart performanceEdit

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 formatsEdit

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 certificationsEdit

Cover versionsEdit


  • The group Full Force sampled the song for their song "Ain't My Type of Hype".
  • Father MC sampled the song for his song "I'll Do 4 U" on his 1990 album Father's Day, which features vocals by Mary J. Blige.
  • C+C Music Factory sampled this song in a highly sought-after, promotional-only remix titled, "Do You Wanna Get Funky/Got To Be Real" in 1994.
  • In 1996, Jamiroquai for their song "Funktion", which was included as a hidden track on their third studio album Travelling Without Moving.
  • The song was heavily sampled for a remix of Beyoncé's Irreplaceable, released in 2006.
  • Brother D and the Collective Effort sampled as part of the old-school hip hop anthem "How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise?"
  • Funky Four Plus One sampled it for their 1979 song "Rappin' And Rocking The House"
  • Proyecto Uno sampled most parts of the song on their famous hit "Tiburón"
  • Dynamic Duo sampled the song when they were part of CB Mass with rapper Curbin for the song "Jinja (Real)".
  • Houston rapper Dat Boy Grace sampled the song for his song "Southside So Real" on his album "From Crumbs To Bricks"
  • Filipino actor, rap artist, and model Carlos Agassi sampled the song for his song "Magpakatotoo" featuring Vanessa Del Mundo.
  • Eric Benét sampled the song on the track, "Feel Good" featuring Faith Evans from 2010's Lost in Time.
  • Miami rapper Blac Haze sampled the main parts of this song in 1997's "Let Me Holla At Cha" the hit single, that was later remixed on the 1998 album "Res-Sa-Rec-Shun".
  • Crips sampled the song on the track, "Every Dog has his Day".
  • Fat Joe sampled the song for his track "Bet Ya Man Can't (Triz)" that features Big Pun, Cuban Link, and Triple Seis from Don Cartagena album in 1998.
  • 95 South's "Rodeo"
  • In 2018, British singer Jessie J sampled the beat for the song "Play" from her album R.O.S.E.
  • Tim Legend sampled the song for his song "Soda City Funk".

Appearances in other mediaEdit

See alsoEdit


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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 Official Charts Company history". Retrieved 2011-29-5.
  6. ^ "Cheryl Lynn Official Charts Companyhistory". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2009-12-12.
  7. ^ "The 19 greatest key changes in music history". ShortList. October 1, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  8. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 15 April 1979
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-13. Retrieved 2014-11-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  11. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1979/Top 100 Songs of 1979". Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-04-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ 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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