Got to Be Real

Cheryl Lynn

About Got to Be Real

"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.


Year:
1993
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#2

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What you find-ah
What you feel now
What you know-ah
To be real

What you find, ah
(I think I love you, baby)
What you feel now
(I feel I need you, baby)
What you know-ah
To be real

Ooh, your love's for real now
You know that your love is my love
My love is your love
Our love is here to stay

What you find-ah
What you feel now
What you know-ah
To be real

Ooh, your love's for real now
You know that your love is my love
My love is your love
Our love is here to stay

What you find-ah
(I think I love you, baby)
What you feel now
(I feel I need you, baby)
What you know-ah
To be real

What you find-ah
(I think I love you, baby)
What you feel now
(I feel I need you)
What you know-ah
To be real (it's time to be real)
To be real (it's time to be real)
To be real

What you find-ah
What you feel now
What you know-ah
To be real

What you find-ah
What you feel now
What you know-ah
To be real
To be real (it's time to be real)
(It's time to be real) to be real (it's time to be real, it's time to be real)
To be real (it's time to be real, it's time to be real)
To be real (it's time to be real, it's time to be real)
To be real (real, real, real), to be real

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Cheryl Lynn

Lynda Cheryl Smith (born March 11, 1957), known better by her professional name Cheryl Lynn, is a female African-American disco, R&B and soul singer known best for her 1978 disco song, "Got to Be Real". more »

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Written by: CHERYL LYNN, DAVID FOSTER, DAVID PAICH

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Spirit Music Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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11 facts about this song

Genre
"Got to Be Real" is a classic R&B and disco hit, showcasing the rich sounds and grooves typical of the late 1970s era.
Release Date
The song was released in 1978, marking Cheryl Lynn's debut single - a big moment in her career.
Songwriters
"Got to Be Real" was written by Cheryl Lynn, David Paich, and David Foster. Paich is best known as a member of the band Toto, while Foster is a renowned music producer and songwriter.
Chart Performance
Upon its release, the song topped the Billboard R&B chart and reached number 12 on the overall Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.
Notable Covers
"Got to Be Real" has been covered by various artists over the decades, including Mary J. Blige for the soundtrack of the 1995 film "New York Undercover".
Cultural Impact
The song has been sampled or referenced by a number of artists across various genres, such as hip hop and electronic music, which signifies its lasting cultural impact.
Certification
In 2018, 40 years after its release, the song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Music Video
A music video for "Got to Be Real" was released in the late 1970s, capturing the style and dance culture of the era.
Live Performances
Cheryl Lynn has performed "Got to Be Real" on several notable platforms, including "Soul Train", a popular music-dance television program.
Legacy
The song endures as a classic of the disco era and is frequently played on classic soul radio stations and at dance clubs. In 2018, Billboard ranked it at number two on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.
Film/TV Appearances
"Got to Be Real" has been included in the soundtracks of several films, including "The Last Days of Disco" and "Sex and the City", and appeared in TV shows such as "Pose".

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