“Cheerleader” by OMI

In this song, the word “cheerleader” is actually synonymous with sweetheart. So when OMI states that he ‘found himself a cheerleader’, what he is actually referring to is a romantic partner who always has his back and gives him the “love and affection” that he needs. 

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for OMI's Cheerleader at Lyrics.org.

Moreover he is so smitten by her that he is not even tempted to entertain any other romantic interests. So succinctly put, this is a love song.  And what it is premised on is the singer finding the woman of his dreams.

“Oh I think that I found myself a cheerleader
She is always right there when I need her”


OMI uses this tune to celebrate the fact that he has found his “cheerleader”, i.e. the woman of his dreams.

Was “Cheerleader” a well received song?

It was a very successful song. Simply put, it was a global hit.

Did “Cheerleader” make it into the Hot 100?

Yes. It actually reached number one on this highly prestigious chart. In addition to being a Billboard number one song, it also reached number 1 in the charts of almost 20 other countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada.

Did OMI write this song himself?

Yes, OMI did. However, OMI isn’t the sole writer of “Cheerleader”. He wrote it along with four other writers, including renowned drummer Sly Dunbar.

What genre would “Cheerleader” be classified in?

The song falls into both the deep house and reggae fusion genres.

Production Details

OMI also produced this track himself. And just like the writing process, he also collaborated with a number of producers during the song’s production. Below are the song’s full production credits:

  • Felix Jaehn
  • Clifton Dillon

When was “Cheerleader” released?

September 2nd, 2012 was the official release date of this hit. Said date was actually the date of the song’s original release. Two years down the line (in 2014), the song was remixed by Jaehn. It was this remix version that became successful transforming OMI into household name across the globe.

Album Information

OMI released “Cheerleader” as the first official single from his maiden album (“Me 4 U”).

Did OMI ever win a Grammy for this hit?

No. And this is despite the song topping 20 charts around the world.

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