Hidden Hits: Cheryl’s ‘Only Human’

Here at CelebMix, we love a good hit single. However, some singles never achieve the success they truly deserved. Therefore, we present to you our latest weekly feature – ‘Hidden Hits’. Within this feature, we will discuss a ‘hidden hit’, discuss the success it achieved, the success it should’ve achieved and why it should’ve achieved that success. 

Cheryl is one of the UK’s most successful artists of all time. Having started off in the girl band Girls Aloud who are the most coveted girl group of the 21st century selling millions of records and breaking a number of chart records.

The former Girls Aloud singer then turned solo artist in 2009 with her massive number 1 debut single ‘Fight For This Love’ which was the fastest selling single of the year and has sold over a million copies in the UK alone to date

Taking into account that Cheryl was part of a successful girl band for a decade and became a household name via her solo music that would eventually lead her to becoming the first British female solo artist to score five number 1 singles on The Official Singles Chart in 2014 when ‘I Don’t Care’ hit the top spot after ‘Fight For This Love’, ‘Promise This’, ‘Call My Name’ and ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ all debuted at number 1, then it’s hard to believe that any of her releases would go under the radar.

But that is exactly what happened with her last single ‘Only Human’ which is lifted off the album of the same name. The track is a beautiful ballad and that is perhaps why it did’t garner the radios attention as the mass audience are used to Cheryl releasing huge dance-pop singles. But ‘Only Human’ is sentimental, and stripped back making it something we have never heard from the former X Factor judge before.

It is a favourite amongst Soldiers but the wider audience have probably never even heard the song that has gotten lost under the huge hits released by the Geordie superstar, which is a real shame as it is a gem of a track that has a wonderful message about us all being human and making mistakes.

But despite the fans’ love for the heartfelt song and Cheryl performing it live on Children In Need the song never picked up momentum to become the chart hit it truly deserved to be.

‘Only Human’ is probably one of Cheryl’s best releases, with poignant, moving and empowering lyrics, and a visually stunning music video that she co-directed so it is a real shame that a lot of people have missed out on listening to it.

It had the potential to prove to a wider audience that Cheryl is a true artist that can write and create genuine, heartfelt songs while it showcased her gorgeous vocal range.

What do you think of our new ‘Hidden Hit’s feature? Check out our past features on Shawn Mendes and Taylor Swift’s singles.

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Written by Laura Klonowski

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